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Upside Aerial Arts & Fitness

Why is Circus Arts training becoming so popular? It's an awesome workout that feels more like playtime than exercise. Playgrounds shouldn't just be for little kids! People of all ages, sizes, and fitness levels need to dance, climb, play, and explore. At Upside Aerial Arts & Fitness, we do just that! Our aerial and circus arts classes build strength and flexibility while giving you a fun, creative outlet. We pride ourselves on our welcoming, supportive, non-competitive environment.


Centrally located in Burlington, NC (halfway between the Triangle and the Triad), Upside Aerial Arts & Fitness offers group classes, private lessons, parties, and professional performances in a variety of circus arts: aerial silks, trapeze, hand balancing, flexibility, contortion, and partner acrobatics. Classes are held inside The Edge Health & Fitness Club, but Upside is independently owned and operated (so no need to be an Edge member to take Upside classes)!



"Up in the Air" is a short documentary created by Elon University students about Upside's owner, Michelle Spurlock, and how aerial arts changed her career and life. 



New To Aerial Silks?

You'll need to learn some basics (like how to hold yourself on the fabric, go upside down, and climb!) before taking our regular group classes. Once you have completed at least one of the following options, you can join our weekly Level 1-2 Aerial Silks group classes:

  • 6-Week Intro Course - If our Intro Courses are full, contact us to be added to our waitlist. Or book a Private or Semi-Private Lesson to start right away.

  • Aerial Silks Semi-Private Lesson - For $30 per person, you can bring 1 or more friends (max: 8 participants) and learn the basics together. Make it a party!

  • Aerial Silks Private Lesson  - Learn the basics with one-on-one instruction ($65).

Trapeze Anyone?

This isn't flying trapeze, it's dance trapeze! You'll learn to perch, hang, wrap, swing, twist, and spin. Trapeze is accessible to beginners and full of endless possibilities for more experienced aerialists. No experience necessary.

Ground Circus Arts: Hand Balancing, Flexibility, Contortion, Partner Acrobatics

Our experienced Ground Circus Arts coach works with all levels:

Class Passes & Memberships

Save by purchasing 4- or 8-Class Passes for Aerial Silks, Trapeze, or Ground Circus Arts classes. The best deal is our Flight Club membership: unlimited access to all our aerial and ground classes plus FREE Open Studio. (Courses and Workshops excluded.)​

Gift Cards

Why give stuff when you could give the gift of a unique and wonderful experience? Our e-gift cards can be used for group classes, private lessons, class passes, or memberships. You can customize the amount to be whatever you wish and use for any of our services.

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Our Location:

Our classes are held in the Group Exercise Room of The Edge Health & Fitness. You do NOT need to be an Edge member to take our classes and our classes are not included in Edge membership. 

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2950 S. Church St

Burlington, NC 27215

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2241 Hanford Rd #103

Burlington, NC 27215

(inside Envision Wellness)