Have you ever dreamed of flying? Though she can’t promise you wings, instructor Kae Burke at the OM Factory in Manhattan will help you soar up in the air on silk, one of this circus maven’s preferred performance tools.
“I like the intensity of silks, and the feeling of finally getting a move you’ve been working on,” says Burke, who has been doing aerial silks for seven years. “I also like having toned muscles and killer abs.” She added that if this, and getting a solid core and upper-body workout is your goal, you should join. Plus, it’s like living in Cirque du Soleil, minus the creepy clowns, but usually with a killer soundtrack curated by the instructor. And, Burke added, “It’s great to just have fun and hang upside down.”
What to Expect: This hour-long class isn’t for the faint of heart, after all, your do use your upper-body strength to pull yourself up on long swaths of cloth. “Expect to be challenged physically and mentally,” said Burke, who has plenty of experience from her days working with the variety show troupe Lady Circus. “Expect a hardcore workout that makes you want more, and expect to be sore the next day.” For first-timers they offer beginners classes so you can learn the basics and train your body to think and move in the air, a stepping stone recommend prior to taking Burke’s more advanced class.
Price: $35 per class
When: Burke teaches the 2:30pm silks level one class each Thursday at the studio’s Union Square location. But you can also book a course for beginners at 9pm Tuesdays, 7:15pm Wednesdays, 9pm Thursdays, and 6pm Saturdays. For more advanced classes, book Wednesdays at 8:45pm, Thursdays at 9pm, Fridays at 4:30pm, and Saturdays at 3:15pm. She also teaches a kids class for ages 8 to 12 on Thursdays at 4:15pm.
Where: The Om Factory has two locations, one in the Garment District at 265 W 37th St., and another in Union Square at 873 Broadway, Suite 202. All silks classes are taught at the Union Square studio.
What to Bring: You don’t need any gear, just make sure to wear flexible, but fitted clothing like you would to a yoga class.