One of Southern California’s premier aerial arts schools, The Ruby Karen Project, also known as Orange County Aerial Arts, is a mobile organization providing students and spectators alike with both aerial dance instruction and aerial performances. The schools disciplines and areas of focus include aerial arts (tissu, hoop, hammock, vertical aerials, corde lisse, cube, static trapeze, and other inventive apparatus) and dance (including but not limited to ballet, contemporary, Latin, and theater arts.)
The founder and director of Orange County Aerial Arts, Ruby Karen is a seasoned veteran of the performing arts industry. With over 35 years of experience in the fields of dance, circus arts, sports and fitness Ruby Karen has taught and performed continuously in over 20 countries and 50 cities, with repeated invitations for return visits. Ruby proudly holds three world titles one from the Ballet Pas de Deux, another in acro-gymnastics partnering from the world-renowned World Championship of Performing Arts, and another from the Mayan World Salsa Championship—professional division.
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What makes RKP unique?
An array of innovative classes fusing aerial arts, dance, and fitness--individually designed by none other than Ruby Karen herself. The various classes give students the opportunity to learn and hone skills in a fun, encouraging environment; adherence to technical skills and safety protocols are of utmost importance in all classes.
- Barre Workout - Ballet based fitness exercises using mainly the barre
- Tissu (aka Silk) - Climb, Drop, Dive and slide on this long fabric that dangles from ceiling to the floor
- Yoga Hammock & Conditioning - Aerial and Ground exercises using the hammock
- Hoop (aka Lyra) - Manipulate your body along the contours of this circular steel hoop that hangs above
- Dance - Latin and Contemporary Modern Jazz
- Static Trapeze - bar supported by ropes on the side
- Performing/ Theater Arts use movement, music, and some acting and Waalaa!!!
- Hammock - tricks on fabric with a loop at the bottom
- Acrobatic Adagio - train for solos and duos doing acrobatic skills on the ground and in the air
- Circus Arts (Stilts, Hand Balancing, Contortion)
- Footwork and Styling fast, complex and intricate foot combinations
Upon enrollment in any of these classes, you will have the ability to upgrade your enrollment and join the Apprenticeship Program.
Where do we teach?
We currently offer classes in Costa Mesa (our headquarters), Downtown Los Angeles and Fountain Valley. The Ruby Karen Project, however, prides itself on being a mobile organization with the freedom to “set up class” in various locations, assessing clients’ needs and designing classes to the desired level and skills--feel free to contact the school for more information.
Why chose the school - Ruby Karen Project or its affiliating performing companies?
With four decades in the performing arts and fitness-education industry, our organization takes great satisfaction in having created a classroom with a structured curriculum. Having the necessary creative and technical know-how, we boast our faculty to have under their belt, formal aerial training of no less than 3 years and are experienced certified aerial instructors. That said, our instructors have a variety of skills, vast vocabulary and styles, and are trained for safety technical methods using step by step, concise and clear instructions. Our motto is to baby step a lesson .... a student is encouraged to master previous lessons while at the same time, move forward to the next set of skills, while developing strength and endurance. Regardless of your physical background, once you step into any of our classes, you will become certain that based on our initial assessment, our lessons are geared towards your level and we make sure that we tap into your ability and encourage your spirit, keeping in mind safety protocols. Also know that our organization is one of a handful with complete circus aerial arts, performing arts, and fitness insurance coverage.
Watch our Corps de Aerialists (students from our Apprenticeship Program), as they perform at various events
Here is a video clip of our Aerial Dance Fitness classes
"She has all the characteristics of a successful performer – very solid and strong technique, compelling and beautiful stage presence, and the emotional and physical stamina to withstand any obstacles thrown her way."full testimonial