One of Southern California’s premier aerial arts schools, Ruby Karen Project, and its performing arm, the Orange County Aerial Arts is a performing arts and fitness school for both kids and adults alike. The school’s disciplines and areas of focus include aerial arts, aerial fitness, dance, acrobatics and circus 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?
The school and its fitness program offer an array of innovative classes fusing aerial arts, dance, and fitness. The classes are individually designed and personalized according to the student’s physical ability and skill level, yet in adherence to the school’s syllabus, technical skills and safety protocols. The school also offers professional training called the “Apprentice Program”. Said program provides a platform for any student who is seriously thinking of stepping into the professional field and/or would like to speed up their progress, master the technique and learn at a faster pace. As a perk, the program provides a performance platform in the form of showcases and actual demonstrations in festivals and alike.
- 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) and Downtown Los Angeles. We also conduct programs retained by schools and organizations requesting special workshops and seasonal classes. The Ruby Karen Project, prides itself in 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