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11.03.2014

If it's not a bird, plane or Marvel super hero, it's probably Shruti Jasani. Hang with her, an aerial dancer, who routinely defies gravity while curled around ropes attached to trees and poles. The Cirque of life?

Shruti, who has trained students for years with the Performing Arts Trinity college syllabus and has studied contemporary dance and education at New York University and in San Francisco, now teaches aerial dance at The Wooden Stage, a studio in Vile Parle. The workout is intense and focuses on flexibility, body strength, toning and discipline, all through aerial dance forms, with the help of ropes and cloth. 

When else will you be tied up in ropes, balancing in mid air? Oh right, that's just a regular Monday night in your bedroom.

She Believes You Can Fly

The workshop, we are told, is not for someone just looking for the next new fitness fad. The Wooden Stage's team of five, along with Shruti, teach a course that demands discipline and dedication. “We're looking for students who are eager to learn and are as excited about this dance form as we are," says Shruti.

How You Can Use The Wooden Stage

Sign up for a class and you could learn three dance forms –contemporary, hip-hop and aerial over the course of a month, get assigned a healthy diet, learn to understand weight transfer, and develop an ability to calculate and manipulate time and speed with your body.

They currently have openings for a batch in April. Go ahead and sign up. When else will you be tied up in ropes, balancing in mid air? Oh right, that's just a regular Monday night in your bedroom.

Getting there: D square, Dadabhai road, opposite CNMS school, Vile Parle (W), see their facebook page here, Rs 5,500 per month, Rs 450 for a drop in classes.

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