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For a workout that will literally send you flying, Northeast Minneapolis’ The Aviary is the gym for you. Established in 2015, The Aviary is a boutique fitness studio that offers full-body workouts and yoga classes using aerial hammocks. If that sounds intimidating, rest assured that this low-impact activity is anything but.

“Our classes are designed to make you stronger and to show you that with proper instruction, anyone can perform basic aerial moves,” says Christine Longe, owner and founder. “The aerial moves are in fact the easiest part of any class since our instructors provide easy-tofollow verbal cues and hands-on assistance to help everyone succeed.”

Aerial fitness is not just for small, fit people or for acrobatic circus performers; it can accommodate all body types and fitness levels. Few people have the grace—or waistline—of a ballerina, and The Aviary knows that. Instructors work with beginners every day to help clients work their way up to new levels of strength and flexibility. All body types and fitness levels are encouraged to participate, so long as you don’t mind being upside down.

The Aviary also specializes in hosting Signature Private Parties, perfect for a small gathering. The maximum group size is 15 people; parties are two hours long and guests will learn aerial poses, tricks and inversions in their first hour. The rest of the time is open for guests to take photos of their favorite moves and enjoy food or beverages they have brought. The Aviary has hosted over 80 parties in the last 10 months that range from corporate teambuilding to bachelorette parties.

“No experience is required to take our Intro to Aerials class or attend a Signature Private Party,” assures Longe. “These formats are designed to be appropriate for any level of fitness and we limit our class size to 15 people. Less people means you get more one-on-one time to help you succeed at the moves and keep you safe.”  

1. The building that is now the AAA Four Diamond-rated Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis was originally constructed in 1915 as the Minneapolis Athletic Club—a high-end athletic and business club. The Grand Hotel opened in 2000 after a major renovation, and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants took over management in 2010 and underwent a full renovation that completed in 2011.

 

Here’s the one question you might want to avoid asking Robbie Harrell when you see one of his sculptures at an event: “Is that real ice?” The CEO of Minnesota Ice Sculptures says his com - pany’s sculptures are so clear and precisely carved that they prompt that question at every event they’re displayed. “Once people realize it really, truly is carved from ice, they’re excited about it,” he says. “There are always lots of selfies with the ice sculpture.”

 

Associations North, the association for associations in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, infused excitement, creativity and innovation into its one-day Meeting Planners Symposium on Nov. 9 at Hyatt Regency Minneapolis with its open layout, new room sets, quick 30-minute sessions, hub groups and more. Keynote speaker Tamara G. Kleinberg disrupted the status quo with her “Think Sideways” presentation that introduced new tools to and generate inventive ideas.