“Hanging out”

Poking out behind a white wall, metal scaffolding reaches as high as the trees. Stage lights are secured to some corners, and braided fabric of various colors dangles from the highest rungs. It’s an odd sight because one doesn’t usually see aerialists flipping around in a residential neighborhood. But here you can.

The setup is for the aerial arts school, 7Siete, that is based out of the owner’s, Juan Pablo Vásquez Heap’s, home. There he and his partner teach a variety of aerial arts, including pole dancing. Each time he conducts class, his students drag giant mats from inside to protect them from falling on the hard ground. Before climbing the silks or spinning in the hoops, students warm up for at least an hour. Then they turn on the lights so the students can see as the sun goes down and they’re finally able to play.

Juan Pablo Vásquez Heap crawls over the scaffolding in his yard to release silks for his class to practice their aerial movements on Oct. 2, 2013 at 7Siete, an aerial arts school, in Santiago, Chile. His school is also his home.

Juan Pablo Vásquez Heap crawls over the scaffolding in his yard to release silks for his class to practice their aerial movements on Oct. 2, 2013 at 7Siete, an aerial arts school, in Santiago, Chile. His school is also his home.

Students in an aerial acrobatics class practice silks and hoops on Oct. 2, 2013 at 7Siete, an aerial arts school, in Santiago, Chile.

Students in an aerial acrobatics class practice silks and hoops on Oct. 2, 2013 at 7Siete, an aerial arts school, in Santiago, Chile.

Aerial acrobatics students practice silks and hoops while others watch on Oct. 2, 2013 at 7Siete, an aerial arts school, in Santiago, Chile.

Aerial acrobatics students practice silks and hoops while others watch on Oct. 2, 2013 at 7Siete, an aerial arts school, in Santiago, Chile.

Juan Pablo Vásquez Heap and his partner, Ivana Vargas, practice a duo series on silks on Oct. 2, 2013 at 7Siete, an aerial arts school, in Santiago, Chile.

Juan Pablo Vásquez Heap and his partner, Ivana Vargas, practice a duo series on silks on Oct. 2, 2013 at 7Siete, an aerial arts school, in Santiago, Chile.

Juan Pablo Vásquez Heap and his partner, Ivana Vargas, practice a duo series on silks on Oct. 2, 2013 at 7Siete, an aerial arts school, in Santiago, Chile.

Juan Pablo Vásquez Heap and his partner, Ivana Vargas, practice a duo series on silks on Oct. 2, 2013 at 7Siete, an aerial arts school, in Santiago, Chile.

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