We stand in solidarity with all those affected by the brutal killing of George Floyd (and many others). We cannot and will not turn a blind eye to these awful events happening all over the world.
We here at AGL believe that racism is vicious and must be opposed. We as a studio working with children and adults have a responsibility of promoting racial justice. Whenever we ignore racism or dismiss BIPOC people’s experience of it, we are complicit in violations of human dignity. We promise to ensure our classes are a safe space and will not tolerate any act of racism. More importantly, should we notice an act of racism we will actively work to highlight the problem in a respectful way and do our best ensure all parties learn from this experience to avoid it repeating.
In the recent light of events surrounding #blacklivesmatter we have decided to make sure we are improving our services and the way in which we run. We know this is just the start of a long journey and we pledge to always do our part.
Our first change is offer discounted (up to 100%) class fees for those who may not otherwise be able to take classes. We believe aerial is an art form that should be accessible to everyone and we hope our new grant scheme will reach communities and minorities in order to give them the chance to learn something new whilst improving their physical and mental wellbeing.
Nathalie Alison (Aerial Gymnastics London Founder):
"It's a very tough time in the world and my heart hurts for all the lives lost from an act of racism. I believe self care and belief in others are key to healing and coming together.
As AGL grows I promise to make my studio a safe place for everyone. I would like people to see past the service we offer and know me and my instructors are here to support you. If you have experienced an act of racism either directly or indirectly please know I am always here to listen. As someone who has experienced a great amount of racism in my life which at times can be very distressing, I know the reason I am able to talk about it today is because of my support network.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have a support network but please know everyone has the opportunity to talk and be listened too. I pledge to listen and support the best way I can. Black lives will always matter to me along with everyone else's, not one person is alone in this journey.
Always apply love and reach out to us here at AGL, we're much more than a studio"
(AGL Founder - Nathalie Alison)
All the best and happy flying