Learn to Fly

5th Wall is a boutique art loft in the heart of Williamsburg Brooklyn.  Come experience intimate performances and out-of-the-box classes.  We train professionals and make flight accessible for absolute beginners.

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CLASSES

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Harness Dance

Whether you’re a novice adventurer or professional performer. We teach flying harness for your skill level; for audition training, or just for a fun experience.

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Acrobatics

In these classes we give you the tools to safely learn technically correct, gymnastics skills and translate them into unique acrobatic movements or characters appropriate for your level & goals.

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Space Rental

We have a fully equipped aerial studio available for rehearsals, shoots and readings or if you’re working on a new act we also can lend an eye or spotting hand. 


CREATORS

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Bill Mulholland was a National Team Gymnast turned dancer/actor/circus and acrobatic character. Gwyneth Larsen was a contemporary dancer and aerialist turned actor/stunt woman. They met and performed in the early days of De La Guarda and also with Fuerza Bruta, Cirque du Soleil, Pilobolus, the Met Opera in multiple productions with Robert Lepage as well as in film and TV as stunt performers. They were founding members of AiRealistic where they choreographed, rigged, designed and created full scale aerial work for many directors including; Julie Taymor (Midsummer Night's Dream at TFANA), Keith Warner (Andre Chenier at Bregenz Opera) and for many corporate clients. They founded 5th Wall Studio to return to their original intention of creating genre blurring live performances and to teach flying movement that cracks open the heart.

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“I love taking classes that tone my body and soul without realizing how hard I'm working. Gwyn and Bill create a safe and fun environment for learning such a unique skill. I was so surprised how quickly I could learn new choreography and tricks with them. I really appreciate their years of experience in dance, acrobatics, and performance. I highly recommend this class!”

—Suzanne Boothby, Writer, Health Coach, Adventurer at Heart

“Taking class with Gwyn and Bill is a wonderful, inspiring and fun experience. They are kind, professional and safe. Both are incredible movers, especially Gwyn, when she flies effortlessly with Bill's support it is like watching something straight out of heaven. The air awareness looks easier than it actually is, but the time you're able to experiment makes it possible to SEE progress. A warm, enjoyable, affordable experience that I would recommend to anyone wanting to Fly.”

—Paige Allison, Stunt Woman

"To take Flying Classes with Gwyn and Billy is transforming.  You can confront your fears of heights or being upside down because their gentle guidance and encouragement fuels you.  I felt emotional being that free up in the air.  I wish I could do it everyday. “

—Evita Arce, Swing dancer and Teacher at michaelandevita.com

“Flying with Billy and Gwyn at 5th Wall is a joyous exploration of the art of the impossible. For me, the vulnerability I feel aerial dancing is what makes my expression feel more grounded, no irony intended. Bill and Gwyn create a safe space for that vulnerability, and I am free to explore.” 

—Jessica Krueger, Professional Dancer, Acrobat