Aerial SLING Teacher Trainings
The following courses are part of the Born to Fly™ Aerial Teacher Certificate Program. All who meet the prerequisites are welcome to train with us, and the certificate is optional.
Teaching Philosophy and Methods
Aerial fabric is the most popular apparatus in recreational programs. However, starting students with climbs may not be the most accessible way to begin an aerial journey. If you teach early beginners, we highly recommend (but do not require) starting the Aerial Sling 1 Teacher Training.
In the Born to Fly™ methodology, we expose our students to fabric theory early on through puzzles and challenge their artistry through creative tasks. Our goal is to develop an aerialist’s strength, intelligence, and artistry simultaneously so nothing gets left behind. We ask students to spend more time with each skill, which allows them to build strength over a longer period of time before progressing to the next level.
"This course went beyond my goals! I was coming just to understand anatomy and spotting techniques better. I got that as well as learned a new teaching technique that I’ve fallen in love with. The knowledge you receive is well worth the money and effort put in. I felt like a better teacher the second I walked out of the studio!" ~ Chrissy R.
Aerial SLING Level 1 Teacher Training
with Rebekah Leach
$1250 (plus purchase of textbooks sold separately)
6 participants max
July 26-30, 2021
ONLINE (Zoom) ONLY
Please check our course schedule to see upcoming courses from one or our providers.
Note that providers may have different prerequisites than those listed below.
Audition Video: Email video to email@example.com.
Include a routine that shows off your skills, demonstrating you are at least an intermediate level on silks.
Required Reading: Order book below.
Schedule (exact schedule may vary):
What You Will Learn: This training focuses on Level 1 Sling skills as well as spotting, safe practices, teaching methods, and classroom management. We strongly emphasize progressions, particularly to develop strong inversions. You will work with the classic sling skills as well as several variations and sequences we’ve developed over the years.
Skills in the sling help develop foundational technique for all aerial apparatuses. We begin with basic shapes and body positions, from multiple zones of the apparatus (sitting, standing, and inverting from the sacrum). We will explore inversion progressions in great detail to prepare students for higher level skills on sling, but also to transition easily to learning other apparatuses. Clinics include spotting techniques and core engagement progressions, while discussion topics include safety, teaching philosophies, classroom management, and an open Q&A. The training concludes with practice teaching.
Audition Video: Email video here.
Connect these skills in a sequence in any order over a crash mat at least 6" thick:
Required Reading: Order book below.
What You Will Learn: At this level of sling, students should be able to perform a pull-over from standing on the ground but they may still be struggling with a cross-hip pull-over without the help of their feet pushing off the ground. So, to work on skills that encourage growth and having fun, all while sneaking in core-development training. The major skill topics covered in this training include knee hangs, cross back straddle (sling version), weaving choreography from diaper wrap, spread fabric moves, roll-ups (on the thigh), side back balance, and an introduction to corset. The technique training will include inversion training, early skin the cat training, and early c-shape training (through back balance introduction).
The technique training is PERFECT for those teaching fabric and are looking for more ways to help train students while having fun. Sling is especially perfect for fabric students who are taking a bit longer to progress than other students. Don't feel like you have to push students forward if they are not ready! Give them sling!