Intro-to-Aerial Teacher Training 2022
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
Teaching people from all backgrounds requires a clear understanding of the skills, progressions, technique, spotting, diverse learning styles, and classroom management to help students find success. It’s important to notice what a student is ready to progress, and then find unique ways for them to engage with level appropriate material. This allows you to reach more learners and to stay fresh in your own teaching over the long haul. By entering each class with a beginner’s mind, you will learn something new every time you teach.
In the Born to Fly™ methodology, we expose our students to aerial 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.
Intro-to-Aerial Teacher Training
with Rebekah Leach
(Note: additional costs include a purchase of $55 textbook, which is purchased separately, but can be shared with other participants)
8 participants min.
15 participants max.
Fri-Sun, May 13-15, 2022
Fri. May 13th 4-8pm
Sat. May 14th 9am-1pm & 2-5pm
Sun. May 15th 9-11pm & 12-3pm
Madison Circus Space
2082 Winnebago St.
Madison, WI 53704
Prerequisites: One year of aerial experience that includes a minimum of the basics of a variety of aerial apparatuses including: vertical skills (such as footlocks, hip key, crossback straddle, basic sling sequencing) and hard bar skills (mounting a trapeze or lyra, etc).
Audition Video: We would like to get to know your aerial background so that we can better serve you in this teacher training. Please provide one of the following:
About the Space: Madison Circus Space is a home for circus arts in Madison with a mission to engage people interested in circus and movement arts to learn, share, and grow as a community. A registered non-profit, MCS holds workshops and events that are open to the community and meant to foster appreciation for the variety of circus-related talent and creativity in Madison.
Madison Circus Space is convenient located on the bus line and within walking distance to restaurants and places to get food.
What You Will Learn: This training will focus on trapeze and silks to introduce everyBODY to aerial, making aerial an accessible art form for all to enjoy. We will speak specifically to how to educate students on proper form in stretching and strengthening skills to prepare their bodies for work in the air. The training will focus on getting teachers ready to teach their first aerial class.
The skills covered on trapeze can be transferable to hoop, and the skills covered on silks knot can be transferable to sling. By focusing on trapeze and silks, we are seeking to provide participants with a well-rounded start to the basics of teaching any aerial apparatus.
By the end of the training, teachers will have learned and practiced
Safety Note: This training is meant to inform movement instructors of best practices in aerial teaching. Completing this course does not guarantee that participants will be effective aerial instructors. Experience, practice, and self-reflection are all important components in the process of becoming a competent aerial teacher.
"During training I took away a notebook of new and refreshed knowledge of entry level silks.
My main take-away was proper strength and form before moving forward to a skill." ~ Kirsten H.