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Recreational Aerial

Our Aerial Teaching Methods

At DSBPA, we place a heavy emphasis on learning appropriate technique. You won’t just learn skills—you’ll learn the how and the why so that you can do them correctly. This helps with injury prevention and progression so that you can safely build on each previous skill. We won’t teach your skills beyond your level, but we will challenge you safely in every class. 

We also teach through the lens of sequencing and choreography. You won’t learn a trick - you’ll learn how to transition from one skill to another, and how to vary your poses and skills so that you can develop your own unique choreography.

Students' training includes methods of climbing, foot locks onto the fabrics, and learning basic movements on the fabrics and aerial safety. Students then extend their working repertoire of aerial movements, their core strength, their stamina, and their body control. As students progress they will learn new climbs and locks, as well as additional movements including inversion all based on having a fundamental control in silks. Students will explore staying in the air and combining several movements in order to build a base for future performances. 

We offer 6-week workshops for students new to aerial or those who are returning from a hiatus or an injury. We offer 12-week sessions for students who are continuing their training. 

Aerial Silks Training Levels

Foundations: This class introduces you to silks and builds strength getting you off the ground as you learn how to create a sling, wrist wraps & locks, single & double footlocks, basic climb and more. Offered in a 6-week workshop. Students new to aerial typically spend 30-36 weeks in Foundations before moving to the next level of training. 

Continuing Beginning: Student should have a firm foundation and an understanding of the following skills:
Wrist wraps and wrist locks  -Creates sling in silks -Single foot lock and double footlocks from ground and in the air -Straddle back - Basic stand-Basic climb, Russian climb-Sling - gazelle, hip key, seat, star, plank, mermaid-Splits from double footlocks on ground and in the air -Basic moves from one foot lock - Split roll up - Double helix - Footlock climb - Rebecca splits series - Double dance wraps - Hip key in air from monkey foot-  Secretary Series-V-up from ground - Thigh Hitch

Beginning Intermediate: Student should have a firm foundation and an understanding of the following skills:
Wrist wraps and wrist locks  -Creates sling in silks -Single foot lock and double footlocks from ground and in the air -Straddle back - Basic stand-Basic climb, Russian climb-Sling - gazelle, hip key, seat, star, plank, mermaid-Splits from double footlocks on ground and in the air -Basic moves from one foot lock - Split roll up - Double helix - Footlock climb - Rebecca splits series - Double dance wraps - Hip key in air from monkey foot-  Secretary Series-V-up from ground - Thigh Hitch - Bicycle Climb - Same side thigh wrap - Opposite side thigh wrap-V-up in air-Crossback straddle - by placement only

Intermediate: Students will focus will be given to fluidity in movement and improvement of strength and flexibility.

Student should have a firm foundation and an understanding of the following skills:
Wrist wraps and wrist locks  -Creates sling in silks -Single foot lock and double footlocks from ground and in the air -Straddle back - Basic stand-Basic climb, Russian climb-Sling - gazelle, hip key, seat, star, plank, mermaid-Splits from double footlocks on ground and in the air -Basic moves from one foot lock - Split roll up - Double helix - Footlock climb - Rebecca splits series - Double dance wraps - Hip key in air from monkey foot-  Secretary Series-V-up from ground - Thigh Hitch - by placement only

Advanced:  Students looking to solidify technique, musicality and movement quality. Advanced drops and combos that request good flexibility, technique and strength will be presented. Student should have a firm foundation and an understanding of silks. - by placement only

 

We recommended for all aerial students to attend a conditioning class and/or open lab in addition to at least one aerial training class. 

Open Aerial Silks & Lyra: Open Studio is a 75-minute practice session for aerialsts to hone  skills or choreography. Open Studio is for practicing skills you have already learned, not learning new skills.. There will be a trained proctor to observe but not to train. 

Conditioning w/ Silks: This class will not only build strength but teach you how to engage muscles in your core.  ~ This workshop includes floor work and utilizing silks -- NOT just for Aerialists

Conditioning/Bodywork: Conditioning class gives you the tools to use your bodyweight to build strength and stamina. 

Tuition: Tuition is calculated based on 12-weeks of training and divided into 3 equal monthly payments. The first tuition payment is due on August 25 or at registration with subsequent payments due every four weeks. 

Aerial Training

 We offer 6-week workshops for students who are new to aerial or who are trying to get back into aerial from a hiatus or injury. Students new to aerial typically spend 30-36 weeks in Foundations before moving to the next level of training. 

Tuition: Tuition for 6-week workshops is listed in full and due at registration.

Conditioning 

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