TRAPEZE 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
Trapeze is one of the original apparatuses in circus arts. In the 1960's, modern dancers began taking to the air and the single-point dance trapeze was born. We find that the low dance trapeze is an accessible way to begin an aerial journey, and we spend time on both dance and static trapezes in our Level 1 course. If you teach very early beginners, we highly recommend taking the Fabric/Sling 0 Teacher Training. We do allow participants to enter our program at Trapeze Level 1, and Level 0 is not required.
Teaching trapeze 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 recognize when 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.
Prerequisites: One year of experience on trapeze. Must be at an intermediate level (can do basic inversions). Previous experience in teaching is recommended but not required.
Required Reading: The Aerial Teacher’s Handbook by Julianna Hane. Purchase from AerialDancing.com.
Schedule: (lunch break at 1pm daily)
What You Will Learn: This training features a mixture of static and dance trapeze skills inspired by different schools of thought including the Canopy Studio syllabus. We begin with the low trapeze bar and seated skills that work for beginners of all types. The course progresses into standing work on the low bar, and then on to hanging skills underneath the bar. Proper spotting, cueing techniques, and clear progressions are strongly emphasized. 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.