Why video feedback?
The transition from trainee to aerial teacher has its challenges, and we've been there! The Remote Teacher Assessment Program (RTAP) allows you to submit a video of yourself teaching and receive comprehensive feedback from experienced aerial instructors. We want to support you in becoming a more versatile teacher.
Your program is great as I had the chance to broaden my experience through the online material I was provided and through the Skype sessions I had with Elizabeth! She gave me fundamental feedback that I was able to use in my lesson plans and classes so that I can improve and evolve as an aerial teacher!
Who are the reviewers?
Elizabeth Stich, MFA, CLMA
When Elizabeth's older brother catapulted her off a makeshift teeter board and into the hospital at the tender age of 8, she never imagined it would foreshadow a distant career in the circus. A childhood ballerina turned college modern dancer turned aerialist, Liz has been an aerial instructor and performer for over 8 years – first with Revolve Aerial Dance and then Aerial Arts of Utah. She has taught aerial dance courses and master classes in higher education settings such as Weber State University, Snow College, and Brigham Young University. She has also taught dance technique and theory courses as an adjunct instructor at Weber State University and Utah Valley University and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Utah. In addition to her love of teaching, Liz is a passionate performer, most recently battling wind and water in over 200 shows of Cirque de la Mer at Sea World San Diego.
Liz holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Modern Dance from the University of Utah, a Bachelor of Arts degree with a minor in Dance Education from the University of Georgia, and a Certificate in Laban Movement Analysis/Baretenieff Fundamentals from Integrated Movement Studies. She is a graduate of NECCA's Pro Track program, and has co-presented on the creative application of Laban theory to aerial dance with colleague Julianna Hane at the Motus Humanus Roundtable.
Julianna Hane, MFA, CLMA
Julianna traded life on a cotton farm to become a dancer and aerialist. Her first experience in the air was at Winthrop University as an undergraduate dance student in 2001, and she hasn't looked back since. Founding Revolve Aerial Dance in 2008 allowed her to teach, perform, and choreograph in the aerial arts. She has also served as a dance professor at Columbia College, Winthrop, and the College of Charleston, and graduate teaching assistant at the University of Utah.
Julianna holds an Master of Fine Arts in Modern Dance from the University of Utah, a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Winthrop University, and a Certificate in Laban Bartenieff Movement Analysis. She is a certified K-12 Dance Educator in South Carolina and a graduate of NECCA's Pro-Track program. Julianna began collaborating with Rebekah Leach in 2011 on the Aerial Hoop Manual series. Since then she has co-presented on Laban and aerial dance with Elizabeth Stich, wrote The Aerial Teacher's Handbook, and directs the Aerial Teacher Training program for Born to Fly Productions.
What will be covered in the consultation?
How does it work?
Film yourself teaching:
Compress your video and email it to us using Google Drive:
Submit this questionnaire along with your video:
Copy and paste this questionnaire into a document and answer the questions. Submit the document with your video to guide the reviewer in the feedback process.
Allow 4 weeks to receive feedback:
You will receive a document containing your feedback. We use a rubric to maintain consistency in our evaluation process. You'll then schedule an online chat with your reviewer to answer questions and get recommendations for future growth.
At this stage, the reviewer may suggest additional study in a specific area (anatomy, skills review and practice, etc.) Our goal is to help you become a stronger teacher, and each teacher's journey is completely unique. Please be prepared to take on additional tasks/study as needed to prepare you for completion of your certificate.
Implement your feedback:
Implement feedback in your classes, allowing 2-3 months (minimum) for that process. If required by your reviewer, complete the areas of additional study.
Submit your second video:
Submit to to firstname.lastname@example.org. For your second video, you will receive a second feedback document. This video is also used as final evaluation for the certificate. If you meet the standards, you will move forward in the process. If more skills need to be exhibited, or safety issues need to be corrected, additional teaching videos will be requested. The charge for additional video reviews is $120 per video. Should additional videos push you past the deadline to complete the program, you may file for an extension of up to 6 months ($100 charge per 6-month extension).
Note: If a Born to Fly™ reviewer is traveling to your area (i.e. for workshops or a teacher training), you may request to complete part of the review process in person. This requires that you teach the appropriate level/apparatus that matches the certification you are pursuing, and that the class is scheduled at a time when that reviewer can attend. Please contact us for further information.
When will I receive feedback?
We will send written feedback within 4 weeks of receiving your video. When you have finished reading through your written assessment, email us and we will schedule an online chat at your convenience. We appreciate your patience during the holidays as we usually take time off, making our turnaround time about 4-6 weeks.
What others are saying...
I've noticed since implementing their feedback that it helps tremendously with my students' retention of the material I teach them, and gives them a deeper understanding of the fundamental concepts behind the moves that we're learning. I truly can't recommend enough that every aerial instructor, no matter their experience level, find a way to evaluated and critiqued by another aerial instructor - preferably one from a different studio with a completely different background to your own. And the Remote Teacher Assessment Program is an excellent way to achieve that!" ~ Craig L.
Let's get started.
If you've already enrolled in the Born to Fly™ Aerial Teacher Certificate, then your next step is to email us your video and questionnaire (no need to follow the payment button below). If you are interested in submitting a video for feedback without credit toward a certificate, select the "RTAP for personal growth" button below.