YOUTH AERIAL 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 youth 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.
Prerequisites: One year of aerial experience. 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 books from AerialDancing.com.
What You Will Learn: This training prepares the aerial instructor to work more specifically with children. We will discuss child development in the physical, social/emotional, and cognitive domains to help you work with this group of students more effectively. We will also examine the age-appropriateness of various aerial skills, and identify teaching structures that keep kids engaged in class. Children especially love games - transforming traditional skill drills into rhymes, puzzles, and obstacle courses can bring new life into your youth classes.
We will briefly address the Parent & Me class format for children ages 5-7, and then move on to ages 8-15 where developing technique and performance readiness are key. Our greatest emphasis will be on classroom management for various age groups, and developing an age-appropriate curriculum that promotes both self-esteem and teamwork. Safety, spotting, and rigging will also be addressed.