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Aerial Dance

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Aerial dance provides a mode of dance and movement that is accessible to a wide range of ability levels and body types. We have seen tremendous impacts on individual dancers in body awareness, fitness, self-esteem, and confidence.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The SOD is currently consulting with Momentum Aerial out for Flagstaff AZ to revamp our aerial leveling process & procedures.  We will be launching our new aerial program fall of 2021.  Please stay tuned as the information below will change slightly at that time.  We are excited about this big step for the SOD 🙂

Which aerial class is right for you?

Level 1a:

For never-evers, beginners, and students who have taken long breaks from aerial training.  It is common for students to repeat this level many times until the teacher recommends the next level for that specific apparatus.
  • The focus is on foundational skills, strength, and coordination needed for aerial training in any apparatus. Students will build, maintain and practice these coordinations in the knot, on the ground, and in the air with simple sequencing and variations. Students trains in short arm and long arm positions and understand foundational aerial safety with their bodies.

Level 1b:

For aerialists with consistent aerial classes and training for 3 consecutive months to 1 year
Silks/Sling Required Skills:
  • Able to tie a knot on silks safely w/o teachers help
  • Can invert with ease and straddle up 3x in a row
  • Must have clear knowledge of Basic climb
  • Russian climb w/o instructor’s help
  • 3rd grade above can do figure 8 footlock feet only
Lyra Required Skills:
  • Can hold chin up position for at least 15 sec
  • Double knee hang w/o spotting
  • Vine climb to seated and descend through double knee hang

 

Level 2:

Silks/Sling Required Skills:
  • Can invert and perform 5 pistons
  • Straddle up 3x in a row and hook single knee (no knot)
  • Can hold straight arm hang for 10sec with PROPER and safe shoulder alignment
  • successfully performs Basic climb
  • Russian climb and straddle climbs WITH controlled descent on both right and left
  • Can stay in air for 2min
  • Crossing poles (candy cane, pull to bird from seated)
  • Able to sequence skills in the air and retrograde without getting tangled
  • Demonstrate control and ability to fine tune within their skill level (not just achieve a trick but learn “how” to make it better)
  • Hip keys on ground AND in the air
  • Catchers wrap from ground
  • Front balance, back balance on ground and in air
Lyra Required Skills:
  • Can hold  chin up position for at least 15 sec while spinning
  • Double knee hang hands free
  • Ball/ pike and down with ease
  • Vine climb to seated and descend through double knee hang
  • Understands intermediate moves in the hoop such as :arabesque, Y, gazelle

 

Level 3:

Silks/Sling Required Skills:
  • Must be able to tie a knot on silks safely w/o teachers help
  • Can invert and perform 5 pistons
  • Straddle up 5x in a row
  • Successfully performs Basic climb
  • Russian climb and straddle climbs
  • Figure 8 and dancer footlocks
  • Can stay in air for 3-4min, hip keys in the air
  • Understands cross back straddle variations
  • catchers wrap in air
  • Can repeat these skills with spinning
  • Can repeat and retain complex sequencing
Lyra Required Skills:
  • Can hold single knee positions 15sec while spinning on low bar with one or 2 hands
  • Double knee hang hands free for 15 sec
  • Vine climb to seated and descend through double knee hang
  • Understands intermediate moves in the hoop
  • Knee hang on top bar
  • Understands lyra transitions: transverse, frontal (coronal) and Sagittal

 

Level 4:

Silks/Sling Required Skills:
  • Invert and perform 10 pistons
  • Straddle up 5x in a row
  • Performs various climbs with and w/o split silks in air (such as C.A.S.H., knee climbs and hip key climbs)
  • Performs at least 3-4 various footlocks
  • Can stay in air for 4-5min
  • Performs cross back straddle variations
  • Catchers wrap, S wrap, Z wrap, saltos, wheel downs, single leg wheel down
  • Can repeat these skills with spinning
  • Can repeat and retain complex sequencing
Lyra Required Skills:
  • Can hold single knee and double positions hands free 20 sec while spinning on high and low bars
  • Understands various pathways to climb into hoop and to initiate spin in sequencing,
  • Understands advanced moves inside the hoop and on top bar,
  • Understands  full mills and rolls.
  • Lyra transitions: transverse, frontal (coronal) and Sagittal.

Private Aerial Lessons

Private lessons are available for all levels of aerial fabric and/or lyra for all ages. Private lessons are catered to the students’ specific levels and students will have more time on the equipment than in normal group classes. This is also a great option for a fun and unique birthday party! Contact SOD for more information.

More Information

All aerial dance classes take place at the
Center for the Arts
606 6th Street
Crested Butte

Questions?
Email Nicole
nicole@dancecrestedbutte.org

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