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Work With Your Body: Practical Anatomy for Aerial Artists (6 Hours)

How do I get more flexible?

How do I achieve that next level of skill?

How do I build the strength to do that cool trick?

How do I stop getting hurt when I train?

This full-day class answers the questions that aerialists ask most often and helps them learn how to work with your body, rather than against it. We’ll talk about how your shoulders, core, and hips work together to move you through space, and how the right biomechanics can help you stretch further and be functionally stronger.

Most important, we’ll talk about how to train to your limits without getting hurt.

Based on the latest research and lots of practical, circus-specific examples, this class will help you understand your body—and your training—in a whole new way.

Teach Smarter: Practical Anatomy for Aerial Instruction (10 Hours)

Why do we teach a hollow body?

What is the correct way to “engage” shoulders?

How can I keep my students safe?

What are the most common injuries and how can I help prevent them?

This full-day class answers the questions that instructors ask most often and teaches them to understand how students’ bodies work. We’ll dive into the connections between the core, shoulders, and hips to understand the patterns and sequences that make students successful and keep them safe.

Based on the latest research and lots of practical examples, instructors will learn to break down skills, identify ‘risky’ movement patterns, and the science behind what they teach.

Lastly, we will examine the structure of a class and creating a training plan for the year in a whole new way, and with an eye towards injury prevention and longevity of training.

Anatomy of the Core and Hips for Aerial Arts (3 hours)

Aerial movement begins in hanging and is initiated at the core. Learn the why’s, how’s, and when’s of a hollow body position. Analyze how the hips are attached to the spine and pelvis and how this connection influences how an aerialist lifts their legs, and understand how to assess if they are at risk for injury. We will also learn the secret and the solution to the dreaded knee ‘microbend’.

Shoulder Anatomy of the Aerial Artist (2 hours)

The shoulders are the most mobile joint in our bodies and our greatest aerial tools, but also the part of the body that is most at risk among aerialists. Expand your knowledge about how the shoulder works to create a stabile support for hanging and a base for pull ups, while allowing the motion needed for dynamic movements and skin the cats

Learn how the spine, scapula, and arm move together to bring the arm up overhead, across the body for a meathook, or behind the body for a skin the cat or a lever. Recognize the best patterns for shoulder health and safety and the small differences that can make the difference in your student’s safety and their ability to achieve their goals.

Understanding shoulder mechanics is the most important thing you can do to help your students. With precise instruction they will be able to unlock skills that were seemingly out of reach.

Creating a Training Plan: Preventing Injury and Speeding Recovery (2 hours)

Create plans for your students that allow them to avoid injury and achieve their goals. By understanding the science behind training programs your students won’t fall victim to injuries the week of the show or feeling like they are going to pass out when they run their act. This class explores what the body needs to become a strong, flexible, and dynamic aerialist.

Help your students learn how to recognize the difference between muscle soreness and genuine injury. Learn how to educate them to respond to each and how to help them return to training when they have been away from training. Learn to recognize the signs of concussion and when to seek help.

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