Advanced Aerial Hoop

The Spin City Advanced Aerial Hoop Instructor Course will challenge your strength and flexibility, while further exploring dynamic movement.

Please note – a minimum ceiling height of 3.5 metres is recommended to enable you to complete some of the practical elements contained within this course.



Questions about the course? Click on the headings below for more information, or contact us if you have any questions about pre-requisites or suitability for your needs.

Course requirements and pre-requisites

You will need:

  • to meet the minimum age requirement of 18 years or older
  • to hold a Spin City Intermediate Aerial Hoop Instructor Course certificate, or equivalent certificate
  • a minimum of 3 years’ aerial hoop experience (recommended)
  • access to the internet via a PC, laptop, or mobile device
  • access to at least 1 aerial hoop, safely rigged in an appropriate training environment (a ceiling height of 3.5 meters is recommended for this course)
  • a minimum of 2 hours’ study/training time per week (to complete the course within the 1-year deadline)
  • a device to film videos on (mobile phones are allowed)
  • at least 1 student of a suitable ability level for the teaching assessment (aged 18 or older)

Course units

You’ll find the theory side of the advanced training course in the first three units. Our advanced teaching and coaching unit looks at how your role as an instructor will develop as students become more independent learners. We’ll also look at health and safety considerations when working with advanced level classes.

The practical elements of this course will concentrate on these different elements of advanced training:

  • Advanced hoop skills
  • Advanced hoop flexibility skills
  • Dynamic movement – beats
  • Dynamic movement – rolls
  • Dynamic movement – drops

Firstly, we will begin by covering the final block of moves in our core syllabus with the focus at this level on strong postural alignment, clean execution and bilateral training in all movements. This will be followed by an in-depth look at dynamic movement; we will be increasing the difficulty level of the rolls covered in our Intermediate course then adding on the core advanced drops, both top to bottom bar and drops that move between two different grip points.

Advanced hoop units:

  1. Introduction to advanced aerial hoop instruction
  2. Advanced teaching and coaching
  3. Health and safety at advanced level
  4. Advanced hoop skills
  5. Advanced hoop flexibility skills
  6. Advanced dynamic movement – beats
  7. Advanced dynamic movement – rolls
  8. Advanced dynamic movement – drops
  9. Combinations and sequences at advanced level
  10. Strength and conditioning at advanced level

Course moves list


  • Full back balances
    • Stag back balance
    • Arch back balance
    • Plank back balance
  • Single leg scarab
    • Hands on top bar
    • Split hand grip
  • Chard
  • Full shoulder stands
    • Stag & splits shoulder stand
    • Pike shoulder stand
  • Meathook
  • Foot hang
  • Heel hang


  • Hip hold split
  • Extended hocks splits
  • Skin the cat
  • Poisson
  • Inside out splits
  • Jigsaw
  • Horizon splits


  • Beat to tuck through
  • Beat to straddle through
  • Beat to single leg cradle
  • Beat to pike pop off


  • Russian mount
  • Around the world
    • Tuck/pike around the world
    • Straddle around the world
  • Millwheel
  • Barrel roll
  • Reverse barrel roll


  • Cradle roll out
  • Single knee pop drop
  • Hocks on top slide to front balance
  • Hocks on top drop to front balance
  • Pop off via hocks
  • Half tombe
  • Tombe

Course assessment

This course has two main parts to the assessment; a theory assessment and a practical assessment.

Theory AssessmentPractical Assessment
Answer theory questions related to each unit of the course. Questions are multiple choice, or short answers.Practical demonstration. Perform a continuous sequence of five moves from the hoop syllabus.
Core moves technique and execution. Perform each of the core course moves with correct technique, demonstrating level-appropriate entries and exits.
Teaching demonstration. Teach three individual moves (one each from units 4 & 5 and one from units 6, 7 or 8) to at least one student of a suitable ability level.
Online learners will have 1 year from the date you enrol onto the course to complete the online study and assessment.
Face-to-face learners will have the opportunity to complete their course within the course weekend.

Spin City are dedicated to ensuring the assessment process is accessible to learners that meet the training course enrolment criteria. If you have a learning need, there will be a place to declare this on your enrolment form. We are also able to offer a limited selection of reasonable adjustments where individuals may find particular practical elements prohibitive. Please contact our mentoring team for more information relevant to your individual circumstances.

Core moves


Compulsory moves required for technical assessment

  1. Full back balance (stag, arch or plank).
  2. Full shoulder stand (stag, splits or pike).
  3. Meathook.
  4. Shoulder flexibility move (skin the cat, poisson or jigsaw).
  5. Splits flexibility move (hip hold split, extended hocks split or inside out splits).
  6. Advanced beat (to tuck through, straddle through or single leg cradle).
  7. Around the world (tuck, pike or straddle).
  8. Advanced roll (russian mount, hip roll or millwheel). Full release skill (hocks on top to front balance or pike pop off via hocks).
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