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Beginners Aerial Hoop

The Spin City Beginners Aerial Hoop Instructor Course will cover the fundamental skills of aerial hoop to build a strong base of knowledge in your students to help them fly. This course will provide you with every aspect you need to start teaching confident and effective aerial hoop classes for adults in your community.

ONLINE COURSE COST: £295

Face-to-Face COURSE COST: £375

Questions about the course? Click on the headings below for more information, or contact us.

Course Requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum of 1 years’ aerial hoop experience (recommended)
  • access to the internet via a PC, laptop, or mobile device
  • access to at least 1 aerial hoop (all moves in this course are demonstrated on a single point hoop)
  • 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 for the teaching assessment
  • basic first aid and anatomy knowledge is also recommended

Course Moves List

MOUNTS AND BASIC MOVES UNDER THE BAR

  • Delilah – with hand variations
  • Open Delilah
  • Candlestick
  • Side Climb/Delilah Mount
  • Straddle Mount/Dismount
  • Pike Mount/Dismount
  • Double Hocks Hang

BEGINNERS SEATS

  • Stag Seat
  • Figure 4 Seat
  • Scissor Seat
  • Secretary Seat
  • Man in the Moon

BEGINNERS SKILLS

  • Mermaid
  • Angel
  • Reverse Angel
  • Arabesque
  • High Arabesque
  • Birdie
  • Side Star
  • Single Leg Cradle
  • Cradle
  • Owl
  • Standing Up on hoop from Owl
  • Splits Under Bar (and variations)
  • Splits Away – Pike Splits Away
  • Cobra

BEGINNERS PROGRESSION SKILLS

  • Gazelle
  • Birds Nest
  • Star on the Bar
  • Crescent Moon
  • Hanging Beats from Hocks
  • Full Hanging Beats to Sitting

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.Part 1: Class Introduction. Give an introduction to a typical aerial class, as outlined in the course.
Part 2: Warm Up. Teach a warm up, as outlined in the course.
Part 3: Teaching Moves. Teach 3 individual moves from the course to at least 1 student.
Part 4: Combination of Moves. Demonstrate a combination of 5 moves from the course syllabus.
Part 5: Cool Down. Teach a cool down, as outlined in the course.
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.

Course Description

The theory section of this course will give you a range of teaching and coaching techniques to make you a confident and effective instructor, supported by relevant aerial theory. We will also cover the practical aspects of running your classes from how to structure your syllabus to the process of writing class plans.

In the practical section, you will learn the first part of the Spin City aerial hoop syllabus, a series of strength and conditioning techniques to help your beginners progress and we will complete your practical training with beginners’ combinations, sequences and choreography.

UNIT 1 – WARM UPS AND COOL DOWNS

This unit will take you through how to write and conduct a safe and effective warm up and cool down. We will look at the exercise science behind why we warm up and cool down, from the benefits to the correct structure; breaking down the individual elements. We will then focus on how you can make your warm up and cool down aerial-specific and provide sample plans of both.

UNIT 2 – BASIC MOVES

Here we will cover the core beginners aerial hoop moves, looking at each move in detail from the teaching and safety points, to progressions and regressions also touching upon common problems. This will be supported by foundation concepts such as hoop control and momentum, the range of hand grips, correct shoulder positions and how we can teach safe progression through training. This unit finishes with a practical workshop on strength and conditioning.

UNIT 3 – TEACHING AND COACHING

This unit looks specifically at the theory behind teaching and coaching. We will start by considering the key skills needed by an effective instructor, this takes us onto theories of education and teaching methods including discussion on different learning styles and teaching manner. We round off this unit with a practical session to consolidate these techniques.

UNIT 4 – CHOREOGRAPHY

In this section we will cover different types of choreography, how to build routines and sequences, and how to effectively teach choreography to your class participants through a range of cueing techniques. At this stage we will start to build your choreography toolbox; giving you combinations and aerial and ground-based transitions to start developing your own choreography style.

UNIT 5 – CLASS PLANNING

This unit returns us to the theory of effective class planning. We begin with how you can structure your own syllabus, breaking this down into course and individual session planning with example session plans provided. We will cover all the elements you will need to start your own business including advice on choosing venues and equipment, approaches to rigging, and screening participants.

UNIT 6 – HEALTH AND SAFETY

Our final unit is arguably the most important unit on the course, as it covers the health and safety aspects of aerial instruction. We will discuss the factors which you can influence to make your classes safe and effective from creating a focused environment, to liability insurance, risk assessment and injury prevention, ongoing training and first aid considerations. This unit finishes with aerial-specific health and safety requirements from clothing to equipment maintenance and most importantly the theory and practical knowledge behind spotting techniques and how you can put this into practice in your classes.

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