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Intermediate Aerial Hoop

The Spin City Intermediate Aerial Hoop Instructor course focuses on developing the basic skills taught at the beginners’ level while adding on the next block of moves in the Spin City syllabus, including an introduction to the top bar and dynamic movement.


Face-to-Face COURSE COST: £375

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Course requirements and Pre-requisites

You will need:

  • to hold a Spin City Beginners Aerial Hoop Instructor Course certificate, or equivalent certificate
  • a minimum of 2 years’ aerial hoop experience (recommended)
  • access to the internet via a PC, laptop, or mobile device
  • access to at least aerial 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

Course Moves List


  • Front Balance – Pull Over Entry – Rolling Entry (to and from sitting) – Stag Seat Entry
  • Single Hocks Mount
  • Single Point Flag
  • Front Amazon and Side Amazon
  • Half and Pike Back Balance
  • Wineglass
  • Crucifix
  • Iron Fanny
  • Reverse Figurehead
  • Walking Man
  • Ankle Hang
  • Single Leg Hocks Hang
  • Reverse Splits Away
  • Hip Hold Ball, Pike, and Straddle


  • Pike in Hoop
  • Hocks Hang – top bar
  • Splits in Hoop
  • Scarab – forwards and backwards
  • Delilah on Top
  • Hocks Splits
  • Shoulder Stand – Single Leg Hocks, Pencil, and Straddle


  • Pop on Mount
  • Pop Off Pike Mount
  • Roll to Single Hocks/Mini Mill Wheel
  • Single Leg Cradle Roll
  • Cradle Roll to Hocks
  • Reverse Entry Delilah to Crescent Moon
  • Single Leg Hocks Slide
  • Double Leg Hocks Slide
  • Around the World (classic)

Core moves

Compulsory moves required for technical assessment

  1. Front Balance (any entry shown in course)
  2. Amazon (front or side)
  3. Wineglass
  4. Pike in the hoop
  5. Hocks Split
  6. Hip Hold (ball, pike or straddle)
  7. Crucifix
  8. Dynamic Movement (roll or slide) of your choice form the course
  9. Dynamic Movement (roll or slide) of your choice form the course

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: Teaching Moves. Teach 3 individual moves from the course to at least 1 student.
Part 2: Combination of Moves. Demonstrate a combination of 5 moves from the course syllabus.
Part 3: Core Moves Technique and Execution. Perform each of the core course moves.
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

At this point in your instructor training, we start expanding your knowledge of core concepts such as training lifting, execution and clean movement. We will then expand your instructional toolbox, giving you a range of teaching methods that work effectively when students are at height and inverted. We will discuss class planning in the context of progress chains and how you can use combinations and sequences to both challenge your students, avoid them hitting move plateaus, and ensure safe progression to an advanced level.

This course is highly physical in nature as this is the point where we will cover how to introduce dynamic movement to your students through our 5-stage plan, preparing students for the advanced syllabus. This leads us to an in-depth discussion of static and dynamic spotting techniques, which are paramount at an intermediate level. You can expect to leave this course with a wealth of new moves, skills and techniques to reinvigorate your aerial hoop classes, allowing you to take your students to the next level.


This unit examines what constitutes an intermediate move and how to decide whether students are ready to progress onto the intermediate syllabus. We will cover a series of markers which will help you assess your students and techniques to introduce more challenging moves.


Unit 2 starts with a progression of the core concepts. We will look at different techniques to introduce lifting into your classes and how you can encourage your students to execute moves more efficiently and move cleanly between positions. Muscular balance and bi-lateral training is covered before we go onto introduce the core intermediate syllabus moves, looking at each move in detail, from the teaching and safety points to progressions and regressions, also touching upon common problems.


To begin this unit, we will recap the core concepts of creating momentum on a hoop; spinning, beating and popping. This will be progressed into our 5-stage plan to help you introduce dynamic movement to your students. We will cover the rules of teaching dynamic movement, then give you 14 variations on basic rolls that you can work through with your students.


When teaching at an Intermediate level there is a greater requirement for students to develop their strength, flexibility and endurance to achieve more technical moves safely and effectively. This is the focus of unit 4. We look at a range of strength and conditioning exercises, areas of flexibility that need to be trained to progress on to an advanced level, and methods of increasing hoop stamina and endurance.


Unit 5 looks at ways to adapt your teaching methods to enable you to coach students working at height and inverted. We will cover how to progress towards a more student-led system of coaching, look at how you can effectively use progress chains to build lesson plans and how combinations and sequences will allow you to both challenge your students, avoid them hitting plateaus and also ensure safe progression to an advanced level.


Our final unit will look at ways you will need to adapt the health and safety information covered in your beginners’ course to make it relevant for an intermediate group. Again, our main focus at this point is spotting, where we go into the different methods in more detail, progressing to cover spotting dynamic movement and partner spotting.

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