Intermediate Aerial Hoop

The Spin City Aerial Hoop Intermediate 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 developing dynamic movement. 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 move plateaus, and ensure safe progression.

All moves in this course are demonstrated on a single point aerial hoop.



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.

Please note: Spin City courses are designed to certify you to teach adult participants over the age of 18 and you must be over the age of 18 to become certified.

Course requirements and pre-requisites

You will need:

  • to meet the minimum age requirement of 18 years or older
  • 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 1 aerial hoop, safely rigged in an appropriate training environment
  • 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

The theory section of the course will expand your understanding of teaching at coaching at intermediate level, covering techniques for planning and teaching teaching group classes versus one-to-one sessions, including health and safety from equipment and environment safety to spotting.

In the practical units we explore Spin City’s intermediate level syllabus, offering skills that will progress students from the beginners syllabus while introducing the top bar and developing dynamic movement.

Intermediate hoop units:

  1. Introduction to intermediate aerial hoop instruction
  2. Progressive teaching and coaching
  3. Health and safety at intermediate level
  4. Intermediate hoop mounts and poses
  5. Intermediate hoop progression skills
  6. Intermediate dynamic movement
  7. Stamina and endurance for intermediate hoop
  8. Intermediate strength, conditioning and flexibility

Course moves list


  • Front Balance
    • Pull over mount
    • Seated roll entry
    • Stag seat entry
  • Single hocks mount
  • Single point flag
  • Front amazon
  • Side amazon
  • Half and pike back balance
  • Wineglass
  • Hip hold ball, pike and straddle
  • French gazelle
  • Crucifix
  • Iron fanny


  • Walking man
  • Ankle hang
  • Single hocks hang
  • Reverse figurehead
  • Reverse splits away
  • Pike in the hoop
  • Delilah on top
  • Hocks hang on top bar
  • Scarab (forwards and backwards)
  • Splits in the hoop
  • Hocks split
  • Shoulder stand


  • Hanging beats from hocks
  • Full hanging beats
  • Hanging beat to trash can
  • Pop on
  • Reverse entry delilah
  • Single leg cradle roll
  • Cradle roll to hocks
  • Superman roll
  • Around the world
  • Hocks slide
  • Single hocks slide

Course assessment

This course has two main parts to the assessment; a theory assessment and a practical assessment. Upon successful completion you will receive a certificate in intermediate aerial hoop instruction.


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 intermediate hoop syllabus.
  • Teaching demonstration. Teach three individual moves (one each from units 4, 5 & 6) to at least one student of a suitable ability level.
  • Core moves technique and execution. Perform each of the core course moves.

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.

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.

Core moves

Compulsory moves required for technical assessment

  1. Front balance (any entry shown in course)
  2. Amazon (front or side) or wineglass
  3. Hip hold (ball, pike or straddle)
  4. Back balance (half or pike) or crucifix
  5. Pike in the hoop
  6. Hocks split
  7. Shoulder stand (single leg hocks, pencil or straddle)
  8. A beat or pop on
  9. A rotational move or slide

What is expected?

For the technical assessment, you’ll need to be able to perform each of the core course moves listed above. Demonstrations should show safe and correct technique for the level of the course and each move should be held for a minimum of 3 seconds (unless the move is dynamic). Transitions should be clean, within minimal grip changes and repositioning. 

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