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Beginners Aerial Silks

The Spin City Aerial Silks Beginners Instructor Course will cover the fundamental skills of aerial silks to build a strong base of knowledge in your students to help them fly. From basic footlocks skills and climbs up to an introduction to beginners drops using the hitch; this course will provide a syllabus that will allow you to ensure the safe progression of your students.

This course requires the completion of the Spin City Beginners Coaching Course as a pre-requisite, covering essential theory and coaching skills (included in the course cost).



Questions about the course? Please 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
  • a minimum of 1 years’ aerial silks experience (recommended)
  • access to the internet via a PC, laptop, or mobile device
  • access to at least 1 set of aerial silks, 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)
  • basic first aid and anatomy knowledge is also recommended.

Course units

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 fitness theory covering safe warm ups and cool downs. We will also cover the practical aspects of running your classes, from business plans to session plans.

In the practical section, you will learn the first part of the Spin City aerial silks syllabus, a series of strength and conditioning techniques to help your students progress and we will complete your practical training with combinations, sequences and equipment-specific conditioning.

Coaching module units:

  1. Running your own business
  2. Choosing a venue
  3. Equipment
  4. Health and safety
  5. Class planning
  6. Teaching and coaching
  7. Combinations and choreography
  8. Warming up
  9. Strength and conditioning for beginners (ground-based)
  10. Cooling down

Silks module units:

  1. Introduction to beginners silks
  2. Climbs and basic footlock skills
  3. Beginners silks progression skills
  4. Hitch skills and beginner drops
  5. Inverts and inverted shapes
  6. Beginners silks combinations
  7. Aerial silks strength and conditioning

Course moves list


  • French climb
  • Russian climb
  • Russian stand
  • Russian seat


  • French wrap
  • Single figure 8 footlock
  • Split fabric figure 8 footlock
  • Double figure 8 footlock


  • Hip lean
  • Cabot circus
  • Crucifix splits
  • Mermaid
  • Angel


  • Arabeasque
  • Nina’s trick gazelle
  • Single footlock roll up
  • Double footlock splits
  • Beaman sit
  • Iron cross
  • Elsie cross
  • Hiplock
    • in hitch
    • from gazelle climb over in hitch
    • from standing
    • from russian climb


  • Straddle
  • Pike
  • Ball
  • Gazelle
  • Double crochet
  • Goddess


  • Straddle tip to crucifix
  • Tick tock drop
  • Planche drop
  • Salto
  • Hiplock half drop


  • Invert prep
    • Straddle prep (single & split fabric)
    • Inside leg hook prep
    • Outside leg hook prep
    • Pike prep (split fabric)
    • Pencil prep (split fabric) Double crochet prep (split fabric)
  • Single fabric inverts
    • Straddle invert
    • Inside leg hook
    • Outside leg hook
  • Split fabric inverts
    • Straddle invert
    • Pike invert
    • Double crochet

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 for each module of the course.


Answer theory questions related to each unit of the course across both modules. Questions are multiple choice, or short answers.


Coaching module:

  • Class Introduction. Deliver an introduction for a typical aerial class, as outlined in the course module.
  • Warm Up. Deliver a full warm up, as outlined in the course module.
  • Conditioning. Teach a ground-based conditioning move, using the techniques covered in the course module.
  • Cool Down. Deliver a full cool down, as outlined in the course module.

Silks module:

  • Practical demonstration. Perform a continuous sequence of five moves from the silks syllabus.
  • Teaching demonstration. Teach three individual moves (one each from units 2, 3 & 4 of the module) to at least one student of a suitable ability level.

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.

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