In aerial silks, a Belay is a loop of fabric created by one tail of fabric wrapping around and over the other tail of fabric. Belays can be used for a wide range of purposes such as a pretty rest pose all the way up to the base for stacked drops.
This module of our aerial silks instructor workshop series will take you through a range of skills from a basic Belay through a variety of entry options, to a range of tricks that use a Belay as the base move.
UNIT 1 – INTRODUCTION TO BELAYS
This unit will cover the theory behind a Belay including foundation skills, safety factors and emergency exit strategies.
UNIT 2 – BELAY ENTRIES
There are many different ways to get into a Belay. As we have described in the introduction, wherever you have a cross in the fabrics you could create a Belay. We have included the most common and accessible entries here in this unit.
UNIT 3 – BELAY SKILLS
Belay entrances themselves can be challenging enough for some students, but others will want to know what they can do once they get there. The skills in this unit are arranged by difficulty and range from being suitable for beginners up to some early Belay drops.
UNIT 4 – COMBINATIONS AND CREATIVITY
Belays are one of the most natural skills to include in a combination. You can get into a Belay from a huge variety of entrance points, and use some really innovative skills, poses and transitions when you get there. In this unit we have included some of our favourite Belay combinations for you and your students to try
UNIT 5 – BELAY SAFETY
The final unit of the course covers Belay-specific health and safety considerations and provides and overview of the health and safety fundamental, covered in our Foundation Silks Instructor Course, including concepts such as public liability insurance and risk assessments.