Climbs and Descents
The Spin City Climbs and Descents Instructor Workshop will provide you with a fresh selection of moves to add to your syllabus. This module of our aerial silks instructor workshop series recaps the foundations of climbing. It provides a variety of descent options before expanding on techniques with progressions of the basics up to challenging inverted climbs that require extra strength, control and stamina.
Assessment for this course will include short theory assessments at the end of each unit and a technical assessment; you need to be able to complete the designated core moves with safe and correct technique. These are identified throughout the course and will be submitted at the end of the course via the online learning platform.
UNIT 1 – INTRODUCTION TO CLIMBS
Climbing is a fundamental skill within aerial silks; it allows for an extra dimension to be displayed within performance and skill-based execution, and provides a base on which to add tricks, inversions and drops. This unit will recap basic climbs and descents, followed by a further selection of ways to descend the fabric.
UNIT 2 – CLIMBS AND DESCENTS
Our second unit comprises the main practical elements of the course. We will cover variations on classic climbs, inverted climbs, advanced climbs and a little bonus material on partner climbs. We will explore over 25 moves, each will be detailed with teaching points, safety points, progressions, regressions, and common problems.
UNIT 3 – CLIMBING COMBINATIONS
Climbing can be a hard skill to convert into combinations and choreography. However, many climbs naturally lead into key aerial silks poses – based on the position of the fabric used during the climb. This unit will provide a set of fixed combinations, as well as a combinations toolbox to inspire your own combinations and freestyle activities.
UNIT 4 – STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING DRILLS
Unit 4 explores a variety of conditioning drills for and with climbing techniques. Drills provided range from beginner-friendly exercises to more challenging techniques to develop your students’ strength and execution.
UNIT 5 – CLIMBING SAFETY
The final unit of the course covers climb-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.