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Aerial Silks

Cross Back Skills

1. Online Taster Course

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2. Online Course

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Cross Backs are a key Footlock skill with many entries and variations. They slot nicely into choreography and are an excellent tool for building longer combinations. The Cross Back skills in this course span a range of difficulties ensuring that all students will find something they find challenging.

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.


All Cross Backs consist of the same two parts – a cross over the back and Footlocks or wraps over the feet. 

This unit will cover the theory behind the Cross Back, including upright Cross Back prep positioning, engagement in the core, upper and lower body and correct technique in the inverted Cross Back Straddle position


There are many possible entries to a Cross Back Prep position, we have listed some of the most common in this section. All of these entries can be done using either figure 8 or aerial dance Footlocks (with the exception of the New York Cross Back, which uses double leg wraps instead). 


In this section, we will cover a variety of add-on skills for Cross Backs. Most of these can be done from any entry in the previous unit with either Aerial Dance or Figure 8 Footlocks. Where this is not the case, it will be noted on the individual move. We have arranged these skills in order of difficulty starting with those not requiring a Cross Back Straddle so that all levels of student can find something to challenge them. 


Cross Backs are one of the most natural skills to include in a combination. You can get into a Cross Back Straddle from a 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 Cross Back combinations for you and your students to try.


The final unit of the course covers Cross Back-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.

Key facts

Course Name:

Spin City Cross Back Skills

Course Price:

£175 (online) paid in full or in 3 payments using the payment plan option.


Suitable for all existing Aerial Silks Instructors.

Online Training Course:

Online training: 10-20 hours

Learning tasks and assessment preparation: 2-4 hours

Recommended practice: 20-40 hours (individual technique, attending classes, workshops, CPD, teaching and spotting practice, shadowing, co-teaching, working with a mentor and lesson observations)

Assessment: Assessment for this course is via a multiple choice theory test completed online and a short video technical assessment of core moves.

Course Length: 1 year

What people say

“I have attended both the beginners & intermediate hoop courses, Kate is an excellent instructor, clear, concise, easy to follow. You will learn so much in such a short space of time to enable you to teach safe effective classes in Aerial Hoop. I cannot recommend this course enough to anyone thinking about starting or who is already currently teaching aerial hoop..”

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