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Cross Back Skills

This course has been discontinued from sale as of the end of 2023. Learners with active courses can complete their study using the button below.

Cross Backs are a key footlock skill with many entries and variations; all cross backs consist of the same two parts – a cross over the back and footlocks or wraps over the feet. The skills in this course span a range of difficulties ensuring that all students will find something they find challenging.

Questions about the course? Click on the headings below for more information, or contact us.

Course requirements and pre-requisites

You will need:

  • to hold a Spin City Spin City Foundation Aerial Silks Instructor Course certificate, or equivalent certificate
  • 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)

Course units

Cross Backs are a key footlock skill with many entries and variations; all cross backs consist of the same two parts – a cross over the back and footlocks or wraps over the feet. This course 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. The practical units will explore a range of entries into this versatile skill before adding a variety of skills that use the cross back as a base.

Cross back units:

  1. Introduction to cross back skills
  2. Cross back entries
  3. Cross back skills
  4. Combinations and creativity
  5. Cross back safety

Course moves list

BASIC CROSS BACK ENTRY RECAP

  • Basic Cross Back Prep
  • Exit from Cross Back Prep
  • Basic Entry to Cross Back Straddle

CROSS BACK ENTRIES

  • Arabesque Kick Entry
  • Beaman Seat Roll
  • Double Footlock Roll Up Entry
  • Georgia Twist Entry
  • Arabesque Lunge Roll Entry
  • Mermaid Seat Entry
  • Tree Entry
  • Pin Up Entry
  • New York Cross Back Entries
    • Muscle Up
    • Cradle Entry

CROSS BACK SKILLS

  • Triangle
  • Cross Back Seat
  • Cross Back Mermaid
  • Cross Back Knee Hang
  • Cross Back Ankle Hang
  • Cross Back Frog
  • Cross Back Straddle to Belay
  • Cross Back Gazelle
  • Cross Back Mid-Splits
  • Cross Back Planche
  • Cross Back Crochet Superman
  • Cross Back to Double Catchers

Course assessment

This course has two main parts to the assessment; a theory assessment and a practical assessment.

Theory AssessmentPractical Assessment
Answer theory questions related to each unit of the course. Questions are multiple choice, or short answers.
Part 1: Combination of Moves. Film a continuous combination of 5 moves from the course syllabus. The entry can count towards the total number – we will be looking for a minimum of four cross back-specific skills within your video.
Part 2: Core Moves Technique and Execution. Film each of the core course moves.
You will have 1 year from the date you are enrolled onto the course to complete the online study and assessment.

Core moves

Compulsory moves required for technical assessment

  1. Basic entry to Cross Back Prep (with exit)
  2. Double Footlock Roll Up to Cross Back
  3. Georgia Twist
  4. New York Cross Back Straddle (Muscle Up or Cradle Entry)
  5. Cross Back Straddle to Belay
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