Cross Back Skills

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. 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.

UNIT 1 – INTRODUCTION TO CROSS BACKS

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

UNIT 2 – CROSS BACK ENTRIES

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). 

UNIT 3 – CROSS BACK SKILLS

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. 

UNIT 4 – COMBINATIONS AND CREATIVITY

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.

UNIT 5 – CROSS BACK SAFETY

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.

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