Footlocks Module 1

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Footlock skills are often a level up from hitch skills, requiring the student to develop their balance and coordination on fabric, to increase their grip strength and tolerance in fabric wraps. This instalment (Module 1) will cover all the basics, along with simpler, more supportive footlock wraps.

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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

Footlock skills are a great way of building a beginners aerial silks repertoire, without the need to be able to invert. This is fundamental in the development of beginners. The beauty of footlocks is that from the same basic standing position. Footlock skills are so varied and as such, for the purposes of our instructor training, we have split them into two modules.  Module 2 will cover what we would call progressive footlock skills, that may feature a more complicated wrap, a less supported position, require additional strength or flexibility, more stamina to enter and exit or moves that are more challenging to spot as an instructor.

Footlocks module 1 units:

  1. Introduction to footlocks
  2. Footlock skills
  3. Combinations and conditiniong
  4. Footlock work within aerial silks
  5. Footlock safety

Course moves list


  • Figure 8 Footlock
  • Aerial Dance Footlock


  • Standing Balance
  • Hip Lean (seated and standing)
  • Splits Away
  • Cabot Circus
  • Crucifix Splits
  • Layback Splits
  • Bow and Arrow
  • Clothesline
  • Standing Arabesque
  • Stag Arabesque
  • Arabesque Splits Out
  • Arabesque Pike Fold
  • Arabesque to Leana
  • Single Footlock Roll Ups


  • Round the Back Hold
    • Mermaid
    • Angel
    • Arabesque
    • Go To Bed
  • Nina’s Trick
    • Nina’s Trick Gazelle
    • Flamingo
    • Seahorse
    • Rebecca Split
    • Starfish


  • Standing Balance
  • Double Footlock Splits
  • Beaman Sit
  • Double Footlock Roll Up
  • Parachute
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Mermaid Seat

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.
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. Standing Hip Lean
  2. Clothesline
  3. Standing Arabesque
  4. Mermaid
  5. Nina’s Trick Gazelle
  6. Double Footlock Splits
  7. Footlock Roll Up (Single or Double Footlock)
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