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Footlocks Module 1

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.

Online Course Cost: £175

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
  • 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 moves List

INTRODUCTION TO FOOTLOCK WORK

  • Figure 8 Footlock
  • Aerial Dance Footlock

SINGLE FOOTLOCK SKILLS

  • 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

SINGLE FOOTLOCK SKILLS – SPLIT SILKS

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

DOUBLE FOOTLOCK SKILLS

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

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)

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.

Course Description

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.

UNIT 1 – INTRODUCTION TO FOOTLOCKS

This unit will recap the basics relating to the footlock and explores cross-overs with transferable skills in a hitch.

UNIT 2 – FOOTLOCK SKILLS

Our second unit is the main body of this course. We will cover over 30 different move variations including a range of poses on a single footlock with silks together, split silks and double footlock skills. Each move will be detailed with teaching points, safety points, progressions, regressions, and common problems.

UNIT 3 – COMBINATIONS AND CONDITIONING

Footlocks are a great place to start developing stamina within aerial silks. This unit will provide a set of fixed combinations, as well as a combinations toolbox to inspire your own combinations and freestyle activities. We’ll finish with a series of strength and conditioning exercises suitable for beginner and intermediate learners.

UNIT 4 – FOOTLOCK WORK WITHIN AERIAL SILKS

Unit 4 explores how the footlock can be used to allow for technique practice both on the floor and in the air.

UNIT 5 – FOOTLOCK SAFETY

Health and safety is fundamental to effective aerial classes. In this unit, we will look at key health and safety concepts such as public liability insurance and risk assessments. We will also cover specific aerial silks health and safety considerations, such as foot, post and tail positions and safe dismounts.

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