Foundation Aerial Silks

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The Aerial Silks Foundation Instructor Training Course will cover foundational skills in aerial silks; these are the building blocks that all other wraps, moves and skills are built upon. In this course you will find hitch work and footlocks, climbs and basic inverts, and finally progression skills. The course content provided will go beyond beginners level in several areas, with any intermediate content clearly labelled and all pre-requisite skills covered to ensure safe progression for your students. 

Questions about the course? Please contact us if you have any questions about pre-requisites or suitability for your needs.

Please note: Spin City courses are designed to certify you to teach adult participants over the age of 18 and you must be over the age of 18 to become certified.

Course requirements and pre-requisites

You will need:

  • to meet the minimum age requirement of 18 years or older
  • a minimum of 1 years’ aerial silks experience (recommended)
  • 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)
  • at least 1 student of a suitable ability level for the teaching assessment (aged 18 or older)
  • basic first aid and anatomy knowledge is also recommended.

Course units

The theory section of this course will give you a range of teaching and coaching techniques to make you a confident and effective instructor, supported by relevant fitness theory covering safe warm ups and cool downs. We will also cover the practical aspects of running your classes, from business plans to session plans.

In the practical section, you will learn the first part of the Spin City aerial silks syllabus, a series of strength and conditioning techniques to help your students progress and we will complete your practical training with combinations, sequences and equipment-specific conditioning.

Coaching module units:

  1. Running your own business
  2. Choosing a venue
  3. Equipment
  4. Health and safety
  5. Class planning
  6. Teaching and coaching
  7. Combinations and choreography
  8. Warming up
  9. Strength and conditioning for beginners (ground-based)
  10. Cooling down

Silks module units:

  1. Introduction to foundation silks
  2. Hitches and footlocks
  3. Foundation stands and climbs
  4. Basic inverts
  5. Progression skills
  6. Foundation silks combinations
  7. Aerial silks strength and conditioning

Course moves list


  • Tying a hitch
  • Sitting on the hitch
  • Standing on the hitch
  • Straddle in hitch
  • Pike and ball in hitch
  • Gazelle in hitch


  • French wrap
  • Figure 8 footlock
    • single footlock
    • double footlock
  • Double wraps
    • Synchronised
    • Egg beater method
  • Aerial dance footlock
    • single footlock
    • double footlock


  • Russian stand
  • French stand
  • Russian climb
  • French climb
  • Footlock climb


  • Straddle invert
  • Split silks inverts
  • Inside knee hook
  • Outside knee hook
  • Single crochet
  • Double crochet


  • Brazilian invert
  • Aerial invert


  • Double crochet-double crucifix
  • Goddess in hitch
  • Hiplock in hitch from horse
  • Hiplock in hitch from gazelle climb over
  • Hiplock from standing
  • Tourniquet
  • Catchers
  • Cross catchers
  • Belay


  • S-wrap
  • Cross back straddle

Course assessment

This course has two main parts to the assessment; a theory assessment and a practical assessment. Upon successful completion you will receive a certificate for each module of the course.


Answer theory questions related to each unit of the course across both modules. Questions are multiple choice, or short answers.


Coaching module:

  • Class Introduction. Deliver an introduction for a typical aerial class, as outlined in the course module.
  • Warm Up. Deliver a full warm up, as outlined in the course module.
  • Conditioning. Teach a ground-based conditioning move, using the techniques covered in the course module.
  • Cool Down. Deliver a full cool down, as outlined in the course module.

Silks module:

  • Practical demonstration. Perform a continuous sequence of five moves from the silks syllabus.
  • Teaching demonstration. Teach three individual moves from the module to at least one student of a suitable ability level.

Online learners will have 1 year from the date you enrol onto the course to complete the online study and assessment.
Face-to-face learners will have the opportunity to complete their course within the course weekend.

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