The Spin City Foundation Aerial Silks Instructor Course will cover foundational skills in aerial silks, while providing you with everything you need to start teaching aerials silks classes in your community.
The focus of this course is twofold; part theory, part practical. Firstly, we will give you a range of teaching and coaching techniques to make you a confident and effective instructor. This will be supported by relevant aerial theory, including teaching safe progressions, correct postural alignment and spotting techniques. We will also cover the practical aspects of running your classes from how to structure your syllabus to the process of writing class plans.
The second phase of this course will cover the silks-specific practical elements. You will learn the foundation elements 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 choreography. This course will provide you with every aspect you need to start teaching confident and effective aerial silks classes for adults in your community.
UNIT 1 – WARM UPS AND COOL DOWNS
This unit will take you through how to write and conduct a safe and effective warm up and cool down. We will look at the exercise science behind why we warm up and cool down, from the benefits to the correct structure; breaking down the individual elements. We will then focus on how you can make your warm up and cool down aerial-specific and provide sample plans of both.
UNIT 2 – BASIC MOVES
Here we will cover over 40 of the core Foundation Silks moves, looking at each move in detail from the teaching and safety points, to progressions and regressions also touching upon common problems. This will be supported by foundation concepts such as fabric control and momentum, the range of hand grips, correct shoulder positions and how we can teach safe progression through training. This unit finishes with a practical workshop on strength and conditioning.
UNIT 3 – TEACHING AND COACHING
This unit looks specifically at the theory behind teaching and coaching. We will start by considering the key skills needed by an effective instructor, this takes us onto theories of education and teaching methods including discussion on different learning styles and teaching manner. We round off this unit with a practical session to consolidate these techniques.
UNIT 4 – CHOREOGRAPHY
In this section we will cover different types of choreography, how to build routines and sequences, and how to effectively teach choreography to your class participants through a range of cueing techniques. At this stage we will start to build your choreography toolbox; giving you combinations and aerial and ground-based transitions to start developing your own choreography style.
UNIT 5 – CLASS PLANNING
This unit returns us to the theory of effective class planning. We begin with how you can structure your own syllabus, breaking this down into course and individual session planning with example session plans provided. We will cover all the elements you will need to start your own business including advice on choosing venues and equipment, approaches to rigging, and screening participants.
UNIT 6 – HEALTH AND SAFETY
Our final unit is arguably the most important unit on the course, as it covers the health and safety aspects of aerial instruction. We will discuss the factors which you can influence to make your classes safe and effective from creating a focused environment, to liability insurance, risk assessment and injury prevention, ongoing training and first aid considerations. This unit finishes with aerial-specific health and safety requirements from clothing to equipment maintenance and most importantly the theory and practical knowledge behind spotting techniques and how you can put this into practice in your classes.