Working in the Hitch

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Hitch skills are a fundamental building block for the practice of aerial silks and a great way to introduce beginners to this discipline. This Instructor Workshop will provide you with a fresh selection of moves that use the hitch knot to develop your aerial silks syllabus.

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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

These skills are a key foundation skill that make aerial silks accessible and safe for all students from their first session. Hitch work allows students to move through poses and inversions whilst being fully and safely supported either on or off the ground. It allows students to build strength in their upper body and core, whilst they build confidence in the air. Hitches can be easily tied and untied and the height can be adjusted to suit the student.

Working in the hitch units:

  1. Indroduction to hitch work
  2. Hitch skills
  3. Combinations and conditioning
  4. Hitch work within aerial silks
  5. Hitch safety

Course moves list


  • Tying a hitch
  • Tying a hitch with your feet
  • Straddle in the hitch


  • Pull Over to Front Balance
  • Single Leg Thread Through
  • Sitting to Front Balance
  • Pull Over to Double and Single Hocks
  • Crucifix Mount to Double and Single Hocks
  • Moth
  • Butterfly
  • Triangle Pose
  • Side Sail
  • Figurehead
  • Bow and Arrow
  • Extreme Bow and Arrow
  • Seated Bow Pose
  • Open Bow Pose
  • The Fan
  • Coffin
  • Lotus and Inverted Lotus
  • T-Stand
  • Leana
  • Cradle and Single Leg Cradle
  • Mermaid
  • Angel
  • Reverse Angel
  • Arabesque
  • Crucifix
  • Inside Star
  • Outside Star


  • Roll to Cocoon
  • Roll to Angel
  • Thread the Needle Descent
  • Straddle Tip to Crucifix
  • Invert and Slide into Loop
  • Reverse Salto with Assisted Planche
  • Forwards Salto from Gazelle

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. Straddle in the hitch
  2. Moth
  3. Bow and Arrow (forwards)
  4. Bow and Arrow (backwards)
  5. Coffin (Hands on)
  6. Straddle tip to Crucifix
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