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Intermediate Aerial Silks

The Spin City Aerial Silks Intermediate Instructor course focuses on developing the basic skills taught at the beginners’ level while adding on the next block of moves in the Spin City syllabus, including an introduction to key wraps such as catchers and cross catchers, aerial inverts and performing drops without the support of a hitch. We will discuss class planning in the context of progress chains and how you can use combinations and sequences to challenge your students, avoid plateaus and ensure safe progression.

All moves in this course are demonstrated on low stretch fabric.



Questions about the course? Click on the headings below for more information, or 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
  • to hold a Spin City Beginners Aerial Silks Instructor Course certificate, or equivalent certificate
  • a minimum of 2 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)

Course units

The theory section of the course will expand your understanding of teaching at coaching at intermediate level, covering techniques for planning and teaching teaching group classes versus one-to-one sessions, including health and safety from equipment and environment safety to spotting.

In the practical units we explore Spin City’s intermediate level syllabus, offering skills that will progress students from the beginners syllabus while introducing key wraps such as catchers and cross catchers, aerial inverts and performing drops without the support of a hitch.

Intermediate silks units:

  1. Introduction to intermediate aerial silks instruction
  2. Progressive teaching and coaching
  3. Health and safety at intermediate level
  4. Intermediate climbs and footlock skills
  5. Intermediate silks progression skills
  6. Aerial inverts and intermediate drops
  7. Stamina and endurance for intermediate silks
  8. Intermediate strength, conditioning and flexibility

Course moves list


  • Bicycle climb
  • Flirty russian climb
  • Straddle climb
  • Crochet climb


  • Aerial figure 8 footlock
  • Double wraps
    • egg beater
    • synchronised
  • Double aerial dance footlocks


  • Music box
  • Basic belay
  • Double footlock roll up
  • Crossback
    • muscle up
    • arabesque kick
  • Crossback triangle
  • Crossback straddle


  • Hiplock
    • scissor entry
    • climb over entry
  • Tourniquet
  • Mobile
  • Hiplock secretary seat
  • Tourniquet seat
  • Double crochet double crucifix
    • basic entry
    • rotational entry
  • Double catchers
  • Goddess
  • Catchers
  • Cross catchers
  • Candycane catchers
  • Half miracle split


  • Straddle aerial invert
  • Split fabric straddle aerial invert
    • Split fabric pike aerial invert


  • Tick tock
  • 360
  • Hiplock half drop
  • Catchers slack drop
  • Cross catchers salto
  • Star drop

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 in intermediate aerial silks instruction.


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


  • Practical demonstration. Perform a continuous sequence of five moves from the intermediate silks syllabus.
  • Teaching demonstration. Teach three individual moves (one each from units 4, 5 & 6) to at least one student of a suitable ability level.
  • Core moves technique and execution. Perform each of the core course moves.

Spin City are dedicated to ensuring the assessment process is accessible to learners that meet the training course enrolment criteria. If you have a learning need, there will be a place to declare this on your enrolment form. We are also able to offer a limited selection of reasonable adjustments where individuals may find particular practical elements prohibitive. Please contact our mentoring team for more information relevant to your individual circumstances.

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.

Core moves

Compulsory moves required for technical assessment

  1. An intermediate climb
  2. Single aerial figure 8 footlock
  3. Double aerial dance footlocks
  4. Crossback straddle
  5. Hiplock (either entry)
  6. Catchers
  7. Cross catchers
  8. 360
  9. Star drop

What is expected?

For the technical assessment, you’ll need to be able to perform each of the core course moves listed above. Demonstrations should show safe and correct technique for the level of the course and each move should be held for a minimum of 3 seconds (unless the move is dynamic). Transitions should be clean, within minimal grip changes and repositioning. 

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