Aerial Teacher Training

Nimble Arts™ Aerial Teacher Training

We are proud to offer the Nimble Arts series of aerial teacher training which guides participants to become safe and capable circus arts teachers for both the hearts and bodies of their students.

SPACES ARE LIMITED
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Classes:

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Class Dates Cost
INTRO TO TEACHING AERIALS August 8th to 12th $950 USD
($1250 CDN)
INTERMEDIATE FABRIC LEVEL 1 Aug 15th to 16th $395 USD
($520 CDN)
FOUNDATION TRAPEZE Aug 13 to 14th $395 USD
($520 CDN)

Full details about location of training and other important information will be sent to all registrants closer to the dates of the workshops.

Cancellation policy: There will be a 10% administrative fee for any cancellations.  If participation is cancelled less than 1 month prior to the workshop no refund will be given.

 

Introduction to Teaching Aerials

This is a 5 day overview to the art of teaching trapeze and aerial fabric, with a focus on spotting techniques, injury prevention, psychology of teaching, basic rigging concepts and class management.This in depth and holistic approach to teaching is appropriate for new teachers and those with experience, and for those who work with youth or adults in a variety of educational environments including circus schools, gymnastics programs, summer camps, fitness studios and more. This workshop is required for application to the Nimble Arts™ Certification Course, a multi level program guiding participants to become safe and capable circus arts teachers for both the hearts and bodies of their students.

Schedule:

Date Start Time End Time
Wed, Aug 8th 8:30 am 5:00 pm
Thu, Aug 9th 8:30 am 5:00 pm
Fri, Aug 10th 11:30 am 8:30 pm
Sat, Aug 11th 8:30 am 5:00 pm
Sun, Aug 12th 8:30 am 4:00 pm

PRE-REQUISITES: All students are expected to prepare by successfully completing the elements in the required Nimble Arts™ DVD: Aerial Fabric: Beginning Level 1 prior to the start of the workshop. Trapeze experience is not necessary but it will make your journey easier.

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Nimble Arts™ DVD Aerial Fabric: Beginning Level 1

AGE RESTRICTION: Adult 16+ or permission of instructor

 

Fabric: Intermediate Level Part 1

In this course you will learn how to safely spot drops and teach complex sequences using elements of Fabric Theory with a curriculum created by Nimble ArtsTM. We’ll also spend time on creative choreography to help keep you and your students inspired while moving a pace that allows their bodies to develop to the level of physicality necessary for safe fabric training.

Goals:

  • Learn how to spot drops and complex inversion sequences.
  • Learn variations and progressions to increase students’ success.
  • Learn how to identify elements of biomechanics to prevent chronic injuries and increase students’ success.
  • Discuss techniques for developing creative choreography and skill sequencing for students interested in deepening their creative aerial work.
  • Learn class management techniques for developing stronger, safer students while keeping them engaged and inspired.
  • Develop skill progression so students and coaches know when it is safe to attempt new, more advanced skills.

Schedule

Date Start Time End Time
Wed, Aug 15th 8:30 am 5:00 pm
Thu, Aug 16th 8:30 am 4:00 pm

PRE-REQUISITES: Fabric Teacher Training: Foundation Level or Fabric Teacher Training Workshop prior to 2013.

Be comfortable executing, without prompting and on both sides, without extensive review, a broad range of intermediate level skills and some advanced skills including opposite side dive (aka flippy/diaper/salto), double star drop (aka ramon), unlocked 360, cross back straddle (including choreographic variations such as Georgia twist), double crochet/double crucifix drops such as tic tock, front balance knee drop, and basic locked “sit” drops such as figure 8 series and hip key roll around. If you are unable to match these trick names to your names or if you are unsure if you are at the necessary skill level please contact Elsie at nimblearts@gmail.com.

Note that participants who do not meet the required experience level will be asked to sit out the workshop and will not be refunded. Exceptions to this skill level requirement can be made for teachers with physical limitations that do not hinder their ability to be competent teachers AND spotters at the Intermediate level. (For example: someone in a foot cast with previous experience who can still spot and execute some skills, or someone with a shoulder injury who academically knows the skills required and are comfortable spotting.) Please Elsie at nimblearts@gmail.com for more information.

 

TRAPEZE: FOUNDATION LEVEL

This workshop will guide you though the curriculum created by Nimble ArtsTM to provide clear and effective progressions and spotting techniques for beginner trapeze students. We’ll discuss how to work with students in special demographics such as kids and older students, techniques for introducing choreography into classes and identifying body mechanics to trouble shoot skills and progress students to the next level.

Goals

  • Gain a broader knowledge of trapeze skills with a focus on those that prepare the body for deeper physical learning.
  • Learn how to execute skills to give visual instruction.
  • Learn variations and progressions to increase student success.
  • Learn how to effectively spot more complex skills and sequences, including introductory work on the high bar.
  • Learn how to identify basic physical weaknesses & imbalances and techniques for helping students achieve success by working around or improving these weaknesses.
  • Learn how to give clear verbal instruction.
  • Discuss class management skills including working with students with varied physical abilities & learning styles.
  • Learn how to introduce basic creative and performance skills into the class structure.

Schedule

Date Start Time End Time
Mon, Aug 13th 8:30 am 5:00 pm
Tue, Aug 14th 8:30 am 4:00 pm

PRE-REQUISITES: Completion of Introduction to Teaching Aerials workshop, or Introduction to Teaching Trapeze prior to 2013.

Be comfortable executing Foundation level skills: this includes, but is not limited to skills under the bar (ankle hang, candlestick), on the bar (front balance, back balance, gazelle, amazon), in the ropes (bird’s nest in the ropes), and beginner “velocity” skills such as half mill circles. If you are not sure if you are at the necessary skill level please review the material in the Aerial Circus Training manual by Carrie Heller (provided in the Introduction to Teaching Aerials workshop) or contact Elsie at nimblearts@gmail.com.

Note that participants who do not meet the required experience level will be asked to sit out the workshop and will not be refunded. Exceptions to this skill level requirement can be made for teachers with physical limitations that do not hinder their ability to be competent teachers AND spotters at the Foundation level. (For example: someone in a foot cast with previous experience who can still spot and execute some skills, or someone with a shoulder injury who academically knows the skills required and are comfortable spotting.) Please contact Elsie at nimblearts@gmail.com for more information.

 

Workshop Instructor

Ukoiya Mastin is one of Nimble Arts’ lead teacher trainers and travels the world presenting workshops.  As a child Ukoiya had a wild imagination and loved to entertain. In her late teens she was introduced to an eccentric group of artists living in Seattle. With them she began exploring performance through costume design, visual arts, dance and pyrotechnics. Ukoiya began her professional career performing in Tokyo as an acro duo, aerialist and stilt walker. After working with Love Infusion and Boogie Universal, Ukoiya co-founded U & I Productions and produced and co-managed Dream Science Circus. Her performing career has taken her around the world with such companies as Aerial Experience and Boston Circus Guild, among others. Ukoiya is a graduate of the Professional Track Training program at the New England Center for Circus Arts and is certified as a personal trainer through I.S.S.A.