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. Check out NECCA website.
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.
“Nimble Arts DVD: Aerial Fabric: Beginning Level 1” (purchase in advance and practice ahead of the start of the workshop)
Book: Aerial Circus Training & Safety Manual (by Carrie Heller) (included with class registration)
The trapeze curriculum will cover under the bar to above the bar skills executed on a low bar (5 ft appx) including basic sequences appropriate for youth and adult learners. The fabric curriculum will cover knot and low foot lock skills and basic inversions including sequences for youth and adult learners.
- Gain a broad knowledge of aerial basics.
- Learn how to execute skills to give visual instruction.
- Learn variations and progressions to increase student success.
- Identify and use the body’s natural movements to increase spotting efficiency.
- Learn how to keep students safe without injury to the spotter.
- Experience a variety of warm ups and learn injury prevention basics to reduce chronic/overuse injuries.
- Learn how to give clear verbal instruction.
- Identify your learning style and how to identify those of your students for more effective teaching.
- Learn basic rigging and equipment maintenance.
- Discuss class management skills to create a culture of learning in line with your mission statement.
- Teach an introductory class for real time experience
Timing: Mon, Tues, Thurs: 9:00am – 5:00 pm
Wed: 11:30am – 8:30pm
Fri: 9:00am – 4:00 pm
Note: There should be a personal warm up time for 30 minutes before every day begins.
Ukoyia Mastin began her professional career in Tokyo performing as an acro duo, aerialist and stilt walker. After working with Love Infusion and Boogie Universal, Ukoiya co-founded U&I Productions and began producing and co-managing Dream Science Circus. Dream Science Circus toured regionally for 5 years, selling out hundreds of shows. Excited to receive more training, she joined the Professional Track Training program at the New England Center for Circus Arts. She now performs aerials and acrobatics all over the USA, and coaches for NECCA, teaching skill workshops and teacher trainings near and far. When she isn’t performing or teaching, Ukoiya is designing and fabricating beautiful custom costumes! She is certified as a personal trainer through ISSA and a certified aerial yoga instructor through Unnata Aerial Yoga.