Why Progressions are Important

I recently had an experience as a student that, while stressful and fairly traumatic, was useful in that it reminded me of what our aerial beginners go through when learning scary new tricks, and reinforced my belief in structured progressions.  It’s often tempting to skip the first steps in learning something new — whether you’re a confident, capable student, or an instructor with a confident, capable student — but here’s a great...

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Manuary vs the Womxn’s March

It is not lost on me that our annual “Manuary” show fell on the weekend of the biggest march for women’s rights in the history of ever.  I’ve been sitting for a bit with how I feel about the fact that we spent the weekend showing off our men-folk., and I’ve come to this conclusion: I feel great about it. As it turns out, circus – particularly recreational circus – happens to be one realm that is permeated by bad-ass women, both on the equipment...

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Learning Aerial Skills From Videos

Thanks to the Magic of the Internet, it is easier than ever to learn new skills from instructional videos:  how to put on makeup, how to change your oil, how to do a crazy silks drop.  Which of these things is not like the others?  The one that could leave you paralyzed or dead if you do it wrong.  Which is why so many aerial instructors discourage you from learning from videos – it’s just too easy to get something wrong and end up with a...

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SAY NEAU TO PLATEAU!

By T Lawrence-Simon Circus is an amazing blend of physical effort and conceptual art. Whether it’s for fitness, fun, professional, semi-professional goals, circus always requires a fully concentrated effort. With such a full on art/sport, it’s a totally understandable and inevitable feeling to hit a plateau. It might occur in the physical form, and you just feel like your splits aren’t getting any flatter, your pullups...

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Thoughts on Being Injured

A week ago, about two thirds of the way through the act I was performing, I felt a crrrrrunch in my rib cage.  I was lifting into a meathook from a bit of a side-to-side sway, a move I had rehearsed dozens of times, but this time, as my hips lifted to bring my legs up and over into a pike around my arm, something in my ribs moved in a way that ribs should very definitely not move.  I finished the act – adrenaline is an amazing drug – and went...

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