Teacher Training Workshops

Teacher training is a great way to deepen your own understanding of aerial skills, as well as giving you some of the tools you need to become an aerial instructor.  Versatile Arts is pleased to announce an expanded introductory teacher training workshop, being offered for the first time in Jan 2017.


Introductory Teacher Training Intensive

Dates: January 21-22 and 28-29

Cost:  $450

The curriculum includes lectures on topics like anatomy and injury prevention as well as active practice in demoing, spotting, and assessing students.

Our teacher training intensive is based on our established curriculum progressions and spotting protocols, and adds practical anatomy education and teacher assessment tools in order to better prepare instructors to work with the recreational adult population.   It culminates in a practice class with real beginner students.  This workshop involves roughly 16 hours of classroom time over 4 days. 

  • Jan 21:  9:30 am – 2 pm
  • Jan 22:  10 am – 2:30 pm
  • Jan 28: 10 am – 2:30 pm
  • Jan 29: 9:30 am – 2 pm

Topics include:

  • General anatomy overview
  • Common postural faults and how to address them
  • Basic injury prevention
  • Body mechanics in hanging, climbing, inverting, and balancing
  • How to run a warm up
  • How to demonstrate and clearly verbally instruct basic skills
  • How to spot and physically assist students in execution of basic skills
  • How to verbally cue students in basic skills
  • How to assess students skill level and when to introduce the next progression of the skill
  • Basic rigging and safety procedures

After completing the course, participants will be ready to return to existing teaching with a more thorough understanding of the principles of aerial instruction, or to begin assisting or apprenticing under a more experienced instructor.

Prerequisites:  at least 1 year of aerial experience including rope/tissu, and trapeze.


Please contact us if you are interested in being notified when this class is scheduled again.

The following class is not currently being offered

Ongoing Drop-in Teacher Training

Cost: $10, no pre-registration required

In this 1-hour drop-in class, we cover one or two rope/tissu skills and one or two trapeze skills per class, discussing prerequisites, what to focus on when demonstrating the skill, how to spot it, and how to diagnose student problems. Open to anyone who has taken the introductory teacher training course or the equivalent.