Versatile Arts divides aerial skills into four levels, and within each level there may be two or more stages of development. The course progression is summarized as follows:
|1A||Beginner Skills||Aerial 1A|
|1B||Beginner Sequences||Aerial 1B|
|2A||Intermediate Foundation||Aerial 2A|
|2B||Intermediate Development||Aerial 2B|
|2C||Continuing Intermediate||Aerial 2C|
This is the absolute beginner stage, with no prerequisite skills or experience. Students at this stage are working on basic skills while also learning how to engage their shoulders and core muscles in order to train safely and with proper technique. This stage can take as long (or short) as a student needs to complete the ABC series.
Classes at this stage include: ABC drop-ins, Aerial Conditioning for Beginners, Pre-Handstands, Beginning Flexibility
At this stage, students are introduced to most of the skills needed for our level 1 sequences on rope/tissu and trapeze. One session at this stage is typically sufficient.
Sling and Straps have their own requirements to join at this level. For example, Beginning Straps require that students are working on straight arm/straight leg invert, strong windmill, 30 second hollow hold, V-sit hold.
Class at this stage include: Aerial 1A, Lyra 1A, Sling 1, Beginning Handstands
This stage focuses on the level 1 sequences: the footlock sequence, the wrap sequence, and the trapeze sequences (1A and 1B). Students solidify understanding of the skills, build endurance, and learn transitions between skills. This stage will likely last 1-2 sessions.
Class at this stage include: Aerial 1B, Continuing Straps
This stage introduces the key level 2 vertical skills, including straddle climb, windmill, scissor hiplock, and aerial dance footlock. Trapeze skills are developed via a new sequence that fills in level 1 skills and introduces some level 2 skills. One session at this stage should usually be sufficient.
Class at this stage include: Aerial 2A, Rope and Tissu 2A, Trapeze 2
At this stage, students focus on building proficiency with the important level 2 skills that were introduced in 2A while learning new sequences that build on those skills. This stage is likely to last at least 2 sessions.
Class at this stage include: Aerial 2B, Rope/Tissu 2B, Trapeze 2, Straps Technique
Students at this stage work on techniques for moving through known positions, and are focused on building broader vocabulary while developing the strength and technique needed to move to stage 3.
Class at this stage include: Rope/Tissu 2C, Trapeze 2/3
This stage covers the broadest range of development, in which students expand their repertoire of skills into level 3 while also learning choreography, improvisation, and artistic expression. Conditioning and technique work focus on preparing the student to move on to advanced work.
Class at this stage include: Aerial 3, Rope/Tissu 3, Trapeze 3, Dynamic Fundamentals
Aerialists at this stage of practice work are capable of working on just about any skill in the curriculum, can choreograph their own polished performances, and participate in master classes with guest artists.
The complete list of skills in the VA curriculum, with their level and priority rankings, can be found in the Versatile Arts Skills Tracker. Log in to my.versatilearts.net and select Personal Skills Tracker to access it.