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 has been developing our teacher training curriculum for many years, and our current intensive is grounded in functional anatomy and physical assessment. You will learn a lot even if you don’t plan to continue into teaching!

Introductory Teacher Training Intensive

Dates: Sept 26-29, 2019

Cost:  $600

The curriculum includes lectures on functional anatomy, injury prevention, and rigging as well as active practice in demoing, spotting, and assessing students. Practice classes with real beginner students are included in the schedule.

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.    This workshop involves roughly 20 hours of classroom time over 4 days.

  • Thurs, Sept 26:  9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Fri, Sept 27:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Sat, Sept 28:  10 am – 2:30 pm
  • Sun, Sept 29: 12 pm – 4:30 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.