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Mon, Jun 10


Upside Aerial Arts & Fitness

Continuing Education for Aerial Silks Instructors - Session 2 of 2

Aerial Silks Instructors! If you want to learn or need a refresher on how to cue and spot skills such as Crossback Straddle, Scorpion, inversions in the air, aerial middle/vertical splits, ankle hangs, and more, join us!

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Continuing Education for Aerial Silks Instructors - Session 2 of 2
Continuing Education for Aerial Silks Instructors - Session 2 of 2

Time & Location

Jun 10, 2019, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Upside Aerial Arts & Fitness, 2950 South Church Street, Burlington, NC 27215, USA

About the event

This Continuing Education program is for Aerial Silks Instructors who are ready to move beyond teaching introductory silks. The program will be held in 2 sessions on Mondays from 12 to 5pm: June 3rd and June 10th for a total of 10 continuing education hours. You will learn how to teach skills to students who have mastered beginner skills and are ready for more challenge. Examples of skills we will cover are Crossback Straddle, Scorpion, inverting in the air, middle/vertical splits in the air, clean triple ankle wraps (aka Egg Beaters), ankle hangs, and more. For each skill, you will learn:

  • Verbal Cues and Physical Demonstration Techniques
  • Hands-On Spotting Techniques
  • Teaching Proper Alignment, Form, and Engagement
  • Specific Safety Cues
  • Aerial Skill Progressions

Prerequisites: At least 1 year of regular aerial training experience PLUS either an Aerial Silks Instructor Certification by a program that meets American Circus Educator standards or at least 6 months of regular aerial silks teaching experience.

Cost: $150 for 1 5-hour session or $249 for 2 sessions (10 hours total)

Why register for this program?

The most common aerial arts instructor insurance policies state that aerial instructors "must demonstrate a commitment to continuing education." This program will help you satisfy this requirement and stay up to date with current industry standards for instructors. Also, as students move beyond beginner skills, the risks for injury substantially increase. Knowing how to cue, spot, and offer progressions to your students is imperative for keeping them safe!

Who is the program instructor?

Michelle Spurlock, owner of Upside Aerial Arts & Fitness, has many years of combined experience as an aerial silks teacher, yoga instructor, and university pharmacy professor. She brings together her knowledge of anatomy and functional movement with her expertise in curriculum design, lesson planning and teaching methods to offer training programs that will fully prepare you to teach aerial silks safely and effectively. She began training on silks in 2010 and started teaching and performing professionally in 2016. She has designed a comprehensive aerial silks curriculum for her studio and created Aerial Silks Teacher Training Programs that meet and exceed American Circus Educator (ACE) teaching curriculum requirements.


"This was easily one of the most thorough training programs I've ever taken." -Ashanti Gray, personal trainer & pole dance instructor

"Everything was awesome! I can tell Michelle put SO much time and careful planning into this." -Alexander Iman, contortion, hand balancing, acrobatics, & circus arts coach


  • Registration for Both Sessions

    If you register for both sessions, you will need to purchase 2 registrations: one under the June 3rd event and one under the June 10th date, for $124.50 each. If you are only registering for a single session, purchase one $150 registration for the session you will attend.

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