The Upside Aerial Silks Curriculum
The art of aerial silks is beautiful and challenging. But if it's not taught safely, people can get hurt. At Upside Aerial, safety is our top priority. Injuries occur mainly when:
Your body is not physically ready for a particular skill.
You didn't correctly wrap the fabric. (Some of the wrappings, especially for drops, can be quite complex!)
Improperly installed or unsafe aerial rigging.
To keep you safe, our studio has a custom-made, professionally-installed pulley system by Circus Gear® that undergoes daily safety inspections. We've also developed a special curriculum using skill progressions to help prevent injury while you build the strength and coordination needed for more advanced skills. It's also organized to help you learn fabric theory: all the ways you can wrap the fabric to support you in the air or perform those amazing drops! Fabric theory is like a really cool puzzle: we love that silks training works both your brain and your body.
When you start taking Upside Aerial Silks lessons regularly, you will receive free access to the digital Upside Aerial Curriculum to track your progress online (and keep you organized and motivated)! This tool also ensures your teachers can tailor your instruction to your skill level. Our curriculum is online so we can be environmentally friendly, touch-free and COVID-safe. You'll be able to easily access it on any device via Google Drive. Plus, as brand new skills are discovered, we can update our curriculum in real time. This is important since aerial arts are constantly evolving!
How it Works
When you start taking silks lessons regularly at Upside Aerial, you will receive an email invite to your personalized Upside Aerial Curriculum. You’ll need a Google account to access it. Don’t have one? Here are instructions on how to create a free Google account. (You do NOT need to have a gmail account. You can use any email address as the ID for your Google account.) Can't find the email invite? Let us know and we'll re-send it! Your Upside Aerial Curriculum will look something like this:
Check out the list of tabs at the bottom. The first tab is Lesson Plans. If you’re taking private or semi-private lessons, we’ll fill this section out for you. If you’re taking group classes, you can choose to fill out this section to keep track of what you worked on in each class. The Lesson Plans tab also has a Notes & Homework section where you can add conditioning exercises we give you or make notes about things you want to focus on. The remaining tabs correspond to our Skill Sheets. Your Upside instructors will update the skill checkboxes after each class. A skill is checked as Introduced when you’ve done it once. Then we’ll start adding “x’s” to the In Progress box every time you work on a skill so we know how long you’ve been working on it. Once you’ve mastered the skill, it will be checked as Achieved. When you achieve all the skills on one sheet (demonstrating both physical mastery and an understanding of the fabric theory), you'll gain access to the next skill sheet!
We hope this tool keeps you motivated, helps you learn aerial terminology, and helps you plan your Open Studio & Rig Point Rental practice sessions. Having a list of skills you've mastered is also invaluable when it comes to choreographing aerial routines! The Notes section on the Skill Sheets is where our students add their own notes to help them remember what each skill is and how to do it. Many of our students film themselves in class, upload their videos to Google Drive or a private YouTube channel, and add links to these videos right to the Notes section.
We hope this valuable tool allows you to be more active in your own learning and understanding of the beautiful but complex world of aerial silks! We believe the more active you are in your own learning, the more creative and safe you can be.