Aerial Teacher Trainings
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Aerial Teacher Trainings

Aerial Teacher Trainings
ABOUT THE TRAINING
Nimble Arts Teacher Trainings are the longest running comprehensive workshop series for aerial teachers. We opened up the field with our first workshop in 2002 before anyone else was offering any way for coaches to learn. We are grateful that many people are now putting effort into the work of being effective and safe aerial coaches. Our workshops are acknowledged by circus schools and insurance companies worldwide for the expertise and deep understanding we inspire in our trainees. We hope you will join us.

Our multi level program guides participants to become safe and capable aerial arts teachers for both the hearts and bodies of their students. What sets our program apart from others is the focus we place on understanding how the human body moves and gaining skills to adapt the movement or adapt the body to the skill for maximum success. Lot of time is spent on spotting techniques to keep students and coaches safer with hands on practice at every level as well as content that includes basic rigging practice, learning styles, classroom management, and creativity ideas.

Elsie & Serenity bring unique knowledge from years as elite level aerialists as well as practitioners who began 'late' in life and had to really learn, not just 'do'. They understand the need for layered coaching that seeks to teach 'smart bodies' not just 'tricks' and bring together modalities from pilates, physical therapy, gyrotonics, circus, dance, gymnastics, fitness and agility training to offer a program designed for aerial teachers who want to know more about how the body 'works'. With this knowledge, trainees can be smarter about how to modify for children, people with different abilities, recreational enthusiasts, as well as aspiring professionals.


HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Trainees begin with the workshop Introduction to Teaching Aerials, then progress through Foundation, Intermediate and Master level trainings with concentrations on trapeze, aerial fabric, lyra, sling, rope, duo trapeze, etc.

For a full overview of the program please see workshops levels below. For dates of specific workshops please go to workshop listing.

Each Teacher Training Workshop offers a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate of Completion does not speak to the competency of the participant but asserts that the participant has completed the workshop. If the Trainee is interested in a competency Certification, Nimble Arts offers a long term, customized training program where participants are matched with a Mentor who reviews their work either in person or via internet and guides them as teachers. For information see below.

We also offer short course trainings in basic tumbling, stretching, hand balancing and partner acrobatics, and can customize our trainings for your studio needs.


STEP ONE: Introduction to Teaching Aerials
Foundation Level Workshops
Intermediate Level workshops
Master Level workshops
Want to host a training?
Certification Program

STEP ONE: Introduction to Teaching Aerials


This 34-hour introduction to teaching skill progressions for beginning tricks on trapeze and aerial fabric also includes segments on learning styles, spotting techniques, injury prevention, basic rigging concepts, equipment maintenance, and class management skills. This workshop is required for application to the Nimble Arts™ Certification Course (see below).

Open to anyone age 16+ who is interested in learning to teach children and adults at summer camps, schools, gymnastics programs, or circus schools. For workshops all over the world please go to our workshop listing.

***REQUIRED: All students are expected to prepare by successfully completing the elements in the required Nimble Art's DVD: Aerial Fabric: Beginning Level 1 prior to the start of the workshop.
DVDs can be purchased or bought for download at www.nimblearts.org.
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Testimonial:
"The Intro to Aerial Teaching workshop was absolutely eye opening for me; I don't think I ever truly knew how to teach absolute beginners until I worked with Elsie & Destiny. As someone with 20 years of dance training & years of professional performance experience, I felt it was hard to relate to students that may have no experience or training at all in dance, gymnastics, or movement. The way the broke down material was so effective & most importantly safe. I realized I had some gaps in my own curriculum and this workshop definitely refined my knowledge and has help me to give my students the well rounded aerial education I WISH I had when I was a beginner. Thank you Elsie for being so open in sharing your knowledge. This program will definitely help to create a safer aerial teaching community." Sarah K


Foundation Level Workshops


FOUNDATION LEVEL TEACHER TRAININGS

These workshops will guide you though the curriculum created by Nimble Arts™ to provide clear and effective progressions and spotting techniques for beginner students. We'll focus on body mechanics, conditioning & stretching while creating a foundation of body awareness and safety.

We offer trainings in the following concentrations:
- aerial fabric
- lyra/hoop
- trapeze
- sling/hammock
- adaptive aerials
- circus skills for youth
- spanish web

For dates of specific workshops please go to workshop listing.


Intermediate Level workshops


INTERMEDIATE LEVEL TEACHER TRAININGS

These workshops will guide you though the curriculum created by Nimble Arts to provide clear and effective progressions and spotting techniques for intermediate level students.

We'll also spend time on creative choreography to help keep you and your students inspired while creating a curriculum that allows their bodies to develop to the level of physicality necessary for safe advanced level aerial training.

We offer trainings in the following concentrations:

- Aerial Fabric
- Lyra/Hoop
- Trapeze
- Sling/Hammock
- Duo Trapeze
- Rope/Corde Lisse
- Single Point/Dance Trapeze

For dates of specific workshops please go to workshop listing.


Master Level workshops


MASTER LEVEL TEACHER TRAINING

These workshops will guide you though the curriculum created by Nimble Arts™ to provide clear and effective progressions and spotting techniques for advanced level students.

We'll explore progressions & spotting techniques to help your students safely through advanced level aerial training.

We offer training in the following concentrations:
- Aerial Fabric
- Lyra/Hoop
- Trapeze
- Duo trapeze
- Rope/corde lisse

For dates of specific workshops please go to workshop listing.


Want to host a training?


Nimble Arts is happy to bring our workshops to your community. Contact Elsie for more details.

Certification Program


Nimble Arts™ Teacher Certification Program
$595 per concentration level
note: we plan to expand this program in the future to non-aerial skills, but currently only aerial trainings are offered

This program is for those who would like more personal guidance through the process of learning to be safe, confident and well rounded aerial instructors and a Certification. The program includes several module levels of training in the aerial apparatus of your choice, and upon successful completion of each level participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Before beginning the Certification Program, trainees must take the workshop Introduction to Teaching Aerials. Once you have completed this workshop trainees can apply to the Certification Program.

For full details about the Certification Course including completion requirements and fees, and the application forms, please review the Program Information