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OUR TEACHER TRAININGS

Enhance Your Teaching

 

COMPREHENSIVE AERIAL HOOP TEACHER TRAINING

10-week remote training

SOAR Aerial Dance is proud to offer our progressive, comprehensive teacher training in aerial hoop. Unlike most other teacher trainings, SOAR’s program takes place over 10 weeks to allow enough time to fully train instructors and give them the materials they need to be successful. Our teacher training is also unique in offering a complete curriculum of skill instruction, ranging from first-day beginner moves to intermediate skills and dynamics. We’ll also cover injury prevention, troubleshooting, and skill modification. When you complete our training, you’ll have confidence in yourself as an instructor, in your understanding of the “why” and “how” of what you’re teaching, and in your ability to meet your students’ needs.


Our Schedule

Once a week for 10 weeks, we’ll meet virtually in a three-hour session. During each course meeting, you’ll have a chance to work on the apparatus, practice teaching fellow aerialists, and get answers to your questions. You’ll leave class each week with homework to tackle that will help you prepare for the following week’s meeting. Notes, handouts, and additional information will be provided through the Teachable platform. One month and six months after the course concludes, you’ll get a personal check-in with Gena to provide ongoing support, see how you’re doing, and answer any questions you have. 


Our Curriculum

Gena DuBose, SOAR’s creative director, personally developed the curriculum we share in this course. It’s based on SOAR’s Basic, Level 1, and Level 2 skills and incorporates Gena’s extensive yoga and Pilates training with a focus on technique, safety, and awareness of the body and how it moves with the apparatus. Throughout the program, you’ll learn to teach more than 70 skills, ranging from fundamentals like mermaid and straddle back to split lever, back balance, Mill circles, and more. Gena will also delve into spin technique and theory, beats, when to introduce those skills, and why a student might use them.


Bonuses

In addition to the curriculum of skills, this course provides training in planning a warm-up, how to spot safely and effectively, classroom management, overseeing multiple students at once, and the business of teaching aerial arts. We’ll also provide guest instructor modules on pre- and post-natal training, anatomy, rigging, and teaching plus-sized students. 


Prerequisites

You do not need to be an instructor to take this training, but our course is designed to improve every instructor’s skills, whether you have never taught before or you have been teaching for years. Because this is a comprehensive, in-depth training, all potential students must have a solid understanding of aerial hoop and at least one year of intermediate-level, consistent training with the apparatus. You should expect to be in the air for at least two hours out of every three-hour class session. If you are injured or otherwise unable to physically participate, you are still welcome to join as long as you meet the training prerequisites. 


Equipment Needs

• A computer with reliable Internet access

• Safe rigging that has been installed by a qualified professional

• An appropriate mat 

• Optional: The Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain

• Optional: Applied Anatomy of Aerial Arts by Dr. Emily Scherb

• Optional: Hall Rigging Academy online course from Delbert Hall

INSTRUCTOR ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM

6-week remote training

This six-week virtual program is a continuing education course designed to level up your teaching and give you the tools you need to help your students become capable, intentional movement artists. Whether you are a brand-new instructor or have been teaching for years, the Enhancement Program will meet you where you are with a thoughtfully designed curriculum featuring in-depth analysis of concepts that build on one another to challenge you without overwhelming. 


Instead of a traditional teacher training that focuses on how to coach and spot skills, our course shows you how to nurture students as whole artists by understanding and serving their unique needs and movement styles, both on and off the apparatus. We’ll invite you to think critically about every choice you make in your teaching, why you make those choices, and how they impact your students. Before the course begins, a 30-minute consultation is required so we can hear more about you and your goals as an instructor and make sure this program is a good fit.


Our Schedule

Once a week for six weeks, we’ll meet virtually in a two-hour session. Each week, we’ll break down the details of a concept that relates to creativity in movement. Class will be discussion-based, with practical homework assignments for you to complete prior to the next week’s meeting. All handouts, homework, and course content will be provided through the Teachable platform. At two points during the six-week course, you’ll also get a one-on-one, 30-minute session with Gena to check in and tackle any questions or concerns you may have.


The Curriculum

SOAR’s creative director, Gena DuBose, created this program after noticing that many aerial classes never instructed students how to become authentic movers – a process that can be vulnerable and uncomfortable. Gena’s curriculum covers cuing, engagement, technique, warm-ups, musicality, developing your ideal class, and more. Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to think critically about what your students need and how you can encourage them to find comfort with themselves and their bodies. It is split into six parts, one for each week of the course:


• Alignment, Body Awareness, and Breathing

• Movement of the Limbs

• Conditioning and Sequencing

• Creative Movement

• How to Command Your Classroom

• Teaching It: Course Wrap-up and Feedback


Inclusivity

In her early learning as a Black recreational aerial student, Gena noticed that looking different from everyone else in class often led to being left behind, slighted, or worse. Gena feels strongly about empowering instructors to help ALL students thrive, and that is a primary goal of this program. The course will give you the tools you need to make your classes accessible to all bodies and to teach inclusive alignment, noting that “correct” alignment and positioning is unique to each individual.


Prerequisites

This course is designed for aerial instructors of any discipline or apparatus who have been teaching consistently for at least one year. Because a lot of the work we are doing involves discovering and facilitating students’ creativity and unique movement styles, you must be willing to explore those topics for yourself and be open to learning new ways of serving your students, even if they may be uncomfortable for you.


Equipment Needs

• A computer with reliable Internet access

• Safe rigging that has been installed by a qualified professional

• An appropriate mat