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9 Do’s and Don’ts for Aerial Training

  1. Beauty pageant it is not - Wear appropriate exercise clothes - Clothes that are too loose or flouncy make it difficult to do aerials.  Zips or large buttons hurt - believe me. Remove dangly earrings and other jewellery that might get in the way or be dangerous if pulled off.
  2. Imelda doesn’t dance - Correct footwear is essential - Runners are great to learn aerials in with great support and cushioning. Be careful when transitioning into dance shoes, especially for girls wearing high heels, as landing moves can feel quite different. You should practice a lot before putting these moves into routines. 
  3. To plank or not to plank - Warm up increases heart and breathing rate, prepares the body for activity, helps to prevent Injury, prepares the mind for the activity, increases the body's core temperature, promotes blood flow to the muscles which in turn increases oxygen to the muscles and prepares your nerve-to muscle pathways so that they are ready for exercise. 
  4. It’s not a silent disco - Great communication with your dance partner is of utmost importance and decreases room for error. Make sure you are on the same page, especially if moves can be broken down into smaller sections. There is nothing worse than each partner being in different chapters, let alone the same page. 
  5. Safety is not an accident - Safety comes first - Don’t lead aerials on dancers that you have not practiced with; don’t assume all partners want to do aerials; use experienced spotters; bend zee knees; remember technique; practice good landings; don’t be blasé; be smart, safe and controlled!! 
  6. Don’t end up on Jerry Springer - blaming one another for mishaps is the opposite of good training. 
  7. Pick me!! No, Pick me!! - Select a partner that is suitable for aerial work - A good rule of thumb is that the “fly” (usually the female partner - the “liftee") is no more than 2/3rds the weight of the base (the male or “lifter-er-er"). 
  8. Etiquette is bettiquette - Social dance floors are unpredictable places. You might know what you’re doing but other dancers may not, and can easily move into your space. As everyone has experienced on a social floor, you often find yourself a “clear” space and then within seconds three other couples have danced into that area. 
  9. Trust and Practice, Trust and Practice, Trust and Practice - Need I say more?!?