I took a 4 week Aerial Silks class in January of this year and loved it. Even though I didn’t have enough arm strength to climb the silks, I resolved to get stronger and better the next time around. The teacher is pretty awesome and I definitely would like to take a class with her again.
Her next class was in June, but didn’t mesh with my summer dance schedule (belly dance is still a priority after all), so color me disappointed. 😦 Then I found a class in the next town with one time slot that would fit in my already pretty full dance card. Since the class had a Groupon special going on, I took the plunge and committed to making that drive.
This Spring was a busy, Belly and Ballroom dance filled time for me; and my resolution to get stronger fell to the wayside for a while. However, having found a class that I could take, I renewed my resolve to get stronger. I started a push up challenge with someone (they are winning, but I’m getting stronger lol), and started a pull up challenge with someone else (i’m winning, but only with a slight edge),
I’m not reinventing the wheel here, I’m sharing what has helped me. One of the most helpful tools on how to get better is Laura Witwer’s Blog. An experienced aerialist and teacher (with a penchant for writing) she updates her blog regularly about various topics related to various circus apparatus, aerial and circus training, diet, and things that she has learned along the way to becoming the Aerial performer and teacher she is today.
Long story short, unless you’re a serious gymnast or athlete, it’s going to take time to develop the functional strength and stamina necessary to be awesome at this activity. Have fun with it, celebrate the small milestones, and keep working at it. Everyone starts somewhere 🙂
I’ll leave you with this inspirational aerial straps video.