How to be a good aerial student
Here at Sky Candy, our first priority is the safety of our students, whether it be physical or emotional, and we strive at all times to create a safe, fun learning environment for everyone. In order to further this goal, we thought we’d put together some tips we’ve observed from our amazing students on how to be a great aerial student.
Listen to your teacher
This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s easy to get distracted, especially at a busy studio like Sky Candy. Make sure you’ve fully understood your teacher’s instructions, and don’t hesitate to ask for a repeat demonstration or explanation- chances are, your classmates will benefit from the repetition as well! There’s also a lot to be learned from observing other students, so make sure you pay attention as your classmates try out their skills.
Listen to your body
One of the many benefits of aerial work is a deeper and more profound understanding of your body- among other things, aerialists come to understand the difference between the usual level of discomfort that is normal in the aerial arts and an unhealthy level of discomfort that could lead to injury. If your body is sending you signals that it’s had enough, respect those signals and let your teacher know that you need to sit out and observe for awhile.
If there’s one thing all professional aerialists know, it’s that it’s always good to check back in with your basic skills- an aerialist is only as strong as their technique, and sloppy technique leads to injury. Even if you’ve done a skill a thousand times, there’s always something new to learn about it, and chances are that if your teacher is having you review a basic skill, it’s for a good reason.
Encourage your classmates- and yourself!
Learning the aerial arts is a journey, and a difficult one at that! We’ve all experienced the frustrations, the plateaus, the days when we think we’re never going to get it. In the end, we all learn that perseverance is the only way through, so support your classmates on their journeys- after all, we’re all in it together!
Keep your student hat on
We are lucky to have many students at Sky Candy who are highly skilled professionals in their fields, whether that be as a medical professional, yoga instructor, or even experienced aerial practitioner or teacher. Whatever your “hat” is in other contexts, make sure you remember that when you are in a class at Sky Candy, your teacher is the only one wearing the “teacher hat”. Make sure that you refrain from instructing the other students, and if you have an issue with how something is taught, bring it up with the teacher after class.
‘Cause that’s why we’re all here, isn’t it? At Sky Candy, we view aerials as a collaborative rather than competitive art form, so no matter what the person next to you is doing, remember that we’re all in different places on our aerial journeys, and at the end of the day, all that’s important is that you had a great time doing what you love. 🙂
See you in class!