6 months!  Yay for remembering to take photos :)  Ankles by the end of the year?

Handstand class with Wendy!  She’s doing awesome :)

Swedish bars #1:  stretching the rocks of Gibraltar (muscley man shoulders).  No fear, the bar lets me control my weight.

Swedish bars #1: stretching the rocks of Gibraltar (muscley man shoulders). No fear, the bar lets me control my weight.

Back from the break soon!

So I’ve been away from my blog and teaching in general for the past few weeks because I moved into a new apartment in Williamsburg!  Will still have an in-house studio (smaller, but more focused I think), and will be back on the blog train once I have everything up and running.  Excited about the new place and the new possibilities!!

Amazzzing handstand act.  Watch the whole thing…it gets epic.

(Source: youtube.com)

Hey students of mine/anyone who likes cool videos…here’s a super awesome easy to follow vid.  Now the million dollar question…how does this apply to handstand?

Sit-up / Curl-up Anatomy (by MuscleandMotion)

Molly working on beats…they’re gettin there!  A few more photos from NECCA workshop weekend on their way :)

Molly working on beats…they’re gettin there! A few more photos from NECCA workshop weekend on their way :)

First photo from handstand workshop at NECCA this past weekend :). More photos to come as I get them uploaded!

First photo from handstand workshop at NECCA this past weekend :). More photos to come as I get them uploaded!

Online Aerial Silks Tutorials.

I’m seeing them more and more.  It’s like people have decided to improve upon the tried and true “watch youtube vids” method of aerial training.  As much as I love culling the herd of people willing to try this, I feel the need to speak out.

There are some things you can learn online: cooking, for example.  The internet is a wonderful resource where I can put up a video that shows you how to make a casserole.  Because, as we all know, if you mess it up you can order Chinese.

Even Yoga can be learned online…to a certain extent.  I balk at that idea a little bit, but you know, whatevs.  If you love watching a yoga video online and going through the movements and having fun doing whatever version you end up doing, that’s great.  Maybe you’ll pull a hamstring.  

I have noticed, however, that only the very stupid try to learn a back handspring online.  Somehow people realize “hmm…maybe I should actually work with a coach on that one.”  There is some instinctive realization as you prepare to jump backward through space, that perhaps the consequences here may be intense and severe.

Somehow, that instinctive reaction does not kick in for aerial training.  OR maybe it does, and no one watches these online tutorials and attempts them.  Perhaps (please god), people post videos explaining how to do a trick, and people watch but don’t attempt until they’re with their teacher.  God that would be awesome.

If you’re interested in aerials skills like trapeze or silks, or if you are an intermediate student that thinks you know enough to pilfer tricks offline (any coaches worst nightmare), please read on.

Aerial training is safe.  It is a fun recreational activity for you to enjoy under the supervision of a professional teacher/coach.  It is that persons responsibility to keep you safe.

Aerial training is also an activity that carries heavy consequences for messing up.  You may be strong, you may know what you’re doing…but you do not always know everything your teacher or coach is doing to keep you safe.  The person on the computer screen cannot help you get better because they cannot see you.


So please, realize there are people out there who are going to post instructional videos online.  That’s cool, and some of them may even be totally qualified instructors…but you should not learn that way, because, like doing online yoga, there’s no one there to tell you if you got it right. Only with aerials, not getting it right can have really tragic consequences.

Back at NECCA teaching workshops.  Having a blast, pics of workshops to come :)

Back at NECCA teaching workshops. Having a blast, pics of workshops to come :)