• What is Aerial?
  • Who are the teachers?
  • Who are the assistants?
  • Why do the children sit down in class?
  • When can my child move up a level?
  • Why is the warm-up so long?
  • What should they wear for aerial?
  • Can I do a private lesson?
What is Aerial?

We refer to Aerial as ‘Ballet in the Air’. Students are suspended on aerial silks (also known as aerial tissu) or on lyras (also known as ‘hoops’). For silks, the material is wrapped around aerialists bodies as they are suspended high up in the air. Complex, multi-dimensional sequences are created then they drop into a beautiful free-fall until the silks act as a harness and catch them as they fall.

Who are the teachers?

The teachers at Aerial Angels Cirque Central have extensive training in aerial and are also senior Aerial performers. They teach at Aerial Angels in between their shows and contracts.

Who are the assistants?

The assistants are current Aerial Angels Elite aerial students. They are a dedicated team who have shown the skills for future teaching.

Why do the children sit down in class?

There is a good amount of ‘sit, watch & listen’ time especially in the Basic, Level 1 & Level 2 classes. To be able to teach the art of Aerial, the teacher needs to talk with the students in great detail about their skills and what is occurring up in the air.

The student also must visualise it by watching their teacher or fellow students. This is to assist in the early stages of aerial awareness. The more they watch and listen to what the instructor is saying, the quicker they will also progress by applying those corrections themselves.

In simple terms, this is how we teach the student to know where they are when they are upside down.

When can my child move up a level?

The teaching of Aerial and the Level program was designed by the founder of Aerial Angels, Miss Susan Porrett. As students progress through the levels, the complexity of the movements and wraps increase.

The tricks in one level must be learnt competently and in their entirety to ensure the safe progression into the tricks learnt in the next level.

You need to go slow with aerial and safety is our number 1 priority. Students must demonstrate they have the strength and control to complete all the relevant positions without the assistance of the teacher to be moved into the next class.

Aerial classes are quite different to dance classes and there is a lot of repetition of skills and tricks. Tricks need to be done hundreds of times to make them fluid, safe and technically correct.

Our students are assessed by their teachers on a weekly basis and are moved up once the child has completed the learning of the skills given in a safe and capable manner.

Why is the warm-up so long?

We teach for longevity in the industry and injury prevention. An important part of Aerial training is strength & flexibility training. During aerial, when you are suspended in the air, you are effectively holding your own body weight and need to have the core strength to do so.

We will always start our classes with a warm-up along with strength and stretch exercises. Our motto of ‘Strength before Skills’ helps prevent injuries and also helps the students as they grow through the levels, build their strength and transition from one level of tricks to another.

What should they wear for aerial?
  • Preferably a unitard. Otherwise full length or 3⁄4 tights (no bike shorts), comfortable fitted top or crop top. NOTE: For aerial safety and to protect your skin, back of knees and high waist covering is essential.
  • Long hair must be tied up
  • NO zippers, studs or details that can catch on skin or apparatus
  • NO jewellery apart from studs or sleepers. Watches, sharp rings and loose jewellery mustbe removed before class.
  • NO socks or shoes to be worn.
  • Please bring a water bottle to class.
Can I do a private lesson?

The answer is YES! Private lessons can be booked via admin@aerialangels.com.au or 5522 0702.