Foundation Level Teacher Training - HAMMOCK/SLING

June 16-18, 2017

Nimble Arts Teacher Training Foundation Level Hammock/Sling
June 16-18, 2017
Instructor: Ukoiya Mastin
Age 16+ or by permission of instructor

This workshop will guide you though the curriculum created by Nimble Arts™ to provide clear and effective progressions and spotting techniques for beginner aerial sling (loop) students. We'll focus on body mechanics, conditioning & stretching while creating a foundation of body awareness and safety. Working with skills that can be executed close to the ground focus is on body awareness, fabric placement, spotting techniques and meeting the conditioning needs of novice and beginner students including skills with the sling closed and open and drops.

Gain a broader knowledge of sling/loop skills with a focus on those that prepare the body for deeper physical learning.
Learn how to execute skills to give visual instruction.
Learn variations and progressions to increase student success.
Learn how to effectively spot more complex skills and sequences.
Learn how to identify basic physical weaknesses & imbalances and techniques for helping students achieve success by working around or improving these weaknesses.
Learn how to give clear verbal instruction.
Discuss class management skills including working with students with varied physical abilities & learning styles.
Learn how to introduce basic creative and performance skills into the class structure.

Friday, June 16: 9:00am-1:00pm
Saturday, June 17: 9:00am-1:00pm
Sunday, June 18: 9:00am-12:00pm
*Location: Our new building at 10 Town Crier Drive, Brattleboro VT*

Completion of Introduction to Teaching Aerials workshop (please link to this workshop on host web site)
Be comfortable executing Foundation level skills: this includes, but is not limited basic aerial skills such as pull over, knee hang, and inverting off the ground. Experience on trapeze, fabric or sling/hammock is required. If you are not sure if you are at the necessary skill level please contact Elsie at

***Participants who do not meet the required experience level will be asked to sit out of the workshop and will not be refunded***

Exceptions to this skill level requirement can be made for teachers with physical limitations that do not hinder their ability to be competent teachers AND spotters at the Foundation level. (For example: someone in a foot cast with previous experience who can still spot and execute some skills, or someone with a shoulder injury who academically knows the skills required and are comfortable spotting.)

Please contact Elsie at for more information.

With hundreds of sell-out shows under her belt as producer, co-manager and performer with Dream Science Circus, Ukoiya Mastin is an accomplished aerialist. She is also a certified personal trainer and has taught circus at the Waldorf school among others.


74 Cotton Mill Hill #300
Brattleboro VT 05301


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