Foundation Level Teacher Training: LYRA

June 16-18, 2017

Nimble Arts Teacher Training Foundation Level: Lyra
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 lyra/hoop students. We'll focus on body mechanics, conditioning & stretching while creating a foundation of body awareness and safety.

Gain a broader knowledge of lyra/hoop 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: 2:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday, June 17: 2:00pm-6:00pm
Sunday, June 18: 1:00pm-4:00pm
*Location: 74 Cotton Mill Hill #300, Brattleboro VT*

Completion of Introduction to Teaching Aerials workshop.
Be comfortable executing Foundation level skills: this includes, but is not limited to skills under the bar (double ankle hang/running man, one knee hang), on the bar (front balance, straddle back balance, gazelle, amazon), and beginner "velocity" skills such as half mill circles. 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 at determined by the workshop director 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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