18 August 2016
Behind The Scenes At An Edinburgh Aerial Beginners Class
I was asked by Val Beattie, Aviatricks, to come along to her aerial circus skills training class in Edinburgh to take some performance photography for her website. It was a great opportunity to get back to doing some performance photography - which is how I started out as a photographer. It was also a really interesting chance to see what goes on in an aerial skills Edinburgh class and see some pretty nifty moves.
Val has been performing circus skills for many years and runs a company called Aviatricks, who provides circus skills performers to events. The company also supplies face painters, entertainers and now Val herself is teaching circus skills.
The class was being held at Full Cirqle, Edinburgh, where the room is already rigged up for aerial classes and work
Val says that core strength is just as important as upper body strength for aerial skills. So each class starts by stretching and doing some strengthening exercises.
Val told me before the class that there would be a mix of abilities in the class but I have to say - I didn't notice! Val first demonstrated a particular move and then allowed each student to practice, whilst she spots them. Each student was pulling off some pretty impressive aerial trapeze moves.
Which Aerial Skills Are Taught In The Class?
Val teaches static trapeze, where the trapeze is kept still. Moves are underneath and on top of the trapeze bar. In addition the class is a place to learn aerial silks moves (or aerial fabric moves). Silks aerial skills take place in and around the knotted and un-knotted fabrics that hang from the ceiling.
Students hang by their hands, sit or stand on the equipment and hang upside down from it.