My Aerial Silks Teacher Training Project has been underway since
June 2014, I need to further my knowledge as an Aerial Silks
teacher to bring a high quality of teaching back to New Zealand. By
completing this program I will gain certification and credibility
within the Industry.
New Zealand does not offer any Aerial Silks Teacher training and
through extensive research I have concluded that the Nimble Arts™
Teacher Certification Program created in 2003 and offered by NECCA
in the USA is most suited to the New Zealand Aerial
The New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) is a not for
profit circus school based in Brattleboro, VT. It was founded in
2007 to offer people of all ages and abilities a unique opportunity
to experience the magical & captivating world of circus
The course includes teaching skill progressions for beginning
tricks on aerial fabric, segments on learning styles, spotting
techniques, injury prevention, basic rigging concepts, equipment
maintenance, and class management skills. There is also a prep DVD
in which the moves must be learnt prior to the course.
This program is run by Directors Elsie Smith & Serenity
Smith Forchion, identical twins specialising in aerial acrobatics.
Their teaching & performing backgrounds include a 4 year tour
on Cirque du Soleil's Saltimbanco.
I will get to meet and collaborate with the Directors and
Instructors at NECCA to run the exact same Aerial Teacher Training
course here in Auckland from Monday 13th - 17th July 2015. I want
to improve the quality of teaching here in New Zealand to ensure
safety, confidence and correct technique. This will be a first for
Here is a link to their website where they are promoting the
course in New Zealand.
I have only been to the USA once before, Los Angeles on my way
to London for my OE. Brattleboro looks very quaint!
"Brattleboro is named one of the top ten small art towns in the
country, Brattleboro's downtown is packed with coffee shops,
bookstores, and art galleries. Over the course of a year, the town
hosts world class jazz concerts, film festivals, and theater
I have booked and paid for the course, what I need help in is
some additional funding for my travel costs including flights and
accommodation. Your contribution to my project will be hugely
appreciated whether it be large or small. I will be keeping
you up-to-date on my progress leading up to the course and when I
Upon my return I will be inviting you all to an open aerial
silks session where you can participate or just watch a performance
and some of my teaching techniques I have learnt. I will be
recording this if you aren't in Auckland to share!
I have also just been selected to compete in the rising all
stars Aerial Silks competition in Melbourne on March 20th. If you
want to see how I do please follow me on Facebook and
I am ultra-passionate about the Aerial Arts and all it
encompasses. It not only teaches outer strength but inner strength
too. Students face a lot of emotions whilst learning and I want to
be by their sides when they face their fears and for them to build
increased trust in me as a teacher.
My end goal is to become a better Aerial Silks teacher by
improving technique and safety for my current students and to
provide Aerial Silks classes around New Zealand. I have a mission
to inspire all New Zealander's through this incredible art form and
that we are capable of great achievements when we set our minds to