This past Sunday, about ten and a half months into my obsessive aerial practice, I passed the Aerialfit level test and moved up to level three in silks! As you may be able to imagine, I am overjoyed. I distinctly remember looking at the level three girls when I first started in awe and admiration – and now I’m one of them!
Plus, in my first level three class ever today we learned a REALLY cool drop.
I’ve started getting ready for my first aerial showcase and it it SUPER exciting.
We picked a Halloween theme, and after a whole ton of deliberation I decided I wanted my act to be Jekyll and Hyde; I’ll be performing on sling. This is unique and challenging for a variety of reasons, the first and foremost being that it will require a lot of really good characterization on both extremes. But there are also lesser challenges, like how on earth do I pick a costume that accurately represents both characters without having to change several times partway through and how do I find music that transitions between happy and scary three times? (I’m really set on that three times thing. And for the record, my current plan is to make my own music by strategically combining two songs.)
My music has been a bit of a contentious issue, but if I can use it I already have most of my choreography figured out and am hoping to spend most of the time left between now and the showcase working on developing really good character movement.
The people I’m learning aerial from don’t just teach – they also perform professionally, mostly at corporate events. They also have a performance mentorship program through which their students can perform professionally with them. You’re allowed to join that program once you’ve performed in a showcase, but there’s a requirement that for at least your first event you can only be a ground performer.
I was actually going to try to diversify my posting topics a bit, I swear, but then I had the best aerial day ever yesterday, and then another super good aerial day today, and I’m so excited that I just have to write about it. I’ll talk about something else another time.
So yesterday I passed my climb test, and then I did two inversion progressions on silks, and then I successfully pulled off a seahorse on trapeze. And today I got a push me, pull me on silks! All of these are things I have been trying and failing at, so it was incredibly vindicating to finally succeed.
But, since not everyone who reads this is as obsessed with aerial as I am, let’s talk about what those things actually are.