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Sky Dance FAQ

Sky Dance FAQ

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General Questions

How do I know which Flight School class to take?
Flight School rotates through an 8 class series. The first 4 classes cover the basic skills you need to test into any destination class. The next 4 classes cover alternative basics that can also be used to test into any destination class.  You are not required to take all the Flight School classes, you only need to take the ones that cover the foundational techniques that you need for your chosen destination class. You can go to our Lesson Plan calendar to see what the class will cover that day.


Do I only have to take a Flight School class once?
  We recommend taking Flight School classes multiple times to hone your skills. Each time you take a class, it will give you a deeper understanding of the theory and techniques of the foundational skills that you will build the rest of your practice on. Your teacher is trained to layer information into digestible amounts, starting with the minimum for safety, progressing to the fine details of execution. The more classes you take, the more layers you will uncover. This is how we are able to provide serious students and aspiring performers professional level instruction in drop-in class format. 


What I need to learn for each destination passport?
 Click here to download the full passport skill sheet. Or ask for a copy in the studio. 


How do I know when I'm ready to get my passport to a destination class?
 You must show a high level of proficiency and understanding of the required skills to get your passport for a destination. For example, doing the skill once does not prove a proficiency. Click here for a self-assessment questionnaire to help you determine if you are ready for a destination. 


When is Travel Day?
 Travel Days are offered the last week of the month, during dedicated Supervised Practice times. Check the Lesson Plan calendar for specific dates. 


How do I get my passport on Travel Day?
 You will need to demonstrate required skills for each the destination that you choose to visit. In small groups according to your desired destination, you will demonstrate proper technique, spotting, self-assessment abilities, and theoretical understanding. 


What happens if I don't get my passport to a destination?
You will need to wait until next month to test again. The coach will give you specific reasons for delaying your passport. Continue to practice and take Flight School classes for the skills that you need to polish. Often passports are delayed due to lack of strength. If your coach says that strength is part of your challenge, then consider investing your time in Sky Fit classes or join a destination that you do have the strength to test into. 


Can I take multiple destination classes at once?
 Absolutely, that is the beauty of the program. As long as you have your passport to a destination, you can join the class.


Experienced Students

I worked hard to get to my Level, now what happens?
By progressing through our Level system you  have already learned the required foundational skills for certain destinations. As we upgrade to the new program, you have automatically been given passport stamps to related those destination classes. On your first visit in the New Year, you will be given a physical passport book with your stamps for the destinations you are approved for. 


I just graduated to a new Level, what class(es) should I take?
If you just graduated, even though you will still be given the passport stamps for the related destination, but we strongly recommend that you take Flight School classes for your destination’s technique requirements. For example, if you just joined Level 2 and have not learned how to climb or tie foot-knots, you will not be taught those skills in your equivalent destination Knots & Wraps. Instead, you will be working on skills that build on climbs and knots in your Knots & Wraps destination class. You will need to attend the Flight School class on climbing and foot knots to learn the foundational skills.   


Do I have to take have to take Flight School classes if I am a high Level student?
You are only required to take Flight School classes if you want to join a destination class that you don’t have a passport for. You are always welcome to take classes for a deeper understanding of the foundation techniques. Each time you take a class, it will give you a deeper understanding of the theory and techniques of the foundational skills that you will build the rest of your practice on. Your teacher is trained to layer information into digestible amounts, starting with the minimum for safety, progressing to the fine details of execution. The more classes you take, the more layers you will uncover. This is how we are able to provide serious students and aspiring performers professional level instruction in drop-in class format. 


I'm a high Level student, will I be in a class with less experienced students?
Yes, but it won’t affect the pacing of the class because everyone will have the same minimum strength and technique. All of the skills and sequences in the destination classes are built from the pre-requisite passport stamps. 


I'm proud of how hard I worked to graduate, but now none of that counts?
It counts very much and we are incredibly proud of you! Just like life, aerial dance is about the journey, not the destination. The dedication and work that you invested in your training has made you a better aerialist, regardless of any title. Now, we’re asking you to shift your focus from what your rank is, to what your art is. Yes, its less rigidly structured, yes it makes you think more, but we hope you are ready to take the next step with us. 

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