Test Your Knowledge of the Rotator Cuff

Posted on: April 7th, 2014 by Rebekah Leach

I have had the grand joy of introducing many beginning students to the art of aerial dance. The first thing that I get on my soapbox about is injury prevention. I say that “the shoulder is to an aerial dancer as the foot is to the ground dancer.” When I say that, the dancers get it. The ankle is the most often injured part of the body for ballerinas. Traditional dancers are on their ankles day in and day out, dancing on it. For an aerialist, you are on your shoulder day in and day out, dancing all around it. Therefore, it just makes sense that the shoulder would be the most often injured part of the body for aerialists.

So, its worth our time to learn a thing or two about what’s holding us up all day, and pass this on to the students we teach. While I don’t feel anatomy is as important as proper execution and technique, anatomy can certainly help everyone understand a little more what is going on during exercises. So, take 10 minutes out of your day, grab a pen & paper, and put yourself in aerial school.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to answer the questions below. Bonus points to you if you can answer these questions without watching the video! If you can’t answer these questions, watch the video, and take good notes.  This video is a production of Anatomy Zone.

1) Why does the shoulder joint sacrifice stability for mobility?

2) What are the 4 rotator cuff muscles? (Hint: Use the acronym SITS)

3) How does each rotator cuff muscle move the shoulder joint?

Answers will be in the next blog! :)



Improvisation: Enter to Win a FREE Month of Membership

Posted on: April 6th, 2014 by Rebekah Leach

Here at AerialDancing.com, we like to host at least one contest or video drawing of the year and this is it! The basic rules of the game are:

(1) Make sure you are a member (basic or paying).

(2) Upload your improvisation video by May 31st, 2014. Your screen name will be entered into the drawing.

(3) On June 1st, we’ll pick a name from a hat and let them know that they just won a free month of full access membership.

The Details: Upload your video by May 31, 2014 and your screen name will be placed into a hat for the drawing. The number of comments does not matter. All that matters is that you get a video up. The moves of the video must be completely unplanned prior to turning the camera on. Let the music – or a prompt of some kind – inspire the movement. In the comments for your video, please tell us your inspiration for the movement. (See below for ideas.) You must capture at least 60 seconds of glorious random movement dictated by the prompt – or no prompt – of your choice. (Keep all movement clean and family friendly.) You may only upload 1 video for submission to the drawing. Winner will be notified by e-mail on June 1st and their June subscription payment will be on us.


Aerial Mama’s: Training While Pregnant

Posted on: April 1st, 2014 by Rebekah Leach

Got the following e-mail from an aerial friend of mine. It inspired the blog below.


This Sunday I just discovered that I am pregnant. Definitely a surprise. How life can change so fast!

How was training for you while pregnant? Did you train, what did you do, etc?
Also, did you train inversions while pregnant?
~ Aerial Mama-to-be
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