Have you ever wondered why some teachers are so inspiring? Or have you thought
about how you can become an inspiring teacher? Aerial teaching is about so much
more than knowing the steps to tricks. Great teachers have several qualities that make
them stand out from the rest.
Experienced – Great teachers have a high level of knowledge in their field. They are
excited about their profession and continue to do their own research. While many
recreational teachers do not work with advanced students, they still understand
beginner and/or intermediate level work inside and out. This knowledge comes from
experience and training.
Safety Conscious – Great aerial teachers are vigilant with rigging standards, spotting
students, and managing a safe space. They seek to expand their knowledge through
attending workshops, reading, and discussing safety with others in the field.
Self-Aware – Great teachers know who they are, how they teach, and what types of
students are drawn to them. They understand what they truly value and teach what
they live. Every teacher has a different perspective on the field, and this is a good thing!
Many perspectives mean that more students gain access to our art form.
Caring – Great teachers remember what it is like to learn something new, and
remember how they worked past their own fears and mental blocks. They care about
students, effectively communicating their knowledge and motivating them to work
toward their goals.
Learning Centered – Great teachers know how to get you from where you are to where
you need to be. They know how to create a plan with clear goals, but also know how to
improvise when the plan does not suit.
Reflective – Great teachers reflect on their own teaching practice because it makes
them better. They celebrate their successes and understand that mistakes are
great learning opportunities. At aerialdancing.com, we now offer a Remote Teacher
Assessment Program where you can submit video of your teaching and receive feedback
from experienced colleagues.
Service Oriented – Great teachers are willing to share their knowledge with others and
invest in their students’ success. They help students set and meet goals, and honor their
Do you have other thoughts on what it takes to be a great aerial teacher? Please share
your comments below!
Julianna Hane serves on the Advisory Board of Aerialdancing.com and is currently writing a book on aerial teaching philosophies. Having taught in private studios, K-12, and higher education, she is passionate about the art of teaching. Julianna is the founder of Revolve Aerial Dance in Charleston, SC where she teaches, performs, and choreographs. For more information, visit her website at www.revolveaerialdance.com.