New Fabric Book (Vol 2) is Now Available for Pre-SALE!

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The Aerial Fabric Manual Volume 2 is now available for sale!!

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My previous books The Intermediate Aerial Fabric Instructional Manuals in Parts 1 & 2 are no longer in print and have been removed from virtual shelves everywhere. The two books have been condensed and combined into this massive textbook.

Last year, I published The Aerial Fabric Manual Volume 1, which was a remake of the previous Beginning Fabric Instructional Manual, which was originally published in 2009. Trust me, the new book is sooo much better! I have learned so much over this past decade and the new books reflect that. They show the progress and evolution of an aerial teacher who loves her craft!

Volume 2 (Level 2) picks up where Volume 1 (Level 1) left off. It starts with entries into crossback straddle, the pinnacle skill that is a milestone for a beginning Level 2 student. Then, the book ventures off into climbs that build of the foundational climbs. For example, at Level 1, students learn the basic climb and the Russian climb. In Level 2, they start to turn and twist and stuff-it and other sorts of variations on the foundational climbs. They also start working on inverted climbs such as single and double knee climbs, which are clearly Level 2 as they require strong inversions.

Next, the book covers what I call “double catcher’s” aka “crochet your legs and then add thigh wraps.” True to my heart, the book is heavy in theory and you’ll learn just why I call things certain names and how to approach them in ways that help students understand the wrap, not just how to do it. Students are encouraged to learn through critical thinking through the use of puzzles and questions scattered throughout the book.

There’s a miscellaneous chapter in the middle of the book to capture skills such as ankles hands and music box. Many of the skills in this chapter are fun ways to add splits into your routines as well. One skill I particularly like is “knee tangle.” There are some interesting pathways to study from knee tangle.

The book goes on to the most brainy chapter I’ve ever written in the “hip & thigh series.” You’ll find charts and webs and connections that will blow your mind. I included never-before-seen skills that I created to help teach the theory of connecting these skills. This is my favorite topic of the book!

Next are the classics of open and closed catcher’s wraps (opposite and same side wraps), as well as s-wraps. These help to lay the foundation for the final two skill chapters: introduction to belay theory and introduction to drops. Level 2 is when a student is introduced to their first of each drop category: their first slack drop, their first dive, their first roll, etc. The drop progression is very important and this book will help guide you through it.

The first and last chapters of the book includes drills on how to prepare the book for gaining strong inversions and other prerequisite strength. There are bonus transition charts, a summary skill page, and a glossary where you can look up important terms.

This book truly has it all! This is a must-have textbook for all teachers and students of aerial fabric.

Want to flip through some pages of this book?  Preview the inside here.

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What’s Inside The Aerial Rope Manual Vol 2?

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When I think of rope, I think of all the hard stuff: back balances, meathooks from a deadhang, one arm hangs, momentum, etc. But you can’t start there. The Aerial Rope Manual Volume 1 is the starting place for anyone who is looking to start their aerial journey and build up strength. However, The Aerial Rope Manual Volume 2 feels like this is where it really starts. We get to the good stuff. The hard stuff.

Chapter One introduces more building blocks of rope that are generally harder than what was found in Volume 1. I feel like once a student knows every building block of a certain apparatus, then the fun can begin. The rest is just choreography and transitions between all the building blocks. Some of the major building blocks are: inversions, climbs, opposite and same side wraps (OS and SS), s-wraps, crucifix (’round the back) and moves that are derived from these (all in Vol1). Now in Vol2 are:  front balance, back balance, break beat, shoefly, meathooks, Amazon and the wraps of focus are all things in hitches.

Chapter Two connects pathways between all the major building blocks that were covered in Chapter One. This picture should tell all:

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This is the kind of fun you’ll find in this book to help you navigate the world of rope (or silks with poles together).

Chapter Three is dedicated to seatbelts, which are a type of hitch around the thigh. I feel like this is where the theory of the book really starts to make itself apparent. I used theory to brainstorm pathways for the book, as well as to tidy up the language and systems we use for viewing pathways to and from hitches. Seatbelts starts this conversation and then…

Chapter Four summarizes the findings of chapter three and adds to them with putting together a ton of information about all the major hitches. Since some classic hitches such as ankle and knee hitches were introduced in Volume 1, this chapter focuses mostly on the hitches around the thigh and waist. A large goal of the chapter is to provide a language with which to speak about any hitch. You will never read the words “inside” and “outside” the same after studying this manual.

 
Chapter Five takes on a different direction all together, closing out the book with an introduction to momentum. In the words of one aerial teacher, this chapter is “worth rubies, diamonds and gold on its own.” It’s worth it to purchase the whole book just for this chapter alone.  It contains all the foundational ideas that can then be applied to create your own momentum sequences into all the building blocks that have been covered thus far. Molly Graves commented, “Especially exciting is the final chapter on momentum pathways and beats—skills whose very nature makes them hard to pin down!” Dynamic movement can be tricky to put on paper, but with the help from expert rope artists such as Alex Allan and Allie Cooper, the world of momentum has been translated to a 2-D medium in precise detail.

Overall, this book will help you understand the world of rope or fabric better. You’ll also get ideas for training moves, how to properly progress moves, what the prerequisites are for each move, and for teachers, get teaching tips from the best aerial coaches in the world.

This book was a huge investment and is supporting a lot of artists. I hope you’ll support our work and help it to be continued by making a purchase of the book. Go here to check it out.