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Aerial Silks Update

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

This week was my 5th class. We had been having class every other week since I started. So it was kind of hard to build skills with so much time between classes. Last night was the start of a new session. For the next 5 weeks we will have class every week. Instead of 8 people (2 per silk set) there were only 4 people. So each of us had our own set of silks to work on. This had its good and bad points. We could practice with no interuptions, but silks are so demanding that it was kind of nice to have rest time after each trick when we had to take turns.

Anyway, things were really going well with all my tricks then I got a real rush. The instructor asked if I wanted to demo the next trick. She would walk me through it. I think it's called a star drop or star flip. Because it was a new trick we did it with a sling (silks tied together). I had the tie behind my back and held onto each silk. I lifted to an inversion (upside down). Then I wrapped my legs around the silks. I reached up and returned to upright position. Now the silks were wrapped around my legs. I adjusted my hands so I could lean forward. I was told to spread my legs apart and not bring them back together and lean forward. When I was ready I was to let go of the silks with my hands but keep my arms extended to the side. Thus the star name--both hands and legs are out wide.

I assumed I would fall forward and be hanging upside down. I knew my legs were secure so I was ok with that. So I let go. INSTEAD OF JUST HANGING UPSIDE DOWN I WENT ALL THE WAY AROUND AND ENDED UP UPRIGHT AS WHEN I STARTED. It was totally amazing and wonderful. I did it a couple more times! It was awesome! What a rush!

I tried to find this move on you tube so I couild post a link, but I couldn't find exactly what I did. So no picture and it is pretty hard to explain. It was amazing to do though!
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    The single star-drop was a move I was completely terrified of when I first started doing it (ages ago). Some-thing about trusting my-self and the silks to hold me up just wasn't working out too well. Haha.

    I am glad you had such a great time with your first star-drop !! :o) It sounds like it was an exhilarating experience for you. Wait un-til you get to the double star-drop -- even more fun !! :o)

    2240 days ago
    emoticon Wow, that's amazing! I was in Montreal for the jazz festival this year and they had performers on aerial silks and it is simply amazing! I also saw a comment you left somewhere that you have a membership to a climbing gym. emoticon So much fun! I can't wait for spring to get outside and climb, too cold here in New England right now to climb outside.
    2254 days ago
    I'm so excited, I know exactly what you're talking about and I'm happy you learned it too! I think it is similar to this, minus the pike through: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJSK

    I also got the same surprise reaction you did! Had no clue I was going to flip over either. So happy you're doing this! :)
    2284 days ago
    Not only can you fly, but you are a sparking star!
    2288 days ago
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