When I first started aerial silks I thought that thinking about my toe point and knee extension was too much. I figured I'd work on it later on down the road.
Later on down the road, I believed my technique was pretty good, minus a floppy foot here or a microbend there (okay, there was a lot of both).
What I didn't realize was how much better my technique could still be. What hadn't clicked yet was the fact that repeated drills was the way. I simply thought I had to be more mindful in the air--pay more attention.
After several years of training aerial, I finally committed to a weekly conditioning regimen (no, not my hair, in fact I do not condition my hair at all). This decision led to enormous growth as an aerialist, including advancing from 5 to 18 consecutive hip swivels. I had never been this organized and dedicated in my aerial training before. I planned my workouts and changed them every month, carrying forward skills that still needed work, and adding new exercises.
I did this because I wanted to be stronger. What I didn't realize is that it would drastically improve my technique. This is because technique depends hugely on strength and repetition of key actions. Without meaning to, I began to beautify my aerial movements, making significant and noticeable differences in my form. After about eight months, I could feel and see the differences in my technique.
So, "fumbling" is a bit facetious--I had actually been noted for my attention to technique in the past, but the truth was I still had so much room to improve. I couldn't see that room until I really started training with intention. And I believe there is still room! There are so many details in silks--there is great opportunity for excellence.
I only wish I had started training in a disciplined way sooner. If there's any advice I can give a developing aerialist, it is to take technique drills to the FLOOR! And practice them at least once a week, and ideally before every aerial training session. I feel so much more confident and beautiful in the air and I'm so grateful I decided to dedicate myself to disciplined training. I've included some of my favorite drills for beautiful legs below.
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