My second session on the trapeze was more of me testing my aerial body awareness and transitioning some moves I already felt comfortable with on other apparatuses. Since I have a strong base for some movement that would translate well to the trapeze, I ended up putting together a short routine of moves that I could focus on cleaning up with more practice and piecing together into a performance for an upcoming student/instructor showcase at Cirque Indy. Unfortunately a few days after this intense and successful trapeze session, the weather drastically changed from warm to near freezing. My left trapezoid and neck area stiffened up and put me out of commission for the next week. I couldn't attribute the pain to anything physical and my husband was complaining of the same symptoms so I assumed I must have had a virus. Once my neck issue resolved, I was back at it in the air trying to make up for lost time. Lucky for me, by this time I had received my latest edition to my growing library of aerial material, Trapeze style flashcards.
In an effort to expand my training, I purchased the 60 Tricks on Static Trapeze Choreography and Instructional Cards from AerialDancing.com. Please take note that if you're a beginner then these cards are not intended to supplement the expertise and instructional aspects of a true aerial instructor. I have been training on multiple aerial apparatuses for nine years and have the ability to train in the presence of fellow qualified aerial instructors. I do not recommend anyone using any printed manuals or tools as a single means of learning aerial techniques or as their only informational training device. With that said, let's talk about the cards!
The cards arrived well packaged via USPS carrier. My initial reaction of the cards were that they are quite large, measuring 8 1/2" x 5 3/4". They come in a cardboard tuck box with an eight page well written instructional booklet. The tuck box was flimsy and the corners tore right away. I ended up reinforcing the corners of the box with tape. I may eventually have to move the cards to a large ziplock bag in place of the box as I anticipate the box not withstanding many trips to and from the gym. The booklet covers basic information about getting started and using the card color coded system. The book further talks about some tips to remember when working with Trapeze as well as three basic transitions that should be mastered prior to attempting any of the tricks displayed on the cards.
The cards are in full color detail on both front and back. The front of the card shows a picture of the move in it's completed pose with the move name in the bottom left corner. Each card is color coded based on sliding scale of difficulty moving from red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, to gold. Red is easy and gold are advanced. The back of the card
USING THE CARDS
Yes, they work! I love these cards. I have been working with them consistently to supplement my training. The color coded system that ranks moves on levels has been one of my favorite attributes as it allows me to set aside certain skills until I have completed the cards that precede it. My initial use of the cards is skills focused. I hope to progress and utilize these cards to create choreography in the near future as I plan to work towards performing in upcoming showcases.