Dancer Footlock

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Dancer Footlock Aerial Silks Beginner Footlocks Video Tutorial
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A Dancer Footlock is one that comes from a Dancer Wrap. It’s different than a Figure 8 Footlock because we step backwards to get into it, and forwards to exit. We teach a single dancer footlock before teaching doubles, because knowing different types of footlocks is useful for different skills and choregraphies. And because putting on one is easier at first than putting on two.

We teach this skill during our beginner level curriculum, and we use it in many transitions and sequences because stepping forward to exit the footlock makes many interesting transitions possible. Many students find that this footlock is more comfortable than a figure 8 footlock as well, and end up defaulting to this one more often as they learn new footlock skills on aerial silks.

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Building Blocks & Prerequisites

Some of the most important aerial silks skills, related movements, and prerequisites from our aerial video tutorial library that students should be very comfortable doing to succeed at Dancer Footlock.

Teaching Tools

Common Mistakes & Solutions

These are the most common mistakes we see with students when they are learning how to do the aerial silks skill Dancer Footlock and detailed directions on how to fix these problems to make the skill look and feel easy.

Related Aerial Drills

These similar aerial silks skills and aerial drills are helpful to troubleshoot and help with problems. Students don't need to have mastered the Dancer Footlock to work on these related skills and drills. These drills may help your students make important connections and answer the question "What am I doing wrong?".

Ground Drills for Aerialists

These are some of our favorite ground drills for aerialists for Dancer Footlock. They can be used as part of the ground warm up or as part of the aerial class teaching progression.

Aerial Silks Variations

These are different variations of Dancer Footlock. Students should be very comfortable with the current skill before working on these different or more advanced variations. They can be used for further exploration, managing students with different levels and adding variety to aerial silks choreography.

Planning Ahead

Next Steps

These are the next steps we teach to our aerial silks students after they’re comfortable with Dancer Footlock. The next steps can be started right away and they lead toward specific future goals which are often the most advanced aerial silks skills.

Future Goals

These are some of the more advanced silks skills that build on the strength and control taught in Dancer Footlock. They are not the next immediate steps, but rather long term planning goals.


Aerial Silks Sequences, Transitions and Combinations

These are aerial silks sequences, transitions, and combinations that include the aerial skill Dancer Footlock. They are fun, creative, and challenge sequences from our aerial video tutorial library.

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