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Figurehead is a fun and dramatic skill that looks like a figure at the front of a ship. We end up fully lifted and arched, looking like we’re floating with the fabric behind us. It looks easeful and magical but it actually requires some smart engagement to lock it in.
Figurehead starts from a Hip Key and we use related skills like Amazon and Front Balance to train the actions of a successful active arched body engagement and extension that make it work. We typically teach this to our intermediate level aerial silk students, and after it’s been mastered explore various sequences that include it.
Become an Aerial Fit Online member to access the video for Figurehead. This in-depth video will explain how to properly train this skill. It also includes cross references to the most important Building Blocks, Common Mistakes, Related Drills, Ground Drills, Variations, Next Steps and Sequences.
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 Figurehead.
These are the most common mistakes we see with students when they are learning how to do the aerial silks skill Figurehead and detailed directions on how to fix these problems to make the skill look and feel easy.
These similar aerial silks skills and aerial drills are helpful to troubleshoot and help with problems. Students don't need to have mastered the Figurehead 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?".
These are some of our favorite ground drills for aerialists for Figurehead. They can be used as part of the ground warm up or as part of the aerial class teaching progression.
These are different variations of Figurehead. 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.
These are the next steps we teach to our aerial silks students after they’re comfortable with Figurehead. The next steps can be started right away and they lead toward specific future goals which are often the most advanced aerial silks skills.
These are some of the more advanced silks skills that build on the strength and control taught in Figurehead. They are not the next immediate steps, but rather long term planning goals.
These are aerial silks sequences, transitions, and combinations that include the aerial skill Figurehead. They are fun, creative, and challenge sequences from our aerial video tutorial library.
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