Skin the Cat Dive

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Level 2


Drops & Dives
Skin the Cat Dive Aerial Silks Intermediate Drops & Dives Video Tutorial
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Skin the Cat Dive has an awful name, but despite that it’s a great move for teaching students how to control their momentum in forward dives. Some forward dives are wrapped in a way that causes momentum to take over, in those types of dives it’s important to control the momentum and we use this skill to teach students how to do that.

Core connection and control of body shaping is really important to learn to be able to master a variety of drops and dives on aerial silks. Because this dive naturally has a bit less momentum than a full 360 dive, it’s a good one to begin learning that control. There are a lot of details we’re focused on when we teach drops and dives and our videos point out where our eye is looking and why.

Become an Aerial Fit Online member to access the video for Skin the Cat Dive. 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.

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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 Skin the Cat Dive.

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 Skin the Cat Dive 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 Skin the Cat Dive 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 Skin the Cat Dive. 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 Skin the Cat Dive. 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 Skin the Cat Dive. 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 Skin the Cat Dive. 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 Skin the Cat Dive. They are fun, creative, and challenge sequences from our aerial video tutorial library.

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