Also known as:

Windmill, Propeller



Level 3


Drops & Dives
Wheeldown Aerial Silks Advanced Drops & Dives Video Tutorial
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Wheeldown also often called Windmill is a classic and it’s a challenging skill to master. Approach this skill with patience and persistence because making it awesome is definitely a long term goal for most people.

Wheeldown can be done from either an S wrap or a Z wrap and this video focuses on the S wrap version while touching briefly on the Z wrap version. When we teach wheeldown we first make sure that our students have experience with S wrap…that includes entering, holding, and exiting an S wrap with control and understanding of the support. There are many different entrances to choose but fabric placement is important for a healthy and successful Wheeldown, and we talk about that in the main video.

In addition to fabric placement, Wheeldown has two main aspect that are important and we go over teaching and practicing these in the main video. One is to keep the body in the same tight strong position with a wide straddle while it rotates through space. The other is to have efficient hand switches to drive the rotation. We have many drills and troubleshooting tips detailed on this page to help students succeed at this challenging and classic skill.

Become an Aerial Fit Online member to access the video for Wheeldown. 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 Wheeldown.

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 Wheeldown 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 Wheeldown 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 Wheeldown. 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 Wheeldown. 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 Wheeldown. 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 Wheeldown. 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 Wheeldown. They are fun, creative, and challenging sequences from our aerial video tutorial library.

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