Fitness, Technique and Tips

Staying Centered and Compact, Dance Belts for the Male Aerialists

The Eurothong by Intymen is a dance belt recommended for male aerialists by Clayton Woodson

Wearing a dance belt is part of the circus experience for the male aerialist. It comes with the package. Yes, it can be uncomfortable, but not wearing one can be extremely painful if not outright dangerous. The discomfort of a wedgie is nothing compared to the eye-watering, stomach-turning pain of getting oneself crushed against, or tied up in, the apparatus.

January 27, 2014; 12:00 pm ;

Forget Therabands; use tire tubes!

Molly Graves demonstrates how bicycle inner tire tubes can be used in a straddle stretch

When Molly Graves brought out her recycled tire tubes during my first retreat to the Marsh Studio, I knew she was a genius. Not only is this a super-awesome exercise tool, but tire tubes are recycled and free. Good for the environment, good for you! And the tire tubes make a great gift!

December 17, 2013; 1:00 pm ;

Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Tips for warming up in winter

A Canadian toque is just one piece of clothing Heather Hammond recommends for aerialists training in the cold

Yup. It’s cold out. As a Canadian, Mama Silks says, “Stop your grumbling, get out your tuque and your down coat and get your behind to class.”
Many of my American students may not understand my "Canadian," so here’s an image of the "tuque" our Canadian athletes will be wearing at the upcoming Sochi Olympics.

January 28, 2014; 2:45 pm ;

How to spin on the lyra and not lose your lunch

Performers on the lyra by Andrew Foster

A concerned lyra student asks: "Mama Silk, how can I not toss my cookies when I start spinning? I almost threw up on the subway platform after lyra class last week. Help!"

Good question, concerned student!  The short answer regardless of apparatus is: build up slowly, and practice till you get your sea legs (I mean your air legs). But let’s investigate the spin phenomenon a little closer:

November 21, 2013; 11:00 am ;