This class of aerial dance was taught by Monica Newsam, teacher in the Department of Dance at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri on December 16, 2014. This is a multi-level class that is open to all students enrolled in this university.
Today we will discuss how yoga techniques in conjunction with aerial dance can be used to improve our training.
Did you know what the Aerial Sun Salutation is?
In yoga, the sun is worshiped as a symbol of health and immortality. The sun salutation is rooted in a number of positions traditionally performed at dawn. Sun Salutation is a sequence of twelve positions performed as one continuous exercise. Each position is against the previous one, alternately expanding and contracting the body while regulating breathing.
In the aerial sun salutation we offer today, we use the apparatus called fabrics that not only separates and lifts us above the ground; but also allows the suspension of the dancers. In our aerial sun salutation we merged its traditional essence with aerial tricks to create a new relationship with space.
During execution we use the concept of expanding and contracting the body while alternately breathing is regulated through deep squats (plies) with legs together or separately; additionally, we include fluid movements of arms and the port de bras. Simultaneously, we connect with the device either, as a fulcrum or point of suspension and introduce inverted positions as “the Christ” and “straddle”. We conclude the sequence organically with spinning and balance back flat on the fabric to the delight of the performers.
The aerial sun salutation warms up the entire body, building strength in the deep muscles of the abdomen and extremities while improving the flexibility of the spine, joints and slims the body. This sequence is designed to stimulate the spirit, mind and, prepare the body for the purpose of continuing to more intense physical activities.