EAAC 2017 – Day 3 complete.

Goodbye EAAC. It was sadly my first, and last aerial convention in Edinburgh. Since aerial edge have decided they want to go down a different route. It was an absolutely amazing experience, I learned alot about myself, and about the arts that I tried out over the weekend.

Calloused hands from aerial. 

Today was my full on aerial day, and I definitely enjoyed this day the most. I’m still as stiff as a board because of my thighs. I still managed though.

My first lesson was straps. Which was really interesting, but at the same time quite hard. I can’t tell if it was because I was tired, or something else but during a spin my brain couldn’t quite get around the idea of my legs movement. Obviously with practice I would eventually get it. Unfortunately I only had an hour of it.

The teacher was the same teacher I had for handstands, and again he was full of really useful information that I could take home with me. I learned quite quickly that my legs is my weak point, and what I need to condition to fix that. As well as how. I’ve always had lazy legs… Now I know how to stop them being lazy.

He also went through some very good information about the muscles in my back which may need work.

After straps it was corde Lisse. The poor tutor was losing his voice, but he still made sure that we heard him. He basically explained that most things that can be done in silks is similar to corde Lisse or rope if you prefer to call it that.

It was fun, though ouch it burns, and is rather uncomfortable on the feet, so if you ever try it be prepared.

After corde Lisse it was trapeze. Now I foolishly thought that trapeze was very similar to hoop, and that it might not be worth doing so I booked on as a there was nothing really left to book on to. I WAS SO WRONG.

Trapeze was really good, I improved my pike so much from that one hour alone. Plus yes some of the moves are similar to hoop but in a different sense. Like bird roll. In hoop your arms are brought down the hoop so you can roll, whereas trapeze has the same roll but the hands have to be placed down on the bar. Which means… You have to balance… Momentarily… And hopefully don’t go backwards mean you would land in the same position just the roll goes forwards not backwards.

Plus the teacher was very informative. She knew where to spot, when to spot, and who to spot the most. What I especially liked was that my friend who was in the same class as me at the time was able to pike up onto the trapeze. She is perfectly capable of the moves asked of her, just getting onto the apparatus through pike, is a little challenging. But the teacher taught her what it was she needed to do, and got her up there perfectly fine. Then she could join in with the rest of the class.

My next class was cube. Which is very similar to hoop again. Except you could literally grab anywhere, and that could be good and bad at the same time.

Also being short is not great, I almost didn’t fit in the cube because I was too short =( damn short legs! But it was really fun. There were flexi, and none flexi options which was good for me as my flexibility is not all there yet. YET. key word. Plus the tutor was really funny, and constantly made us laugh so it was really good to do.

The only problem I had was my stomach decided it was going to become a little bit wobbly. That’s not a good feeling to have when your next class is quite literally the apparatus well known in the convention for making people sick.

Spanish Web. It’s sort of like corde Lisse. But with a loop at the top, and someone (a setter?) is at the bottom spinning it. This is were team work comes into play.

The setter has to be able to control the rope, while you’re spinning and making shapes. You could quite literally get tangled in the rope if you’re not really working together.

Also with you spinning, dizziness is an issue, especially if you can’t recover enough to control yourself halfway up the rope.

It was amazing to spin! Just keep your eyes on your hand, and ignore the rushing image around it. That should help keep focus, though it may not stop the sickness. Don’t shut your eyes! 

The instructor was really helpful, and listened well to the students if they asked him to stop. He was also very patient with us as well which was a nice bonus. 

That was sadly the last of my EAAC. I have learned lots of things, about myself, about the disciplines that I’m doing. I also gained a little bit of motivation. Not that I lost any, just its nice to have a boost.