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Aircat Aerial Fabric 
Teacher Training

Beginning Level Course

Spring 2020 in Boulder CO

Saturdays February 29, April 11, May 2 930am - 6p

Sundays April 12, May 3 930a - 530p

Participation in this course is by application only. Email us for application, or download below.

Course Fee: $1095

$365 deposit and accepted application is required to hold your spot in the course. Remaining balance is due 21 days prior. 3 payment plan is available. REGISTER EARLY!

For more information, application, and registration please contact either Cathy Gauch cathy@aircat.net (303) 442-1288  http://aircat.net.

Who is this training for?

     This training is for those who have at least 1 year previous aerial fabric experience and have a strong desire to teach Aerial Fabric safely and effectively. This is a “how to teach” training, not a “how to do” training. You must be able to competently demonstrate the skills in your application video to be accepted in to the training.


The Aerial Teachers Handbook by Julianne Hane

The Aerial Fabric Manual Volume 1 by Rebekah Leach

Cathy Gauch first witnessed a flying aerial fabric act at Cirque du Soleil’s Mystere in 1993, she was ecstatic and knew that was what she wanted to do. After finding the correct type of fabric to use, and consulting with a professional rigger to determine a safe way to rig it up, she set upon figuring out what she could do on a piece of cloth hanging from the ceiling. With no coach, books or online videos on the subject at that time, she spent 2 years playing and dancing with the fabric, mostly on the ground before figuring out even a simple footlock. Now, when she teaches, beginners learn a footlock in their first 10 minutes of their first class! She has now been teaching aerial fabric for over 24 years, to our knowledge, longer than any other US Coach.  

She has developed and coached aerial arts programs at the Aspen Recreation Department, Aspen & Carbondale Community Schools, Colorado Academy, numerous Waldorf schools, and the Boulder Circus Center. Her students have gone on to perform in Cirque du Soleil, Circus Smirkus,  Cirque Le Masque, the Lucent Dossier Experience, Quixotic Fusion, Frequent Flyers Productions, Inc., MOTH Poetic Circus, countless prestigious corporate events around the world and attend Ecole Nationale de Cirque.

Cathy’s Performing credits include, SandCastle Entertainment in Guam, Bella Luna Circus with Borrillo Entertainment, the International Aerial Dance Festival, Cirque Le Masque, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, ABC Family Channel ‘s “Switched,” Dallas Opera, WB2 Denver, Crystal Charity Ball, Dallas Petroleum Club, Frequent Flyers Productions, World Cup Skiing Opening Ceremonies, International Design Conference, Glenwood Springs Dance Festival and the highly successful co-collaborative show AIReS Tango. She currently directs an aerial arts program at the Boulder Circus Center and is a recipient of the Aspen Dance Connections’ Artist Excellence Award, Westword magazines’ Best of Denver and a 2005 recipient of the prestigious Neodata Endowment in Dance.

Along with the Aircat Aerial Yoga team, she has created the highly successful Aircat Aerial Yoga teacher training program with teacher trainees that attend from all over the world!

Her signature aerial fabric act can be seen at http://youtu.be/BSbEaQ-eukQ


Please download the 2 forms here for the application and instructions:



skills & spotting technique, Rigging for Teachers, Anatomy & Injury Prevention, Mat Fall Training, Classroom Management, teaching progressions, determining pre-requisites for skills, critical thinking, strength & conditioning, performance & improvisation techniques


1. Complete the Aircat Aerial Arts Beginning Level Aerial Fabric Teacher Training Course and pass the written & practical exam at the end of the training course

36 contact hours

Trainees must additionally obtain and provide proof of:

2. First Aid & CPR

This can be obtained through the Red Cross.

3. Child & Family Abuse Training ie. Mandated Reporter Training

This can be obtained through any nationally recognized organization, such as

The Boy or Girls Scouts, YMCA, college, University or public school course. Some of

these may be found online.

4. Aerial rigging training

Additional 2 hours with a certified rigger or experienced aerial rigger in rigging for human loads and aerial arts.

rigging courses offered by an experienced &/or certified rigger at any nationally

recognized aerial dance or circus festival, circus school, ETCP, USITT or other

recognized rigging company or organization will be accepted.

5. Unsupervised practice teaching hours

Beginning level curriculum. Number of hours to be determined on a case by case basis given ones’ previous experience.

submit 5 self-evaluation forms and 10 student evaluation forms from your students. Blank Forms will be provided to you at your training course.

6. Final Review Assessment - $85


all of the above

7. SUPERVISED Practicum

Required Practice hours need to be supervised by a qualified lead Aerial

Instructor. We will accept well known and highly respected instructors in the industry, major circus

and aerial dance schools and companies. We recognize that people come in to this training with various backgrounds & abilities. Any additional apprentice training will be discussed on an individual basis.

You have one year from the date of completion of the in house course to complete all of the above requirements to obtain Aircat Certification.

For AIRCAT APPRENTICESHIP details please email cathy@aircat.net

The SKILLS & curriculum training for the Beginning Level course includes:

  1. Foot locks & foot lock poses & tricks

  2. Slip knot poses & tricks

  3. Cross back straddle series

  4. Various climbs

  5. same & opposite side wraps - hip locks

For further information and questions please either email me at cathy@aircat.net or call 303-442-1288 and I’d be happy to answer your questions.

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“I thoroughly enjoyed this teacher training! Cathy has such a wide range of knowledge and deep history within the industry. You really feel like you are getting the full spectrum of information. She has a fantastic way of teaching things, giving variations and explaining things in a way that is accessible to everyone. I truly appreciate what she is doing for the aerial community.”

Jessica Harris,  Dallas, TX – Owner, Moxie Mischief Aerial Arts

“The world of aerial training is in desperate need of certification and regulation. This course is an important part of this process. It will help instructors teach effectively while keeping their students safer. It will also help me with instructors build confidence in their own abilities.” Liam LeFey – movement artist

“Cathy and the Aircat team were wonderful teachers who really took time to educate us on the finer points of aerial fabric. Their experience level and  professionalism were apparent and were only trumped by their warm personalities. I highly recommend this course to anyone looking to learn how to teach aerial fabric.” Keirsten Wingo, San Francisco – personal trainer, yoga & dance instructor

“After one week of instruction, I feel prepared to teach beginners. I learned new beginner skills, and learn how to cue and spot those skills. Cathy and the Aircats make a great team with their combined expertise and sense of fun!” Jasmine Saraswati, Boulder, CO – multimedia artist

Cathy Gauch of Aircat Aerial Arts has created an Aerial Fabric Teacher Training Course. This program is designed to uphold industry standards, and will help the teacher teach with confidence and proper knowledge of standard progressions. This course is separated into three levels, designed for the experienced aerialist to successfully teach a Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced Level Aerial Fabric Program.

The Aircat Aerial Fabric Beginning Level Course includes 36 hours of hands on training, spotting techniques, mat fall training, anatomy for aerialists, injury prevention, class management and progressions and will prepare you to teach a Beginner Aerial Fabric Program.

The full program includes this 36 hour course

Aircat Aerial Fabric Teacher Training Course