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Acrobatics Workshop Acrobatics is an activity that can be used in many different contexts and with a wide variety of participants. When organising acrobatics workshops, safety must be a top priority at all times. To provide a safe and fun environment, keep the following points in mind: * Acrobatics require a high degree of trust between the participants. For this reason, it is recommended to carry out several trust exercises before moving on to acrobatic formations (see "Description of the Activity" below). * Facilitators should have direct experience in acrobatics before they try to teach others. It is not a good idea to try acrobatics, particularly with youth or children, if you have never done it before yourself. The facilitator should know the basic techniques before trying to teach others (this is also true for catching technique - see next point). * No matter which figures or pyramids are being tried, the facilitator must make sure that there are "catchers" present to prevent injuries. Participants should be instructed how to catch one another and to take responsibility for others in the group. 1. Description of the activity Part 1 - Warming Up & Trust Exercises A. ...read more.


- The first person goes down and takes bench position; second person goes up and stands on the shoulders and hip of the bench. Keeping their balance, the bench slowly starts to walk forwards on their hands and knees (see diagram 10). (Remember - you must NEVER stand in the middle of the bench's back, only on their shoulders and hips!) - The third person is always the "catcher" for the person who is "up". 3B. Knee stands (4 persons) - The first person goes down and takes the bench position; second person sits down on the bench's hips (facing bench's feet); taking the second person's hands, third person goes up and stands on second person's knees (keep holding hands). If second and third person can balance on their own, the bench can walk away, leaving the two in balance position. The fourth person is the catcher. 3C. Galion figure (4 persons) - The same as 3B (above), but second and third person open op their arms on one side and look in the same direction. (You still need the fourth person as catcher.) Part 4 - Pyramids and standing on shoulders Once participants have grasped the basic steps, they can proceed onto building pyramids and making new shapes (see diagrams in section D "Some Pyramids"). ...read more.


3. Literature There are many resources to be found describing acrobatics and other circus activities. Two of these include: 1. Rudi Ballreich, Udo v. Grabowiecki (Hg.), Zirkus spielen. Ein Handbuch, 1999 Stuttgart/Leipzig. Not only about acrobatics but all circus skills you can use with young people, tips for presentation as well. (German language) 2. J.M. Fodero/E.E. Furblur, Creating Gymnastics, Pyramids and Balances. Leisure Press, Champaign, Illinois, 1989. This book focuses only on acrobatics and has a great amount of drawings for figures for 2 persons up to pyramids with 15 or more persons. For beginners to advanced. You can find some figures presented in the book on the Internet: http://www.mypage.bluewin.ch/mmc/akro/bkd7.html. (A German-language edition of this book is available under the title Menschenpyramiden.) 4. Diagrams The diagrams referred to in this document are all taken from Fodero/Furblur's book Menschepyramiden. They can be found in a second document which can be downloaded from the SALTO Toolbox (Exercise "Acrobatics Workshop") * * * * * The acrobatics workshops in the two SALTO training courses "Inclusion Through Sport" (March and May 2004) were conducted by Marion Ladich (mladich@web.de). This document, a compilation of her workshop reports, was adapted by Kathy Schroeder (kathy.schroeder@planet.nl) ...read more.

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