Create Striking Transitions in Your Aerial Choreography (and find your personal style)

Exploring transitions in aerial arts choreography opens up creativity, artistry, and guides you in uncovering your personal style. Keep reading for some tips for getting started.

The inevitable question I receive as students become more confident in aerial foundations and skills is:

“How can I connect these two skills in an interesting and beautiful way?”

Experienced aerial performers often express that the in-between zones are *THE* interesting and fun part of  choreography. The in-between spaces are full of opportunity, because they are typically undefined. Nobody told you exactly what to do there, which means that this is where creativity and personal style can truly emerge. 

So, the in-between is your realm of creativity. How can you bring richness to the pathways that thread the poses together? What can happen in those moments in between the obvious tricks and poses?

Rather than tell you *what* to do between the poses, I’d like to focus on providing guidance to support you in exploring your own unique transitions:

  • Expand into that liminal space, note it, and be curious and present in it, instead of just getting to your next dramatic position as efficiently as you can.

  • Take the long route. Find a more convoluted way to the next pose – be nonlinear and find out what shapes can take place before the next defined trick. 

  • If you’re an aerial silks artist, explore fabric artistry. How can you drape, open, flutter, or throw the tails to show off their beauty?

  • Play with both subtle and dramatic transitions. A transition can be as subtle as a facial expression, body posture change, or an interaction with your apparatus such as a tightening or loosening grip. It can be as dramatic as a one-arm hang, a deep backbend you find in between the skills, or a fast spin. Plus, for any of these, you can turn the drama dial up or down. Note: everything being dramatic or subtle is liable to become fatiguing and monotonous. An interplay of subtle and dramatic opens the spectrum of expression and is typically more engaging.

  • Pace changes – in your transition, you can slow down, speed up, or come to complete stillness. 


I love transitional moments because they give you an opportunity to think creatively, outside of exactly what has been taught to you. Artistry has a way of blossoming in transitional moments, as there are no exact rules or recommendations of how to use the space between the tricks. 

Watch your own choreography and look at what’s going on in between the poses. Is there intention? Artistry? Creativity? Or is it more about getting from point A to point B? How can you take ordinary-seeming moments and make them engaging to watch?

For a complete, step-by-step guide to creating your own stunning aerial arts choreography, I invite you to explore my digital course Intro to Aerial Choreography. Whether you work with aerial silks, hoop, trapeze, corde lisse, or any other apparatus, this guide offers:

  • Comprehensive Instruction: Detailed, easy-to-follow steps that guide you from concept to performance.
  • Creative Freedom: Innovative assignments that spark your creativity and help you develop your unique style.
  • Practical Exercises: Hands-on training tasks designed to enhance your skills and artistry.
  • Expert Insights: Learn from experienced professionals who share tips and techniques to elevate your routines.

Intro to Aerial Choreography accelerates and clarifies your journey of creating captivating performances.