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Cheval Aerial Method Instructor Certificates

Upon successful completion of the practicum and evaluation process, trainees receive a Cheval Aerial Method Teacher Certificate verifying the number of hours of education completed and in which discipline. This certificate can be presented to studio owners and insurance companies as proof of education. The certificate is valid for 2 years after completion as best practices are constantly evolving in this industry. Renewal is intended to help instructors get the latest updates in safety and teaching standards.

Program Objectives


Participants study the art of teaching itself. Our program is grounded in the theory of multiple intelligences, meaning that different people learn in different ways. Students will learn multiple approaches to teaching movement arts; how to evaluate students in terms of their physical, mental and emotional strengths & weaknesses; safe spotting techniques; and curriculum development.


Mixed Apparatus Program Goals


  1. Understand and execute basic foundation of aerial arts across three disciplines: silks, trapeze & lyra

  2. Understand and execute basic foundation of ground skills to support aerial work across three disciplines: flexibility, strength & limbering.

  3. Understand the theory of multiple intelligences and varied approaches to teaching.

  4. Learn how to write a course curriculum: individual lessons plans, semester plans and workshop intensives.

  5. Understand the difference between technique and creativity skills, and how to approach each in the classroom.

  6. Understand proper technique at all levels of aerial arts training.

  7. Execute safe practices in the classroom: how to spot effectively; recognize students’ strengths and weaknesses (physical, mental and emotional); maintain classroom authority; effective time management.

  8. Understand and implement the CAM code of ethics.

Level 1 Mixed App Teacher Training

Mixed Apparatus: Floor, Silks, Trapeze & Lyra

July 15 & 16, 2023, 9am - 5pm

Cost: $750 

NASM = 1.9 CEUs

AFAA = 15 CEUs

Level 2 Mixed App Teacher Training

Mixed Apparatus Level 2, Part 2: Floor, Silks, Trapeze & Lyra

March 25, 2023 , 9am - 2pm

Cost: $550 


In-Person - Gainesville Circus Center, 1925 NW 2nd St, Suite B, Gainesville, FL 32609 USA

Online - Zoom

Level 1 Flying Trapeze Teacher Training

Flying Trapeze Foundations

January 28, 29 & February 4, 2023, 12:30pm - 5pm

Cost: $1200

Location: Two Hawk Hammock, 17950 NE 53rd ln, Williston, FL 32696

Mixed Apparatus Level 1 Program Requirements

  1. Min. 1 year experience in gymnastics, acrobatic dance, silks, trapeze, lyra or a combination* 

  2. Attend all live training hours (14 hours In-Person or Zoom)

  3. Complete all homework assignments (3)

  4. Complete independent training hours: Personal practice -10 / Assistant teach – 6

  5.  Must be able to perform 70%. of course material and demonstrate competence teaching any skills unable to perform. 

  6. Sit for practical exam

  7. Must be at least 16 years of age

*Candidates with expertise in another field of physical arts can apply to take the course, but successful completion will depend on their ability to demonstrate course material. 

**Candidates may submit evidence of outside training/work experience to compensate some of the required training hours. Acceptance of outside experience is at the complete discretion of CAM program administration and is in no way guaranteed as a substitute for certificate requirements.

Mixed Apparatus Level 2 Program Requirements

  1. Prerequisites: Mixed Apparatus Level 1 or equivalent

  2. Attend all live training hours (10 hours In-Person or Zoom)

  3. Complete all homework assignments (3)

  4. Must be able to perform 70%. of course material and demonstrate competence teaching any skills unable to perform. 

  5. Sit for practical exam

  6. Must be at least 18 years of age

Flying Trapeze Program Goals

Participants will learn the basics of flying trapeze from take-off to swing and a variety of tricks taken to the catcher: knee-hang, whip, straddle whip, splits, etc.
Participants will learn the essential roles in operating a flying trapeze class: Ladder, Board, Lines & Catcher.

Assistants will be capable of operating the board for classes, while full instructors must master pulling lines and calling skills for class. 

Flying Trapeze Program Requirements

  1. Attend all live training hours (50 hours In-Person)

  2. Pass Written Exam

  3. Execute all skill requirements for safe operation of board & lines for knee hang, swing and 2-position skills. 

  4. Must hold current CPR/First Aid certification or be enrolled in CPR/First Aid certification program at start of program.

  5. Must possess Intermediate or above skills in at least 1 physical discipline, such as: aerial arts; yoga; gymnastics; dance; martial art; cross-fit; rock-climbing; parkour.

  6. Must be at least 18 years old.

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