Sarah is an inspirational teacher. Her focus on performance as well as technique has allowed me to explore my creativity alongside building my aerial vocabulary. Her classes are always fun and she helps me push myself. Even when tackling harder moves, I have never felt that anything is beyond my capabilities.
Sarah’s aerial classes are fantastic! She is an excellent teacher, who combines technical skill with creativity and fun. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.
I have now taken part in two workshops with Sarah and I find her teaching style to be most effective. She is clear in her explanations of aerial skills, she challenges each individual within classes offering differentiation for all levels of ability and she is encouraging and supportive of all students. Both workshops I have gained much knowledge and skill from and I look forward to further workshops with her in the future.
Sarah manages to teach a group in a way that pushes each individual but doesn’t remotely intimidate or pressurise – her laid back, witty attitude means everyone relaxes and absorbs the advice. I’ve loved the sessions she’s taught.
Sarah is a brilliant teacher – great fun, while having a knowledgable and confidence-inspiring manner. She is very good at quickly gauging strengths and weaknesses, and knowing how she can improve or exemplify aspects of a student’s style to make her classes an enjoyable and rewarding experience!
It was really refreshing to see such interesting work on silks, a big change to my perception of silks compared to what I have seen from learning in a traditional circus! I felt I had my eyes opened to the endless creative possibilities that aerial can offer.
I’m about an intermediate level and I really enjoyed the classes with Sarah: she focuses both on technical skills and creative aspects of aerial. I learned new conditioning exercises, new tricks and I started thinking a bit more about the sort of style I could develop taking into account my level of strength, my body shape and personal character. She is also very careful about safety, this was helpful to feel a bit less anxious for drops. Also, I thought that Sarah was always very clear when teaching, repeating thing when necessary – I’m not a native speaker, so this can make a difference for me.
Rain is one of the hardest working aerialists I know. As an instructor, her advanced technical skill set is well matched by her verbal ability to communicate effectively to students. Her knowledge of raw skills combined with her awareness of anatomy and injury prevention helped me learn on several levels. Her class taught me advanced skills but also refined the subtleties involved in presenting performance, moving efficiently for optimal safety, and I also usually learned a lot about teaching. Rain cracks the whip with a velvet glove, she makes her students work hard and they thank her for it. I look forward to taking class with Rain as much as I do co-teaching with her. She’s not only excellent at her job but fun and easy to work with. She has a lot to offer a beginning student as well as a professional performer.
I owe so much to Rain as one of my first aerial instructors! Rain is truly skilled at teaching– she is able to help beginners feel comfortable and confident, yet also challenges and pushes more advanced students in just the right ways.
After experiencing other instructors, I’ve now realized how exceptional Rain is. She is highly aware of detail, and takes care to teach the small but important nuances of how the body is constructed, how to avoid injury, how to finesse a movement. I think the thoroughness in her teaching really reflects the depth of her understanding of both aerial technique and aerials as an art.
Rain is delightful, fun to work with, and provided me with a solid foundation, which I don’t think I would have acquired with other aerial instructors.
Rain’s tissu instruction has helped me grow immensely both technically and artistically. I always feel like I have her full attention – even in group classes, and her genuine interest in my growth makes me feel so supported and validated.
I have attended many of Rain’s group tissu/aerial classes over the last 2 years. She is very skilled at structuring the class to accommodate different skill levels while providing specific individual instruction as well. I always feel like my money is well spent in her classes as I have a great time and am continually building skills.
Rain instructed my 9 year old daughter on tissu for several months. My daughter is quite shy and she loved Rain’s style of teaching. She responded very well to Rain’s clear instruction and supportive encouragement. I really liked how Rain was able to adapt her instruction to match my daughter’s level – enabling her to progress rapidly!
Rain is one of those rare instructors who is not only a technical innovator of her craft, but also an inspirational and patient teacher who brings out the best out in every student. She focuses on equal parts strength, artistry, creativity, and technical development… yet somehow makes her class feel more like “recess” than working out. Rain is truly the ideal aerial arts instructor.
It was amazing! I had such a great time. I am beyond, beyond, beyond sore but I had a blast! Rain kept her composure so fresh! As a teacher I admired her gusto despite hours, days even.
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