Dragonfly Instructor Certifications
The Dragonfly Aerial Company is an elite training program for aerialists that pride themselves on the highest caliber of performance as an aerial educator. We are members of American Circus Educators and nationally recognized by the United States Association of Gymnasts for our safety-focused aerial instructor training program and gym/studio licensee installation program. We are currently in the application process for an affiliation with NASM & AFAA and ACE. Our program is not easy, but those who hold the Dragonfly instructor certification are among the best and most supported in the industry and those looking to hire an aerial instructor or implement an aerial program in their gym or studio know that the Dragonfly Aerial Company is where to go for a well rounded and complete aerial educator who will be a resource to their entire program.
What Sets Dragonfly Apart? Dragonfly does not believe that anyone can be prepared thoroughly enough to be an aerial coach in 20 or 30 hours of class time. We have precious cargo in our hands and it is our responsibility to be the best we can be as we take on the role of trusted"coach". When Dragonfly agrees to invest in a coach, we are there for the long haul, to come along side them with ongoing future resources in every aspect of running an aerial program from class diversification to injury prevention, specialty programs, equipment care, studio culture, performances, sequences, podcasts, choreography, spotting techniques, student performances, curriculum and much more. We provide our graduates access to our online portal with video and one sheets of our skills in addition to the resources listed above, we provide our coaches with YEARS OF CLASS BY CLASS CURRICULUM sheets. We offer supplemental support such as parent letters, documents on studio culture and rules, rigging check grids and reminders. We hold quarterly webinars on timely subjects such as when to start marketing Summer Camps or how to increase revenue through specialty programs. We maintain a National Dragonfly Coaches Private Facebook group where coaches can compare notes on everything from pedagogy to setting class rates and policy. We share with each other what works and what might not be as effective based on demographics etc... Dragonfly is not just a certification, it is a culture. Dragonfly is rooted in the growth mindset culture and the right disposition is an integral ingredient for a Dragonfly certification. Once accredited you are listed on our certified instructors list which is shared with the USAG and other organizations and groups looking for qualified candidates.
What Does It Take? To apply, candidates must first submit an essay on their aerial journey thus far and their aspirations including why they would like to coach. Green 1/2 (fundamental certification) candidates must also submit video with the execution of a clean hip-lock, basquel (straddle up) and single star. If accepted into the program, candidates must take the approx. 25 hour hands on class portion as well as complete the affiliated 4.5 hour Complete Aerial Anatomy course by Emily Scherb (this cost of this course is included in your certification fee). Students must pass the correlating rigging exam for their certification level as well as a spotting and progression pathway exams. Students will have 3 months to fulfill a 20 hour assisting requirement and then must submit video of themselves executing a class on their own for review. Local students will be given opportunities to fill these requirements at Dragonfly's Colorado home base. Our home base is always looking for new coaches in order to keep a diverse staff and although completion of the Dragonfly certification does not guarantee placement, it is a requirement for our coaches for fundamental instruction. Certifications are subject to renewal after 3 years. Portal access is free to coaches for the first year and nominally priced subsequently.