Silks

 

Rules and Guidelines

Novice

  • No drops of any kind

  • No aerial inverts

  • Proficiency in lower half of silks

Intermediate

  • One aerial invert expected

  • Only single drops permitted

  • No kamikaze drops

  • No deadman drops

  • No open wrap drops

  • Demonstrate more than one type of climb (e.g. aerial climb, inside leg climb)

  • Proficiency in lower half and middle of silk with foot locks or similar

Advanced

  • No kamikaze drops

  • At least 1-2 drops expected

  • At least one straight leg invert expected

  • Demonstrate at least one non basic climb (e.g. inverted climb)

  • Proficiency in lower half and middle of silk with foot locks or similar, and top/free hang of silks

All Star

  • No kamikaze drops

  • At least one straight arm straight leg invert expected

  • At least one inverted climb expected

  • Demonstrate at least one non basic climb (e.g. castle climb)

  • At least 2 drops expected

  • Proficiency and balance across all levels: in lower half and middle of silk with foot locks or similar, and top/free hang of silks

  • Balance of strength and flexibility

  • Professional level of showmanship

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Doubles

  • Each level same as above for moves and skill

  • Doubles are expected to demonstrate synchronized movement and movement together but not

  • synchronized

  • Unique and smooth transitions appropriate for level

  • A mix of strength and flexibility moves with each other

  • Equal sharing of base and flyer movements

  • Similar skill set within each person in the partnership (i.e. One advanced and one novice person in a single partnership not allowed.)

Apparatus

Silks are provided by competition production management. Outside silks will not be permitted.

Silks are a medium stretch Nylon Tricot fabric, 108 inches wide and white. Silks are tied to a stainless steel rescue 8 and hung from a single swivel, attached to a single rig point approximately 23' above the stage, depending on available rig points in the venue.

Silks will have a 2-foot tail. If you require a different tail length, this may be requested during stage testing.


Q: What is an invert?

A: Any time you lift your hips over your head. There is a sneaky little area if you lower into an invert, so for novices it depends on the entry used to get into the invert and where the hips are in relation to the head.


Q: What is a single drop? If the drop stops in the middle for a pose then goes to another is that considered a double?

A: Aerialympics defines a single drop as one rotation. For the double drop restriction in intermediate, it will largely depend on the judges. On one hand if there is a very noticeable pause between each rotation, you might be ok. On the other, if the judge sees you preparing for a double drop, even if it is not executed as such, they may feel the student is capable of executing a double drop and is performing in a lower level than they actually are.

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