The Fundamentals of Aerial Alignment

Learn to Gain Strength for Your Aerial Practice!

Welcome to the online course: The Fundamentals of Aerial Alignment!

This course is designed for aerialists who want to strengthen and refine their practice by teaching ways to activate the muscles needed to hold upside down positions on two arms in the air.

Based on the popular workshop and e-book, The Fundamentals of Aerial Alignment contains a step by step process that you can use in your own studio to train more effectively. It includes 25+ videos of teaching the positions in real time to a student, a 39 page e-manual that details the reasons behind each position, and printable "Cheat Sheets" that will serve as quick references during your training.

BUT THERE'S MORE. This course also contains a section on how to apply the concepts, by supplying recommended conditioning and warm-up routines and suggestions on customizing them to your personal level. The routines are challenging and require precision and practice, but don't worry, like everything in the world of aerial hard work will pay off!

I present the positions and exercises in the same order I teach them in a workshop setting: each section builds on the information in the previous section. After a month, you may notice an increase in strength and awareness during the rest of your practice time, and maybe even improved posture in your day-to-day life.

Course Curriculum

Your Instructor


Shannon McKenna was never a dancer, never a gymnast, and fell in love with Aerial Arts in her twenties.

Without much idea of what it meant to become a circus artist, she packed up her life in a suitcase and began traveling the globe in search of the best coaches to teach her...

Since that fateful decision, she trained with coaches from Montreal to Berlin to Guadalajara, to find several different approaches to training aerial arts. She obtained her coaching certification from The New England Center for Circus Arts. She teaches workshops and classes to all ages and abilities and has presented her workshops at the American Youth Circus Organization Conference and as part of a wider curriculum on the learning retreat Brains.Biceps.Bliss.

She focuses on helping people understand not only HOW to execute a skill, but also the WHY behind it. She regularly collaborates with physical therapists and high level coaches to communicate to adult beginning students methods of training safely and effectively.

In 2018, Shannon launched The Artist Athlete, a company supplying online learning resources to aerialists to help them begin their training journey safely and learn from professionals in the industry on her weekly podcast.

To listen to the podcast online CLICK HERE.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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