"How long have you been doing aerial?" they ask.
"About 4 years," I say.
"Oh, that makes sense," they agree.
But…they’re asking me the wrong question. My first 3 years of aerial training was based in modern dance. We VERY rarely did any kind of conditioning. It wasn’t until I moved here a year ago, that I realized I was way behind in terms of strength.
Strength and grace aren’t built in Aerial Skills classes. Repeating vocabulary one or two times over the course of an hour is not enough. To create an aesthetically pleasing act, each movement must be trained to the point of ease.
"HOW do I make aerial easy??"
Take an Aerial Conditioning class! Work your pull-up, work your inversions, work your core, work your shoulders, work your grace.
These things you are struggling with will not get easier until you do them a million-and-a-half times. Conditioning is a great place to do this.
These classes are typically small and the students and teachers are incredibly supportive.