Complete Aerial Anatomy

Your comprehensive guide to all your body can do!

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Your body is capable of SO MUCH MORE.

With the knowledge and tools you can reach that next level of physical strength and performance.

There’s no better feeling than mastering a new skill on your aerial apparatus.

In fact, the sheer elegance, power, spectacle, and creativity of these exercises could be the reasons why you became so enamored with the aerial arts in the first place!

As that excitement continues to grow, you may get so swept up in the inversions and freedom of it all, that you neglect the most important aspect of any physical activity...

Your body.

As a Doctor of Physical Therapy with over 30 years of experience in the aerial arts, I’ve helped countless aerialists and circus performers improve their practice– with safety and sustainability.

Throughout the hours of video footage, quizzes, and exercises in this self-paced course, you’ll be able to connect with your own anatomy and the “science-y” side of aerial training, both of which are crucial for your safety and progress.

If you’re ready to maximize your potential, feel more confident in your movements, and protect your body from future injuries, you’re in the right place.

“Engaging! The concepts are presented simply and clearly in a way that’s easy to understand!”

- Lauren Kehl Program Coordinator at Versatile Arts, Aerial and Pilates Instructor

The Complete Aerial Anatomy course is PERFECT for:

      • Anyone who wants to take their skills to the next level
      • Practicing aerialists looking to improve their form and understand the proper techniques
      • Artists trying to increase flexibility and build up their the strength they need
      • Professional performers who wish to preserve their stamina and prevent injury
      • Aerial teachers & circus instructors who want to add more value to a curriculum by deepening their understanding of how students' bodies work to improve skills, and overall performance

With over a decade of studying the anatomy and biomechanics of the human body, I have learned the "why" behind the cues we know. I've even published a #1 best selling book on the subject called Applied Anatomy of Aerial Arts!

Now, it's your turn to learn the science behind each movement so you can stay safe and develop strength for your aerial training.

Throughout each module, I’ll act as your guide so you can fully understand how the body works on the ground, and how gravity and hanging changes everything.

I'll help you find the answers to questions like:

  • How am I able to hang, invert, and drop?
  • How do I improve my aerial skills without getting injured?
  • How can I increase my flexibility?
  • How do I build enough strength to conquer that cool new aerial trick?
  • What muscles need more training?

Based on the latest research and lots of practical, circus-specific examples, this class will help you connect with your body—and your aerial training—in a whole new way.

BONUS: Included in all 3 courses are quizzes for each module to help you assess your level of understanding of the material. Re-watch and re-take the quiz as many times as you'd like!


1. Aerial Anatomy Body Basics

Advance to the next level with a fundamental understanding of how the body moves when you’re in the air! In this course, you will learn the vocabulary needed to understand the layers of muscle and tissue you use to perform aerial movements with strength, flexibility, and control.

2. The Hips Don’t Lie

When you’re suspended in the air, the only thing you can count on is your core! This class will help you build functional strength and flexibility, deepen your splits and straddles, invert with more ease and grace, and prevent common hip injuries and back pain. Inside, you’ll explore the point where all of our aerial movement begins, and understand the biomechanics and sequence of your trunk muscles and hip joints.

3. Hanging Tough

As aerialists, our shoulders are the most mobile joint in our bodies and our greatest aerial tools. However, it’s also the body part that is most at risk for injury. This class focuses exclusively on the shoulder: the biomechanics of how it works and how to use it safely through its full range of motion. Learn the best techniques for hanging, smooth inversions, and levers, as well as the secrets of one-arm skills.

"I’ve been an aerialist for almost 20 years now, as a professional aerialist, instructor and studio owner. Your work has not only inspired me to dive deeper into the science behind what we do, it has also educated me beyond my prior knowledge and experience. It’s assisting me in training future aerial instructors, as well as up skilling my current instructors. And it’s allowing me to understand the mechanics of my own body better, as I believe there is always room for improvement, no matter your level of expertise and experience.

Whether you’re an aerial performer, instructor or student, I highly recommend the work of The Circus Doc

- Rony Elisara Owner/Director of Aerial Artistry


Courses Included with Purchase

Aerial Anatomy Body Basics
Dr. Emily Scherb
The Hips Don’t Lie
Controlling the Core in Aerial Arts
Dr. Emily Scherb
Hanging Tough
Shoulder Anatomy and Health for the Aerial Artist
Dr. Emily Scherb

Original Price: $275

Your Instructor

Dr. Emily Scherb
Dr. Emily Scherb

Dr. Emily Scherb is a physical therapist with a lifelong passion for understanding human movement.

She’s been a practicing aerialist for almost 30 years and has dangled from balloons, danced in the air, and swung from trapezes. That background inspired her to specialize her practice on circus and aerial artists. She has a proven track record of helping patients who have not seen results with traditional physical therapy due to her unique perspective on how the body works both on the ground and in the air.

As an educator, she travels the country teaching circus artists, instructors, and healthcare professionals about the unique physical demands and challenges of training the body to do incredible feats.

She received her graduate degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and now lives in Seattle, where she works with professional and pre-professional circus artists through her positions as Resident Physical Therapist at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts and as the Company Physical Therapist for the contemporary circus company Acrobatic Conundrum.

Her first book, Applied Anatomy of Aerial Artists was released in August 2018

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Course Curriculum

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  Aerial Anatomy Body Basics
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  The Hips Don't Lie: Controlling the Core in Aerial Arts
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  Hanging Tough: Shoulder Anatomy and Health for the Aerial Artist
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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.
Can I get a Certificate of Completion?
Yes! You will get a certificate of completion at the end of the course. I want you to get credit for all of the knowledge you have gained.
Is this course for me?
If you use your body daily and you have an interest in how it works, this course is for YOU! Body nerds, instructors, artists who just want to learn more, now is the time.
How does this course relate to the book Applied Anatomy of Aerial Arts?
Here you will find a more engaging learning style and explanations that have been broken down in a more visual way. The anatomy section of the book will come to life.
How long is the course?
The course is completely self-paced and you can take as long with it as you'd like and even re-take it in its entirety as many times as you'd like! It contains: - ~ 6 hours of video including lectures, follow along exercises with corrections and common missteps, and listening in on the live audience Q&A. - Quizzes after each section - Certificate of completion
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unsatisfied. Send me an email with your questions or concerns and we can work together to make it right or I can refund your enrollment fee.