Learn the essential techniques for lifts. This workshop is a prerequisite for the Lifts workshop where we take the follower above the chest line of the leader.

Due to the nature of the content this workshop in non-rotational.

The workshop will be led by Deb and Matt who have competed and won the Aerials competition category on a number of occasions and recently came 2nd at the 2018 Ceroc Nationals Championships Open Category.

Workshop Content

This workshop will cover:

  • 4 bigger lifts with another full aerial
  • Safety advice for lifts
  • Essential technique

Lifts are for performance and competition dancing only and are not to be used on the social dance floor.

Who Can Attend?

Attendees need to be in good physical condition to be able to learn these moves safely. There are also some prerequisites:

  • You must have attended the Introduction to Lifts workshop
  • You need to book with a partner (fixed couples only)


The Lifts 1 workshop costs 3 credits / $39 / $30 (concs).


Our primary concern is safety and due to the nature of the workshop content there are stricter requirements than usual:

  • Everyone needs to be at the venue by the stated start time for the safety briefing, warmup and prep.
  • If you arrive after the start time you will not be allowed to participate and you will have your payment refunded.
  • Mobile phones must be switched off or on flight mode - if you need to be on call then do not attend this workshop.

Attendance at the workshop is at your own risk, while we are putting great effort into the planning and teaching of this workshop, we will ask you to sign a disclaimer that we are not liable for any injuries.

Couples will be grouped together so a couple practising a lift will have another couple acting as spotters and then swap over. We will show you where spotters need to be and what their responsiblities are.

Physical Preparation

Yyou need to be in good physical condition to do this workshop. Dancing is good preparation especially if you currently dance at least three times a week. Otherwise other physical activity can help.

Here are some exercises that can help some of which we do regularly. Consult your doctor or healthcare professional for specific advice:


  • press ups with arms by the side, 3 sets of 8
  • pull ups or similar, 3 sets of 8 reps
  • lunges / step ups, 3 sets of 12


  • sit ups, 3 sets of 8
  • leg lifts, 3 sets of 8
  • Pilates

Once you have the right technique, lifts can seem almost effortless, however the journey to gaining good technique can be pretty tiring! Tiredness (physical and mental) often preceeds injury - the time to pause, take a break or stop is when you say "let's give it one more go".

Clothing Tips

  • avoid slippery or shiny materials - the follower is more likely to slide off!
  • bare skin is good so T-shirts can work well as do shorts
  • avoid baggy or loose clothing, keep it well fitting while allowing you to move freely
  • no skirts or dresses
  • bring a number of items to try out if need be
  • followers - comfortable shoes are recommended especially for when you 'come down to land' from a lift (rather than heels). Bring a few pairs to try out.
  • no belt loops that stick out (fingers get caught in them)
  • no watches, sharp rings, bangles etc.
  • bring enough clothing to keep warm throughout the workshop

Lifts Details

  • Date: Saturday, 26 January 2019
  • Start Time: 2:30 PM
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Cost: see pricing and credits
  • Venue: C3 Centre

Please aim to arrive before the scheduled start time to warm up and get ready. Because we aim to have even numbers arriving late impacts negatively on your fellow attendees.


Most workshops will follow a standard pricing. Occasionally we'll have guest teachers and the length of the workshops may be different, in which case the pricing may differ.

If a Tea Dance is held on the same weekend as a workshop then entry is free in which case we'd really appreciate it if you could contribute a small plate to share at the Tea Dance.

Venue: C3 Centre

  • 269 Hills Road, Shirley
  • Either enter from Hills Road, the entrance is about 400 metres from the junction with Warrington Street and Shirley Road, or enter by the rear entrance on Crosby Street.
  • There are over 100 parking spaces in the car park.
  • The entrance to the building is from the car park.