Fun social dance classes

Sunday, 4 August 2024


Introduction To Lifts

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. The workshop will be led by Deb and Matt who have competed and won the Aerials competition category on a number of occasions. Lifts are for performance and competition dancing only and are not to be used on the social dance floor.

Date Sunday, 4 August 2024
Time 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where Avonhead School (map below)
Duration 3 hours

Please aim to arrive in good time to warm up and get ready. Attendance at the Workshop gives you free entry to a Tea Dance if one is held afterwards.

Workshop Content

The workshop will cover:

  • Safety advice for lifts
  • Essential technique for lifts
  • A sample of small lifts / baby aerials and two full aerials
  • Advice on entries and exits and incorporating lifts in your dancing

Who Is This For?

Attendees need to be in good physical condition to be able to learn these moves safely. Due to the nature of the content this workshop in non-rotational so you will need to book with a partner (fixed couples only). Couples will be grouped together so a couple practising a lift will have another couple acting as spotters and then swap over.

You need to be in good physical condition to do this workshop! Early preparation is the key, below are some examples. Consult your doctor or healthcare professional for specific advice.

Basic Lift Exercises

Here are a couple of basic lifts exercises you can do with a partner. The third video shows a lift (Big Star) in the context of a competition.

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". Attendance at the workshop is at your own risk, while we are putting great effort into the planning and teaching of this workshop, we are not liable for any injuries.


What we wear can affect how well the lifts are performed, here are some 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

Current Availability

The number of spaces currently available is given below:

Lead Spaces 6
Follow Spaces 7
Pricing and Booking
Entry TypeCreditsCashClosing Date
Everyone-3.0-Sun, 04 Aug, 2:00 PM
Standard Entry-$42.00Sun, 04 Aug, 2:00 PM
SuperGold Card-$30.00Sun, 04 Aug, 2:00 PM
Full Time Student-$30.00Sun, 04 Aug, 2:00 PM
Community Services-$30.00Sun, 04 Aug, 2:00 PM
Venue Information

Avonhead School, 55 Avonhead Road, Avonhead, Christchurch

There is some parking near the hall within the school as well as plenty of street parking nearby.

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View from the road
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Example of a class inside the hall