Aerial Dance for Dancers, Volume 2

Monica and Graciela Newsam

Created by Dancers for Dancers – “The sheer pleasure of flying is something we seek to share with all!"

The second in a projected four-book series, Aerial Dance for Dancers – Single Point Dance Trapeze introduces practitioners to key concepts using the single point dance trapeze.

At the core of the syllabus are its innovative “step by step” exercises: detailed explanations of fundamental floor and aerial movements, along with all the necessary information to effectively link these movements into sequences. Also provided are descriptions of aerial rigging equipment, important instructions for safety and spotting, and sections on time management and class structure. Finally, the book includes hundreds of illustrations of essential aerial dance positions, and a glossary of terminology.

NEWSAM Aerial Dance, with the support of the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) of St. Louis, are pleased to announce the publication of the second volume of Aerial Dance for Dancers, a pioneering aerial dance curriculum for teachers and students interested in learning and mastering this exciting, fast-growing dance discipline.

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Achieve Harmony of Body, Floor, and Air

Experience the artistry of dance, the discipline of yoga, and the excitement of flying, in one accessible, “step by step” technique.
Created by internationally acclaimed performers and educators Monica and Graciela Newsam, Aerial Dance for Dancers provides teachers and dancers with the tools they need to understand the organic connection between aerial and floor movements.

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Video Tutorials

Check out our single point trapeze tutorials

Dressing a Trapeze

Angel Facing Up & Down

Basic Sitting Position

Inverted Middle Split & Bird's Nest Positions


Aerial dance in action
Exclusive Interview with Monica and Graciela
Get to Know the Authors: Monica and Graciela Newsam
Aerial Dance For Dancers: Top 7 Tips
Aerial dance means fun and fitness! It’s a great “two-for-one” deal. Adding pull-ups to your existing workout, either at home or at the gym, will help you gain strength for aerial practice.
Fun facts about Monica and Graciela
Hear fun facts about Monica and Graciela

Monica and Graciela Newsam


Graciela and Monica are sisters, lifelong collaborators, and passionate advocates of the power of movement. Both discovered dance at an early age, studying ballet and contemporary dance in their native Panama. Their joint study of Indian classical dance and yoga was a turning point in their growth as artists and individuals. They have danced in a variety of styles all over the world, giving performances in France, Italy, India, Ecuador, El Salvador, Cuba, the Bahamas and the United States.

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