Frequently Asked Questions about GA®BT
Our unique program concentrates on mind, body, spirit via bungee. This dynamic, fun, empowering, and enlightening workout is more than just skills and reps. Ground Aerial’s® expertise in teaching pedagogy coupled with almost 2 decades of professional aerial experience make this course one of the most highly sought-after certification programs in the world.
What makes Grounded Aerial Bungee Training special?
•18 years bungee experience at all levels
•Karen A. Fuhrman– Master in Dance Education. Dance Professor at DeSales University
•Certified all over the world
•Professional photographs included for your promotional use
•No annual fees
•Continuing online education/support
•World-wide network of bungee trainers
•Neutral and informed mindset on all gear (no equipment contracts)
Q: Why Grounded Aerial® Bungee Training certification over the other guys?
A: Experience! Bungee dance, in the United States, and the world for that matter, is quite new and uncharted territory. So, we here at Grounded Aerial® take our pioneering and innovative system very seriously, as we realize that we are setting the bar for all to follow.I have been teaching and performing aerial bungee for the last 18 years, I have been a professional dancer in NYC for 20 years, have my Masters Degree in Dance Education from NYU, and own an aerial dance company which performs in different venues around the world.
Paul, the owner of Adrenalin Dreams endorses Grounded Aerial®. He is one of the leading manufacturer of bungee systems in the world. I say this to legitimize my history, and to give you some highlights of my biography.
I have developed and honed the GA®BT system slowly, mindfully, and with fine-tuned mastery. It is my passion.
It is an honor and joy to bring aerial bungee movement to the masses, and I would love to talk to you more on the phone to answer any questions. Our legitimacy is of great importance, and we certainly have the history, creative and pragmatic focus, spotless safety record, and testimonies to illustrate just that!
Karen A. Fuhrman has her M.A. from NYU. Performing for Pilobolus, the Oscars, Ellen Degeneres, Good Morning America, Conan O’ Brian, Cavalia, De La Guarda, MOMIX, VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards,, etc.. Grounded Aerial has appeared at Yerba Buena’s Arts Festival, Microsoft’s worldwide launch, Limelight club, Company (Barcelona), Bidvest International (South Africa), Guatemala City World Cup, Skirball Theater (NYC), Baila! (Guatemala City), Spiderman release party, Usher, Hammerstein Ballroom, the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia,) the ESPN awards, the Lincoln Center, America’s Got Talent, Beach House music video, Studio 54, Lagos Nigeria, Sleep No More, Off Broadway show Red Flamboyant, NBC’s “I Can Do That” and Broadway musical, Matilda. She conceptualized two evening-length aerial shows, one performed on the side of a 22-strory building (Rochester Fringe) and other (Insectinside) though out the US. Grounded has held countless workshops in the States and abroad. She was in Halifax customizing specialized flying apparatuses for the movement impaired, and currently an adjunct modern and jazz dance professor at De Sales University. Most recently, her aerial choreography premiered at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC this October.
Q: How long is the course?
A: 2 eight hour days or 3 six hour days
Q: Do I need aerial experience to become certified?
A: Absolutely not! A movement background helps, but everyone can learn how to fly, and how to teach it with safe, efficient ease.
Grounded Aerial® Bungee Trainers demonstrate excellence in all domains. Grounded Aerial® aspires to maintain a spotless safety record as well as artistic excellence. Depending on the exam results, Grounded Aerial® will either mail the certificate immediately, or potentially require a 6 week probationary period for students that have not completed the requirements of the exams on a satisfactory level. If needed, we ask for the students to study the exam and send in changes from their original test, and to send video of their movement progress on their bungee system illustrating competence and growth in understanding the terms/repertoire.
Please know that we are hear to help, and anyone (with diligence and perseverance) can become certified!
Q: How much does bungee equipment cost?
A: An entire bungee rig complete with all attachment hardware is under $300 (excludes harness). Harness options range from $70 to $450 depending on model/supplier. During the certification, Grounded Aerial® supplies harnesses manufactured all over the world. This allows you to try before you buy. Our years of harness research and first-hand experience, enable us to help find the harness that fits you and your budget.
Q: What kind/brand of harness do I need?
A: Grounded Aerial® supplies harnesses manufactured all over the world. This allows you to try before you buy. Our years of harness research and first-hand experience, enable us to help find the harness that fits you and your budget.
Grounded Aerial® repertoire includes front point and back point terms which is important to remember when harness shopping. Very few standard rock climbing harnesses are equipped with back attachment points which is why we prefer professional aerial harnesses with multiple attachment points. The Wall Walker from Adrenalin Dreams is one of our favorite harnesses. It provides ample padding, multiple attachment points and is moderately priced at $280.
Q: Are there membership dues that are required?
A: No, however, we do offer continued support with Grounded Aerial® after the workshop. Grounded Aerial® LIVE membership is an efficient and affective way to stay connected to trainers across the world. Accessing Grounded Aerial® cutting edge choreography motivates and rejuvenates clients’ interest and the movements are fun and challenging for all levels.
If you so choose, for $40.00 a month, new phrases by professional aerialists (broken down in clear beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels) can be accessed via a password. Message board comments can also be posted to answer questions or begin discussions with our international community. This is truly a global connection and support group of like-minded folk that learn from each other. We connect aerial movers, studio owners, and fitness gurus around the world.
Here is the breakdown of what you can receive:
The benefits of Grounded Aerial® Bungee Training LIVE membership you receive:
1. Frequent content updates via members only section of www.groundedaerial.com
2. Cataloged individual terms always available 24/7
3. Monthly “Watch a full class” developed by Owner and Artistic Director Karen A. Fuhrman. This is executed by the professional aerialists of Grounded Aerial Core Performers.
4. Blog for international support, business networking, problem-solving, troubleshooting, creative ideas, and community.
5. Comprehensive music play lists that guide the time, skill element, music tempo, and specific focus.
6. Videos from GA®BT instructors from around the world are selected monthly and are highlighted on our website. Promoting your gym at a global level.
Q: Can you travel to us, and certify GA®BT at our studio?
A: Yes! We have toured through out the United States and other countries such as Canada, Brazil, Guatemala, France and soon the UK. The minimum amount of clients for us to come to you is five students in the GA®BT workshop. The max we have worked with is twenty-two clients! That particular workshop was a 24-hour course that spanned over 4 days. We tweak the certification with each studio, depending on their demographic and clientele. Our goal is to have a symbiotic relationship where each party helps the other.
-Five paying customers that are signed up for the GA®BT certification
-Airfare for two. Paid in advance by Host, four weeks in advance.
-Housing. Paid in advance by Host, four weeks in advance.
-Round-trip transportation fee for gear if applicable. Ranges from $0 to $400.00 (depending on location and airline)
-Uber, Lyft, rental car or transportation from airport and through duration of certification.
-Per diem. Full amount given day of arrival in county’s currency. $60.00 per day, per person (1st day of arrival, working days, and day of departure).
We want to help you grow! It’s a serendipitous working relationship and we help each other. If we need to negotiate to help your vision actualize, we make that happen. We find wiggle room in budgets, we ask questions, and we form a community that is rich with support and assistance.
We could potentially split the bill (as far as airfare and housing) with another studio that might be interested in the area. We have done this before.
Q: What are the ideal dimensions for Grounded Aerial® to come to my studio?
A: The ideal studio ceiling height would be 12 ft or higher. We can have lower, but that would necessitate purchasing additional bungees for your particular studio. Square footage around 30 feet by 30 feet. This is quite large, and we can go smaller, as well! Ceiling points every 10 feet is ideal. 8 feet between points is the minimum distance Grounded Aerial® recommends for points used simultaneously.
Q: Do you teach other classes?
A: We do this too! Karen, is a professional dancer that is a professor at a University, and Jason has been coaching for the last 20 years. While we certify your trainers in GABT ®, we can also offer straight Modern, Jazz, and Musical theater technique, tumbling, improvisational, varying aerial apparatus classes, choreographic development, line for the circus artist, juggling classes and more. We figure, if we are there on your turf for a period of time, why not offer additional options as well!
Straight technique classes for ALL adult levels in: Modern, Ballet, Musical Theater, Jazz, Tap, Tumbling, Ninja obstacle courses, Juggling…and more.
Choreography Development and Creation (for professionals to 6 year olds– really! Everyone can make dances.) I toured around the world holding workshops such as these via the modern dance company Pilobolus. The end result is choreography that is really fascinating and totally organic. I have developed this concept for aerial choreography classes as well.
Line for the Circus Artist. A class for professionals or pre-professionals to work on their ballet, stretch, and length.
Character Development Classes- I assist and facilitate what the artist is already working on. With an already created piece, or an idea that desires to be fleshed out– I help develop their work to the next level via journaling, lecturing, and application. (in the air or on the ground)
Stretch for All- The advantages of stretch have been proven scientifically as a giant aid to health and happiness. A combination of yoga, ballet, and pilates accessible to all levels enables enhanced movement to all types. With my Masters in Dance Education, and experience in teaching all over the world, I gently and diligently assist each person to relax, strengthen, let go, and stretch via breath, imagery, and anatomical aides.
Contact Improv class/ Weight sharing classes- learn to move with a partner and develop muscles and communication skills that enhance your physique and ability to interact and problem-solve with others. For ALL ages and movers.
GA®BT Bungee Classes- bounce like a baby in a bouncy chair while getting the world out of your life- and abs of steel. If you have dreamt of soaring through the air with larger than life leaps- then take this class.
Wall Dancing Classes– A ridiculous work out, perspective shifter, a really fun time– and another reality of the horizontal aerial world!
Q: How can I involve my local community and stir up more interest?
A: Grounded Aerial® encourages community enrichment programs. This helps give a communal feel for the locals (all levels for children and adults). After a week or month of classes/workshops, they’re usually is an informal or grand showcase of the work that was created. The community really appreciates the opportunity to show off their new skills, and people tend to get very excited to try bungee for themselves! Great fun, and great publicity.
Q: Do you have a performance troupe?
A: Grounded Aerial® Core Performers can share the stage for the showcase and perform segments of our repertoire or we can also perform a full even-length show. We always look forward to developing a perfect mix that works best for your gym or studio, your clients, and the community within the time frame that is ideal.