Frequently Asked Questions about GABT™
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 GABT™ 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: Are 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 Aerials 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. Daily video updates
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 GABT 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 GABT™ 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 GABT™ 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 serendipitous relationship where each party lifts each other.
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. Eight feet between points is the minimum safe 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!
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 Aerials 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.