What are AERIALS?

An ‘aerial’ is any move where;
1. The move is aerial by nature
AND
2. The majority of either partner’s weight is above chest height of their partner.

A ‘baby aerial’ is any aerial move where:
1. The move is aerial by nature
AND
2. The majority of either partner’s weight is below
chest height of their partner.

Moves above chest height are sometimes called ‘big aerials’ but are generally just called ‘aerials’.

Are they allowed in competition?

You have to check each category and level of competition to see what is allowed in that section.

Disallowed Aerial Moves:

There is a total ban on attempting any move where either partner is airborne with no support and no contact from their partner. (eg Triple back flip with a 1½ pike.)
Please keep in mind that as spectacular as this might be, we are running a dance competition, not a circus.

Safety is our first priority!

You must be considerate of your partner and of other dancers around you.
Furthermore, you may only attempt aerials if you have received appropriate instruction, have had ample experience without mishap and have permission from your partner to do such moves.

Aerials that are not performed cleanly and seamlessly will not be looked upon favourably by the judges.
Remember, it is important that you do not do too many aerials. Whilst ‘waves’ of aerials can look great they generally mean the guys spending their time standing still and doing lots of lifting. This is not dancing (moving to the music) but is simply providing a platform for the girls and you will be penalised for not demonstrating an ability to dance mainstream Modern Jive to the music. This also applies to Modern Jive Cabaret and Team Events.

This is a "Baby Aerial". The majority of the person being lifted (usually the 'follow') is below chest height.

This is a “Baby Aerial”. The majority of the person being lifted (usually the ‘follow’) is below chest height.