Not just another aerial certification course...
What is Cardinal? It is a leader. It is a conspicuous songbird. It is indispensable.
Cardinal: the Mentorship is both an academy for experienced aerial coaches and an immersion in building your personal power to be a leader in this industry. Are you Cardinal?
Why Did I Create Cardinal?
I started coaching well before I was ready. In my first aerial coach's mind, you were ready to teach as soon as you could perform certain skills. So when I achieved them, I was given opportunities to teach.
So that's what I did. I taught what I knew. I taught the way I was taught. I taught what worked for my body.
And I got injured over and over teaching. I watched my first students get frustrated and not progress. I knew that I was not giving them or myself what was needed to succeed.
I wanted to be a better coach. So I began a decades-long journey to fill what I saw as the gaps in my knowledge. I studied biomechanics, fascia, somatics, dance movement analysis, nutrition, mindset... the list goes on and on. Each training I took, podcast I listened to, or book I read expanded the way I thought of the issues that my clients were grappling with in the studio. That learning caused me to ask different questions and offer new solutions.
My clients began to see BIG results, ranging from staying healthy while on tour with Cirque du Soleil and getting accepted into Ecole Nationale de Cirque, to finally touching the rigging point in their climbs and getting their first straight-arm inversion or ayesha.
What I am able to offer my clients is not found in any current certification. And I want to share it with you, so that you can grow and propel the entire industry with you.
Is Cardinal Right For You?
This program is for you if:
- you're an aerial coach or pole instructor with at least 1 year of aerial coaching experience who is CURIOUS about human potential
- you who have experienced misogyny and stand against all forms of hate (duh)
- you have about 4 hours per week to dedicate to analyzing and improving your craft
- you who want to be a LEADER in this field and to use your positional power to amplify the voices of marginalized communities
This program is not for you if:
- you're not a coach or you're a brand new coach
- you're a circus bro who think you have all of the answers or has a one-size-fits-all mentality
- you never do the readings
What's Included in Cardinal?
If selected for this intimate 6-month group program—which I will run again in 2023—you will get:
1) Weekly Live 2-Hour Workshops
I want you to have every single strategy, tool, and tactic that I use to help my clients succeed, to advocate for change in the industry, and ultimately to grow my business. So I will be hosting weekly live 2-hour workshops, which will be part teaching (topics listed below) and part implementation on your part. I'll be running you through exercises and discussions so that you know how to implement the tools and systems I have developed directly into your coaching.
Here's what we'll be covering in our weekly live workshops:
☑️ Feminism & anti-racism frameworks to think critically about the information we'll be absorbing and applying in our work
☑️ Trust & belonging to create buy-in and community
☑️ Teaching styles & methodologies to assess your strengths and weaknesses and better serve your students
☑️ Learning & creativity to understand how we learn to move and maximize teaching outcomes
☑️ Skill acquisition & motor learning to apply the constraints-led approach and differential learning to aerial technique
☑️ Imagery & cueing to understand how imagery works and when to adapt cues for different results
☑️ Somatic movement to understand the ways to re-educate the nervous system in the coaching context
☑️ Assessing capacity, readiness, & movement for exercise selection and progression
☑️ Movement efficiency to optimize biomechanics and develop movement adaptability
☑️ Program design to create training plans for yourself, your students, and whole classrooms
☑️ Recovery to understand sleep, heart rate variability, and other strategies
☑️ Shoulder & hip assessment & function to explore common compensations for foundational movements
☑️ The abdominal canister & psoas function to create stability and control in the air
☑️ The upper back & neck function for flexibility and stability in the air
☑️ Goal setting, motivation, & passion to help students set and achieve goals
☑️ Working online to better serve online clients and social media audiences
You will have the call dates up front. They will be recorded and posted in the Cardinal portal after the sessions.
2) Live Calls from Expert Guest Coaches
Because I know what I don't know, I will also be bringing in GUEST COACHES for trainings from experts in their fields that will blow you away. The names of the guest speakers will be announced at the end of 2022.
3) 1-on-1 Strategy Calls Directly with Me
I want to help you as you try to implement these strategies and ideas into your coaching. We'll meet 1:1 every 2 months for 30 minutes to talk about your personal goals as a coach and strategize how to get there. If that's teaching more or less, if it's moving online, if it's having more input into studio curriculum, if it's opening your own studio or putting together a retreat... I am here to help move your coaching goals toward reality.
4) Unlimited Voxer Support & Weekly Office Hours
Similar to face-to-face coaching, we will use the free Voxer app to communicate, strategize, and work together through text and audio. Voxer is the perfect option for folks who are super busy, have trouble scheduling calls, or are just introverted and would prefer to sometimes connect in ways other than video. I will always answer your messages within 24 hours.
I will also hold weekly Voxer office hours (floating based on the time zones of the group) where you can get real time support.
5) A Private Community for Connection & Discussion
In addition to everything above, you also get access to a private Facebook group. This is a place to connect and share struggles and triumphs, ask questions, and build on concepts in the calls.
In this group, I'll be:
- sharing a robust compendium of articles, podcasts, book excerpts, and anecdotes that will be relevant to our discussions
- make announcements relating to our live calls
- facilitate conversation and connection between you all
6) Enrollment into Adam Woolley's "Alternatives to Traditional Teaching Methodologies"
No need for me to reinvent the wheel! Adam has put together a great short course on teaching methodologies that I am happy to offer to you all.
7) Discounts on Additional Third-Party Courses
As Cardinal wraps up, I'll be sharing some discount codes if you'd like to dig deeper into the concepts covered in the course. There is always more to learn!
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of time commitment does the program require?
What if I cannot make the group calls?
Am I advanced enough for this program?
When does the program begin and end??
Who coaches Cardinal?
Will you run this program again?
Do you offer scholarships or some other form of financial aid?
What kind of "ROI" (return on investment) can I expect from this program? Is it a wise investment of my money, time, & energy?
With this program, do I get 1:1 coaching and personalized help?
Who created this program?
I don't live in the United States. May I enroll and do this program?
What if I enroll in this program but then something comes up and I cannot complete the program. Can I get a refund?
I think this program is for me, but I am not 100% sure. Any thoughts for me?
Is there any prep work I need to do before the program begins?
Do you have any suggestions on how to get the most out of our time together?
I'm a studio owner. Is this mentorship for me?
I'm not very tech savvy. Will I survive this program?
Is this program for women only?
Invest in you!
The price for Cardinal in 2022 was $3,000. The price for 2023 will be announced in December 2022.
In 2022, the program had a 15 person cap.
"Jessica has literally changed my life with her ineffable brain. . . . Training with Jess has given me an understanding of my body that 19 years of classical dance training was never able to do."
". . . with consist effort in my craft and major help from Jess . . . and her magic cues, I feel more confident in my body than ever to work on skills I was always led to believe that 'I wasn't good enough for.'"
""Seriously, Circus Mobility can help you get awesome results! My inversion is the prettiest and most consistent it's ever been after getting her personalized help!"