Working off the ground brings with it some inherent risks, and I guess adding dramatic drops and tricks adds to that danger. In the show I performed last week and in the upcoming show for my aerials school, I did/am doing a trick that is absolutely brutal on the ankles and I think to make sure they don’t actually snap, I’ll cheat it in the rehearsals and give my right ankle a break before it breaks.

Basically you wrap the fabric around both ankles in a figure 8 and around the first ankle again for a second time, then dramatically dive backwards so you end up dangling by your feet. Having done it in rehearsals now for two weeks, my right ankle really does feel like it’s at breaking point.