Floor Flow® Level 1 Teacher Training
The Floor Flow® Teacher Training is a four-day immersion in the art of fluid floorwork for all levels. Marlo developed Floor Flow® to share her love of the floor with those outside the dance world, and to reveal how floor contact can lead to immense athleticism, sensuality, creativity, and expression.
If you’ve considered taking Floor Flow but hesitated because you aren’t a dancer, or it seems above your level, think again. If you can lay down on the floor, you can begin to learn floor technique. Floorwork is therapeutic and safe. It’s the perfect place to gain awareness and freedom of movement.
The program is in no way limited to those who instruct. Every training includes people who are not teachers of, or even experienced in, dance-based movement.
At its core, Floor Flow offers a creative framework, that can be applied to any movement discipline. Material from the FFTT can be applied to self-practice, one-on-one coaching, or multi-level classes. The Floor Flow® Level 1 Teacher Training will heighten your creative resourcefulness no matter what type of movement you love to do—or teach.
What happens in the training?
Each day begins with a two hour (or longer) class experience where you’ll experience the material in the book. You’ll learn ways to naturally pair your movement with your breath and gain a deeper sense of fluid spinal action. You’ll focus in, and experience the captivating nature of looping sequences. You’ll discover a multitude of fun and functional ways to interact with the floor. And, you’ll experience non-intimidating creative exercises in a supportive environment.
Throughout the training there are brief, interactive discussions on important movement concepts. Then, you have time to create your own loops. You’re asked to integrate your new ideas with what you already know and enjoy. A primary goal of Floor Flow is to develop well-composed yet simple patterns that you can get lost in. If desired, the simple patterns you learn and create can evolve into more challenging acrobatic foundations.
Will I have to teach?
You won’t be asked to demonstrate your teaching abilities in front of the group, though you will work with a partner at times, which involves light instruction. You won’t be tested or graded on your abilities or comprehension at all. For those interested in testing and certification, that is done outside of the four-day course.
What to bring:
- Pliable, broad coverage, stable knee pads (Small coverage or thick volleyball-type knee pads are not recommended. There will be some available for purchase at the training.)
- Lightweight shirt with long sleeves
- Full length pants or leggings (double layer is recommended)
- Something to cover your feet (socks or legwarmers)
Note: If you are new to floor, or are particularly bony, you may want to plan for extra layers around the knees, ankles, hips, spine and shoulders.
Floor Flow® Level 1 Training Manual which includes 200+videos of the techniques (Included)
You do not need any particular background to benefit from this training, but experience with floor movement in some context is recommended.
Continuing Education Credits:
AFAA: Approved for 15 Continuing Education Credits
ACE: Approved for 2.3 Continuing Education Credits
In order to become a certified Floor Flow® Instructor, you must perform a 60-90 minute mock class, in any language. The mock class can be submitted on video, performed over Skype, or be scheduled in-person with Marlo. Information on the content of that class can be found HERE.
Certification is a credential, it's a way to verify your basic understanding of the material. It does not grant you right to teach a class called Floor Flow. To teach Floor Flow®, read on:
Certification + Licensing:
If you do choose to become a teacher of Floor Flow®, you’re joining an international network of knowledgeable and fun instructors. You gain the ability to teach a class called FLOOR FLOW® and have access to closed discussion groups. Additionally, you’ll be granted early access to various Flow Movement® events, be featured on the Flow Movement website as a recommended instructor, receive social media promotion to boost your classes and workshops, and be provided the use of branding materials. Because we're invested in the growth of our certified and licensed instructors, you’ll receive monthly continuing education and exclusive playlists.
There are three tiers of certification/accreditation for Floor Flow*:
Tier 1 - Flowtégé: All certified Level 1 instructors are Flowtégés. Flowtégés are invited to private teacher development retreats, and are eligible to take the Level 2 training.
Tier 2 - Flowtégé+: In order to become a Flowtégé+, you must pass both the Level 1 and Level 2 Floor Flow Teacher Trainings Tests. The Level two training is slated to begin summer 2018.
Tier 3 - Flow Pro: Flow Pro’s are paid assistants for the Floor Flow trainings and will eventually conduct their own Floor Flow trainings. These individuals are hand chosen graduates of the Level 1 and Level 2 Floor Flow Teacher Trainings who have teaching expertise, professionalism, movement skills, technical knowledge, and charisma.
*More information on licensing can be found HERE.
**Criteria for Floor Flow certification tiers are subject to change.
August 26-29 2017 (Boulder, Colorado)
October 26-29, 2017 (Portland, Oregon)
November 16-19, 2017 (Iceland)
March 2018 (Level 2, Boulder Colorado)
Marlo Fisken, creator of Flow Movement