You need 9 people
(2 fliers and 7 bases).
Start with 2
elevators facing to the right. Have the left elevator stay in position
while the right elevator flier will fall back. Make sure you practice
both elevators together with the fallback to give and appealing look
and smooth transition.
fallback: You will have a regular elevator with and extra spot to the
back. The flier bends and the knees and initiates the fallback. Make
sure the flier is tight by having her squeeze her abs, keep her arms
to her side in fists, and hollow out with her shoulders. Before the
flier falls, the back spot will turn their back towards the crowd and
face the extra spot who is standing in the back. As the flier falls
both spotters will lift their arms up, catch the flier high, and
absorb the fall with their legs. As the spotters bring the flier down,
make sure they place their closer hands on the flier’s backside/lower
back and their hand farther away from the stunt needs to be placed on
the upper back/shoulders of the flier. Practice this over and over
again to speed up the transition to give it a smooth effect.
Now as the
fallback lands, have the left elevator bend at the waist and grab a
thumb to thumb grip with the flier in the fallback. If the 2
elevators are too far apart then it may be difficult. To avoid this
start with the elevators close together so that there is little
movement during the pyramid sequence.
Now after the grip
has been established, at the same time raise both stunts. The right
elevator will raise the fallback by making sure her body remains
parallel to the ground. The elevator will lift to an extension, where
her body position is that of a half a table top. Turn and smile for
NOTE: You can add
different things to this pyramid. Here are some examples:
1.) You can start
with both elevators facing the crowd. Then when they both go up they
turn 45°. Very cool transition effect for routines.
2.) Have 2
shoulder stands hitching the belly of the fallback from the back.
3.) Have a liberty
hitching to the back of the top flier.
4.) Have 2 of
these pyramids facing opposition ways for a symmetric effect.
LEVEL – have the top flier pop her feet to the belly of the fallback
elevator while maintaining the same grip. Just make sure both fliers
are resisting through their arms.