Dancing with bungee cords or Bungee Dance is fun and a good core work-out. We have used bungee in bungee trapeze since 2001. Now fitness and dance studios are using bungee. Our Half-time performances at Denver’s Pepsi Center for the opening game of Denver’s Mammoth Lacrosse team and Denver’s Arena Football team the Crush got us started with Bungee. It is a lot of fun and an adrenaline rush. You need a high ceiling for Bungee Trapeze since you will be flipping and flying under the trapeze bar. The Cirque Du Soleil show “Saltambanco” featured four acrobats doing bungee trapeze in a high arena space. As with so many aerial innovations that Cirque du Soleil pioneered Bungee Dance caught the imagination of many.
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We sell the bungee belts, bungee cord, clamps and the tool for the clamps to make the individual bungee cords. We provide a video showing how to make the cords.
We have tested several bungee belts and the one we sell has a back point for Bungee Dance, and also two side points on the hips for more Acrobatic Aerial Bungee Dance. For Bungee Trapeze, we use the two points on the hips and have the belt resting lower so it is easier to flip. For Bungee Dance, the belt is worn higher up so the center of gravity of the dancer is closer to the center of the body. The back point is used. When the back point is used, we recommend and sell multiple links to go between the bungee attachment and the bungee harness. This allows the hardware to be away from the dancer’s back. We also recommend using a swivel to help with spinning. If the side hip points are used, then two swivels are required, one for each side to allow the aerialist to flip and not bind the bungee cord on itself. The back point allows the dancer to spin, run in place, and to float in the air, hovering over the floor. If used with a partner, adagio moves are possible. The movement of the flyer is assisted by the bungee.
The best bungee cord to use for aerial acrobatics or bungee dance is made in the USA and has a 1:1 stretch. The bungee stretches evenly out and rebounds back at the same speed. We sell USA made bungee cord that is 1:1 stretch. This means it stretches its length. For example, if you have a two foot bungee cord, it will stretch to four feet. If you are in a 10 foot ceiling, and you weigh about 130 pounds, you would use three of the bungee cords that are two feet long each, also a 24 inch multiple link, and a swivel. We sell the larger black carabiners that fit three to four bungee cords so each cord stretches evenly. These are found in our bungee section and aerial hardware section.
We sell bungee dance cord that has a soft stretch, medium stretch, and hard stretch. The difference is that the bungee when pulled, or used stretches quickly to twice its length, for the soft and medium bungee and stretches to its full length more slowly for the hard cord. We like using individual cords in Aerial Bungee so we can use a combination of cords depending on what the acrobat or dancer needs. It is always best to have at least 3 cords for a dancer, if mounted from the point on the bungee harness in the back. If used on each hip, then each side of the aerialist would have three to four bungee cords, depending on what they weigh and what they will be doing.
The bungee can be tied in a knot, but we prefer not to do this. We have noticed that the bungee wears unevenly when it is looped and tied when doing bungee dance. It is better to use individual bungee cords so that the level of stretch can be adjusted for each aerialist easily. We offer a video on How to Make Bungee Cords and also the tool and clamps to make the cords. We like to use at least three cords for each attachment point on the bungee belt.
The amount of bungee used depends on the weight of the dancer. The cord is not recommended for individuals weighing over 175 pounds. If it is used for aerialists weighing less than 100 pounds, then the soft bungee is recommended. If the aerialist or bungee dancer is 105 to 125 pounds, then a combination of medium and soft bungee cords are recommended. If the aerialist is 126 to 130 pounds, then the medium bungee in combination with the soft is recommended. If the aerialist is 132 to 145 then the medium bungee is recommended. If the aerial bungee dancer is 146 to 150 pounds, the medium in combination with the hard is recommended. If the aerialist is over 152 to 175, then ONLY the hard bungee is recommended.
There is 2:1 bungee available, but this is only used if you have an arena space to work in, at least 40 to 60 feet. It stretches twice the length. The 2:1 bungee stretches twice its length. For example, a two-foot cord would stretch to twice the length, or eight feet. This is why it can only be used in very very high ceilings! We can obtain it, but we only do this if the performer has years of experience working with bungee dance and has an arena space to practice in and to perform in.
In many of the videos we have reviewed, we notice that studios are using a pulley system to suspend the bungee cord. This allows the height of the bungee attachment point to change. If you do not have a pulley system, and you have a 10 foot ceiling space, we have found that the bungee cord can only be two feet long. We attach at least 3 bungees to each attachment point on the aerial bungee dancer, and the 24 inch multiple link, the necessary carabiners, and a swivel.