Guest Workshops


Partner Acrobatics: Mini Intensive

With Tom and Ayla

November 16th - 18th from 10am-1pm

All 3 days/9 hours total: $275
Single day/3 hours total: $120

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The focus of this three-day workshop will be on using the right technique, finding the most effective way to do tricks and learning some cool elements in partner acrobatics. Participants will learn how to break down complex skills, how to work with dynamic energy, cool flying tricks, creative ways to enter and exit tricks. 
Each workshop will start with a specific warm up followed by a handstand training. You will learn drills and progressions to improve your hand to hand, foot to hand and standing acrobatics.

This workshop is open to all levels. 
Note: Partner Required

About Tom & Ayla:
Tom & Ayla are professional circus artists and teachers who started training dutch acrobatics, upgraded it with Ukrainian technique, refined their work under tutelage of various experienced coaches and incorporate elements of dance and martial arts in their movement.
Some of their teachers are: Jim and Det, Wybren Wouda (ACAPA; Codarts), Slava Kukuskin (Kiev; Moscow; ESAC).


Understanding Injury

with Wendy Reinert

Sunday, December 1st from 10am-12pm

Sliding scale donation

Understanding Injury Wendy Reinert

This workshop will explore the less understood aspects of injuries: how they affect us emotionally, as well as how to prevent, navigate, and overcome them. We’ll learn how to better listen to our bodies, when it’s safe to “push through” vs. when to stop. We’ll talk about steps to take when you feel an injury coming on, and resources that can help you through.

This workshop is for students and professionals.
Cost is by donation as one of our community workshops.

Suggested donation is $15-20.

About the instructor:

Wendy Joy Reinert has been dancing professionally as a ballerina and modern dancer for 18 years, performing with The Peridance Ensemble, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Mark Morris Dance Group and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. A dance injury in 2007 ago led her to the circus world, where she discovered a deep love of corse lisse, static trapeze, and flying trapeze. She still performs in the air and on the ground regularly, crediting her injuries with constantly teaching her how to train smarter. For the last 10 years, she has been a NSCA-CSCS certified personal trainer and specializes in working with clients who have severe orthopedic issues as well as injury prevention and rehabilitation. As a CFT Certified Professional Coach, she is devoted to filling a need for emotional and mental support in the grueling dance and circus industries. She regularly leads workshops which empower student, professional, and retired performers to find their own voice in an industry where “success” is sometimes dependent upon fitting a costume or being exactly what the director wants.


Finding the Floor

with Medea

Sunday, December 2nd from 3 pm-5 pm



An improvisation workshop for aerialists who dread touching the ground!
Movers will begin by using imagery to find their bodies. Class will start with small movements in place then increase to traveling and playing improvisation games in the space. Everyone will find that the work they have done in the air easily translates to the ground. We will then use these concepts to find more organic movement in the air.

Sunday, December 2nd from 3pm-5pm
Investment: $40
Workshop Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Pre-Requisites: ability to do skin the cats, pullover mount, dancer wraps

Apparatuses used will be silks and lyra.

About the Instructor:
Medea began her career in the city as a dancer. After two years as a trainee with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, she received full scholarship to the Ailey School. There she performed with the company at City Center in Alvin Ailey's Memoria. Medea then joined the second company of Martha Graham. She performed in Primitive Mysteries as well as Heretic as part of the Martha Graham Company's seasons at the Joyce and City Center. While in Graham II, she performed many roles from the original repertoire as well as works by Blanca Li, Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch, and Virginie Mecene. Medea also traveled to Israel on two occasions to participate in the Gaga Winter Intensive where she studied with members of Batsheva Dance Company as well as former director Ohad Naharin. Since Graham II, she has continued to freelance with different choreographers in the city. She recently found aerial arts and uses her dance and gymnastics backgrounds to create acts. You may have seen her under the name Medea ByNight at House of Yes, the Muse, BangOn!NYC, or Slipper Room. She hopes to help everyone find their most natural fluid motion between the floor and the sky.


Strange Ways to Support Your Strange Friends Pt 2

with Jared R Shanks

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 11 AM – 1 PM

$65 - Single pass
$110 - 2 people pass

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After the huge success of our first edition, we're bringing Trapeze Partnering back!
Strange New Ways to Support Your Strange Friends with Jared R Shanks.

Wrists, ankles, shins, hair, heels; come prepared to hold 'em all! This 2 hour workshop will explore the stranger ways to hold a flyer and some of the stranger positions from which to hold them. Through structured progressions and guided exploration, we will find the coolest ways for you to support your friends and learn more about trapeze partnering!

$65 - Single pass
$110 - 2 people pass
(bring your partner and get a discount!)

Open Level
Saturday, December 8th

This workshop will only run with a minimum of 2 students, so save your spot in advance!

About the instructor:
Jared Shanks is a working circus professional who has performed and taught all over the midwest from Pittsburgh to Detroit and even all the way up to Hamilton, Ontario. He has performed duo trapeze and duo straps regularly with Wizbang! Variety theatre and as an aerialist in Cedar Point’s evening show Luminosity.  


Beginner Hula Hoop Flow Mini-Intensive

With Emily Gandolfo aka Mystic Flow Fairy

Saturdays, January 5, 12, and 19, 2019 from 11am-1pm

Sliding Scale donations for The Muse! (Thank you, Emily)
Suggested donations: $20-$30 per class or $50-$70 for all 3 classes 


This is a Beginner Hula Hoop intensive for those interested in expanding their ground work and flow art knowledge! In this mini workshop series, we will start with the basics of learning waist hooping, walking while hooping and other essential movements and tricks for on body hooping.

The second class will consist of off body hooping. We will learn the different types of weaves, hooping on arms and elbows. Along with a basic chest roll and back roll.

The last class will be combining what we learned in the first two classes and putting sequencing together to Hoop Dance. We will learn different transitions from on to off body such as, jump-throughs, vortex’s and escalators.

Each class will include time to work on skills learned in the class and one on one time with each student to ensure success. (Hoops will be provided)

Saturdays, January 5th, 12th and 19th
11:00am - 1:00pm

Cost - Sliding Scale donations for The Muse!
Suggested donations: $20-$30 per class or $50-$70 for all 3 classes 

Thank you for your support!
About the Instructor:
Emily Gandolfo, also known as Mystic Flow Fairy on Social Media, has been Hula Hooping for 8 years! She started her journey to rehabilitate herself and strengthen her core. It was from there that her love to dance combined with the hoop Fitness and she began to grow. She learned to incorporate dance and tricks to her flow. She now performs throughout the east coast at clubs, venues, private events and music festivals.

Emily has been teaching Hoop Fitness, and beginner Hula Hoop Classes for 5 years. She has taught at Flow Art Festivals such as the JAMboree, and Disc Jam Festival. As well as in studios in New York. She has taught all ages from 9 years to 65!

Emily love teaching people to hoop because it get be so meditative. So whether you plan to perform or just want to find a new way to move Hula Hooping is a great new skill to learn.

You can see more of her amazing skills here!


Aerial Rope Skills & Sequences

with Tori Mcgrory

Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 1:30 PM – 4 PM  


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This 2.5 hours master class with Tori Mcgrory will work on fundamental rope techniques, applying emphasis on understanding the mechanics to allow precision and ease of skills, focusing on sequences and transitions found in Tori’s movement research.

January 12th
1:30pm - 4:00pm
Investment: $80
Level: Intermediate
Pre-requisites: Invert multiple times in the air

This workshop will only run with a minimum of 2 students, so save your spot in advance!
About the Instructor:
Beginning her career as a contemporary dancer, performing in theatres across Europe, Tori developed her skills, mastering the artistic platform of the air, as well as traditional floor performances.

This combination of artistic planes has allowed Tori to feel whole as an artist, enabling a creative freedom to nurture her personal style and creative methods. Having a huge passion for creating, and the intertwining of rope and the body as one.
With this expression through the body she continues to explore and share new pathways for creative motion.
Tori's style harnesses her body’s natural qualities and through this she seeks to create a physical poetry that transcends traditional boundaries to audience engagement.

Her research and teaching methods take a holistic approach to learning. Placing a large emphasis on cooperating with your body, feeling and understanding movement mechanics by actively engaging with your senses. Also promoting a sense of self belief, seeing that we all have the potential for creating new movement.  


The Mind-Body Connection: Mindfulness for Aerial Artists

w/ Sarah Sutin

Sunday, January 6, 2019 from 1:00-3:00pm


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Get out of your head and into your body. Break down your relationship with food, exercise, and fear to optimize your training and performance. Tap into the the why’s and what-if’s and learn some mind-body connection techniques to take your aerial skills to the next level.

Sunday, January 6, 2019 (our first workshop of the year!)
Investment: $50

**This workshop will only run with a minimum of 2 students, so save your spot in advance!**


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