Circus Arts Workshops

 
 

INTENTION AND CHARACTER IN AERIAL CHOREOGRAPHY

WITH STEPHANIE CHISOLM

Sunday, May 26th from 2:00-4:00pm

Level: Intermediate
Investment: $65

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This workshop focuses on creating aerial choreography for acts that have a strong character, emotional intention or storyline. In this workshop we will explore creating characters on the ground, basic floor movement and how to adapt these concepts to aerial work. We will be working both on the floor and on an aerial apparatus of your choosing. Please come with an aerial sequence of 1 min that we will be working from to develop and layer.

Pre-requisites: Students must come with an aerial sequence of approximately 1 min. they want to work on and develop further.

This class needs a minimum of 2 students to run, so save your spot in advance. Cancellation policy is 48hrs.

About the Instructor:

Instructor Bio(s) Stephanie Chisholm is from Miami, FL where she grew up studying gymnastics, musical thater and later aerial arts. She specializes in aerial silk, hoop, duo hoop and a custom apparatus she calls aerial marionette.
As an aerialist Stephanie has toured with Dreamcast Entertainment, Cirque Le Masque, The Adrienne Arsht Center, Ohlala the Love Circus, Schuhback’s Teatro, Palazzo Colombino, Harold Wolfahrt’s Palazzo, AEG Entertaiment, Kinetix at Busch Gardens, Giffords Circus, Le Cirque with the World’s Top performers and Performed at the Festival International de Circ in Figueres Spain. She has been a featured aerialist for Telemundo’s upfront show in New York City, the Naked Heart Foundation’s charity event in London, and Tommy Hlfiger’s Rock Circus runway show in London.
Stephanie is currently back in Miami where she is teaching and performing locally.

 

THE MASK OF YOUR ACT

With Billy Higgins

Saturday, June 1st
2:00-4:30pm
Cost: $55
($10 OFF if you register until May 15th with code "MASK10")

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“Give a man a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
—Oscar Wilde

In this first workshop of a series, we introduce masks as tools of creation for circus arts. Clown, Bouffon, Eccentric Character, and many of our most memorable performers in and out of the circus world can be traced directly to a root understanding and application of mask performance.

Beginning with a guided exploration, we step into the relationship between apparatus, circus act, and the concepts of mask and contra-mask as components of an interwoven partnership that offer new possibilities of depth, nuance, and beauty in act creation.

Promising a liberating and wicked good time, this workshop will offer approaches to both the creation of new work and for refining that act in your repertoire that might just want an extra brush stroke of imagination. Space is limited to twelve participants.

This workshops need a minimum of 2 sudents to run, so save your spot as soon as possible. Cancellation policy is 48h.

About the Instructor:
Billy Higgins is a multidisciplinary performer and devised theatre maker. Recently arrived in New York, Billy has coached and written pedagogy for The New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA), and currently teaches on the movement faculty at Stella Adler Studio of Acting. He has also coached social circus for Prescott Circus Theater and The Children’s Circus of Middletown. Billy served in partnership with U.S. State Department as Cultural Ambassador as both act creation coach and featured clown with the international award winning Turkmen State Circus. He has also taught as a featured guest performing artist at The University of Wyoming, Western Washington University, and Samuel Beckett Center in Dublin, Ireland. As an actor, he has been seen at the Samuel Beckett Center, (The Wolves of Mibu, In the Sawtooths), Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Treasure island, Lookingglass Theatre) and has performed throughout the Pacific Northwest and into Indonesia with the Dell’Arte Company (Through The Seams, Babes In ToyLand, The Devil and Billy Markham, Podiatryst, A Harvest of Stones, Laughter! A Clown Play, Commedia Unleashed). His solo storytelling work Pitching to Privateers toured by traditionally rigged tall ship to critical and audience acclaim throughout New England, the Canadian Maritime Provinces, and all five Great Lakes. Billy’s work in dance includes developing new works and training in Graham technique with Donlin Foreman, and collaborations with Laura Munoz on immersive pieces utilizing the natural world. He was most recently in residency with Lisa Giobbi in the development of her new work, DeThrowned. BFA Theater and Dance, University of Wyoming, M.Ph. Performance Studies and Playwriting, Trinity College Dublin, MFA Ensemble Based Physical Theater, Dell’Arte International.

 

INTRO TO SILK VEIL FANS

With Emily Gandolfo

Saturday, June 8th

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Cost - Sliding Scale donations for The Muse!
Suggested donations: $20-$30 

Thank you for your support!

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This workshop is for beginners and intermediate dancers and flow artists. We will discuss how to hold your fans, and how to open and close them with fun variations. We will learn basic patterns and rolls. We will even dive into some ways to get sassy and include some flutters! The end of the class will consist of working what we learned in class into different combos you can practice on your own.

*Please! If you have your own fans be sure to bring them with you! If you do not have fans I have about 10-12 extra sets available. First come first served!

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 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 loves teaching people to hoop because it can 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!

 

DEMYSTIFYING SHOULDER ROTATION

SUNDAY JUNE 9th, 12:30 -2:30 PM

and

DEMYSTIFYING LOWER BACK AND HIP MOBILITY

SUNDAY JUNE 9TH, 3:00-5:00 PM

WITH NICKI MILLER

$55 - 1 workshop
$100 - both workshops

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DEMYSTIFYING SHOULDER ROTATION

This workshop is for movers of all levels who seek a better understanding of how to care for healthy shoulders. In acrobatics (aerial, handstands, partner acro)- we ask a lot more of our shoulders than in our day to day movement. The importance of strong rotator cuffs for healthy shoulder mobility is a familiar concept to most people, but what the rotator cuff is and how it works is not as commonly explained. In this workshop we will look at images that help clarify anatomy of the shoulder complex, explore each students healthy ranges of motion and go over various shoulder rotation exercises and strategies to gain increased range of motion and control. We will look at how this work translates to aerial and acrobatics to further contextualize the importance of this work in a training practice. 

This workshop needs a minimum of 2 students to run, so save your spot in advance. Cancellation policy is 48 hours.


DEMYSTIFYING LOWER BACK AND HIP MOBILITY

This workshop is for movers of all levels who seek to find greater freedom in their low back and hip mobility. In this workshop we will look at images that help clarify anatomy of the lower spine, pelvis and hip joints. We will identify some common movements where low/back hip dissociation is useful in circus, and students will explore their current ranges of motion and any compensation patterns that might be occurring. The work will consist of spinal articulations, hip mobility exercises and cues to help students find proper isolation and engagement of the low back, pelvis and hip joints for increased range of motion, strength and flexibility. We will work on the floor and follow movement pathways that translate to those students might use in aerial and acrobatic movement.

This workshop needs a minimum of 2 students to run, so save your spot in advance. Cancellation policy is 48 hours.

About the Instructor:
Nicole Valerie Miller is an NYC based director and performer known for her theatrical take on aerial arts. She is co-founding artistic director of Only Child Aerial Theatre (ASYLUM NYU Skirball CN:ICE, Framework INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival). Her work as aerial designer and choreographer has most notably been included in Ripe Time’s The World is Round at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) directed by Rachel Dickstein. Recently she was assistant director of 5th Wall Studio's Breaking Surface in NYC. She has also been a resident artist at Cirkus Cirkör (Sweden), the 2016/17 New Victory LabWorks Program, the Santa Barbara Floor to Air Festival, Circus Sessions at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre, the Contemporary Circus Arts Festival of Toronto, and was the recipient of the Glenn P. Davis Aerial Choreographer’s scholarship award for the 2018 Frequent Flyers’ Aerial Dance Festival in Colorado. In 2017 she spent two months in Europe assisting and observing projects at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Shakespeare's Globe, as well as advanced training with Frantic Assembly. She also completed a creative residency in Sweden, where she also shadowed Cirkus Cirkör director Olle Strandberg on the premiere of his new show Under. Nicole Valerie is a graduate of Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. She is also a freelance director, aerial theatre consultant, and educator.

 

DANCE SERIES: CHOREOGRAPHY FOR CIRCUS

WITH ELIZABETH MCGUIRE

SATURDAY JUNE 6th

10:30am-12:30pm

$20 early bird

$25 walk-ins

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Ready to take your aerial or circus-act to the next level? Attendees with learn tools for movement and choreography that can help create transform your piece. Explore the movement of your act, and it’s transitions to help make your act truly unique. Receive one on one feedback about the composition, work on areas where you feel “stuck,” and discover new movement possibilities for building your piece.

This workshops will run with a minimum of 3 students, so save your spot in advance!

About the Instructor:

Elizabeth McGuire is a choreographer, performer and teaching-artist living in NewYork City. She is the Artistic Director, Co-Founder, and Resident Choreographer of ToUch Performance Art, a multi-media performing arts company specializing in immersive and unique production. She is also the Director of TPA's sister company, ToUch Events, dedicated to creating outstanding arts for events. Outside of ToUch, she has performed with artists such as Sidra Bell, Sinking Ship Productions, and BitterSuite: UK, at BAM. As a teacher, Elizabeth has taught at Manhattan School of Music, Columbia University, and the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University. BFA in Dance from the Boston Conservatory.

Visit: www.touchperformanceart.com www.mcguiremoves.com

 

INTRODUCTION TO HAND BALANCING!

WITH ivory fox

Sundays, July 14th to August 4th , 2019

1:30-3:00 PM

$160

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Taking handstands to the next level! This 4 weeks Intensive is designed to begin to move you from handstands to handbalancing. The intensive will go into leg movements and choreography, beginner sidebends, beginner back bends, as well as one arm handstand prep and drills.

Level: Intermediate

Pre-Requisites: Be able to kick up to the wall in a handstand. 30 second hold against the wall.

This workshop needs a minimum of 2 students to run so save your spot in advance. Cancellation window is 48hs.

About the Instructor:

Ivory Fox is a NYC based circus artist and teacher. She has performed and taught across North America and Europe. She has performed with Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, 2Ring Circus, Imagine Aerial, ABCirque, The Orion Experience (Off-Bway), Cinemax "The Knick", Amazon “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, and more. Her training began in competitive gymnastics and classical ballet before moving into circus. She currently teaches at Aerial Arts NYC, and The Muse Brooklyn.

 

BREAKFIT AND INVERSION SEMINAR

with Alex Milewski

Tuesday, July 9th

6:00-9:00pm

Price:
$40 early bird

$50 drop-in

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This 3 hour class will use basic natural movement concepts and structures (plyometrics, pushing/pulling, reactive partner exercises, etc) along with fundamental breaking (“breakdancing”) movements and techniques to create a unique, challenging and fun experience for students.
This specific workshop will also focus heavily on inversion techniques and positions from breaking. We will briefly review headstands, elbowstands and handstands as foundation, but then move on to less common positions and transitions.

Pre-requisites:
Ability to perform 10 squats, 10 push-ups, 5+ second headstand and 2+ second handstand.

Save your spot in advance, min. 2 students to run and cancellation policy is 48h!

About the instructor:

Alex Milewski is a movement artist and educator based out of Boulder, Colorado. His movement style is rooted in BBoying, Martial Arts, Tricking, Contemporary and House Dance. His mission is to lead people through movements and emotions that inspire new thinking and creativity. Alex focuses on this mission full time by continuing to be a student in many styles of movement and performing, competing, and exchanging on a daily basis.

Instagram: @whitewormtank

 

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