Guest Workshops

 
 

Personal Act Conditioning with Stuart Mckenzie
Wednesdays from 3-5pm September 12th - October 17th
6-Week Workshop Cost: $250

This six-week intensive workshop will focus on specific conditioning skills to aid the growth and materialization of artists' personal acts. The workshop will combine aerial and floor exercises to evolve and increase techniques, strength and endurance to perform an act..... rather than just make it through!
We will focus on breathing within highly technical skills, learning which skills can be used for rest, and combining sequences together.
This workshop is about sharing knowledge and speaking about specific skills in an act artists would like to condition and grow so they can perform them to the level they desire.

The $250 cost includes six weeks of open training.

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6-Week Straps Workshop with Stuart Mckenzie
Thursdays from 5:30-7:30pm September 13th - October 18th
$250

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Taking your aerial straps to more advanced levels! The main focus will be on sequencing straps technique that can evolve into an act, or can translate to other aerial disciplines.
Pre-Requisites: Some straps experience required: (5 straight arm leg lifts, 5 pull ups, 3 skin the cats is recommended)

Price for all 6 classes: $250
Comes with 6 weeks of complimentary open workout for the duration of the workshop series.

About Stuart:
Stuart was born in London and began gymnastics at the age of 12. He represented Great Britain in Sports Acrobatics for 10 years where his Men's Four achieved a ranking of No. 1 in the world.
Stuart recently created a new duo Aerial Straps act for Mystere at Treasure Island in Las Vegas. Other notable performances involved special events for CDS including more recently the Opening Ceremony for the Pan Am Games and One Night for One Drop.

 

Workshops with Shannon McKenna from The Artist Athlete

September 19th

Stop, Drop and Roll: Fabric Drops  -  12-1:30pm  -  $90
Inversion Clinic  -  2-3:30pm  -  $90

September 20th

Back Flexibility  -  12:30-1:30pm  -  $75
Aerial Conditioning Jam  -  2-3:30pm  -  $75

Stop, Drop and Roll: Fabric Drops
As aerialists, we seek control over our bodies at every moment we are in the air. When we are climbing and posing, this control is relatively easy to master. However, it gets more complicated when we begin to look at “drops.” In this workshop we will look at several basic drops which cause us to rotate forward or sideways. We will explore how
the wrap, the body positioning in the set up, and the body positioning during the drop can change the speed and shape of the skill. This clinic is great for those who are looking to clean up their drops and ensure they are executing these rotations in the safest way.
Pre-reqs: Ability to comfortably invert in the air three times in a row.

Inversion Clinic:
The “straddle up” is one of the most fundamental movements on aerial silks. It is the first step for many exciting wraps and drops, and when done correctly is a thing of beauty in and of itself. Yet, for many aerialists, it is an elusive devil that can bring the most determined to tears. This workshop is dedicated to the “straddle up” and other aerial inversions (the action of going upside down in the air). There are a million different ways straddle up, and, as a result, a million different approaches, and a million mistakes to be made. In this hour and a half will be packed with drills on and off the silks that will enable you to master the inversion.
Pre-reqs: At least 3 months consistent practice on an aerial apparatus.

Back Flexibility:
Come for a chin lifting, rib cage widening, pelvis tilting good time. This workshop is great for those who want to strengthen and stretch their backs safely, and learn proper techniques to safely gain flexibility.
Pre-reqs: None

Aerial Conditioning Jam:
Some people come to aerial classes for a creative outlet, to feel graceful, and access the beauty of flight… this hour and a half is NOT for those people. In this jam, we will look at proper technique for essential drills on trapeze and silks. We look at muscle groups that must be accessed and learn exercises to enhance your training when you don’t have aerial equipment around. The workshop will culminate in a grueling circuit that will ensure that you get your sweat on!
Pre-reqs: A familiarity with trapeze and silks (one session of classes in either apparatus) and a willingness to work hard. You do not have to be in great shape to condition- that’s what conditioning is for!

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About Shannon:
Shannon McKenna, aerialist and founder of  TheArtistAthlete.com was never a dancer, never a gymnast, but one hell of a tree climber.
She earned her B.F.A. from NYU with a concentration in physical theater and decided the summer after college, without much idea of what it meant, to become a circus artist. She packed up her life in a suitcase and began travelling the globe in search of the best coaches to teach her, teaching aerial arts to whoever wanted to learn from her, and put her work on any stage she could.

Since that fateful decision, she trained with coaches from Montreal to Berlin to Guadalajara, and studied in the professional training programs at The New England Center for Circus Arts. She teaches workshops and classes to all ages and abilities in over 20 states from Circus Smirkus in Vermont all the way to the legendary San Francisco Circus Center in California.

Her performance work has spanned from traditional shows in large arenas to intimate contemporary pieces in small black box theaters. She performs as a solo artist, a part of artistic duos, and ensembles. Career highlights include the two times she unexpectedly performed her silks number in Germany, being a magician’s assistant in Portugal, and learning to catch on the flying trapeze 6 days before a show, and hanging underneath a motorcycle on a tight wire with the Flying Espanas.

In 2018, Shannon launched The Artist Athlete, an online resource that produces educational material for aerialists, as well as a weekly podcast which contains interviews with professionals in the circus industry. It is available on Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, and iTunes.
Check her out on instagram: @the_artist_athlete

 

6-Week Contortion Intensive Series with Angela Kim
September 12th - October 17th - Wednesdays from 5pm-7pm or 7:30-9:30pm
or
September 13th - October 18th - Thursdays from 5-7pm

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This contortion training program will lead students to more extreme skills by first exploring various bridge variations, forearmstands, handstands, and an intro to chest stands. Learn how to properly get in and out of positions using strength and control. 

Cost is $250 for all 6 classes - class occurs once a week.
Comes with 6 weeks of complimentary open workout for the duration of the workshop series.
These workshops are open to all levels

Advanced Contortion Intensive Series with Angela Kim
September 13th - October 18th
Thursdays from 7:30-9:30pm

Join Angela Kim for this advanced 6 week contortion series!

This contortion training program will lead students to more extreme skills exploring various bridge shapes, chest stands, elbow stands, and handstands. Learn how to properly get in and out of positions using strength and control. The goal after 6 weeks will be to sequence skills for endurance and performance quality.

Cost is $250 for all 6 classes - class occurs once a week.
Comes with 6 weeks of complimentary open workout for the duration of the workshop series.

This class is by approval only and limited to 5 students. Submit videos for consideration to TheMuseEvents@gmail.com. After approval, you can purchase the series below:

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Acrobatrix Flexibility Workshop
September 24th from 7:30-9:30pm
$40

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This workshop is for people who are passionate about improving their knowledge and body from within a flexibility practice. Leah will be teaching active and passive exercises with a focus on shoulders, hips, bridges, and splits. Through humor, practicality, and efficiency, Leah will take students through a variety of clever stretches, using techniques ranging from Russian, Mongolian, Chinese and Canadian styles of Contortion. Want to understand how to open your shoulders in a bridge? Centimeters away from a full split but you just can't figure out why? Breakthroughs will happen in Leah’s workshops. They always do.

LEVEL: All levels- The cool thing about this workshop is that a high level contortionist and a beginner level yogi will equally enjoy it. I have taught this workshop with those students in attendance (and everyone along that spectrum) and they have all had a great time. 

PRE REQS: 
Comfort moving and stretching with ease. Experience in a movement art (Dance, Aerials, Circus, Acro,Yoga) is recommended. We will be working on splits and backbends in the workshop, but it is not necessary to master either of those concepts to attend. If you are injured/pregnant but would like to observe to take notes, email the studio and we can figure something out.

About Leah of Acrobatrix:
Leah is a professional contortionist, circus artist, and coach and staying in New York for August and September! All year long she tours the country teaching and performing contortion and partner acrobatics! She is known in the contortion community for her Instagram tutorials @acrobatrix and is always trying to find a clever and fun way to bring comedy into (sometimes painful) stretching.

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Aerial Straps Master Class with Aaron Koz
September 29th from 1pm-3pm
$80 

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This workshop will focus on the fundamental techniques for safe and effective training of aerial straps, though most exercises will greatly increase your power and control on other apparatus. We will warm up our shoulders and core using a set of exercises designed to pre-habilitate and strengthen the shoulders. The fundamental skills students will cover are 1-arm transitions and positions (meathook, inverted straddle, nutcracker), as well as other more dynamic techniques such as flares, twists, rolls, swinging, and tempos.
This workshop will be beneficial for first timers and aerial artists who work on other apparatus.

Prerequisites: experience practicing flag/reverse meathook, multiple straight arm inversions of any kind (straddle-up, tuck-up, pike-up), 1-arm hangs with engaged shoulder for 20 seconds, and 30 second wall handstand or 1-minute plank.

About Aaron:
Aaron Koz is a traveling movement and circus coach, co-author of The Aerial Spinning Reference Guide. He completed his undergrad in neuroscience and is now in the process of pursing a degree in physical therapy. Moving from Washington, D.C. to NYC, he started at Circus Warehouse’s intensive program, and since has studied under elite coaches in SF, Montreal, and Mexico. He draws from his background in neuroscience to augment his work as a coach and personal trainer and collaborates heavily with physical therapists to help augment and structure his teaching offerings. He has performed and taught internationally in places like Ireland and Saudi Arabia. He will be teaching two master classes this summer at the Irish Aerial Arts Festival. In 2018, Aaron began working a Physical Therapy Technician for ACRO Physical Therapy with Angie Prescott, DPT, CSCS (co-author of The Aerial Spinning Reference Guide)

 

Free Nacan Training
October 4th from 3-4pm

Housing Works Community Healthcare fosters good health and positive social change through empowerment, innovation, and collaboration. They provide high-quality integrated medical care and other essential servies that improve indivudal and overall community well-being.

Participants will receive a free Narcan kit as well as educational materials and will become certified opioid overdose responders.

Presentation will include information on:
-Opioids – what they do, and examples of commonly used opioids. Especially Fentanyl and its relationship with the increase in overdose deaths in NY
-What an opioid overdose is
-How to recognize when someone is having an opioid related overdose
-What Narcan is and how it can reverse an overdose
-Teach individuals how to respond to an opioid overdose using Narcan
-Discuss the potential causes of overdose
-Harm reduction approach to overdose prevention
-911 Good Samaritan Law
-How to receive a refill of Narcan if expired or used

 

Work With Your Body: Practical Anatomy for Aerial Artists
Taught by: Dr. Emily Scherb
October 8th from 10am-6pm
$250

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How do I get more stronger and more flexible?
How do I achieve that next level of skill?
How do I build the strength to do that cool trick?
How do I stop getting hurt when I train?

This full-day class answers the questions that aerialists ask most often and helps them learn how to work with your body, rather than against it. We’ll talk about how your shoulders, core, and hips work together to move you through space, and how the right biomechanics can help you stretch further and be functionally stronger.

Most important, we’ll talk about how to train to your limits without getting hurt.

Based on the latest research and lots of practical, circus-specific examples, this class will help you understand your body—and your training—in a whole new way.

About Dr. Emily Scherb:
Dr. Emily Scherb is a physical therapist with a lifelong passion for understanding human movement.

She’s been a practicing aerialist for over twenty-five years and has dangled from balloons, danced in the air, and swung from trapezes. That background inspired her to specialize her practice on circus and aerial artists. She has a proven track record of helping patients who have not seen results with traditional physical therapy due to her unique perspective on how the body works both on the ground and in the air.

As an educator, she travels the country teaching circus artists, instructors, and healthcare professionals about the unique physical demands and challenges of training the body to do incredible feats.

She received her graduate degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and now lives in Seattle, where she works with professional and pre-professional circus artists through her positions as Resident Physical Therapist at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts and as the Company Physical Therapist for the contemporary circus company Acrobatic Conundrum.

Her first book, Applied Anatomy of Aerial Artists, releases in 2018.

 

Chinese Pole Workshop Series with Marco Ingaramo
October 27th & 28th from 1pm-3pm
$135 Earlybird Price
$155 Regular Price

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This two-day workshop will be focused on dynamic tricks, drops and sequences on the pole and on the floor with an eye on fluidity and smooth connections between tricks.

Level: Intermediate

Earlybird pricing ends on October 20th

About Marco:
Marco Ingaramo started circus at La Arena in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2009. He is currently performing Chinese Pole and Teeterboard in Cirque du Soleil's "Mystere" in Las Vegas.

 

Partner Acrobatics: Mini Intensive
Taught by: Tom and Ayla
November 16th - 18th from 10am-1pm

All 3 days/9 hours total: $220 Earlybird Price, $275 Regular Price
Single day/3 hours total: $100 Earlybird Price, $120 Regular Price

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**Earlybird pricing ends November 1st!

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).