Guest Workshops

 
 

Kid Circus Club!
January 22nd - June 18th
Mondays from 4:30-5:30pm

Join us starting January 22nd - June 18th for our Kid Circus Club!

Happening every Monday** from 4:30-5:30pm, this is the kids' chance to try a circus sampling of aerial, juggling and acrobalance!
Geared towards kids ages 5-8 years old.

**Three Mondays are excluded from this program - class will not be happening February 19th, Aprill 2nd, & May 28th

Total cost for the 19 classes will be $360

- 25% discount for additional siblings.

A showcase will be held on June 18th to showcase all the kids have learned!

 
 

Handstand Workshops with Jordan Garcia
February 10th 2018

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Intermediate Handstand Workshop
1:30pm - 3:30pm
$100

 

Prerequisite for this workshop: solid 20 second handstand (no walking)

Pencil and appear for notes are recommended

This workshop is for those who have a freestanding handstand and are looking for the step towards more advanced two arm movements.

What we will be covering:
-How to properly warm up and prepare our bodies for handstands. Wrist, shoulder, spine, and hip stretching.
-Basic handstand shapes.
-Basic entries into handstand.
-Press handstand progressions.
-Mexican handstand progressions.
-How to strengthen and mobilize your body so you can hold/press into a handstand with greater ease and cleaner lines.

Beginner Handstand Workshop
10:30am - 12:30pm
$50

2 hours of handstands!

There are no prerequisites for this workshop, all you need is a body and a willingness to learn and work hard :)

Pencil and paper for notes are recommended


This workshop is for those who have spent little to no time on their hands and want to achieve their freestanding handstand.

What we will be covering:
-How to properly warm up and prepare our bodies for handstands. Wrist, shoulder, spine, and hip stretching.
-Proper body position. How each piece of your body should be for the most optimal and aesthetically pleasing handstand for you.
-How to strengthen and mobilize your body so you can hold a handstand with greater ease and cleaner lines.
-Progressions to work up to the freestanding handstand.
-What you mindset should be to understand balancing on your hands.

 
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About Jordan:
My name is Jordan Garcia. I am a teacher and circus performer. My main discipline is handbalancing, but I also practice acrobatics, parkour, aerial straps, and many other side disciplines. I have gone to workshops and learned much from teachers, performers, and other people who love training, but day to day I train by myself. I want to show people that with enough passion and hard work anyone can achieve high levels of skill in whatever they choose to do.

 
 
 
 

Finding The Floor with Heather Christiansen
An improvisation workshop for aerialists who dread touching the ground!
February 17th from 1-3pm

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About Heather:
Heather Christiansen began her career in the city as a dancer. After two years as a trainee with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Heather received full scholarship to the Ailey School. There she performed with the company at City Center in Alvin Ailey's Memoria. Heather 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, Heather performed many roles from the original repertoire as well as works by Blanca Li, Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch, and Virginie Mecene. Heather 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, Heather 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 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.

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.

$40

Workshop Level: Intermediate - Advanced

Pre-Requisites: ability to do skin the cats, pullover mount, dancer wraps 

Apparatuses used will be silks and lyra.

 
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Workshops with Jenn Bruyer & PJ Perry
April 28th & 29th

April 28th:
Crossback Straddle Exploration - 10:30am-12:30pm
Beats Technique - 1:30pm-3:30pm

April 29th:
Scorpions and Flags on Rope - 10:30am-12:30pm
Add On Drops - 1:30pm-3:30pm

Price per workshop: $80

Crossback Straddle Exploration with Jenn Bruyer:
Fabric has always been a crowd favorite. Understanding how to use some of the most recognizable visual elements [like cross back straddle] in a more integrated and compelling way can not only help expand your vocabulary but ultimately improve your audience engagement.
In this workshop we’ll explore some of the unexpected and even bizarre ways to set up this quintessential aerial silks trick to keep your audience guessing, from highly complex and intricate to straightforward and dynamic! And once we’re there we’ll flip, dive, contort and wrap for some unusual exits.
Pre-requisites: Proficiency with Cross Back Straddle and Aerial Dance Footlocks

Beats Technique with PJ Perry:
Build a beat from the center of your body through your limbs. This workshop is appropriate for folks new AND experienced in beats as PJ focuses on the foundation of momentum and how one beat literally leads to another, and another. Expect to learn OR refine those straddle beats as well as scissors, with an exploration of planche, meat hook, break beats, flares, and side beat transitions as a possibility.
Pre-Requisite: Must be able to lower slowly out of a straddle inversion with straight arms and control.

Scorpions & Flags on Rope with PJ Perry:
This is a workshop focusing on the multiple entries into scorpion and flag (side planche) from static to dynamic. Examples: front beat to scorpion, side beat to scorpion, backstep to scorpion, handstand press to scorpion, backstep to flag, scissor beat to flag, planche to flag, and pop-thru to flag.
**Note that flag is also referred to as side planche**
This is an advanced technique class for the serious rope student or professional rope artist

Add On Drops For Fabric with Jenn Bruyer:
Big drops can be scary and confusing, but sometimes they are just a sequence of simple movements all stacked together.
This workshop will explore drops that fall into this category. Students will leave with a better understanding of deconstructing drops. We will focus on the technique used to change direction in the air, the acuity required to construct new drops and a systematic approach to walking out of complicated scenarios.
Students can expect to work on conditioning and direction changes in the sling, fundamental wraps and simple drops with precision as well as work toward executing more advanced and complicated drops.

Level: Intermediate
Pre-requisites: Ability to identify 4 basic wraps: Catcher/S-lock/Figure 8, Hiplock, Proficiency with windmill (wheeldown)

About PJ Perry:

PJ has been multi-disciplinary aerialist since 2008, specializing in corde lisse since 2013. She loves the simplicity of this apparatus and thrives on chasing momentum. She currently lives in Bellingham, Washington, and coaches rope and handstands at Versatile Arts in Seattle. Her background is in biomechanics and kinesiology. When she is not in the air, she teaches collegiate courses in kinesiology and coaches movement re-education sessions to older adults as a master Pilates instructor.
PJ has performed with the Aerialistas, Bellingham Circus Guild, the Dream Science Circus, Moisture Festival, Apogee Aerial Dance Festival, Southern Fried Circus Festival, Vashon Open Air Festival, Denver Aerial Arts Festival, Vancouver Circus Festival and in Stuttgart, Germany, at the Friedrichsbau Variete. She is currently focusing on traveling to learn from the masters as well as to teach her own, unique style.

About Jenn Bruyer:

Jenn has been immersed in aerial arts since 2008. She is driven by her focus on silks and sling (hammock) but also enjoys exploring cord lisse, trapeze, lyra, net and rope & harness. She has coached, choreographed and performed across the US from New York to Alaska. And has recently resettled in Seattle, WA after completing a 5 month 25 city workshop tour. As an Aerial Coach, she seeks to provide the highest quality progressive instruction to aerialists of all abilities from novice to professional performer. Her mission as a human is to cultivate a warm, non-judgmental learning environment that fosters community, to build personal physical and emotional strength within the individuals who participate in this environment and methodically construct a vehicle by which to create art.

Learn more about her at http://heelhang.com or follow her on Instagram at @heelhang