Guest Workshops

 
 

Cyr Wheel with Taylor Krasne
February 24th from 11am-1pm
$75

Taylor Krasne, a recent graduate from the National Institute of Circus Arts, is back in NYC and offering this unique Cyr Wheel workshop! The workshop will focus on technique, skill sets/combinations, manipulation, and act creation/musicality

You must bring your own wheel.

Limited spots available

About Taylor:
A recent graduate from the National Institute of Circus Arts, Taylor has extensive experience in circus, TV/film, stunts, and physical theater. Past performances include harness work for PHISH at Madison Square Garden, acrobatc work in David Schwimmer's Looking Glass Theater, and commedia del'arte improv work in Tim Robins' "The Actors' Gang" in Los Angeles.

 
 

**Community Workshop**
Understanding Injury with Wendy Reinert
February 24th from 1-3pm
Suggested Donation $12

This open single workshop is geared towards aerial and dance performers and students dealing with the physical and emotional impact of injury and body image challenges.
As physical people, performers constantly demand the impossible. They push their bodies to the extreme limits. They have a team of body workers always at the ready: physical therapists, massage therapists, yoga instructors, acupuncturists. But what about the mental and emotional piece? When did you last stop to ask what your body is trying to tell you? This group workshop will help you navigate the emotional impact of being injured.
Led by Wendy Reinert, a professional dancer and aerialist, personal trainer and life coach, the group will address how to ease the burden of injury and the high physical demands of the industry. Using various techniques, Wendy will guide you through activities and discussions so you will come out with a stronger understanding of how to handle the deep impact injuries can have. You will learn to train smarter, harder, and stronger, integrating mind and body instead of letting one overpower the other.
 

This workshop is for students and professionals.

Cost is by donation as one of our community workshops.
Suggested donation is $12


About Wendy:
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.

 
 

Straps Conditioning and Technique with Stuart Mckenzie of Cirque du Soleil
February 27th from 6-7:30pm
$125

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This workshop will explore both traditional and creative straps images while combining artistry and strength as one. Students will learn correct postural alignment, clean technique, and safe progressions while being guided through various positions. Aerialists will leave with personal challenges and successes to incorporate in their training regime. This workshop will enhance any aerialist regardless of level or ability on straps.

Some aerial knowledge is required.

About Stuart Mckenzie:

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.

Once retired from competition he joined the world renowned Cirque Du Soleil in 2008 in Montreal with the show Saltimbanco and then toured with the show Kooza for over 5 years where he performed in the teeterboard act. Stuart then transferred shows to the new touring show KURIOS where he performed the duo Aerial Straps Act. 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. Stuart is currently creating a new and innovative aerial act for his own company with his partner Angela Kim.

Stuart graduated from Northumbria University with a BSc (Hons) Sport Management and is furthermore a certified PT, strength and conditioning, acrobatic and aerial coach; he was artist coach for strength and conditioning on the show Kooza. Stuart has been coaching, judging, touring and creating workshops since he was a gymnast progressing to an artist. From all the years of experience he aspires to give back through mentoring within retreats and festivals to really build those spiritual and life fitness goals for up and coming artists.

Stuart's vision is to help people achieve their fitness, performance and life goals through trust, belief, and confidence in themselves.

 
 

Unlocking Your Flexibility: An Introduction to Contortion
with Cirque du Soleil's Angela Kim
February 27th from 7:15-9:45pm
$75

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Have you hit a plateau in your stretch game? This 90-minute workshop will focus on creating lasting changes, working more with the nervous system and less on forced passive stretches. We will start with joint mobilizations and breathing exercises that will help you get into deeper positions more effectively. Learn a variety of stretching and strengthening techniques that will challenge muscles at the limits of your end range. Find new ways of stretching for both injury prevention and unlocking your full range of movement. This class is appropriate for the novice to advanced circus artist.

Benefits from this workshop include:
-Less warm-up time
-Cold splits become easier (new passive flexibility)
-New usable ranges of flexibility
-Better control of your body
-More awareness of what is considered "good' or "bad" pain

Being able to do a bridge with straight arms is recommended.

About Angela Kim:
Angela began her athletic career as a competitive figure skater at the age of 6. She competed in freestyle and dance until she was 18, achieving senior and gold levels. After finishing her competitive career, she was invited to join the prestigious Ice Theater of New York where she performed as an ensemble member. She spent 2 years playing principle roles for Disney on Ice and Royal Caribbean's Ice Revue. During this time she discovered her passion for the circus arts, moving to Montreal to learn the craft. She spent the next decade specializing in aerial fabric, performing as a freelance artist.

In 2009, Angela brought her skating and circus skills together in a unique blend, combining skating and flying in a seamless performance. Her act was featured in Robin Cousin's Holiday on Ice show Tropicana which toured Northern Europe. In 2013, Angela teamed up with 5 other artists to create Aerial Ice, an innovative combination of figure skating, rope and silks. Aerial Ice competed in America's Got Talent, making it to the quarterfinals at Radio City Music Hall.

In 2017 Angela toured with Cirque du Soleil's show VOLTA. In addition to a lead character role, she performed in a four artist acrobatic number on 35 feet tall automated rotating ladders.

Angela is passionate about making sure both her youth and adult students learn strong fundamentals. She views it as essential to help emerging artists find their own vocabulary, unique movement quality, and believes it is the best way to open up possibilities for creativity. She is a certified pilates  instructor and uses this experience to help her students learn to move efficiently and achieve their potential. Angela draws on 15 years of teaching experience as a figure skating coach, pilates instructor and an aerial specialist. Angela is currently performing internationally with her aerial straps partner Stuart Mckenzie and coaching workshops around the world.

 
 

Stilt Walking for Beginners with Aneya Marie
March 4th from 6-8:30pm
$100

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Join Aneya Marie on March 4th from 6-8:30pm and learn to walk on stilts! You'll go through warm up exercises, strengthening for the muscles used while stilt walking, basic walks, get used to the height of walking on stilts, techniques and mechanics for a sturdy walk, and repetition to get comfortable.

Price: $100

Extremely limited space.
If you have your own stilts that you would like to work with, please bring them! There will be two sets provided for the workshop.

Aneya Marie has been stilt walking for over 5 years professionally. She is proficient in techniques and building exercises for stilt walking.

 
 

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