Circus Arts Workshops

 
 
 

Partner Acrobatics Fundamentals

With Angela Butch and Yoni Kallai

Wednesdays, February 6 to March 13th 

7:30-9:00pm

Investment: $175 (include free ground open workout)

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This closed group will meet weekly for 6 weeks to learn basics of partner acrobatics. We will find counter balances, share weight, trust, communicate and cooperate to achieve fun and challenging feats you didn't know you could do.

Level: Beginner

About the Instructors:

Angela Buccinni Butch is the founder and director of The Muse Brooklyn and its professional in-house performance company ABCirque. The Muse Brooklyn was founded in 2011 and ABCirque formed in 2015.

She has been spotted dancing and in flight with many NYC & Israeli circus companies performing around the world as an H2H acrobat, aerialist, bullwhip & fire performer! Company credits include: Phoenix Entertainment NYC, Fuerza Bruta, featured aerialist and co-choreographer in the Off-Broadway production of Caligula Maximus NYC, Grounded Aerial, the world tour of The Aluminum Show, Cirqutacular's "Circurious," Helium Entertainment, Pilobolous, Circus y, Bordel Total and Pyromania Show.

Yoni Kallai started doing acrobalance in a beginners workshop in Israel, while studying at The Hebrew University. This started out as a hobby that quickly became a primary occupation. He found himself teaching people tricks and showing them that they can do more than they think all the time, not just in class.

 

COMIC GOLD: DISCOVER THE CLOWN IN YOU!

WITH cAROL SIRUGO

Saturday, February 23rd
1:30-4:30pm

$55 (early-bird - until 1 week before)
$65 (regular)

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This is a great workshop for performers who want to connect more deeply and honestly with their audience: Acrobats, Actors, Aerial Artists, Contortionists, Cyr Wheel Artists, Dancers, Jugglers, etc.

If you are a performer wishing to infuse your work with some comedic elements, then this workshop is for you. Utilizing clown theory, we will unearth the stuff that makes YOU uniquely funny! Starting from a place of openness and honesty, the clown in you will freely emerge. Learn to trust your instincts and accept your truth. Create a stronger physical presence and forge a genuine connection with your audience. Small detailed work will yield huge results! A fun and challenging 3 hours.

This workshop will run with a minimum of 8 students, so save your spot in advance!

"The key to great comedy is to just be yourself, while enjoying every minute of it!"

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"Carol helped me face my fears to find the funny!"
-- Honey Goodenough, Puppeteer

"Carol loves the clown in you before you even discover it."
--Simi Toledano, Actor/writer/director

"Fun, challenging and super-useful for anyone who wants to connect with their audiences."
--Peter Michael Marino, Actor/Improviser/Writer

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About the Instructor:

Carol Lee Sirugo is an actor, clown/physical comedienne, teacher, coach, writer and improviser. She is a native New Yorker and has performed in numerous productions both Off and Off-Off Broadway. As a clown, she has performed duo and solo work at various festivals and venues across NYC including:
SOLOCOM Festival at the PIT, Comedy in Dance Festival at Triskelion Arts, Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show, Move It Festival at HERE Arts Center, The International Clown Festival at The Brick Theatre, Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival at Emerging Artists Theatre and The NY Downtown Clown Revue at the Kraine Theater. A veteran of the Canadian Fringe Festival Circuit, she has toured across Canada many times with her work. Carol is a graduate of LaGuardia High School of the Arts, received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and attended the National Theater Institute Program at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. She has studied Clown with David Shiner, Kenny Raskin, Jango Edwards, Aitor Basauri (Spymonkey), NY Goofs, among many others. She has studied mime with Gregg Goldston and Commedia dell’arte with Maestro Antonio Fava. She studied ballet at ABT and Joffrey; jazz and tap at Steps and Broadway Dance Center; East Coast Swing at Dance Manhattan. She currently teaches Comic Gold Clown Workshops in NYC and has taught these classes to high school students through various after-school theater programs. Carol has recently been interviewed for Behind the Nose, an upcoming book on clown teachers from around the world.

 

AERIAL BOOTCAMP

WITH STUART MCKENZIE

Mondays, Feb. 25th to Apr. 1st

5:30-7pm

Investment: $250 (all 6 weeks)

Drop-ins: $55

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Lets fly into fitness with our new 6 weeks Aerial Boot Camp with Stuart Mckenzie! This fun and challenging 1.5 hour long classes supersets full body aerial exercises with core engagement and stability blasts.
The camp will include a mixture of aerial apparatus focusing on improving strength and building endurance through correct aerial technique.

Aerial Bootcamp will give you all the ingredients to increase your fitness levels, develop act growth and interlink with your other Muse classes.
Level: All levels encouraged and together we will take our aerial fitness goals to new heights.

This workshop will run with a minimum of 6 students, so save your spot in advance!

About the Instructor:

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.

 

OPEN LEVEL CONTORTION INTENSIVE

WITH ANGELA KIM

MONDAYS, FEBRUARY 25TH TO APRIL 1ST

7:30 PM-9:30 PM

$250 FOR 6 WEEK ENROLLMENT

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Join Angela Kim for this 6 week contortion series!

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. 
Comes with 6 weeks of complimentary open workout for the duration of the workshop series.

About Angela:

Angela Kim is a former competitive figure skater and current aerial silks artist who most recently toured with Cirque du Soleil's Volta as a lead character. 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.

 

ADVANCED CONTORTION INTENSIVE

WITH ANGELA KIM

WEDNESDAYS, FROM FEBRUARY 27TH TO APRIL 3RD

7:30 PM TO 9:30 PM & (NEW!!) 12 to 2pm

$250 FOR SIX WEEK ENROLLMENT

Join Angela Kim for this advanced 6 week contortion series!

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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.

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 studiomanager@themusebrooklyn.com

About Angela:
Angela Kim is a former competitive figure skater and current aerial silks artist who most recently toured with Cirque du Soleil's Volta as a lead character. 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.

 

AERIAL STRAPS INTENSIVE

WITH STUART MCKENZIE

Thursdays 5:30-7:30pm

Price for all 6 classes: $250
Drop-ins: $55

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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)

Purchase of full package comes with 6 weeks of complimentary open workout for the duration of the workshop series.

This workshop requires a minimum of 6 students to run, so save your spot in advance!

About the Instructor:
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.

 

UNDERSTANDING ROPE

with Emiliano Ron

March 2nd and 3rd

10:00-1:00pm

$250 for both days

Understanding Rope is a 2 day, 3 hours each day mini-intensive with the Emiliano Ron, The Rope Master!

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This workshop will work on technique and movement creation, focusing on dynamic movement, such as beats, tempos and releases, and power movements that require coordinated core strength.

Many of the movements are unique and Emiliano is a leading contributor to the art of Corde Lisse. During the course, Emiliano will provide ample demonstration in addition to verbal instruction correction.

There will be multiple ropes available at the course and lots of opportunities for one-on-one instruction. There will also be plenty of time to practice the movements on your own!

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Pre-Requisites: Aerial Experience

This workshop will run with a minimum of 8 students, so save your spot in advance!

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About the Instructor:

Emiliano Ron is a natural born explorer. From an academic education in Cinematographic Arts, as a montajist and photography director on documentary film, he began to immerse himself in a particular aesthetic that he put into shape through different techniques associated with different languages, both aesthetic and physical.

With an adolescence marked by literature, martial arts and the South American underground, he inhabits different transversal areas of the counter culture where he puts his principles into shape: the struggle for human rights, punk rock and skateboarding.

With the daily habit of exploring the limit, he begins to investigate different circus aerial techniques that lead him to be an eminence in the subject, developing a raw and wild style, which today bears his name. The Rope Master.

He currently works around the world teaching his own Rope technique and participates in different artistic projects linking the visual arts, contemporary thinking and circus scene.

 

DANCE SERIES: TAP AND RHYTHM

WITH RYAN VANDENBOOM

Sunday, March 3rd
10:30am-12:30pm
$20 early bird
$25 walk-ins


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A high-energy rhythm tap class that breaks down the mechanics of tap dance and applies those mechanics to making dynamic and percussive movement. Fun for new and veteran tappers! Tap shoes are not required, but are welcome.

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

About the Instructor:
Ryan VanDenBoom is a New York based performing artist who’s work has found much of it’s home in the world theatre. With a degree in theatre from NYU he has since been a part of three original Broadway casts; the revival of Annie, Something Rotten! and Bandstand. Just recently he finished a run in the Chicago company of Hamilton. He has had the pleasure of participating in the development of multiple shows including Spongebob Squarepants, Top Hat, The Last Ship and Tuck Everlasting. On top of his work on Broadway he has toured the country performing his own choreography in multiple symphonic programs with the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia, the Pittsburgh Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony and the Minnesota Symphony to name a few. Internationally Ryan toured Europe with the New York based silent comedy troupe Parallel Exit. On camera you can see Ryan performing alongside Channing Tatum in the Coen Bros. Hail, Caesar! And he will next appear in a mini-series about Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon premiering on FX.

 

DANCE SERIES: EXPLORATIONS IN CONTEMPORARY

WITH ELIZABETH MCGUIRE

Sunday, March 17th
10:30am-12:30pm
$20 early bird
$25 walk-ins

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New to dance? Taken modern and contemporary forever? It doesn’t matter! Come explore contemporary movement with Elizabeth McGuire. Build strength, and body awareness while also exploring yourself as a mover, and an artist. It’s all fun and discovery here, a place where you can work on your dance technique, no matter what level, and also explore performance and presence while working on choreography.

This workshop will run with a minimum of 2 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

 

AERIAL SILKS PARTNERING

WITH REBECCA FEY

Saturday, March 23rd
$65 solo
$110 duo (bring your partner and get a discount!)

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Have you been thinking about trying out partnering? Now is your chance! This workshop will be catered to those brand new to or just starting their journey into partnering work. We will learn fun duo shapes and sequences to get you started as well as basic safety and technique for hand to hand work, and drills for building your strength for partnering work.

Pre-requisites : must have previous aerial training.
Anyone interested in basing must be able to do a cross back straddle. Anyone interested in flying must be able to invert in the air unassisted.

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

About the instructor:
Rebecca Fey is an aerialist and AEA/SAG-AFTRA actress. She has performed solo and duo aerial work around New York, New Jersey, and Los Angeles. Rebecca currently teaches students of all ages at the Muse Brooklyn and Gowanus, 92Y, and Sokol and has also taught for Bridge for Dance, Equalize Fitness, and Asphalt Green. In addition to aerial, Rebecca taught acting and improv to all ages at various studios and camps around Chicago, Connecticut, and Massachusetts

 

DANCE SERIES: THEATRE JAZZ

with Ryan VanDenBoom

Sunday, March 31st
10:30am-12:30pm
$20 early bird
$25 walk-ins

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Character building for characters. Inspired by the way movie scores are used to establish character and develop narrative, this class is a character study using movement to develop character. Attendees will get the opportunity to embody a character and explore/create a vocabulary of movement for them through guided exercise and choreography.

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

 

About the Instructor:
Ryan VanDenBoom is a New York based performing artist who’s work has found much of it’s home in the world theatre. With a degree in theatre from NYU he has since been a part of three original Broadway casts; the revival of Annie, Something Rotten! and Bandstand. Just recently he finished a run in the Chicago company of Hamilton. He has had the pleasure of participating in the development of multiple shows including Spongebob Squarepants, Top Hat, The Last Ship and Tuck Everlasting. On top of his work on Broadway he has toured the country performing his own choreography in multiple symphonic programs with the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia, the Pittsburgh Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony and the Minnesota Symphony to name a few. Internationally Ryan toured Europe with the New York based silent comedy troupe Parallel Exit. On camera you can see Ryan performing alongside Channing Tatum in the Coen Bros. Hail, Caesar! And he will next appear in a mini-series about Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon premiering on FX.

 

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