Characters in the Air! with Sir Cupcake
August 17th from 2-4pm
Learn how to develop a character in the air. Class will include both floor and air acting exercises and exploration of how to carry a character through the entire length of you act, from choreography to transition moments. We will explore both clown and method acting techniques. Please arrive thoroughly warmed up for your apparatus of choice.
Please come with a memorized 2-3 minute sequence on the apparatus of your choice.
You must feel comfortable and safe improvising and have a readiness to be ridiculous in front of others.
About Sir Cupcake:
Specializing in Dance Trapeze, Sir Cupcake (Jack StockLynn) bends gender and defies expectation. Embodying the history of queer identity in performance, he exemplifies the beauty of unshakable perseverance in the face of our collective sorrow. With his tender strength he unveils deep vulnerability while his irrepressible sass makes room for some serious play. Jack has toured nationally as an aerialist with Do Jump! Extremely Physical Theater, and throughout the Northwest with his own company, Sir Cupcake’s Queer Circus. He has trained clowning with David Taft and holds a BFA in Theater from Cornish College of the Arts. www.SirCupcake.com or www.SirCupcakesQueerCircus.com
Kid Cirque Club - Fall Semester
Each Wednesday from September 12th - December 19th
$345 (if purchased by August 27th)
$360 (regular price)
Looking for a unique after-school experience for your little one? Join the circus and sign up for Fall Semester at The Muse Brooklyn. This fifteen-week session will allow kids to learn and grow a variety of circus skills just in time for Winter Break, and maybe even Winter Circus Camp!
Kids will have a chance to learn and play on:
- Aerial silks
Workshops with Shannon McKenna
Stop, Drop and Roll: Fabric Drops - 12-1:30pm - $90
Inversion Clinic - 2-3:30pm - $90
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Acrobatrix Flexibility Workshop
September 24th from 7:30-9:30pm
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.
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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Work With Your Body: Practical Anatomy for Aerial Artists
Taught by: Dr. Emily Scherb
October 8th from 10am-6pm
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.
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
**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).