Guest Workshops


Demystifying Series, Part 2, with Nicki Miller
June 24th

Demystifying Shoulder rotation - 12pm-2pm
Demystifying Low-Back & Hip Mobility - 2:30pm-4:30pm

ONe Workshop $55, Both Workshops $100

Demystifying Shoulder Rotation
This workshop is for movers of all levels who seek a better understanding of how to care for healthy shoulders. In acrobatics (aerial, handstands, partner acro)- we ask a lot more of our shoulders than in our day to day movement. The importance of strong rotator cuffs for healthy shoulder mobility is a familiar concept to most people, but what the rotator cuff is and how it works is not as commonly explained. In this workshop we will look at images that help clarify anatomy of the shoulder complex, explore each students healthy ranges of motion and go over various shoulder rotation exercises and strategies to gain increased range of motion and control. We will look at how this work translates to aerial and acrobatics to further contextualize the importance of this work in a training practice.

Demystifying Low-Back & Hip Mobility
This workshop is for movers of all levels who seek to find greater freedom in their low back and hip mobility. In this workshop we will look at images that help clarify anatomy of the lower spine, pelvis and hip joints. We will identify some common movements where low/back hip dissociation is useful in circus, and students will explore their current ranges of motion and any compensation patterns that might be occurring. The work will consist of spinal articulations, hip mobility exercises and cues to help students find proper isolation and engagement of the low back, pelvis and hip joints for increased range of motion, strength and flexibility. We will work on the floor and follow movement pathways that translate to those students might use in aerial and acrobatic movement.

About Nicki:

Nicki is an aerialist, actor, creator and co-founding artistic director of Only Child Aerial Theatre. In addition to performing as an aerialist in projects throughout NYC, notable credits include aerial choreographer for in Ripe Time’s "The World is Round" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and Only Child Aerial Theatre’s "ASYLUM" (co-author, director and performer) at NYU's Skirball Center for Performing Arts. Nicki has been as resident artist with the Santa Barbara Floor to Air Festival, The Contemporary Circus Arts Festival of Toronto, Toronto Circus Sessions at the Harbourfront Centre, the New Victory LabWorks Program (NYC) and Frantic Assembly's Advanced Training Programme/Performance (London). Nicki recently completed a creative residency in Sweden at Cirkus Cirkör, where she also shadowed their director Olle Strandberg on the premiere of his new show "Under."

Nicki is also an NASM certified personal trainer with 10 years experience. Specialty certifications include Functional Range Conditioning (FRC), Corrective Exercise, and Pre/Post-Natal training.

Nicki offers classes and private lessons in aerial rope, silks, smart conditioning for all levels and aerial choreography/act development.


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Advanced H2H* - Mondays June 25th - July 30th - 6-8pm
Contortion - Mondays June 25th - July 30th - 7:30-9:30pm
Banquine and Group Acro* - Mondays June 25th - July 30th - 8-9pm
Aerial Straps - Tuesdays June 26th - July 31st - 7-9pm
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