Circus Arts Workshops

 
 

INTRO TO STRAPS
with Alex Zolnerowich

sunday, NOVEMBER 9TH th
3:30-4:30pm

investment: $60

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Sharing similarities with gymnastics rings and traditional aerial apparatuses, straps continue to evolve into their own unique niche in the circus world. In this workshop, we will learn the fundamentals of a variety of classic static positions, as well as conditioning techniques that will help challenge our muscles and take our strength to new levels. Many of these techniques can easily be used to cross train and increase control and power on other aerial apparatuses. Emphasis will be on laying a foundation for continued training and skill work.

Level: Advanced Beginner
Pre-requisites: 2 arms inversions (straddle-up, tuck-up, etc), 30 second 1 arm hang w/ engaged shoulder, 1 minute plan

This workshops requires a minimum of 2 people to run. Please save your spot in advance. Cancellation policy is 48 hours.

About the Instructor:
Alex is one part of the duo Bre and Alex. Bre and Alex started working as a duo together on aerial chains as they saw their overlap in artistic vision and appreciation for physical strength and desire for bringing forth a sense of ease and sensuality in the air on chains. As a duo Bre and Alex specialize in aerial chains, aerial straps, and Spanish web. Bre and Alex have been resident performers at Michelle L’Amour presents Unbridled at Untitled nightclub and Aloft’s Sanctuary in Chicago, IL. Bre and Alex have also performed across the country and internationally, with Zoppé Circus (2019 Miami,Fl) the Vampire Circus (2018 Toronto, Canada). Alex’s solo speciality is aerial straps. He has performed as a solo aerialist in Illumination Sensation at the State Fair of Texas, USA, as well as taking up the role of Puck in Project in Motion’s aerial adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. He has also performed as a soloist, duo, and ensemble member at numerous venues in the
Chicago area, USA

 

INTRODUCTION TO HAND BALANCING
with Ivory Fox

October 20th-November 10th
Sundays, 1:30-3pm

Investment:
4 weeks - $160
Drop-In - $45

Taking handstands to the next level! This 4 week Intensive is designed to begin to move you from handstands to handbalancing. The intensive will go into leg movements and choreography, beginner sidebends, beginner back bends, as well as one arm handstand prep and drills.

Level: Intermediate

Pre-Requisites: Be able to kick up to the wall in a handstand. 30 second hold against the wall.

This workshop needs a minimum of 3 students to run so save your spot in advance. Cancellation window is 48hs.

About the Instructor:

Ivory Fox is a NYC based circus artist and teacher. She has performed and taught across North America and Europe. She has performed with Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, 2Ring Circus, Imagine Aerial, ABCirque, The Orion Experience (Off-Bway), Cinemax "The Knick", Amazon “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, and more. Her training began in competitive gymnastics and classical ballet before moving into circus. She currently teaches at Aerial Arts NYC, and The Muse Brooklyn.

 

STRAPS INTENSIVE
with Stuart Mckenzie

NOVEMBER 5th - DECEMBER 10th
TUESDAYS, 5:30-7:30pm

Investment:
6 weeks - $250

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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)

Price for all 6 classes: $250
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.

 

CONTORTION INTENSIVE
with Angela Kim

Investment:
6 weeks - $250

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Join Angela Kim for this 6 week contortion series!
From November 5th to December 12th

  • Open level (Novice)
    Tuesdays - 5:30-7:30pm
    Wednesdays - 7:30-9:30pm

  • Advanced (approval needed)
    Wednesdays - 5:00-7:00pm

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.

 
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DANCE SERIES
with Elizabeth McGuire

OUR FAVORITES ARE BACK!

Explorations in Contemporary - Saturday, November 9th

Choreography for Circus - Saturday, November 16th

10:00am-12:00pm

INVESTMENT:
EARLY-BIRD - $20
DROP-IN - $25

 

BELAY THEORY
with Kylie Carrigan

Saturday, November 16th
1:30-3:30pm

INVESTMENT:
$50 Early Bird (Until October 31st)
$60 Regular

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Rather than an encyclopedic overview of belay wrap entries, Belay Theory is a deep dive into how a belay works, with an exploration of popular (and some unusual) belay entries to illustrate the theory. Aerialists will be encouraged to think conceptually and innovate new wrap ideas as a group. We will move away from "trick collecting," instead emphasizing understanding the mechanics of these interesting wraps.
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Pre-Requisites: Clean inversion in the air, comfort with basic drops, ability to listen and take instruction mid-air

This workshops needs a minimum of 3 students to run. Save your spot in advance!

About the instructor:

Kylie is an artist, aerial instructor, and dancer based in Los Angeles. With a lifetime of training in classical ballet and contemporary dance, Kylie brings the ease of movement and beautiful lines of ballet to her aerial dancing. Kylie was the first student certified through the Aerial Physique teacher training course in Los Angeles and has since gone on to teach aerial silks and hammock at Aerial Physique and currently serves as an instructor and the curriculum director for Wildman Athletica. After earning her Master’s Degree in fine art in 2017 (and presenting her thesis on aerial improvisation) Kylie deepened her focus on wrap theory, choreography, and sequencing. In her coaching, Kylie aims to impart upon her students a deep understanding of the skills she teaches, rather than step-by-step instructions that are shallowly memorized.