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Workshops

Inversion Clinic
  with Aaron Koz

Date: Sat, Feb. 24, 2018
Time: 10:30am - 1:00pm
Price: $55.00
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Register for this workshop by February 14th and pay $55. Price on or after February 15th is $65.

Developed in collaboration with Jennifer Freeman, PT (practicing and research faculty at Mercer University in Atlanta) this workshop focuses on safe progressions to go from the ground to the air in an inversion, and from inverting on two arms to one arm. The workshop includes a movement screen, a investigation into good body mechanics, and different functional training tools, exercises, and techniques to get your butt over your head.

This clinic will include both teaching cues and training tools beneficial for anyone from a beginner wishing to deepen their understanding to coaches interested in learning how to recognize when a student is displaying signs of potential movement dysfunction. Students are strongly encouraged to bring pen/paper or something they can take notes with.

Pre-requisites: Anyone is welcome as it is primarily a theory-based workshop (and anyone can watch and learn), though it is strongly encouraged attendees have two arm inversions with straight arms (or at least inversions of any kind) as the majority of content is focused around going from 2-arm to 1-arm inversions.

About the instructor: Aaron Koz is a traveling movement and circus coach previously based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Moving from Washington, D.C. to NYC, he began Circus Warehouse's intensive program, and has studied under different coaches in SF (Dominik Weiss), Montreal (Victor Fomine, Jonathan Fortin, Yury) and Mexico (Juan Luis Gonzalez). He draws from his background in neuroscience and psychology to augment his work as a circus coach. He has collaborated heavily with physical therapists to help augment and structure his teaching offerings. He has taught at nearly 30 different studios throughout the continental United States and internationally.

Straps Part 1
  with Aaron Koz

Date: Sat, Feb. 24, 2018
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Price: $50.00
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Register for this workshop by February 14th and pay $50. Price on or after February 15th is $60.

Register for both Straps workshops with Aaron and save $10! Use code STRAPS10 at check-out.

This workshop will focus on the fundamental techniques for safe and effective training of aerial straps, though most exercises will greatly increase your power and control on other apparatus as well. We will warm up our shoulders and core using a set of exercises designed to "pre-habilitate" and strengthen the shoulders. The fundamental skills students will cover are static positions: meathook, inverted straddle, nutcracker, croc, support, flag, and side balance. The end of the workshop will focus on 2-arm and 1-arm spinning using the dynamic technique of flares to invert to different positions.

This workshop will be beneficial for first timers on straps and aerial artists who work on other apparatus.

Pre-requisites: 2 arm inversions of any kind (straddle-up, tuck-up, pike-up) 1-arm hangs with engaged shoulder for 30 seconds, and 30 second wall handstand or 1-minute plank.

About the instructor: Aaron Koz is a traveling movement and circus coach previously based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Moving from Washington, D.C. to NYC, he began Circus Warehouse's intensive program, and has studied under different coaches in SF (Dominik Weiss), Montreal (Victor Fomine, Jonathan Fortin, Yury) and Mexico (Juan Luis Gonzalez). He draws from his background in neuroscience and psychology to augment his work as a circus coach. He has collaborated heavily with physical therapists to help augment and structure his teaching offerings. He has taught at nearly 30 different studios throughout the continental United States and internationally.

Straps Part 2
  with Aaron Koz

Date: Sat, Feb. 24, 2018
Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Price: $50.00
Click here to register

Register for this workshop by February 14th and pay $50. Price on or after February 15th is $60.

Register for both Straps workshops with Aaron and save $10! Use code STRAPS10 at check-out.

This workshop will focus on the fundamental techniques for safe and effective training of aerial straps, though most exercises will greatly increase your power and control on other apparatus as well. We will warm up our shoulders and core using a set of exercises designed to "pre-habilitate" and strengthen the shoulders. The fundamental skills students will cover are static positions: meathook, inverted straddle, nutcracker, croc, support, flag, and side balance. The end of the workshop will focus on 2-arm and 1-arm spinning using the dynamic technique of flares to invert to different positions.

This workshop will be beneficial for beginning straps artists as well as aerial artists who work on other apparatus.

Pre-requisites: Experience with back flag/reverse meathook, multiple straight arm inversions of any kind (straddle-up, tuck-up, pike-up), 1-arm hangs with engaged shoulder for 30 seconds, and 30 second wall handstand or 1-minute plank.

About the instructor: Aaron Koz is a traveling movement and circus coach previously based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Moving from Washington, D.C. to NYC, he began Circus Warehouse's intensive program, and has studied under different coaches in SF (Dominik Weiss), Montreal (Victor Fomine, Jonathan Fortin, Yury) and Mexico (Juan Luis Gonzalez). He draws from his background in neuroscience and psychology to augment his work as a circus coach. He has collaborated heavily with physical therapists to help augment and structure his teaching offerings. He has taught at nearly 30 different studios throughout the continental United States and internationally.

Beginner German Wheel - Get Ready to Roll!
  with Chris Delgado

Date: Sat, Feb. 24, 2018
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Price: $50.00
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Take a ride on the wild side as we roll our way into the wonderful world of wheel! We'll cover:

- Start off in the belts, you'll be upside-down in in the first trick of class.
-My first favorite trick! The infamous monkey roll with dramatic upside-down stalls.
-Freeseat forwards, the must-know move of straight line
-Lean to lean as you float across the wheel with a Smoosh.
-Standing on top of the wheel - the easiest way to impress your audience!
- Doubles tricks - the joy of Teeter Totter

Pre-requisites: Students should be able to support themselves in a plank position with straight arms for at least 30 seconds, and should be able to hang from a bar by their hands for a short period of time.

Wear clothing that will allow you to move and stretch, and that will stay in place if you go upside down. All participants must wear clean, hard soled, canvas topped shoes i.e. Converse or Keds.

About the instructor:
Hello, my name is Chris Delgado. Graduated from Case Western Reserve University, studied at Dell Arte International School of Physical Theatre, went to work for CircEsteem, a nonprofit youth circus in Chicago, and that's were I met the German wheel. I was immediately drawn to her curves and the swing in her step; I just could not resist. I trained in Chicago with Wolfgang Bientzle (8 time world champion) for 4 years, and never looked back. Inside a German wheel, I have taught and performed across the US and internationally, everywhere from Kent, Ohio to Abu Dhabi.

Advanced Beginner/Intermediate German Wheel - Spin to Win!
  with Chris Delgado

Date: Sat, Feb. 24, 2018
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Price: $50.00
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Ready to break free of the belts? Take a ride on the wild side as we roll our way into a new realm of wheel! This workshop is appropriate for those who have attended the Beginner workshop, or who have some wheel experience from other classes or workshops. You'll learn:

-My first favorite trick! The infamous monkey roll with dramatic upside-down stalls.
-Freeseat forwards (Flying Ass Grinders!) the must-know move of straight line
-Stomach Forward & Backwards (Wet Towels!) Fun to do, exhilarating to watch.
-Smooshes galore! Side, back, and "pterodactyl"!
-Standing on top of the wheel - the easiest way to impress your audience!
-Fun and funky semituck rolls.
-PLUS expert tips on how to train these tricks on your own or with a partner safely

Pre-requisites: Students should be able to support themselves in a plank position with straight arms for at least 30 seconds, and should be able to hang from a bar by their hands for a short period of time.

Wear clothing that will allow you to move and stretch, and that will stay in place if you go upside down. All participants must wear clean, hard soled, canvas topped shoes i.e. Converse or Keds.

About the instructor:
Hello, my name is Chris Delgado. Graduated from Case Western Reserve University, studied at Dell Arte International School of Physical Theatre, went to work for CircEsteem, a nonprofit youth circus in Chicago, and that's were I met the German wheel. I was immediately drawn to her curves and the swing in her step; I just could not resist. I trained in Chicago with Wolfgang Bientzle (8 time world champion) for 4 years, and never looked back. Inside a German wheel, I have taught and performed across the US and internationally, everywhere from Kent, Ohio to Abu Dhabi.

Partner Wheel - Twice the Fun!
  with Chris Delgado

Date: Sat, Feb. 24, 2018
Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Price: $50.00
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Grab your partner (or make a new friend when you get here!) and roll around together! Two is twice the fun as we explore tandem wheel. There's no limit to what you can come up with! We'll dive into:

-The MOST FUN beginning trick - teeter totter! Learn the basics of weight distribution in the wheel in the most awesome way possible.
-Happy Ninja Rolls! The name says it all.
-Make like a ferris wheel (with less smooching at the top) with Two Seater all the way around! This impressive move will blow your mind, and, more importantly, your audience's mind!
-Take all your tricks in belts and double the awesomeness! Back to back and side to side, two times the fun!
-Ready for something new? Cartwheeling over the wheel is right up your alley! Super safe, but wicked impressive!
-Learn to slow your difficult tricks way down without losing your WOW!

Pre-requisites: Students should be able to support themselves in a plank position with straight arms for at least 30 seconds, and should be able to hang from a bar by their hands for a short period of time.

Wear clothing that will allow you to move and stretch, and that will stay in place if you go upside down. All participants must wear clean, hard soled, canvas topped shoes i.e. Converse or Keds.

About the instructor:
Hello, my name is Chris Delgado. Graduated from Case Western Reserve University, studied at Dell Arte International School of Physical Theatre, went to work for CircEsteem, a nonprofit youth circus in Chicago, and that's were I met the German wheel. I was immediately drawn to her curves and the swing in her step; I just could not resist. I trained in Chicago with Wolfgang Bientzle (8 time world champion) for 4 years, and never looked back. Inside a German wheel, I have taught and performed across the US and internationally, everywhere from Kent, Ohio to Abu Dhabi.

Solo Drillz for Duo Skillz
  with Marta Brown

Date: Sat, Mar. 10, 2018
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Price: $55.00
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Register for 2 or 3 workshops with Marta and save $5 per workshop!

Want to level up in acro? This is the workshop for you. By the end of class you'll have a long list of skills and drills that you can work on by yourself to improve your partner acro game. Great for those days (or months) when you are partnerless but want to keep up on your training We'll be exploring tumbling, handstands, and strength drills to help you be the best base and/or flyer you can be.

Pre-requisites: Participants should be able to hold a plank position with good form for 30 seconds. Open to ages 12+

About the instructor: Originally from Florida, Marta discovered circus at Oberlin College after 10 years of competitive gymnastics and dance. After graduating, she relocated to Seattle to teach and train at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts. Since then, Marta has performed with various circus companies across the United States including Circus Bella, the Acrobatic Conundrum, and the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival. Her acrobatic experience includes hand to hand, baquine, teeterboard, Russian bar and Cyr wheel. In 2017 she had the opportunity to tour with Cirque Mechanic's show Pedal Punk, adding unicycle flyer to her list of professional skills. Off the stage, Marta has over 10 years of experience teaching acrobatics to all ages and levels. She truly becomes invested in her students and their success. As one of her young students said "I always love Marta as a coach, I feel like she pushes me to my limits."

Group Acrobatics: Throw Your Friends!
  with Marta Brown

Date: Sat, Mar. 10, 2018
Time: 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Price: $55.00
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Register for 2 or 3 workshops with Marta and save $5 per workshop!

The goal of this class is to explore different dynamic group acrobatic skills including pitching, swinging, banquine, etc. We will start small, working our way toward more advanced ways of throwing our friends and catching them safely. This class will cover a range of skills that will require anywhere between 2 to 5 people at a time.

Pre-requisites: Students should have experience with either partner acrobatics or tumbling. Bases must be able to hold a 100lb person in their arms comfortably. Flyers must be comfortable executing a forward roll, holding hollow body with good form for 30 seconds, and kicking up to a handstand (with a spotter is ok!) Students do not need a partner to participate. Open to ages 12+

About the instructor: Originally from Florida, Marta discovered circus at Oberlin College after 10 years of competitive gymnastics and dance. After graduating, she relocated to Seattle to teach and train at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts. Since then, Marta has performed with various circus companies across the United States including Circus Bella, the Acrobatic Conundrum, and the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival. Her acrobatic experience includes hand to hand, baquine, teeterboard, Russian bar and Cyr wheel. In 2017 she had the opportunity to tour with Cirque Mechanic's show Pedal Punk, adding unicycle flyer to her list of professional skills. Off the stage, Marta has over 10 years of experience teaching acrobatics to all ages and levels. She truly becomes invested in her students and their success. As one of her young students said "I always love Marta as a coach, I feel like she pushes me to my limits."

Group Acrobatics: The Power of Three!
  with Marta Brown

Date: Sat, Mar. 10, 2018
Time: 6:15pm - 8:15pm
Price: $55.00
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Register for 2 or 3 workshops with Marta and save $5 per workshop!

If two heads are better than one, just think how great three heads would be! In this workshop we'll be going beyond the normal two person partner acro tricks and exploring all the possibilities that adding a third person allows. We'll learn about the challenging role of the middle and make advanced tricks easier by using two bases. Progressions will be used to safely build higher and more complicated pyramids. And of course, strength training and drills will be an integral part of this workshop to help you become the strongest, most stable base/flyer you can be!

Pre-requisites: Students should have experience with either partner acrobatics or tumbling. Bases must be able to hold a 100lb person in their arms comfortably. Flyers must be comfortable executing a forward roll, holding hollow body with good form for 30 seconds, and kicking up to a handstand (with a spotter is ok!) Students do not need a partner to participate.

About the instructor: Originally from Florida, Marta discovered circus at Oberlin College after 10 years of competitive gymnastics and dance. After graduating, she relocated to Seattle to teach and train at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts. Since then, Marta has performed with various circus companies across the United States including Circus Bella, the Acrobatic Conundrum, and the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival. Her acrobatic experience includes hand to hand, baquine, teeterboard, Russian bar and Cyr wheel. In 2017 she had the opportunity to tour with Cirque Mechanic's show Pedal Punk, adding unicycle flyer to her list of professional skills. Off the stage, Marta has over 10 years of experience teaching acrobatics to all ages and levels. She truly becomes invested in her students and their success. As one of her young students said "I always love Marta as a coach, I feel like she pushes me to my limits."

Esh Students Works-In-Progress Series: Presenters
  with Johnny Blazes

Date: Sat, Mar. 31, 2018
Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Price: $15.00
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*Register here to present a work-in-progress at the workshop - limited to 5!*

The students of Esh are overflowing with incredible talent, technique, and support for one another. At semi-regular intervals, a Saturday evening will be set aside for students to show performance pieces they are working on (from just-budding choreography to finished acts), and to learn the art and technique of giving useful critique.

The evening will begin with a discussion of how to view an act with a critical eye and how to offer useful and constructive feedback. Each presenter will then have a chance to show their work and receive feedback from the audience. Johnny Blazes will guide the conversation, helping audience and presenters to hone their critical skills in a supportive environment.

To sign up to show your work:
You must have at least 60 seconds of choreography ready to show. You can show up to a full act (max 5 minutes), including one that has already been performed at a student show, as long as you have been developing it since its last performance. You must also be cleared to rehearse on your own during open studio time. Costuming is optional - this is not a formal show, so don't worry about having perfect hair, make-up, or costumes!

There will be a max of 5 presenters per evening.

To sign up to be in the audience/feedback-givers:
Anyone may join us as the members of the audience and givers-of-feedback! Not limited to Esh students - bring your mom, your roommate, your sweetie! You'll have an opportunity to support your peers both by being a loving audience for them, and by honing your critical skills as you learn how to discern what could be stronger about a performance and to articulate that feedback in a way that is helpful and affirmative. (Sign up to join the audience by clicking on the "Audience" version of this workshop.)

Esh Students Works-In-Progress Series: Audience
  with Johnny Blazes

Date: Sat, Mar. 31, 2018
Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Price: $5.00
Click here to register

*Register here to participate as an audience member at the workshop - limited to 30!*

The students of Esh are overflowing with incredible talent, technique, and support for one another. At semi-regular intervals, a Saturday evening will be set aside for students to show performance pieces they are working on (from just-budding choreography to finished acts), and to learn the art and technique of giving useful critique.

The evening will begin with a discussion of how to view an act with a critical eye and how to offer useful and constructive feedback. Each presenter will then have a chance to show their work and receive feedback from the audience. Johnny Blazes will guide the conversation, helping audience and presenters to hone their critical skills in a supportive environment.

To sign up to be in the audience/feedback-givers:
Anyone may join us as the members of the audience and givers-of-feedback! Not limited to Esh students - bring your mom, your roommate, your sweetie! You'll have an opportunity to support your peers both by being a loving audience for them, and by honing your critical skills as you learn how to discern what could be stronger about a performance and to articulate that feedback in a way that is helpful and affirmative.

To sign up to show your work:
You must have at least 60 seconds of choreography ready to show. You can show up to a full act (max 5 minutes), including one that has already been performed at a student show, as long as you have been developing it since its last performance. You must also be cleared to rehearse on your own during open studio time. Costuming is optional - this is not a formal show, so don't worry about having perfect hair, make-up, or costumes! (Sign up to present work by clicking on the "Presenter" version of this workshop.)

Circus Workshop Weekend
  with Jenn Bruyer & PJ Perry

Date: Fri, May. 04, 2018
Through Sat, May. 05, 2018
Time:
Price: 60/workshop
Click here to register

Register by April 1st to save $5 per workshop!

Join West-coast based circus coaches Jenn and PJ for a weekend of workshops including:

Handstands
Add-on Drops for Fabric
Beats Technique for Rope
Flashy Skills for Aerial Hoop
Sling for Intermediate Aerialists
Beginning & Intermediate Spanish Web
Creating Ascending Sequences for Fabric

Click here for full workshop descriptions and registration.

About the instructors:

Jenn has been exploring aerial arts since 2008 via silks, sling, cord lisse, trapeze, lyra and rope & harness. She has coached, choreographed and performed across the US from New York to Alaska and was most recently based out of Seattle, WA where she was a staff coach at Versatile Arts [2010-2017].

As a certified personal trainer, Jenn is as passionate about optimal training and progression as she is about creative exploration. Her constantly evolving movement style has been described as mesmerizing, intricate and truly authentic. Learn more about her at heelhang.com or follow her on instagram at /heelhang.

PJ has been a 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.

"I've had wonderful experiences with the instructors at Esh. Tracy is very attentive and supportive. She's respects her students, gives very useful and effective suggestions, and encourages us to keep trying."
         ~Student
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