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Workshops

Club Juggling & Passing!
  with Tim Ellis

Date: Sat, Sep. 30, 2017
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Price: $35.00
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Jugglers, come learn to pass clubs with one, two, three, or more other people! This workshop will cover the basic patterns of two-person club passing, and will introduce fun variations and larger group patterns. We'll also look at some fun solo club juggling tricks and flares.

Pre-requisites: Participants should be able to juggle 3 clubs on their own, with 10-20 catches in a row fairly regularly.

Introduction to Poi Spinning
  with Tim Ellis

Date: Sat, Sep. 30, 2017
Time: 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Price: $35.00
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At its most basic, "poi" are simply weights attached to the ends of cords or chains that are spun to create visual patterns and shapes. While the history of Poi originates with the traditional dance of the Maori people of New Zealand, today it is a continuously evolving art form that combines complex body movement and object manipulation, and is often performed with LEDs or fire.

In this workshop, we'll start with a discussion of terminology and then explore the basics of poi spinning. We'll learn about direction and timing as well as body movement and control, and then dive in to some foundational moves including reels, weaves, butterflies, stalls and pendulums. (We will NOT light anything on fire. Sorry!)

No experience necessary - this workshop is open to all!

Advanced Standing Hand-to-Foot
  with Jessalyn & Glen

Date: Fri, Oct. 13, 2017
Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Price: $50.00
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Early bird: Register by 9/22 and save $5!
Multi-workshop discount: Sign up for 2 or 3 workshops and save $5 on each workshop!

Join NYC-based acrobats Jessalyn & Glen for a workshop that will have you pitching, popping, and twisting into and out of standing foot-to-hand!

Sign up with a partner, or come solo and make some new friends!

Pre-requisites: Stable standing foot to hand with three base squats (flyer's toes on base's shoulders). Stable foot to hand standing or L-basing, flyer/base facing same direction.

About the Instructors:
Glen and Jessalyn enjoy delighting audiences and finding creative ways to drop jaws by performing and teaching partner acrobatics all around the world. They met in early 2016 at Pitch Catch Circus School and made it a mission to continue training together. They have since traveled internationally teaching, training, and performing from San Diego to Israel to the Dutch Acrobatics Convention. Glen and Jessalyn have a combined 13 years of acrobatics experience and they specialize in the partner acrobatic disciplines of hand to hand, Icarian, and AcroYoga.

Icarian Acrobatics
  with Jessalyn & Glen

Date: Sat, Oct. 14, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Price: $50.00
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Early bird: Register by 9/22 and save $5!
Multi-workshop discount: Sign up for 2 or 3 workshops and save $5 on each workshop!

Join NYC-based acrobats Jessalyn & Glen for a workshop on Icarian acrobatics! Icarian is dynamic foot-basing, in which the base is lying on their back with legs in the air, and the flyer pops, twists, and flips between different balances on the base's feet and hands.

Sign up with a partner, or come solo and make some new friends!

Pre-requisites: Icarian bird to chair on feet and back, 30 second handstand at wall or with spotter.

About the Instructors:
Glen and Jessalyn enjoy delighting audiences and finding creative ways to drop jaws by performing and teaching partner acrobatics all around the world. They met in early 2016 at Pitch Catch Circus School and made it a mission to continue training together. They have since traveled internationally teaching, training, and performing from San Diego to Israel to the Dutch Acrobatics Convention. Glen and Jessalyn have a combined 13 years of acrobatics experience and they specialize in the partner acrobatic disciplines of hand to hand, Icarian, and AcroYoga.

Standing Hand-to-Hand
  with Jessalyn & Glen

Date: Sat, Oct. 14, 2017
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Price: $50.00
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Early bird: Register by 9/22 and save $5!
Multi-workshop discount: Sign up for 2 or 3 workshops and save $5 on each workshop!

Join NYC-based acrobats Jessalyn & Glen for a workshop that's all about interesting and unexpected mounts and dismounts for standing hand-to-hand.

Sign up with a partner, or come solo and make some new friends!

Pre-requisites: Standing hand to hand; L-base or standing reverse hand to hand.

About the Instructors:
Glen and Jessalyn enjoy delighting audiences and finding creative ways to drop jaws by performing and teaching partner acrobatics all around the world. They met in early 2016 at Pitch Catch Circus School and made it a mission to continue training together. They have since traveled internationally teaching, training, and performing from San Diego to Israel to the Dutch Acrobatics Convention. Glen and Jessalyn have a combined 13 years of acrobatics experience and they specialize in the partner acrobatic disciplines of hand to hand, Icarian, and AcroYoga.

Leaps and Turns
  with Johnny Blazes

Date: Sat, Oct. 21, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Price: $35.00
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Let's soar through the air and spin across the floor! Come join Johnny for an exploration of those exhilarating movements that add level change and spice to our ground acts. We will learn some basic and intermediate leaps and turns from ballet and modern dance, and make up some of our own! Johnny is also open to taking requests -- seen a leap that you want to learn or a turn that you think you're ready for? Ask, and we'll see if it's one we can cover in class!

Pre-requisites: Basic knowledge of the mechanics of jumping: plie upon take off and landing, point through toes to soften landing through ankles. Basic knowledge of turns: spotting, strong alignment of core, releve. Students don't need to be perfect at executing the above every time, but must understand and be able to apply the concepts with some consistency.

Previous attendance at Leaps and Turns (Summer Ground Acrobatic Series) or drop in to Barre 1 or 2 will ready students for these pre-reqs.

Further Out on a Limb: Arms Workshop
  with Johnny Blazes

Date: Sat, Oct. 21, 2017
Time: 2:45pm - 4:45pm
Price: $50.00
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This workshop is is a great fit for anyone with arms who has some familiarity with basic vocabulary about arm movements and shapes, and would like to go deeper with creating gestures that are evocative, beautiful, ugly, interesting -- but most of all, intentional. We will explore the themes of expansion/contraction and cross-body connection, play with classical shapes inspired by ballet and modern dance, and discuss what makes for a "clean line". We will differentiate between communication via gesture and evocation of a mood or emotion. If there is time, we will explore adding arm gestures to circus sequences. Students are encouraged, but not required, to bring short 1-2 minute sequences in the discipline of their choice.

Pre-requisites: Familiarity with basic structures of the arm/shoulder/spine, basic arm positions of ballet. Attendance at Johnny's first Arms workshop, Out on a Limb, or drop in to Barre 1 or 2 or equivalent dance class will ready students.

Lyra Flow and Fluidity
  with Nicole Sirdoreus

Date: Sun, Nov. 12, 2017
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Price: $50.00
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In this aerial hoop workshop, you will learn a routine that will enable you to find your flow and expand your creativity by exploring new shapes and uncovering new ways to enter and exit skills. Focusing on transitioning from one movement into the next with control and fluidity, you will further develop your skills and lines. You will use techniques drawn from classical and modern dance, as well as contortion when appropriate to the student, to expand your creativity and hoop vocabulary, particularly regarding splits and rolls.

Pre-requisites: Some aerial hoop experience is suggested. Students must be able to invert and come to seated on the hoop without instructor help, and should be comfortable with spinning.

About the instructor: Nicole began dancing at 5 years old and hasn't stopped yet! Classically trained in ballet, pointe, tap and jazz, Nicole danced professionally for Orlando, Florida theme parks and events and has taught dance classes for more than a decade. Drawn to all facets of movement arts, she began hula hoop dancing in 2009 and has since become immersed in aerial hoop and silks.

Nicole currently dances professionally both on the ground and in the air throughout the Southeast. She won the Lyra division in the 2014 Southeast Aerial Arts Champion and most recently took the Professional Lyra Champion title for the Florida Pole Fitness Championship. As a performer and instructor, she focuses on grace, flexibility, and strength.

Aerial Conditioning and Flexibility
  with Nicole Sirdoreus

Date: Sun, Nov. 12, 2017
Time: 6:15pm - 8:15pm
Price: $50.00
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In this all-levels class, Nicole will help you find deeper ways to stretch and improve your range of motion both on the ground and in the air. Using active, static, and partner conditioning techniques that stem from dance, yoga and gymnastics, you will learn strengthening and elongating techniques that will help you safely lengthen your lines and reach, no matter your apparatus. Class will start on the ground before using the lyra, hammock and/or silk to elevate your flexibility as well as expand your aerial vocabulary and choreography.

Pre-requisites: Students should have at least basic experience on aerial hoop, trapeze, silks, rope, or sling.

About the instructor: Nicole began dancing at 5 years old and hasn't stopped yet! Classically trained in ballet, pointe, tap and jazz, Nicole danced professionally for Orlando, Florida theme parks and events and has taught dance classes for more than a decade. Drawn to all facets of movement arts, she began hula hoop dancing in 2009 and has since become immersed in aerial hoop and silks.

Nicole currently dances professionally both on the ground and in the air throughout the Southeast. She won the Lyra division in the 2014 Southeast Aerial Arts Champion and most recently took the Professional Lyra Champion title for the Florida Pole Fitness Championship. As a performer and instructor, she focuses on grace, flexibility, and strength.

"Classes at Esh have completely energized me, and taught my body things that were previously unfathomable. The technical ability, as well as the unassailable charm and excellent silk-side manner of the instructors make classes at Esh Aerial Arts inspiring, exhilarating,and completely the highlight of my week."
         ~Sonya M., student
Esh Circus Arts
44 Park Street
Somerville, MA 02143
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