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Workshops

Sewing for Circus, or, What do I do with Spandex?
  with T Lawrence-Simon

Date: Sat, Feb. 25, 2017
Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Price: $20.00
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Step right up, don't be shy! Come learn all the tips and tricks of sewing with spandex from a circusy seamster, our very own T Lawrence-Simon of Flying Stitch Labs! In this workshop, T will demystify all of those spandex sewing notions people often cower from.

Through demonstrations on his sewing machines and the use of visual aids and samples, T will show you how to tackle all the steps of a stretchy sewing project: everything from choosing your fabric, proper seaming and embellishment techniques, and finishing methods for professional results. T will have plenty of samples to pass around, and you will get to see him work his magic as he performs each step in front of your very eyes. You do not need to bring a machine (and you don't need a serger at home) - just a keen eye, and a dash of courage!

If you're excited to create your own stretchy sewing project and need spectacular fabric to get started, stay after the workshop for a super special sale of fabric from T's personal collection!

About the instructor:
T Lawrence-Simon has a degree in theater specializing in costume design. Because of his life in the circus, his sewing pursuits often took him into the land of spandex. Sewing fabulous custom circus costumes while also dabbling in couture, quilting, and the occasional handbag, T started his sewing company Flying Stitch Labs. You may have seen his creations in Cirque of the Dead for the past 2 years, as well as in circus rings all over the world.

Active Flexibility: Open Your Splits, Upper Back, and Shoulders
  with Melissa Knowles

Date: Sat, Feb. 25, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Price: $50.00
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Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Find control and strength through your flexibility with passive, active, and isometric exercises to increase strength and active flexibility at the same time.

*This workshop will include both partnered and solo exercises.

Pre-requisites:
-Backbend with hands over shoulders
-Backbend from standing

Flexibility in Balance
  with Melissa Knowles

Date: Sat, Feb. 25, 2017
Time: 2:15pm - 4:15pm
Price: $50.00
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Level: Intermediate to Advanced

This workshop will focus on safely finding and using your core connection/engagement, breath, and active flexibility to extend and move through positions of balance in a cheststand, elbowstand and handstand.

Join the active flex workshop before or come warmed up and ready to bend!

Pre-requisites:
-Backbend with hands over shoulders
-Hold a freestanding handstand for at least 10 seconds
-Backbend from standing

Jump Rope: Foundations of Fancy Footwork
  with Hannah Seekins

Date: Sat, Mar. 04, 2017
Time: 2:45pm - 4:45pm
Price: $50.00
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During this two-hour workshop, we will explore the world of competition, performance and professional jump rope. This includes working with one individual single rope, long double dutch ropes, and beginning to tackle group performance skills. Within these fields, you can expect to see fancy footwork, rope manipulations and strength skills that you would never think to try out with a jump rope. Whether you have not jump roped since elementary school or you have been on a team before, the skills we will cover will accommodate all levels of jumpers.

Pre-requisites:
No previous jump rope experience is required. Participants must be able to participate safely in aerobic activity. Jump rope is a high-impact activity.

What to wear:
All participants should wear closed-toed, comfortable sneakers. Any comfortable clothing is acceptable. However, anything too baggy or loose is more likely to catch the ropes. Wear a shirt that can be tucked in to prevent it from catching.

About the Instructor

Hannah began her jump rope career at age 8 when she joined a professional and competition traveling jump rope team. Since then, her love for jump rope has only grown! Throughout the years, she has performed and competed locally and internationally, learning and developing the sport of jump rope alongside the best in the field. She has worked, competed and performed alongside jumpers seen in Cirque Dreams Holidaze, "America's Best Dance Crew" Saltare, and "America's Got Talent"'s Flight Crew. After retiring from the competition field after ranking nationally, Hannah has focused on teaching jump rope to teams across the East Coast and volunteering in local schools. She is also pursuing her teaching degree at Boston University majoring in Early Childhood education, and exploring what else the circus world has to offer.

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

Date: Sat, Mar. 11, 2017
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. We wanted to find more ways to encourage and support that love of performing and growing together, so we came up with what we think is a brilliant idea: an Esh Students Works-in-Progress Series! At semi-regular intervals, one 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. 11, 2017
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. We wanted to find more ways to encourage and support that love of performing and growing together, so we came up with what we think is a brilliant idea: an Esh Students Works-in-Progress Series! At semi-regular intervals, one 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.)

Advanced Partner Acrobatics
  with Angela "Butch" Buccinni & Yoni Kallai

Date: Sat, Mar. 18, 2017
Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Price: $50.00
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In this workshop, Yoni and Angela will introduce fun and unique standing acrobatic skills for advanced level participants. Students must register in dedicated base/flyer pairs.

Pre-requisites:
Solid standing foot to hand with safe entrance and exit.
Solid hand to hand with lying base.

About the instructors:
Angela "Butch" Buccinni & Yoni Kallai met at the first Israeli acrobatics convention in 2011. In 2012 they started teaching and performing together based out of The Muse Brooklyn in NYC, a unique artists collective, circus studio and performance venue that Angela founded and directs. They believe in training well with a focus on solid technique, but also with a sense of play for all ages and skill levels. They do their best to make the world better for all.

Fun and Flowing Ground-Based Partnering
  with Aimee Hancock

Date: Sat, Mar. 18, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Price: $50.00
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This is a great class for those who like partnering on the floor while traveling through space. We will start the class with some solo acrobatic moves, then touch on some acrobatic partnering fundamentals. Our focus will be training different ways of fluidly moving through space using each other's weight as an aid and motivator, rather than an added challenge. All participants should be comfortable rolling and moving through handstands and headstands with good form.

About the instructor:
Aimee began her circus career over 25 years ago, and is now a program director and lead instructor of the professional programs at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Vermont, USA. She travels worldwide to give workshops - such as The Irish Aerial Dance Festival, Les Rencontres de Danse Aerienne with Fred Deb, CCAFT in Toronto and many others. In her classes, whether they are focused on technique, dramaturgy or creativity, she is known for her warmth, enthusiasm and working with the over all health of the student in mind.

Exploring Duo Aerial Dance Trapeze
  with Aimee Hancock

Date: Sat, Mar. 18, 2017
Time: 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Price: $50.00
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Duo aerial dance trapeze training is full of variety! We will begin weight sharing on the bar, on the floor and the space in between. We will also explore movement that compliments and supports the other on and off the apparatus that isn't fully weight bearing. This workshop is an introduction to aerial dance trapeze and therefore does not require experience in partnering or dance trapeze, but some training in aerial work is recommended.

About the instructor
Aimee began her circus career over 25 years ago, and is now a program director and lead instructor of the professional programs at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Vermont, USA. She travels worldwide to give workshops - such as The Irish Aerial Dance Festival, Les Rencontres de Danse Aerienne with Fred Deb, CCAFT in Toronto and many others. In her classes, whether they are focused on technique, dramaturgy or creativity, she is known for her warmth, enthusiasm and working with the over all health of the student in mind.

Trapeze: Strength, Power, and Flight
  with Aimee Hancock

Date: Sat, Mar. 18, 2017
Time: 5:45pm - 7:45pm
Price: $50.00
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In this intermediate/advanced workshop, we will work with different types of tempos and beats, finding new and exciting ways to find air time from bar to bar, ropes to bar, bar to ropes - twisting, popping and soaring! We will also go through the progressions and conditioning for high level strength moves.

Students registering for this workshop must be able to execute clean beats and knee beats on trapeze; the ability to do a pullover is highly recommended.

About the instructor:
Aimee began her circus career over 25 years ago, and is now a program director and lead instructor of the professional programs at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Vermont, USA. She travels worldwide to give workshops - such as The Irish Aerial Dance Festival, Les Rencontres de Danse Aerienne with Fred Deb, CCAFT in Toronto and many others. In her classes, whether they are focused on technique, dramaturgy or creativity, she is known for her warmth, enthusiasm and working with the over all health of the student in mind.

Backbending [mini-session]
  with Tracy McAskill

Date: Wed, Apr. 05, 2017
Through Wed, Apr. 19, 2017
Time: 7:10pm - 8:25pm
Price: $60.00
Click here to register

Join Tracy for three weeks of deep backbending! This mini-session is Contortion Level 1/2+.

The Anatomy of Circus Session 1 - The Acrobatic Spine and Hip: At the Core of Movement
  with Emily Scherb

Date: Sat, Apr. 08, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Price: $40.00
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Register for both Anatomy of Circus sessions with Emily and save $10!

Train to be your best and push your limits while preventing injury. We will discuss and experience the anatomy and research behind optimizing your strength, endurance, and flexibility to become the best performer you can be. Understanding your body can be the boost your training needs to get to the next level, or a great framework for building a new practice.

When tumbling and flying through the air, our core is the basis of our movement and our stability. Understanding the bio-mechanics of the muscles and joints of the core, pelvis, and lower extremities will help you improve your flexibility and alignment; gain functional strength; and prevent injury. Avoid back, hip and knee injuries by learning how, where, and when motion should occur.

About the instructor:
Emily Scherb is a Doctor of Physical Therapy specializing in the care, treatment, and education of circus artists. In addition to owning her own practice in Seattle, WA, she lectures on anatomy and injury prevention for circus artists, instructors, and students across the country. Emily has been involved in circus arts for almost 25 years and continues to train and teach trapeze whenever she has a chance.

The Anatomy of Circus Session 2 - The Shoulder: From Hanging to Handstands
  with Emily Scherb

Date: Sat, Apr. 08, 2017
Time: 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Price: $40.00
Click here to register

Register for both Anatomy of Circus sessions with Emily and save $10!

Train to be your best and push your limits while preventing injury. We will discuss and experience the anatomy and research behind optimizing your strength, endurance, and flexibility to become the best performer you can be. Understanding your body can be the boost your training needs to get to the next level, or a great framework for building a new practice.

As circus performers, we spend a lot of time with our arms overhead. Learn how they can move so freely while still remaining a stable joint to hang or stand on, or come find out what might be holding them back. Understanding the shoulder girdle will help you have stable, flexible, and pain-free shoulders throughout your training and performing goals.

About the instructor:
Emily Scherb is a Doctor of Physical Therapy specializing in the care, treatment, and education of circus artists. In addition to owning her own practice in Seattle, WA, she lectures on anatomy and injury prevention for circus artists, instructors, and students across the country. Emily has been involved in circus arts for almost 25 years and continues to train and teach trapeze whenever she has a chance.

Rope Partnering
  with Terry Crane

Date: Sat, Apr. 29, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Price: $50.00
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Learn what to do with two people on aerial rope! This workshop will cover beginning partnering through advanced movements for intermediate to advanced level students. Students do not need to register with a partner, though they are welcome to do so.

Pre-requisites:
-Ability to invert in the air multiple times throughout class
-Minimum 1 year experience on either silks or rope
-Ability to hang from hands for at least 30 seconds with good shoulder form

About the instructor:
Terry Crane has been practicing vertical rope since 2001, and performing and teaching rope for over 10 years. He has taught workshops at the Fratellini Academy, FLIC Scuola in Torino, and all across the United States in various circus schools and studios. He is a respected leader in dynamic rope technique and convoluted knotwork on this apparatus. A growing number of his students have gone on to be accepted at the National Circus School of Montreal, where he also graduated in 2006. He regularly performs his own fiercely unique style of rope at Teatro Zinzanni Seattle and with his circus company, Acrobatic Conundrum.

Aerial Rope: Facility with Abandon
  with Terry Crane

Date: Sat, Apr. 29, 2017
Time: 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Price: $50.00
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In this workshop, students will practice moving dynamically with a sense of ease and effortless-ness on the vertical rope. We'll practice a progression of beats and exercises to generate momentum, and then explore using this momentum to maximum effect, either in flashy power moves or to wrap the rope hands-free. Time allowing, other topics may include: fake release moves, building large drops, using body shape to roll up, and some sequences of movement to take home.

Pre-requisites:
-Minimum 1 year of training on rope or silks
-Ability to do 8 pull-ups
-Ability to do 8 bent-arm or 4 straight-arm straddle-ups in succession

About the instructor:
Terry Crane has been practicing vertical rope since 2001, and performing and teaching rope for over 10 years. He has taught workshops at the Fratellini Academy, FLIC Scuola in Torino, and all across the United States in various circus schools and studios. He is a respected leader in dynamic rope technique and convoluted knotwork on this apparatus. A growing number of his students have gone on to be accepted at the National Circus School of Montreal, where he also graduated in 2006. He regularly performs his own fiercely unique style of rope at Teatro Zinzanni Seattle and with his circus company, Acrobatic Conundrum.

Static Trapeze: Finding the Beat!
  with Xochitl Sosa

Date: Sat, Apr. 29, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Price: $50.00
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This workshop is all about beats and tempos on static trapeze! We will learn how to generate momentum by breaking down the physics of beats, and then we'll dive into the possibilities of momentum, learning how to link tricks together and find opportunities in the "weightless" moments.

Pre-requisites:
-Comfort with basic beats: long beats, knee beats, and beats from ankle hang
-Ability to perform beat to pull-over several times throughout class

About the instructor:
Xochitl Sosa is an Oakland based aerial performer and instructor. She is a graduate of the New England Center for Circus Arts' (NECCA) Pro-Track Program, with a concentration in dance and duo trapeze. In addition to NECCA, she has trained in Montreal with renowned coaches from Cirque du Soleil and the National Circus School. She performs her unique style of dance trapeze around the US and Mexico in festivals, cabarets, and most recently on a national tour with contemporary circus company, Acrobatic Conundrum. Xochitl has contributed to the evolution of American circus by helping to establish Sky Candy, an aerial school in Austin, Texas. She is an enthusiastic teacher; selected teaching experiences include: Kinetic Arts (Oakland, CA); San Francisco Circus Center (San Francisco, CA); the North American Circus Educators Conference; and Camp Winnarainbow, where she first fell in love with circus.

Trapeze: Exploring through Transitions
  with Xochitl Sosa

Date: Sat, Apr. 29, 2017
Time: 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Price: $50.00
Click here to register

Sometimes trapeze can get a bit rigid and static. This workshop will introduce a new theory of movement on the trapeze. First we will focus on using momentum and good technique to explore new ways of moving through the air. Next we will go over some sequences to open the door to a whole new language of trapeze. From sequencing in the ropes to movement under the bar we will play with a variety of new transitions that will bring a fresh breath to choreography on the trapeze. Pre-requisites:
-Comfort with basic beats: long beats, knee beats, and beats from ankle hang
-Comfort inverting in the ropes

About the instructor
Xochitl Sosa is an Oakland based aerial performer and instructor. She is a graduate of the New England Center for Circus Arts' (NECCA) Pro-Track Program, with a concentration in dance and duo trapeze. In addition to NECCA, she has trained in Montreal with renowned coaches from Cirque du Soleil and the National Circus School. She performs her unique style of dance trapeze around the US and Mexico in festivals, cabarets, and most recently on a national tour with contemporary circus company, Acrobatic Conundrum. Xochitl has contributed to the evolution of American circus by helping to establish Sky Candy, an aerial school in Austin, Texas. She is an enthusiastic teacher; selected teaching experiences include: Kinetic Arts (Oakland, CA); San Francisco Circus Center (San Francisco, CA); the North American Circus Educators Conference; and Camp Winnarainbow, where she first fell in love with circus.

"Aerial acrobatics are mentally engaging, creatively freeing, and a fantastic way to trick yourself into going to the gym every week! On top of that, the whole Esh community is incredibly supportive and inspiring. I recommend Esh to people of all ages, backgrounds, and body types with no hesitation."
         ~Elizabeth B., Yelp review
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