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Workshops

Acrobatic Technique Series - Summer 2017
  with Esh ground coaching staff

Date: Wed, Jun. 21, 2017
Through Wed, Aug. 09, 2017
Time: 8:30pm - 9:45pm
Price: $35.00
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The Acrobatic Technique Series is a class that's designed a little differently! The series presents 8 stand-alone classes, each exploring a different and specific topic in ground-based acrobatic training. Some topics are aimed at beginners, some at intermediate students, and others at more advanced folks. Some cover solo skills, while others address partner skills - though no partner is required to register. Student may sign up for a single date, or register for multiple classes - it's 100% up to you! Think of it as a workshop series with a little something for everyone. Each class is $35.

Weekly Topics:
6/21 - Cartwheeling Out of a Handstand
6/28 - On a Roll! Forward Rolls, Backward Rolls, & more
7/5 - Two-high Tune-up
7/12 - Leg day! Squats and Jumping Technique
7/19 - Beginner Partner Inversions
7/26 - Partner Warm-ups & Calibration
8/2 - Leaps and Turns
8/9 - Counterbalances for Same Size Pairs

View the full series here - click on the titles for descriptions and pre-requisites.

Aerial Technique Series - Summer 2017
  with T Lawrence-Simon

Date: Thu, Jun. 22, 2017
Through Thu, Aug. 10, 2017
Time: 7:10pm - 8:25pm
Price: $35.00
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The Aerial Technique Series is a new class that's designed a little differently! The series presents 8 stand-alone classes, each exploring a different and specific topic in aerial training. Some topics are aimed at beginners, some at intermediate students, and others at more advanced folks. Student may sign up for a single date, or register for multiple classes - it's 100% up to you! Think of it as a workshop series with a little something for everyone. Each class is $35.

Weekly Topics:
June 22nd: Hip Keys (silks and rope)
June 29th: Inversions (silks and rope)
July 6th: S-Wraps & Windmills (silks and rope)
July 13th: Beats on Bar (hoop and trapeze)
July 20th: Spinning (hoop and single point trapeze)
July 27th: Fundamental Wraps (silks and rope)
August 3rd: Inversions and Mounts (hoop and trapeze)
August 10th: Hip Circles and Mill Circles (hoop and trapeze)

View the full series here - click on the titles for descriptions and pre-requisites.

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

Date: Sat, Jun. 24, 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, Jun. 24, 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.)

Choreography for Lyra
  with Jenn Bruyer

Date: Sat, Jul. 01, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Price: $60.00
Click here to register

Register for two or more workshops with Jenn and Alex and save $5/workshop!

Lyra (aerial hoop) is a superb and powerful tool for self expression at any technical level. In this workshop we will explore some concepts, skills and techniques that are specific to this apparatus through the creation of fluid sequences. Dynamic movements will pair with beautiful sculptural shapes as we move with and without spin.

Students can expect to explore spinning and spiraling, seamlessly threading transitions, work in the ropes and the inevitable poses and shapes as we build an understanding of not only this piece of choreography but the ability to create infinite individualized harmonious movement patterns.

Pre-requisites
This workshop is for students at an intermediate level or above on aerial hoop/lyra. Students should be comfortable with a variety of movements and poses on aerial hoop; and must be able to perform a pull-over from standing on the floor and a single knee hang.

About the instructor:
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

'Obscureography' for Fabric
  with Jenn Bruyer

Date: Sat, Jul. 01, 2017
Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Price: $60.00
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Register for two or more workshops with Jenn and Alex and save $5/workshop!

Aerial fabric is a limitless source of creative freedom, problem solving and personal discovery. Discover Jenn's unique brand of aerial panache! Learn to balance strength, poise, personality and transitional intricacy with beautiful equilibrium.

Movement examples may include: exploration and alternatives to the belay loop; direction changing drops; wrapping without using hands; alternative variations of well-known skills; and of course, obscure aerial items of interest!

Pre-requisites
This workshop is for students at an intermediate level or above on fabric. Students should be comfortable with a variety of movements and poses on aerial fabric, and should be able to wrap and execute basic drops (saulto and single star) with confidence.

About the instructor:
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

Cross Back Straddle Exploration for Fabric
  with Jenn Bruyer

Date: Sat, Jul. 01, 2017
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Price: $60.00
Click here to register

Register for two or more workshops with Jenn and Alex and save $5/workshop!

Fabric has always been a crowd favorite. Understanding how to use some of the most recognizable visual elements [like cross back straddle] in a more integrated and compelling way can not only help expand your vocabulary but ultimately improve your audience engagement.

In this workshop we'll explore some of the unexpected and even bizarre ways to set up this quintessential aerial silks trick to keep your audience guessing, from highly complex and intricate to straightforward and dynamic! And once we're there we'll flip, dive, contort and wrap for some unusual exits.

Pre-requisites
Students should be comfortable with cross back straddle and aerial dance footlocks.

About the instructor:
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.

Dynamic Skills and Transitions for Rope
  with Alex Allen

Date: Sat, Jul. 01, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Price: $60.00
Click here to register

Register for two or more workshops with Jenn and Alex and save $5/workshop!

A large reason for perfecting dynamic technique is so that we can harness enough power to create a moment of weightlessness. In this magical fraction of a second we have the opportunity to release, to twist, to flip and slide. Learning these specific skills removes the predictability of wrapped drops and adds a dynamic and explosive quality to choreography.

In this workshop we will apply your knowledge and technique of dynamic movement. Using a variety of beat pathways, students will learn new entrances into wraps, open drops and a range of release moves. Students of various levels will be guided through these skills with the appropriate progressions so they can continue the mastery during their own training.

Pre-requisites
This workshop is for students at an intermediate-to-advanced level on rope. Participants should feel comfortable with dynamic technique/beats on rope, including plank beats and straddle beats/switches.

About the instructor:
Alex moved from Sydney Australia to San Francisco in 2009 to attend the Circus Center's Professional Aerial program where he specialized in Corde Lisse and Swinging Trapeze. Since the completion of his training Alex has performed and taught workshops across the U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand and England.

With his comprehensive background of dance, circus and theatre creation, Alex has created a unique style of movement and presence on the rope. Whether coaching or onstage, Alex utilizes directionality and momentum-based movement to create choreography that is both fluid and dynamic.

See some of Alex's work here.

S-Lock Exploration for Rope and Fabric
  with Alex Allen

Date: Sat, Jul. 01, 2017
Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Price: $60.00
Click here to register

Register for two or more workshops with Jenn and Alex and save $5/workshop!

S-lock is a fundamental wrap for vertical apparatus. When watching an aerial performance we immediately recognize when someone is getting into this wrap and can readily predict what theyre going to do out of it.

This workshop will focus on building a unique and interesting vocabulary of entrances into s-lock and unexpected exits out of it. We will explore various ways of transitioning in the air to achieve these movements; threading, twisting and flaring. S-lock will cease to be a mundane wrap and become a transitional position in which to create innovative and seamless choreography.

Pre-requisites
This workshop is for students at an intermediate-to-advanced level on fabric and/or rope.

About the instructor:
Alex moved from Sydney Australia to San Francisco in 2009 to attend the Circus Center's Professional Aerial program where he specialized in Corde Lisse and Swinging Trapeze. Since the completion of his training Alex has performed and taught workshops across the U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand and England.

With his comprehensive background of dance, circus and theatre creation, Alex has created a unique style of movement and presence on the rope. Whether coaching or onstage, Alex utilizes directionality and momentum-based movement to create choreography that is both fluid and dynamic.

See some of Alex's work here.

Movement Quality for All Apparatus
  with Alex Allen

Date: Sat, Jul. 01, 2017
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Price: $60.00
Click here to register

Register for two or more workshops with Jenn and Alex and save $5/workshop!

When learning aerial arts, the technique of the skill is primary. As we become proficient with skills and sequences we're able to start letting go of rigid technique and finding our own unique, organic quality of movement.

In this workshop students will learn an easy and simple piece of choreography for exploring various movements. We will explore how make the most of timing, use of space, directionality, focus, and full bodied movement. This will not only expose you to new techniques, skills and transitions but to a new perspective on creating dance-like movements in the air.

Pre-requisites
This workshop is open to students from advanced beginner on up. Students should be comfortable with a variety of movements and poses on their chosen apparatus, and should be able to stay in the air for at least 3 minutes at a time.

About the instructor:
Alex moved from Sydney Australia to San Francisco in 2009 to attend the Circus Center's Professional Aerial program where he specialized in Corde Lisse and Swinging Trapeze. Since the completion of his training Alex has performed and taught workshops across the U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand and England.

With his comprehensive background of dance, circus and theatre creation, Alex has created a unique style of movement and presence on the rope. Whether coaching or onstage, Alex utilizes directionality and momentum-based movement to create choreography that is both fluid and dynamic.

See some of Alex's work here.

Vertical Partnering for Rope and Fabric
  with Jenn Bruyer & Alex Allen

Date: Sun, Jul. 02, 2017
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Price: $60
Click here to register

Register for two or more workshops with Jenn and Alex and save $5/workshop!

The vertical apparatus allows for an unusual and compelling way to interact with a partner using height, tension and vertical space. The relationships and transitions between them can be as beautiful as they are dynamic and surprising.

This workshop will introduce the various ways to partner on the vertical apparatus. Working with some of our favorite examples of partnering, we will explore the various categories of partner work, including: role reversal, hand to hand (with and without tail), tension pole, flier & tail, mirroring, and more.

Pre-requisites
This workshop is open to students who are intermediate and up on rope or fabric. All participants must be able to invert smoothly from the ground and in the air (no jumping or swinging). Basic partnering experience on any apparatus is encouraged but not required.

Off the Floor and Into the Air! Silks for the Experienced Beginner
  with Theresa Racicot

Date: Sat, Jul. 15, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Price: $50.00
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This workshop is for students who have taken a few sessions of aerial silks classes and are looking for a boost! In this workshop, we'll focus on taking skills from the floor and moving them into the air. Key skills of focus will be cross back straddle, straddle inversions, inverted climbs and vertical splits. You'll learn some conditioning drills to use while on the silks and other drills that you can do at home.

Pre-requisites:
Participants must have completed at least one session of Silks 201 at Esh, or have equivalent experience from another school. Participants should be familiar with the set-up for cross back straddle (it's ok if you can't get upside-down on your own!), should be able to put on single and double foot locks, and should have the ability to invert from the ground without instructor help.

Arms! [mini-session]
  with Johnny Blazes

Date: Tue, Jul. 18, 2017
Through Tue, Aug. 08, 2017
Time: 5:50pm - 7:05pm
Price: $85.00
Click here to register

So you've learned some tricks, you've even strung them together into a sequence, and then you suddenly remember: I have arms! WHAT DO I DO WITH THEM?

This mini-session will teach you how to throw your hands in the air and wave 'em like you just DO care. Whether you're an object manipulator, acrobat, or aerialist, there will be moments in your choreography where your hands and arms are not doing something functional, and you want to use them expressively. Our primary focus will be on cultivating intentionality in our gestures and shapes, practicing exercises that help us grow our proprioceptive sense (where are my arms in space?) and our kinesthetic sense (how are they moving?). We will explore 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.

This workshop is open to students of all levels and disciplines. Not recommended for students with shoulder injuries or unable to hold arms outstretched for extended periods of time. Check with the instructor if you have questions by emailing johnny@eshcircusarts.com.

Blueprint of a Solo [mini-session]
  with Sophia Herscu

Date: Tue, Jul. 18, 2017
Through Tue, Aug. 08, 2017
Time: 5:50pm - 7:05pm
Price: $95.00
Click here to register

What does it take to create a solo act? Should we link every skill we know into one sequence and call it a night? Should we choreograph to music? Does a solo need a character? What should my solo mean? So many questions - creating a solo out of thin air can be daunting!

This mini-session will help acrobats of any level and in any discipline find their choreographic voice and performance quality. We will follow a road map of composition techniques including formulas and prompts, music and character. We'll discuss the role of costuming and look at performing from a holistic point of view.

Come with nothing, leave with a blueprint for your very own solo. This workshop is open to students at any level!

Intro to Aerials for the Absolute Beginner [mini-session]
  with Johnny Blazes

Date: Thu, Jul. 20, 2017
Through Thu, Aug. 10, 2017
Time: 8:30pm - 9:45pm
Price: $120.00
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This 4-week mini-session is for folks who are new to moving their body in athletic ways, who are overcoming a fear of heights, who are working with physical limitations, or who just want to slow down and take their time! This mini-session will cover the fundamentals of aerial work with a pace and approach designed to suit every body.

There are no skill pre-requisites for this mini-session. Participants must be able to engage in physical activity safely. Questions about whether this class is right for you? Contact us at info@eshcircusarts.com!

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