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Workshops

Aerial Rings
  with Sophie Kaufman

Date: Sat, Feb. 23, 2019
Time: 2:45pm - 4:45pm
Price: $60.00
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Roman Rings are often seen in gymnastics, but have a totally different identity in the circus world! In our exploration of this unique apparatus we will learn ways to translate movements from Hoop, Trapeze and Silks on to the Rings. We will also find creative ways to incorporate spinning, swinging and flexibility in new movements. Students will have the opportunity to string new skills together with those already covered in other aerial classes.

Pre-requisites:
Students should have completed at least one 8-week session at a 201 level in Hoop, Trapeze, Rope or Silks.

Beginner Handstand Workshop
  with Chris Gatti

Date: Sat, Mar. 09, 2019
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Price: $80.00
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This beginner workshop covers the fundamentals of a handstand. This workshop will cover the following topics:

  • handstand-related flexibility
  • basic body positioning and alignment
  • body position refinement
  • balancing
  • kicking to handstand

    These topics break down the handstand into a manageable pieces for a beginner. Exercises and progressions will be provided for all topics, all of which will be practiced during the workshop with the intention that individuals understand the concepts sufficiently to be able to train on their own following this workshop.

    Pre-requisites: This workshop is suitable for individuals who have spent some time exploring a handstand in some capacity but who do not have a solid freestanding handstand. Participants should be able to perform at least a 15 second handstand hold against the wall. A freestanding handstand is not a necessary prerequisite to participate.

    About the Instructor:
    Chris Gatti was a competitive gymnast through college, and then went on to years of graduate school. Upon completing his PhD, he ran away with Cirque du Soleil. He began performing in South America on the show Corteo, and later became head coach on the show Volta. His life is completely circus now, from performing, to coaching, to consulting, to research. His passion though, is handbalancing: training and teaching handstands. He's a self-taught handbalancer and his style of teaching has been called unique, liberal, sneaky, and Socratic. His goal is to convey his philosophy of handbalancing and the experience of handstanding, much beyond the simple concept of being upside-down.

  • Intermediate Handstand Workshop
      with Chris Gatti

    Date: Sun, Mar. 10, 2019
    Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Price: $80.00
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    This intermediate level workshop explores topics beyond the basics of a standard straight handstand that will challenge both the body and mind. Some topics we will focus on include:

  • body position refinement
  • enhancing balance proficiency
  • handstand positions and movement
  • press handstands

    A variety of drills progressions will be explained, demonstrated, and practiced so that individuals can continue to challenge themselves and to progress on their own.

    Pre-requisites: Participants should have the ability to hold a freestanding (no wall, no spot) handstand for 30 seconds with their legs together and straight, as this is indicative of a good level of body control and comfort in balance.

    About the Instructor:
    Chris Gatti was a competitive gymnast through college, and then went on to years of graduate school. Upon completing his PhD, he ran away with Cirque du Soleil. He began performing in South America on the show Corteo, and later became head coach on the show Volta. His life is completely circus now, from performing, to coaching, to consulting, to research. His passion though, is handbalancing: training and teaching handstands. He's a self-taught handbalancer and his style of teaching has been called unique, liberal, sneaky, and Socratic. His goal is to convey his philosophy of handbalancing and the experience of handstanding, much beyond the simple concept of being upside-down.

  • "I have been taking aerial silks classes at Esh since 2010, and it has been one of the most rewarding activities I've done. Every teacher I've had there has been capable, careful, adaptable, funny, and encouraging. The whole Esh community is incredibly supportive and inspiring."
             ~Elizabeth B., Yelp review
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