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Workshops

Pulling Lines for Partner Acrobatics, Level 1
  with Ellen Waylonis

Date: Sat, Jan. 20, 2018
Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Price: $85.00
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The training is aimed at folks who want to learn to pull lines or improve their line pulling for partner acrobatic skills. Level 1 is open to all, and will include training in pulling lines for a variety of skills performed with a standing base including mounts, dismounts, and variations for hand-to-hand, hand-to-foot, and two-highs. We'll discuss considerations for pulling lines if you're on the smaller side, and also look at what makes for good line pulling technique (as opposed to poor technique that hinders skills).

The goal of this workshop is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to safely pull lines for a range of partner balances. In order to be permitted to pull lines at Esh, participants must demonstrate competence with the material. If a participant has not mastered the material by the end of the workshop, the instructor will discuss appropriate follow-up training.

This Level 1 training is a pre-requisite for Level 2 line pulling training, which will cover lines technique for more complex, dynamic skills for partner and group acrobatics.

Pre-requisites: Participants must be comfortable either basing or flying a two-high (standing on shoulders), and should be familiar with the basic concepts of standing hand-to-hand and hand-to-foot. Participants do not need to be able perform standing hand-to-hand or hand-to-foot skills in order to attend this training.

Aerial Improvisation and Theatricality
  with Bronwyn Sims

Date: Sat, Jan. 20, 2018
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Price: $55.00
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All live performance styles have something in common: the performer seeks to communicate something to the audience, to affect the audience, and ideally, to reach the audience on an emotional level. The physical performer has an advantage, because non-verbal communication can be powerful. But technique alone will not move an audience, or enable a performer to reach their full potential as an artist. This workshop focuses on proven exercises in dramatic structure, vulnerability, imagination, improvisation, status, and establishing a relationship with the audience. Students will come away with expanded possibilities and understanding of themselves and their art, and the power to courageously initiate a dialogue with any audience.

This workshop will benefit those who wish to stretch the boundaries of their expression, creating a language of theatrical choreography, linking movement and emotion. Participants should have experience on their apparatus of choice and be comfortable working through sequences, allowing themselves to be open, generous, vulnerable and playful.

Pre-requisites: Participants must have some aerial experience. Advanced beginners, intermediate, and advanced students are all welcome.

About the instructor: Bronwyn Sims is an actor, acrobat, choreographer, and educator with numerous film, stage, and choreography credits. A teacher of Aerial and Circus Arts as well as Yoga, Bronwyn is a Lecturer in Acting at Yale School of Drama, and has taught at The University of New Hampshire, University of Florida, Marlboro College, Colorado College Summer Dance Festival, Colby College, Philly Circus, Streb/Slam, The Trapeze Loft, The Sky Box, Bhava Yoga, Hart Yoga, South Boston Yoga and at New England Center for Circus Arts. She holds a Certificate in Acting from Circle in the Square Theatre School and has studied with numerous master teachers in Physical Theatre from across the country and Europe.

Get Upside-Down! Handstands and Other Inversions
  with Bronwyn Sims

Date: Sat, Jan. 20, 2018
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Price: $45.00
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Join Bronwyn and discover the positive effects of an inversion practice, from the physical body all the way down to the most subtle aspects of your being!

Whether you are going upside-down for the first time, or if you are more experienced and aiming to hold inversions with more steadiness and without support, this workshop is appropriate for you!

In this workshop you will learn the basic elements of handstanding and other inversions and arm balances, creative and fun exercises that build upper body strength and flexibility, and injury prevention for shoulders. Variations will be provided for those who are more experienced with inverting.

Pre-requisites: This workshop is appropriate for beginner to intermediate inversion students. Participants should be able to hold a plank position with good form for at least 20 seconds.

About the instructor: Bronwyn Sims is an actor, acrobat, choreographer, and educator with numerous film, stage, and choreography credits. A teacher of Aerial and Circus Arts as well as Yoga, Bronwyn is a Lecturer in Acting at Yale School of Drama, and has taught at The University of New Hampshire, University of Florida, Marlboro College, Colorado College Summer Dance Festival, Colby College, Philly Circus, Streb/Slam, The Trapeze Loft, The Sky Box, Bhava Yoga, Hart Yoga, South Boston Yoga and at New England Center for Circus Arts. She holds a Certificate in Acting from Circle in the Square Theatre School and has studied with numerous master teachers in Physical Theatre from across the country and Europe.

Off the Floor and Into the Air!
  with Theresa Racicot

Date: Sat, Feb. 10, 2018
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.

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
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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 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.

"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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