Pulling Lines for Partner Acrobatics, Level 2
with Ellen Waylonis
The training is aimed at folks who want to learn to pull lines or improve their line pulling for partner acrobatic skills. Level 2 will include training in pulling lines for a variety of skills including three-highs, long-arm hand-to-hand and hand-to-foot, basic banquine skills, and some dynamic skills. 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.
Pre-requisites: Participants must have completed the Level 1 training or have instructor permission, and must and logged at least 15 hours of line pulling time.
Aerial Rope - Dynamic Flow
with Alex Allan
Through Sun, Dec. 02, 2018
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This workshop is designed to give participants a new perspective on the creation of contemporary rope work. Students will not only learn a new vocabulary of momentum-based skills, but they will learn them as a part of larger phrases of choreography. We'll explore skills as transitions as opposed to ending points, and we'll focus on technique to create a quality of movement that is fluid, seamless and powerful. We will also explore C-shaping pathways a means moving efficiently up and down the rope in rotational movements.
Students will also explore different ways of transitioning from the floor to the rope to give inspiration for creating work that is not restricted to the air but that moves organically between floor and air.
Participants are welcome to join for one, two, or all three sessions with Alex over the course of the weekend.
Friday 11/30 - 7:15pm - 9:15pm
Saturday 12/1 - 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Sunday 12/2 - 12:15pm - 2:15pm
This workshop is for students at an intermediate-to-advanced level on rope. Participants should feel confident with a range of beats and dynamic-based movement and be able to perform multiple, clean straight-arm inversions in the air and straight-armed hip keys.
About the instructor:
Alex Allan is an Aerial Rope Artist and Dancer best known for his performative work that blends circus, dance and theatre. He graduated with a Bachelor of Communications in Theatre & Media from his home country of Australia. It was here that he was introduced to physical theatre and the circus arts, leading him to train at the San Francisco Circus Center in the Professional Aerial Program.
Influenced by his combined educational background, Alex is driven to find and convey meaning through movement, believing that the body can communicate that which words cannot. He has worked with companies such as Teatro Zin Zanni, Acrobatic Conundrum and Zaccho Dance Theatre.
As an aerial and movement coach, Alex's approach focuses on technique and efficiency, resulting in a graceful and organic quality of movement. He has taught workshops across Europe, North America, and Australia.
Aerial Straps - Ease and Fluidity
with Juan-Luis Gonzalez
Through Sun, Dec. 02, 2018
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Straps technique is the foundation of Rope and Fabric. It is to Aerial Arts as Ballet is to dance. The pathways present in straps training are fundamental for vertical apparatus and complimentary for dynamic movements. Juan-Luis has a unique approach to Straps. His technique focuses on precise body alignment and positioning. His emphasis on full body integrated movement allows students to perform difficult skills and transitions without having to rely on brute strength. This results in a physical quality that is strong and powerful yet fluid and graceful. All aerialists will benefit from these workshops whether wanting to take their straps practice to the next level or apply the techniques to their chosen apparatus.
This workshop welcomes all participants regardless of their experience on straps, although some aerial experience is recommended. Class will begin with some conditioning as well as basic, functional exercises and technique corrections. Those new to the apparatus will be given conditioning drills and safe progressions while intermediate and advanced students will work on exercises and skills customized to their level and strengths to continue developing and broadening their straps vocabulary.
Questions and discussion is encouraged and everyone should be free to ask for help at any time. Straps can demand a lot of energy and strength but we will focus on technique and efficient pathways in order to minimize effort and maximize ease and fluidity. No matter what level you're at everyone will be challenged while having fun!
Participants are welcome to join for one, two, or all three sessions with Juan over the course of the weekend.
Friday 11/30 - 3:45pm - 5:45pm
Saturday 12/1 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Sunday 12/2 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Participants should feel confident in performing multiple straight-arm inversions *or* 5 bent-arm inversions in a row with good form.
About the instructor:
Juan-Luis Gonzales started his studies in Circus Arts in 2006 in the Professional Aerial Program at the San Francisco Circus Center under the guidance of Elena Panova and Angelo Rodriguez.
Afterward completing the program, he returned to Guadalajara, Mexico to open his own training program where he has since hosted students from around the world to train his unique method of Straps technique. Juan-Luis also spent a year at the Ecole de Cirque de Quebec as the Straps, Rope and Fabric coach in 2014 and continues to travel and teach workshops across North America and Europe. He has had the pleasure of seeing many of his students go on to some of the most prestigious schools across the globe and continues to host international students at his gym in Guadalajara.
As an artist Juan-Luis has had the pleasure of performing at Festivals such as the Internacional de Crico y Chow 1st Edition, Concurso Nacional de Circo y Creacion (3rd place) and the Festival Internacional de Arte Escenico where he was part of the "Creacion Colectiva" with 5 days of residence, with artists from companies Cirque Du Soleil and 7 Fingers, and from Italy, Croatia and Chile.
Aerial Sling Choreo: Dance in the Air! [mini-session]
with Mandy Hackman
Through Sun, Jan. 20, 2019
In this mini-session, we will build a piece of choreography on the sling over three weeks. This session will be structured like a dance class, so we will not just learn a series of tricks, but weave a phrase of movement together with a piece of music, exploring how to give your sling practice that "something else" - moving from executing skills to really dancing with the apparatus! Over the three weeks, we will learn a movement phrase including a combination of technical vocabulary and intriguing transitions, all while exploring the ins and outs of clean lines, musicality, dynamic, and expression, finishing with a polished piece of choreography that includes fun new skills to play with. Let's dance!
Pre-requisites: This class is appropriate for those with a current sling practice of at least a year or at least two years of another apparatus, who are comfortable repeating vocabulary and staying in the air for 3-5 minutes.
About the instructor: A dancer from age three, Mandy slid sideways from the world of contemporary postmodern dance into the world of circus. She began her aerial journey doing guerrilla acrobatic dance in and around trees, and has since expanded her climbing to rope, fabric, lyra, and sling.
Mandy has performed and taught aerial arts, contemporary dance, and composition nationally and internationally, from Denver to Atlanta to New York to the Kennedy Center in D.C to Gujarat, India. She has performed with a broad spectrum of companies including Frequent Flyers, Control Group Productions, Upsidown Productions, Sinecdoche Dance, Mike Kelley, and others. She is currently on-staff coaching aerial technique and fitness with Frequent Flyers of Colorado, where she coaches beginners all the way through students in their Professional Training Program with a passion for anatomical efficiency and finding windows to individual expression.
Mandy is also a professor of experiential anatomy for movement artists at MSU Denver and a certified Personal Trainer.