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Workshops

Esh Students Works-In-Progress Series: Audience
  with T Lawrence-Simon

Date: Sat, Mar. 23, 2019
Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Price: $5.00
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*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. At semi-regular intervals, a 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. T 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.

Power Up Your Rotator Cuff!
  with Theresa Racicot

Date: Sat, Mar. 23, 2019
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Price: $45.00
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The rotator cuff muscles, like all muscles, need to be progressively challenged to become stronger and thus more stable for optimal shoulder health. This workshop will take you through a progressive strength training protocol for your rotator cuff to keep the circus artist/athlete shoulders strong and to help reduce the potential for injury.

We'll warm-up and get right into doing the exercises with time to practice form and have questions answered. You'll leave with a well balanced strengthening program for your rotator cuff and with the knowledge of how to progressively increase the resistance to strengthen your 'cuff'. Bring a note taking device to record all the info.

Kinestretch
  with Theresa Racicot

Date: Sat, Mar. 23, 2019
Time: 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Price: $45.00
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Join in a class designed to improve your joint health, mobility and overall movement. This class will take you through a flow of movements to develop control through your range of motion and help you bridge the gap between your passive and active flexibility. Move through base positions that will open up your hips while simultaneously working on opening your shoulders or developing mobility in your wrists.

You might be wondering, what is Kinstretch?

Kinstretch is a movement enhancement system that develops maximum body control, flexibility and USABLE ranges of motion. It was designed to be taught in a group class setting for participants to create better articular (joint) health, mobility and movement needed for the demands of life, sport, exercise, running, hobbies and just about anything else you could think of... Circus - yes! Most definitely circus.

The workshop will begin with a quick introduction to terminology and fundamentals of Kinstretch that will be used during the course of the class so that you may feel the greatest benefits of a Kinstretch mobility session.

Special Open Studio - Level 201 and under!
  with T Lawrence-Simon

Date: Sat, Mar. 23, 2019
Time: 2:30pm - 4:15pm
Price: $15 cash at the door
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Join your circus friends for a special open studio for students in classes Level 201 and under! Folks currently taking aerial or ground classes at Level 101/101 Power, Level 201, Gentle Aerials, or Handstand Basics are invited to come practice skills, meet new friends, and ask for pointers from Esh coaches. Ages 16+

No need to sign up in advance! Cost is $15 cash only on arrival. Contact us at info@eshcircusarts.com with questions.

Breathing and Circus - How Do You Do It?
  with Theresa Racicot

Date: Sat, May. 11, 2019
Time: 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Price: $35.00
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This workshop is for anyone and everyone still mystified on how to contract their core in a difficult skill or position and still be able to breathe! Whether you're performing a plank, handstand against the wall, tucking your knees up to invert, or doing a back lever, if you forget to breathe you're missing out on vital oxygen and on the engagement that helps you develop a strong core.

Being able to breathe while maintaining your core activation can feel impossible, but it's vital for proper core engagement. Join this workshop to learn how to effectively activate your core, how to direct your breath so you can breathe while the core is activated, and ultimately develop a stronger core to keep you safer, injury free and doing cool circus stuff! This workshop is open to all.

Flexy Flyers
  with Janelle Peters

Date: Sat, Jun. 01, 2019
Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
Price: $50.00
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Register for 2 or more workshops with Janelle and save $5 on each!

Let's get bendy in the air! Learn how to soften into a stretch and gain flexibility without fighting yourself! In this workshop students will learn ground-based, silks-assisted, dynamic and partnered stretches they can incorporate into their own training, and will gain a deeper understanding of the physiological relaxation response that allows for deeper stretches. This workshop is especially designed for aerialists and will provide step-wise progression for students seeking to maintain healthy shoulder mobility and who wish to increase mobility in their hips and spines.

This workshop is appropriate for aerialists at any level.

About the instructor:
Janelle is a contortionist and aerialist with an extensive dance background and strong stage presence. She grew up as a dancer in Silicon Valley, performing and competing with Dance Effects and Shine Youth Dance Troupes. She continued to study dance at Goucher College, and upon her return to the San Francisco Bay Area, dove headfirst into the region's vibrant circus scene. Janelle has relocated to Denver Colorado as of November, 2017.

Janelle completed an apprenticeship with the Paperdoll Militia in 2013. She performs regularly, and has produced showcases and professional "scratch" (experimental) shows in he San Francisco Bay Area. She is a featured performer with Oakland's Vespertine Circus, and has embodied roles as disparate as Fair Hermia (Midsummer Night's Circus, 2016) and Brad Majors (Rocky Horror Circus Show, 2016, 2017). Janelle has performed as a principal with MOTH Contemporary Circus' The Circus Nutcracker.

Upright & Inverted Climbs on Silks
  with Janelle Peters

Date: Sat, Jun. 01, 2019
Time: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Price: $50.00
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Register for 2 or more workshops with Janelle and save $5 on each!

In this workshop, students will master the technique, timing and fabric management needed to execute common and uncommon upright and inverted climbs. We will explore points of tension, balance of weight in hands/feet/body, and strategies to make upright and inverted climbs efficient and, of course, beautiful!

Students should be able to climb to the top of the fabric multiple times throughout class using a simple upright climb (ie French, Russian), and must be able to invert in the air multiple times without instructor assistance. (Using feet/tagging the pole a little bit is ok!)

About the instructor:
Janelle is a contortionist and aerialist with an extensive dance background and strong stage presence. She grew up as a dancer in Silicon Valley, performing and competing with Dance Effects and Shine Youth Dance Troupes. She continued to study dance at Goucher College, and upon her return to the San Francisco Bay Area, dove headfirst into the region's vibrant circus scene. Janelle has relocated to Denver Colorado as of November, 2017.

Janelle completed an apprenticeship with the Paperdoll Militia in 2013. She performs regularly, and has produced showcases and professional "scratch" (experimental) shows in he San Francisco Bay Area. She is a featured performer with Oakland's Vespertine Circus, and has embodied roles as disparate as Fair Hermia (Midsummer Night's Circus, 2016) and Brad Majors (Rocky Horror Circus Show, 2016, 2017). Janelle has performed as a principal with MOTH Contemporary Circus' The Circus Nutcracker.

Movement Quality for Aerialists
  with Janelle Peters

Date: Sat, Jun. 01, 2019
Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Price: $50.00
Click here to register

Register for 2 or more workshops with Janelle and save $5 on each!

Seventy percent of human communication is nonverbal. As an aerialist, what do you want to communicate to your audience? In this workshop, students will learn to use physicality and gesture to add purpose and interest to their aerial performances. We will examine Laban movement theory as applied to aerial, and students will learn exploratory activities that they can use throughout their careers to develop and fine tune their movement.

This workshop is appropriate for aerialists in any discipline who can string together 3+ skills in the air.

About the instructor:
Janelle is a contortionist and aerialist with an extensive dance background and strong stage presence. She grew up as a dancer in Silicon Valley, performing and competing with Dance Effects and Shine Youth Dance Troupes. She continued to study dance at Goucher College, and upon her return to the San Francisco Bay Area, dove headfirst into the region's vibrant circus scene. Janelle has relocated to Denver Colorado as of November, 2017.

Janelle completed an apprenticeship with the Paperdoll Militia in 2013. She performs regularly, and has produced showcases and professional "scratch" (experimental) shows in he San Francisco Bay Area. She is a featured performer with Oakland's Vespertine Circus, and has embodied roles as disparate as Fair Hermia (Midsummer Night's Circus, 2016) and Brad Majors (Rocky Horror Circus Show, 2016, 2017). Janelle has performed as a principal with MOTH Contemporary Circus' The Circus Nutcracker.

"Wonderful, wonderful, studio. I took a private lesson for the first time at Esh for silks and thoroughly enjoyed it. Everyone I've met so far have been extremely friendly, though I'm a total beginner. I'm really excited to be more involved with Esh and meet more of the community."
         ~Shani T., Yelp review
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