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Workshops

Journey to Standing Hand to Hand
  with Micah Ellinger & Heidi Blais

Date: Fri, Nov. 22, 2019
Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Price: $80.00
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Micah and Heidi share technique and conditioning towards integrating standing hand-to-hand into your practice with confidence and ease. We'll take time to dissect grips, load-ins, tempos, alignment, exits and bails for L-basing hand-to-hand as well as standing hand-to-hand. Along the way, conditioning and technique may be woven into flows for training while taking in the scenery. This workshop is targeted to newcomers to standing hand-to-hand as well as those looking to revisit and refine the essentials of this skill.

Pre-requisites:

Flyers
-straddle jump into handstand against wall or with spotter, hold 1 minute
-30 second HS facing wall, hands as close to the corner as possible
-30 second foot to hand in L-base, both with bases elbows down and extended
-comfort in a 2-high

Bases
-10 consecutive push ups with elbows squared
-30 second foot to hand in L-base, both with elbows down and extended
-3 squats while basing 2 high

About the instructors:

Micah Ellinger has been immersed in the world of partner acrobatics since 2008, starting with an intensive circus program for 9 months at New England Center for Circus Arts in Vermont, and in 2016 completed 3 years training hand to hand at Ecole Nationale de Cirque in Montreal. Since then he has been performing internationally with several companies, including Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, and Circus Monti. In between performing contracts he enjoys connecting with the recreational and hobbyist acrobatic communities, teaching worldwide at workshops, intensives, and festivals.
IG: @micah_ellinger

Heidi Blais is a slackline, acroyoga and handstand teacher and innovator. From walking some of the world's longest highlines, to balancing on minimal points of contact in acroyoga, playing with weight and gravity is her mojo. Hand-to-hand has become a wellspring of creative possibility in her acroyoga research. The former architect loves to deconstruct movement and share her understanding with others. She seeks to open students to their own potential on a journey of empowerment, towards that undeniable voice that cries, "We got this!" Her approach is as centered around "priming" - physical and mental preparation for greater cohesion in partner movement - as it is around delivering awe-inspiring moves. She teaches worldwide and is senior teacher trainer with Acroyoga Montreal. Heidi is born in California, based in Montreal.
IG: @heidiblais

Standing Reverse H2H: Entrances, Exits, Flow
  with Micah Ellinger & Heidi Blais

Date: Sat, Nov. 23, 2019
Time: 2:30pm-5:30pm
Price: $80.00
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We'll first establish the foundations for a steady standing reverse hand-to-hand (grip, placement and alignment), and then progress into various entrances: step-ups, roll-ups, reverse inlocate. Micah and Heidi share original transitions into and out of this skill from other standing poses as well as a few funky exits. There will be moments to troubleshoot, identify pitfalls and understand the spotting.

Pre-requisites:

Flyers
-straddle jump into handstand against wall or with spotter, hold 1 minute
-30 second HS facing wall, hands as close to the corner as possible
-30 second foot to hand in L-base, both with bases elbows down and extended
-comfort in a 2-high
-10 seconds standing hand-to-hand with minimal movement, and a soft and controlled descent
-10 seconds L-base reverse hand-to-hand

Bases
-10 consecutive push ups with elbows squared
-30 second foot to hand in L-base, both with elbows down and extended
-3 squats while basing 2 high
-10 seconds standing hand-to-hand with minimal movement, and a soft and controlled descent
-10 seconds L-base reverse hand-to-hand

About the instructors:

Micah Ellinger has been immersed in the world of partner acrobatics since 2008, starting with an intensive circus program for 9 months at New England Center for Circus Arts in Vermont, and in 2016 completed 3 years training hand to hand at Ecole Nationale de Cirque in Montreal. Since then he has been performing internationally with several companies, including Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, and Circus Monti. In between performing contracts he enjoys connecting with the recreational and hobbyist acrobatic communities, teaching worldwide at workshops, intensives, and festivals.
IG: @micah_ellinger

Heidi Blais is a slackline, acroyoga and handstand teacher and innovator. From walking some of the world's longest highlines, to balancing on minimal points of contact in acroyoga, playing with weight and gravity is her mojo. Hand-to-hand has become a wellspring of creative possibility in her acroyoga research. The former architect loves to deconstruct movement and share her understanding with others. She seeks to open students to their own potential on a journey of empowerment, towards that undeniable voice that cries, "We got this!" Her approach is as centered around "priming" - physical and mental preparation for greater cohesion in partner movement - as it is around delivering awe-inspiring moves. She teaches worldwide and is senior teacher trainer with Acroyoga Montreal. Heidi is born in California, based in Montreal.
IG: @heidiblais

Beginner German Wheel - Get Ready to Roll!
  with Chris Delgado

Date: Sat, Dec. 07, 2019
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Price: $60.00
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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.

Intro to Partnering on German Wheel
  with Chris Delgado

Date: Sat, Dec. 07, 2019
Time: 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Price: $50.00
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No German Wheel experience required for this workshop!

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.

Supreme Spiral Success on German Wheel
  with Chris Delgado

Date: Sat, Dec. 07, 2019
Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Price: $50.00
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Not only for German wheelers! Cyr wheelers, this workshops can help you get your coin spin on Cyr wheel! Whatever your wheel of choice, we'll take you from zero to hero in this topsy turvy workshop! You'll learn to spin, roll, and turn on one rim, while having an insanely good time! We'll cover:

-Start with the most basic wheel manipulation (washing machine!) to gain control of the wheel and an understanding of the fundamentals of spiral.
-Cowboy (straddle) spiral! Giddyap! With proper technique, you'll be on your way to the rodeo in no time!
-One on one coaching in small spiral will allow you to complete the move (and look awesome!) while staying firmly in the safety zone.
-Get a taste of Big Spiral! Complete large circles in the wheel, and master correct positioning for speedy, and safe spirals every time.
-Learn the biggest mistakes everyone makes when starting spiral and how to side step them like a ninja. Tackle counter intuitive body alignment, wonky arm positioning, and head games to keep your big wheel turning.

Pre-requisites: Students should have some familiarity with German or Cyr wheel, 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.

Movie Night: La Nouba
  with Sophie Kaufman

Date: Sat, Dec. 28, 2019
Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm
Price: Free!
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Come hang out with your circus community at movie night! We will be viewing Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba. La Nouba toured from 1998 to 2017. Its name derives from the French phrase "farie la nouba" or "to party!" The show features silks, rola bola, flying trapeze, dance, and more!

Come ready to lounge! We will have comfy mats to sit on, and folks are welcome to bring *dry* snacks to share and enjoy. *NO NUTS PLEASE!* Please keep all liquids and sticky or squishy foods in the lobby. This is a free event, and kids are welcome.

Arrive any time after 4:15pm; the movie will begin at 4:30pm.

Rope Flow
  with Rain Anya

Date: Fri, Jan. 03, 2020
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Price: $60.00
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This intermediate/advanced workshop focuses on material that lends itself to seamless transitions and "rope flow." As we explore non-traditional ways in and out of familiar wraps, the choreographic nature of rope will become more and more accessible. You'll be able to take some fun transitions with you from the workshop, and also leave with a better sense of how to discover and create your own innovative pathways on rope.

Pre-requisites: Participants should be confident with a wide variety of skills on rope, including a variety of dives and drops, windmill/wheeldown with straight legs, and have some experience with fundamental dynamic movements/beats (pike beat, straddle switch, front/back beats). Participants must be able to invert in the air without tagging/using feet throughout the workshop.

About the instructor:
Rain Anya is a Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Paper Doll Militia. With her 25 years of experience onstage in theatre, dance, music, and circus, Rain's life's work is in the integration of circus arts with other performance and movement disciplines. Rain's aerial career began with the political circus company Wise Fool New Mexico in 2003. Out of inspired collaborations there, the seeds for the Paper Doll Militia were sown. Rain has been creating and touring original productions with the company since 2006, in the US and the UK. Rain is also a passionate aerial arts instructor and travels around the world teaching PDM specialty workshops, teacher trainings, and aerial retreats (Greece & Mexico). When she's not on the road, Rain offers private lessons out of her East LA home studio. Rain also works as a trainer and consultant for theatre and film. Notable clients include top Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif for her role in Dhoom 3 and sports legend Serena Williams.

Choreographic Drops
  with Rain Anya

Date: Sat, Jan. 04, 2020
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Price: $60.00
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In this intermediate / advanced workshop, you'll learn inventive drops that also highlight the choreography of wrapping into the drop itself. Take your fabric drops to a whole new level of artistry. We'll be working up to the drops through progressions, walk downs, and understanding of the wraps, so that all participants can approach the material with safely and confidence.

Pre-requisites: Participants must be able to invert in the air without tagging/using feet throughout the workshop, have knowledge of basic aerial drops (single star, saulto, 360 drop, and simple slack drops), and have the stamina to remain in the air for up to five minutes at a time.

About the instructor:
Rain Anya is a Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Paper Doll Militia. With her 25 years of experience onstage in theatre, dance, music, and circus, Rain's life's work is in the integration of circus arts with other performance and movement disciplines. Rain's aerial career began with the political circus company Wise Fool New Mexico in 2003. Out of inspired collaborations there, the seeds for the Paper Doll Militia were sown. Rain has been creating and touring original productions with the company since 2006, in the US and the UK. Rain is also a passionate aerial arts instructor and travels around the world teaching PDM specialty workshops, teacher trainings, and aerial retreats (Greece & Mexico). When she's not on the road, Rain offers private lessons out of her East LA home studio. Rain also works as a trainer and consultant for theatre and film. Notable clients include top Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif for her role in Dhoom 3 and sports legend Serena Williams.

Dynamics of Duo Silks
  with Rain Anya

Date: Sat, Jan. 04, 2020
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Price: $60.00
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Come with a partner or on your own, ready to work with new people! This workshop focuses on artistic creation and expression in the collaborative process. We will explore duo vocabulary on aerial silks, with specific work on creative basing positions as well as possibilities with tension and transitions.

Pre-requisites: Participants must be able to invert in the air without tagging/using feet throughout the workshop, have knowledge of basic aerial drops (single star, saulto, 360 drop, and simple slack drops), and have the stamina to remain in the air for up to five minutes at a time.

About the instructor:
Rain Anya is a Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Paper Doll Militia. With her 25 years of experience onstage in theatre, dance, music, and circus, Rain's life's work is in the integration of circus arts with other performance and movement disciplines. Rain's aerial career began with the political circus company Wise Fool New Mexico in 2003. Out of inspired collaborations there, the seeds for the Paper Doll Militia were sown. Rain has been creating and touring original productions with the company since 2006, in the US and the UK. Rain is also a passionate aerial arts instructor and travels around the world teaching PDM specialty workshops, teacher trainings, and aerial retreats (Greece & Mexico). When she's not on the road, Rain offers private lessons out of her East LA home studio. Rain also works as a trainer and consultant for theatre and film. Notable clients include top Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif for her role in Dhoom 3 and sports legend Serena Williams.

Vertical Theatre Method
  with Rain Anya

Date: Sun, Jan. 05, 2020
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Price: $60.00
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The Vertical Theatre Method is an investigation of aerial arts with the focal point of theatricality and authenticity of both movement and content. The Method has been in development since 2007 by artists Rain Anya and Sarah Bebe Holmes. This workshop is a performative-based workshop exploring the expressive nature of aerials using improvisation, physical theatre, musicality, character, and exercises in stage presence. Layering your aerial work with creativity and content, we will work with techniques for expressing human emotion and storytelling within the movement. Looking at creative approaches to building an act or performance piece, this workshop is for students who feel comfortable on an apparatus enough that they can explore beyond the tricks.

Pre-requisites: Participants should be comfortable executing a wide range of skills on their chosen apparatus (hoop, silks, rope, or trapeze) and must have the stamina to remain in the air for 4-5 minutes at a time.

About the instructor:
Rain Anya is a Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Paper Doll Militia. With her 25 years of experience onstage in theatre, dance, music, and circus, Rain's life's work is in the integration of circus arts with other performance and movement disciplines. Rain's aerial career began with the political circus company Wise Fool New Mexico in 2003. Out of inspired collaborations there, the seeds for the Paper Doll Militia were sown. Rain has been creating and touring original productions with the company since 2006, in the US and the UK. Rain is also a passionate aerial arts instructor and travels around the world teaching PDM specialty workshops, teacher trainings, and aerial retreats (Greece & Mexico). When she's not on the road, Rain offers private lessons out of her East LA home studio. Rain also works as a trainer and consultant for theatre and film. Notable clients include top Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif for her role in Dhoom 3 and sports legend Serena Williams.

Lyra Transitions
  with Elliana Hentoff-Killian

Date: Sat, Feb. 29, 2020
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Price: $50.00
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Expand your hoop vocabulary and learn to flow between poses and skills on the lyra! We'll learn different mounts and explore transitions from below to middle to high bars and back again so you can link your tricks together seamlessly and creatively.

Participants must be able to mount the hoop without assistance repeatedly throughout class, and be comfortable sitting, standing and hanging from different areas of the lyra, including sitting poses on the top of the hoop. Participants must be able to execute a 20 second straight hang from the bar with good form.

About the instructor:
Elliana Grace has been in the circus since before she could walk. Her first entry into a circus ring was on the back of an elephant at the age of 2 weeks! Raised in St. Louis, MO as a member of Circus Harmony's elite youth troupe - the Arches - with additional education at the Ecole de Cirque de Quebec; she has performed and taught in Montreal, Israel, Dubai, and all across America. In 2013, she toured as Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey's youngest-ever female human cannonball.

Lyra Spins
  with Elliana Hentoff-Killian

Date: Sat, Feb. 29, 2020
Time: 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Price: $50.00
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Learn how to work with your spin and to make it work for you! We'll focus on different styles of fast spins under the bar and a variety of ways to mount the hoop while spinning.

Participants should have some experience with spinning on the hoop - this workshop is not recommended for folks who get sick from spinning! Participants must be able to mount the hoop without assistance throughout class, hang straight from the bar for 20 seconds with good form, and execute 5 leg lifts bringing the legs to at least a 90 degree angle with knees straight. This workshop is recommended for folks who have at least six months of experience with aerial hoop.

About the instructor:
Elliana Grace has been in the circus since before she could walk. Her first entry into a circus ring was on the back of an elephant at the age of 2 weeks! Raised in St. Louis, MO as a member of Circus Harmony's elite youth troupe - the Arches - with additional education at the Ecole de Cirque de Quebec; she has performed and taught in Montreal, Israel, Dubai, and all across America. In 2013, she toured as Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey's youngest-ever female human cannonball.

Beginner Duo Trapeze
  with Elliana Hentoff-Killian

Date: Sat, Feb. 29, 2020
Time: 4:45pm - 6:15pm
Price: $50.00
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Bring a partner or come and make new friends in this introduction to duo trapeze! Learn how to mount the bar cleanly with your partner and practice tricks below the bar, sitting on the bar, and standing on the bar together.

Participants should have some experience with aerial work (any discipline) and must be able to mount a trapeze and come to standing on the bar smoothly and without assistance.

About the instructor:
Elliana Grace has been in the circus since before she could walk. Her first entry into a circus ring was on the back of an elephant at the age of 2 weeks! Raised in St. Louis, MO as a member of Circus Harmony's elite youth troupe - the Arches - with additional education at the Ecole de Cirque de Quebec; she has performed and taught in Montreal, Israel, Dubai, and all across America. In 2013, she toured as Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey's youngest-ever female human cannonball.

"Rachel is a fantastic aerials instructor! She is patient and encouraging, and keeps me motivated. Additionally, her demonstrations and explanations are clear, easy to follow and shown at appropriate levels of difficulty without overwhelming. Her passion for the art is obvious and will inspire anyone who studies with her."
         ~Larissa S, student
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