Open Studio Schedule 9/24/18

Open studio on Monday September 24th will run from 11am-12:30pm. The schedule will return to normal (11am-1:30pm) the following week!

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Workshops

Aerial Conditioning (mini-session)
  with Theresa Racicot

Date: Sun, Aug. 26, 2018
Through Sun, Sep. 30, 2018
Time: 10:00am - 11:15am
Price: $120.00
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This class is great for anyone looking for a way to get stronger and have fun while doing it! Aerialists and non-aerialists are encouraged to join the class and all levels of fitness are welcome. All exercises and skills are tailored to the individual student with a focus on correct form and muscle activation.

In this whole-body workout, participants will use aerial apparatuses as well as perform floor exercises to increase their strength, endurance and flexibility. The goal is to help each student make gains in their circus discipline or in their overall level of fitness.

This mini-session meets six times on Sundays, from August 26th - September 30th.

Stretching for Handstands
  with Melissa Knowles

Date: Wed, Sep. 26, 2018
Time: 7:05pm - 8:30pm
Price: $45.00
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This workshop will focus on alignment drills and stretching/strengthening the wrists, shoulders, pike, and straddle to find better positioning, compression, and alignment for your handstand.

Pre-requisites:
There are no pre-requisites for this workshops. Workshop is not recommended for students with current shoulder, hamstring, groin, or wrist injuries.

About the instructor:
Melissa K. Knowles is a juggler, aerialist, hula hooper, acro-balancer, stilter, hand-balancer, contortionist, musician, artist, and circus instructor. She is also "professionally tiny" and can often be found hiding in your locker or suitcase or being thrown high into the air by pretty much anyone. She has toured across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia performing with Acrobatic Conundrum, C!RCA, Nimble Arts, Aerial Angels, Infinity Circus Productions, Boston Circus Guild, and Wunderle's Big Top Adventures.

Before discovering circus, she received degrees in Art and Psychology from the University of Tennessee. She has since completed the Professional Training Program at New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) in Brattleboro, VT as well as several rigging, fabric, trapeze teacher trainings and Functional Range Conditioning and Assessment workshops. Now she spends most of her time performing or teaching classes and workshops for both kids and adults at NECCA.

Her favorite thing about teaching and performing circus is the way it empowers people to do things they always thought impossible, but had just never tried.

Hand-to-Hand Technique for Partner Acrobatics
  with Melissa Knowles

Date: Sun, Sep. 30, 2018
Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Price: $60.00
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This workshop will focus on connection drills to improve balance and technique in static partnering positions including 2 high, front balance, hand to hand, hand to foot, and standing on head. Goals for this workshop include:
-creating connection as a unit
-developing a better understanding of balance and holding weight when already stacked

Pre-requisites:
-Handstand against the wall for 1 minute OR free standing handstand for 10 seconds
-Ability to tuck or straddle into a handstand
-Comfort in flying or basing a 2 high without hands while walking

About the instructor:
Melissa K. Knowles is a juggler, aerialist, hula hooper, acro-balancer, stilter, hand-balancer, contortionist, musician, artist, and circus instructor. She is also "professionally tiny" and can often be found hiding in your locker or suitcase or being thrown high into the air by pretty much anyone. She has toured across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia performing with Acrobatic Conundrum, C!RCA, Nimble Arts, Aerial Angels, Infinity Circus Productions, Boston Circus Guild, and Wunderle's Big Top Adventures.

Before discovering circus, she received degrees in Art and Psychology from the University of Tennessee. She has since completed the Professional Training Program at New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) in Brattleboro, VT as well as several rigging, fabric, trapeze teacher trainings and Functional Range Conditioning and Assessment workshops. Now she spends most of her time performing or teaching classes and workshops for both kids and adults at NECCA.

Her favorite thing about teaching and performing circus is the way it empowers people to do things they always thought impossible, but had just never tried.

Toe Meets Rope
  with Sophie Kaufman

Date: Sat, Oct. 13, 2018
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Price: $45.00
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Do you love your toe climbs? This workshop is for you! Students will spend time refining their toe climbs and exploring new ways to use their feet for aerial rope manipulation.

Pre-requisites:
Students should be confident in climbing, including toe climbs; should be able to invert in the air a couple of times during class; and should be able to execute a footlock in the air.

Esh Students Works-In-Progress Series: Presenters
  with Johnny Blazes

Date: Sat, Oct. 20, 2018
Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Price: $20.00
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*Register here to present a work-in-progress at the workshop - limited to 5!*

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. Johnny Blazes will guide the conversation, helping audience and presenters to hone their critical skills in a supportive environment.

To sign up to show your work:
You must have at least 60 seconds of choreography ready to show. You can show up to a full act (max 5 minutes), including one that has already been performed at a student show, as long as you have been developing it since its last performance. You must also be cleared to rehearse on your own during open studio time. Costuming is optional - this is not a formal show, so don't worry about having perfect hair, make-up, or costumes!

There will be a max of 5 presenters per evening.

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. (Sign up to join the audience by clicking on the "Audience" version of this workshop.)

Esh Students Works-In-Progress Series: Audience
  with Johnny Blazes

Date: Sat, Oct. 20, 2018
Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Price: $5.00
Click here to register

*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. Johnny Blazes 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.

To sign up to show your work:
You must have at least 60 seconds of choreography ready to show. You can show up to a full act (max 5 minutes), including one that has already been performed at a student show, as long as you have been developing it since its last performance. You must also be cleared to rehearse on your own during open studio time. Costuming is optional - this is not a formal show, so don't worry about having perfect hair, make-up, or costumes! (Sign up to present work by clicking on the "Presenter" version of this workshop.)

Silks Workshop: Aerial Bread & Butter
  with Janelle Peters

Date: Fri, Nov. 02, 2018
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Price: $50.00
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Register for 2 or more workshops with Janelle and save $5 on each!

In this aerial silks workshop, we will hone in on the techniques and tricks to bring your basics to the next level. We will break down some fundamental climbs and skills (inversions, hip key) and highlight the little things that make a BIG difference.

Depending on the skill levels represented in class, we will continue up to more complex fundamentals such as inverted climbs, beats, etc.

This class is appropriate for anyone who can climb to the top of the silks, and who is working on their inversions, hip keys or more advanced skills. Just because you're intermediate or advanced doesn't mean you won't learn something cool in this workshop!

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, Nov. 03, 2018
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
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.

The Music Made Me Do It! Musicality for Aerialists
  with Janelle Peters

Date: Sat, Nov. 03, 2018
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Price: $60.00
Click here to register

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

In this workshop, students will unlock their potential for musicality and increase their ability to truly dance in the air. We will explore key elements of music, how to listen and feel for rhythm, melody, dynamics and voice. Students will have ample opportunity to experience aerial movement to a variety of musical styles and will be able to provide and receive feedback on how their own natural movement style meets the music.

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.

"Classes at Esh continue to be a regular highlight of my week. I sometimes skip my other weekly habits, but not Esh classes."
         ~Student
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