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Workshops

Flexy Flyers
  with Janelle Peters

Date: Sat, Jun. 01, 2019
Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
Price: $50.00
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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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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
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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.

Low Hammock Flow
  with Daniel Saab

Date: Sat, Jun. 08, 2019
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Price: $50.00
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In this workshop, we will practice maneuvering through different sequences that mainly take place in the loop of the hammock. This will cover rolls in and out of wraps as well as different poses throughout. Highly focusing on ways to smooth out the transitions between skills to you look flowy and fluid!

Pre-requisites:

  • Can mount a hammock unassisted
  • Has taken at least 5 aerial classes
  • Proficient understanding of skills such as straddle hang in the sling, gazelle, hip key (from the ground is ok!), single and/or double foot roll ups, etc.
  • No specific sling experience required - experience on silks is fine!
  • About the instructor:
    At the age of 8, Daniel started his journey in aerial artistry. He discovered his love for acrobatics while attending Independent Lake Camp in Orson, Pennsylvania every summer for 10 years. At 18, after seeing his first aerial/cabaret show, Daniel realized he wanted to pursue a career in the art form. From then on, he continued his college education while simultaneously continuing his circus education in the Intensive Professional Program at Circus Warehouse. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater Studies, Daniel went on to perform and coach circus professionally. A frequent traveler, Daniel has given workshops, classes, and private lessons around the country. He has also performed at various venues such as The Slipper Room, Oz New Orleans, and Madison Square Garden. When he's not performing or touring, Daniel can be found coaching weekly classes at Studio Air and private lessons in the NJ/NYC area.

    The Dropshop: Sling
      with Daniel Saab

    Date: Sat, Jun. 08, 2019
    Time: 2:45pm - 4:15pm
    Price: $50.00
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    In this workshop, we will be exploring the dynamic aspect of a "typically non-dynamic apparatus". We will cover all kinds of rolls, slides, and flips, as well as different entrances and exits for each. The focus of this workshop will be taking several commonly known wraps and applying different actions to each, while also learning new wraps to explore.

    Pre-requisites:

  • Must be able to do a straight legged invert or pullover into hammock with ease
  • Proficient understanding of beginner tricks such as back straddle, gazelle, hip key, single foot knot roll ups, etc.
  • Can do a forward salto/dive, back salto/dive, and any simple slack drop safely without a spot
  • About the instructor:
    At the age of 8, Daniel started his journey in aerial artistry. He discovered his love for acrobatics while attending Independent Lake Camp in Orson, Pennsylvania every summer for 10 years. At 18, after seeing his first aerial/cabaret show, Daniel realized he wanted to pursue a career in the art form. From then on, he continued his college education while simultaneously continuing his circus education in the Intensive Professional Program at Circus Warehouse. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater Studies, Daniel went on to perform and coach circus professionally. A frequent traveler, Daniel has given workshops, classes, and private lessons around the country. He has also performed at various venues such as The Slipper Room, Oz New Orleans, and Madison Square Garden. When he's not performing or touring, Daniel can be found coaching weekly classes at Studio Air and private lessons in the NJ/NYC area.

    Dynamic Hoop
      with Daniel Saab

    Date: Sun, Jun. 09, 2019
    Time: 12pm - 1:30pm
    Price: $50.00
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    In this workshop, students will learn different flips and slides on the hoop to emphasize the dynamic nature of this apparatus. Students will take several commonly known poses and learn different drops, flips, and slides out of them in order to add a different flare to these tricks, while also learning the technique behind them.

    Pre-requisites:

  • Must be able to do a straight legged invert or pullover into hoop with ease
  • Proficient understanding of fundamental tricks such as mermaid, amazon, straddle back balance, angel, etc.
  • Previous experience with dynamic moves such as hip circles, beats, russian rolls, etc.
  • About the instructor:
    At the age of 8, Daniel started his journey in aerial artistry. He discovered his love for acrobatics while attending Independent Lake Camp in Orson, Pennsylvania every summer for 10 years. At 18, after seeing his first aerial/cabaret show, Daniel realized he wanted to pursue a career in the art form. From then on, he continued his college education while simultaneously continuing his circus education in the Intensive Professional Program at Circus Warehouse. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater Studies, Daniel went on to perform and coach circus professionally. A frequent traveler, Daniel has given workshops, classes, and private lessons around the country. He has also performed at various venues such as The Slipper Room, Oz New Orleans, and Madison Square Garden. When he's not performing or touring, Daniel can be found coaching weekly classes at Studio Air and private lessons in the NJ/NYC area.

    Twist, Twirl, & Spin on Silks
      with Jessica Jay Johnson

    Date: Sat, Jul. 20, 2019
    Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Price: $50.00
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    Come to this workshop to learn impressive rolls, spins, twists, and twirls on fabric and improve your quality of movement in the air! We will study proper spin technique, and explore the spheres, waves, and circles within our movement palette to execute mesmerizing rolling sequences in the air.

    Pre-requisites: Students registering for this workshop must be able to execute foot locks, inversions, and hip keys in the air confidently throughout class.

    Dynamic Hammock Flow
      with Jessica Jay Johnson

    Date: Sat, Jul. 20, 2019
    Time: 2:45pm - 4:15pm
    Price: $50.00
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    Dynamic aerial hammock sequences and drops can turn basic flow into impressive flare! You will leave this workshop with an entire collection of lively and compelling sequences to add to your sling practice or to use in your next routine.

    Pre-requisites: Students registering for this workshop must be able to mount the sling without help from the instructor and must be at level 201 or higher in any aerial discipline at Esh, or have comparable experience at another studio.

    Creative Sequencing on Rope
      with Jessica Jay Johnson

    Date: Sat, Jul. 20, 2019
    Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
    Price: $50.00
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    Learn to create fluid and seamless choreography on the rope using the dynamic technique, distinctive poses and movement pathways explored in this workshop. Learn to find the most power with the least amount of effort. We will work to develop and improve technique, explore transitional pathways, and connect it all together to make cohesive and creative rope sequences!

    Pre-requisites: Students registering for this workshop must be able to execute inversions and hip keys in the air confidently throughout class.

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             ~Student
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