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Workshops

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
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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
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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.

Intro to Partnering on German Wheel
  with Chris Delgado

Date: Fri, Nov. 09, 2018
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
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.

Aerial Rope - Dynamic Flow
  with Alex Allan

Date: Fri, Nov. 30, 2018
Through Sun, Dec. 02, 2018
Time: Varies
Price: $70/day, $195/series
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Register for all three workshops with Alex and save $5/workshop!

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.

Workshop Schedule:
Friday 11/30 - 7:15pm - 9:15pm
Saturday 12/1 - 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Sunday 12/2 - 12:15pm - 2:15pm

Pre-requisites
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
  with Juan-Luis Gonzalez

Date: Fri, Nov. 30, 2018
Through Sun, Dec. 02, 2018
Time: Varies
Price: $70/day, $195/series
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Register for all three workshops with Juan and save $5/workshop!

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.

Workshop Schedule:
Friday 11/30 - 3:45pm - 5:45pm
Saturday 12/1 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Sunday 12/2 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Pre-requisites
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 acrobatics are mentally engaging, creatively freeing, and a fantastic way to trick yourself into going to the gym every week! On top of that, the whole Esh community is incredibly supportive and inspiring. I recommend Esh to people of all ages, backgrounds, and body types with no hesitation."
         ~Elizabeth B., Yelp review
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