Upcoming Workshops and Special Events


 


"Fundamental Shapes in Two Arm Handstands" - with Zoe Stasko

Saturday, February 25, 2017
11 am - 12:30 pm

Price:

  • Members $50
  • Nonmembers $60
 

Have you been working that elusive handstand line, and want an outside eye to help you find the perfect form? Have you just started handstands, and don’t know where to start? Or perhaps you’ve mastered your straight handstand and shapes, and are working towards a press? If this sounds like you, then the beginning-intermediate handstand workshop with Zoe Stasko will help!

The workshop will focus on basic form for the four main handstand positions—straight, straddle, tuck, and pike—and work up from there, progressing to shape variations and press exercises. Zoe works through a variety of body preparation, technique exercises, and experimentation to help your body learn exactly where it needs to be placed for a handstand to feel comfortable and stable.

Prerequisite: 20 second free standing handstand (off the wall)

About Zoe Stasko:

A native to Portland, Oregon, Zoe started circus at the University of Puget Sound with Jacki Ward Kerhwald. She quickly fell in love and left university to pursue an education in the circus arts. She started with handstands under the tutelage of Stefan Furst and Nicolo Kerhwald. She attended the New England Center for Circus Arts in their Intensive Program before being accepted at the Ecole de Cirque de Quebec, in Québec City, Canada. There she majors in aerial straps and minors in hand-balancing, with some partner acrobatics on the side. Aerial straps are her first love, and she has trained with Jonathan Fortin, Kenneth Lindeman, and Victor, combining the techniques she has learned from them into a style all her own. She will graduate from ECQ this summer.


"Facility with Abandon" - with Terry Crane

Friday, March 3, 2017
5:00 – 7:00 pm

Price:

  • $60 members
  • $70 non-members
 

In this workshop, students will practice moving dynamically with a sense of ease and effortless-ness on the vertical rope. We’ll practice a progression of beats and exercises to generate momentum, and then explore using this momentum to maximum effect, either in flashy power moves or to wrap the rope hands-free.

Time allowing, other topics may include: fake release moves, building large drops, using body shape to roll up, and some sequences of movement to take home.

Prerequisites: 1 year of rope or tissue training, ability to do 8 pull-ups, ability to do 8 bent arm, or 4 straight-arm straddle-ups.

About Terry Crane:

Terry has been practicing vertical rope since 2001, and performing and teaching rope for over 10 years. He has taught workshops at the Fratellini Academy, FLIC Scuola in Torino, and all across the United States in various circus schools and studios.

He is a respected leader in dynamic rope technique and convoluted knotwork on this apparatus. A growing number of his students have gone on to be accepted at the National Circus School of Montréal, where he also graduated in 2006. He regularly performs his own fiercely unique style of rope at Teatro Zinzanni Seattle and with his circus company, Acrobatic Conundrum.


"Icarian Games" - with Sidney Bateman

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Max 8 students

Price:

  • $60 members
  • $70 non-members
 

Icarian Games is a form of foot juggling that involves the tossing and catching of a person whom performs acrobatic skills and flips. Performed generally with two people, Icarian Games is sometimes taught as an extension of other partner acrobatic work such as hand to hand or Banquine.

Prior gymnastics, acrobatic or partner work is highly recommended.

*Signing up with a partner is required


"Hoop Diving and Floor Acrobatics" - with Sidney Bateman

Sunday, March 5, 2017
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Max 8 students

Price:

  • $60 members
  • $70 non-members
 

Hoop Diving is a form of acrobatics originating from Chinese acrobatic theater. It involves tumbling and acrobatic skills that are performed while diving through hoops at different heights and sizes. Chinese hoop diving is often performed in groups but can be performed as a duo or soloist as well. Hoop diving takes extensive coordination, spacial orientation and precision.

Pre-requisite: A good foundation in acrobatics, gymnastics or tumbling is required for this workshop and comfort with tumbling on hard surfaces is recommended.


"Banquine" - with Sidney Bateman

Sunday, March 5, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Max 9 students

Price:

  • $60 members
  • $70 non-members
 

Banquine is a discipline of acrobatics that is performed in large groups. Generally practiced in groups of 3 or more, Banquine uses strength and momentum to perform large tosses and catches which include skills similar to what is performing in gymnastics and trampoline.

In this workshop you will learn the basics of good tossing and catching techniques as a porter and proper timing and stabilizing techniques as a flyer.

Prior gymnastics or partner work is highly recommended for this workshop.

*Signing up with a partner is recommended

About Sidney Bateman:


Sidney  is an acrobat hailing from St. Louis, Missouri. Trained originally in acrobatics and diabolo at Circus Harmony Sidney continued his training at the prestigious l''Ecole Nationale de Cirque Montreal where he continued his education in hoop diving, diabolo, hand to hand and icarian games. Sidney is now performing with Montreal based company Les 7 Doigts de la Main in their touring show Cuisine et Confessions in which he has performed in over 250 shows all over the world. In his time off Sidney enjoys performing for NBA half time shows and coaching students of all ages and backgrounds disciplines ranging from handstands to mini tramp to partner acrobatics and much more.


"Finding your way to reverse meathook/flag and more!" - with Aaron Kozloff

Friday, March 10, 2017
6 – 8 pm

Price:

  • $50 members 
  • $60 non-members 
 

 

This workshop will focus on elevated techniques for safe and effective training of aerial straps.

We will warm up our shoulders and core using a set of exercises designed to rehabilitate and strengthen the shoulders. Then we will evaluate where students are in their individual practices.

After this, we will work on fundamental progressions to transition from meathook to flag on two arms and one arm, exits out of flag, technique and conditioning for flares, and variations and technique in rolling movements (roll-ups, forward rolls, front-flips).

Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Pre-requisites: straight arm meathooks, 1-arm hangs (30 seconds) while executing any movements, multiple straight-arm skin-the-cats, flags or, instructor approval via email at aaron.kozloff@gmail.com


"Body Positioning and Safe Training Program for Straps" - with Aaron Kozloff

Saturday, March 11, 2017 11 am – 1 pm

Price:

  • $50 members 
  • $60 non-members 
 

This workshop will focus on the fundamental techniques for safe and effective training of aerial straps. Most exercises will greatly increase your power and control on other apparatus.

We will warm up our shoulders and core using a set of exercises designed to pre-habilitate and strengthen the shoulders.

The main fundamental progressions we will cover are transitions on both arms, and potentially 1 arm. We will also explore static positions from a wrist wrap position. The end of the workshop will focus on spinning on 1-arm using the dynamic technique of a flare to invert to different static positions.

This workshop will be beneficial for first timers and aerial artists who work on other apparatus.

If time and skill level permits, more advanced students will work on tricks such as 1-arm meathooks, flag, roll-up positioning, and dynamic wrist wrap techniques.

Level: Beginners to all levels

Pre-requisites:

  • 2 arm inversions of any kind (straddle-up, tuck-up, pike-up)
  • 1-arm hangs with engaged shoulder for 30 seconds
  • 30 second wall handstand.

About Aaron Kozloff:

Aaron Kozloff started teaching parkour in 2010 in small-town Ohio, and hasn't stopped teaching movement and circus since. He has since taught aerial straps, partner acrobatics, handstands, Chinese pole and parkour in after-school programs and adult workshops on both coasts, in circus and movement training centers such as SF's Circus Center, Acrosports, Kinetic Arts Center, Athletic Playground, SF Pole and Dance, and out of a private studio. Aaron has trained straps with Jonathan Fortin of Montreal, Juan Luis Gonzalez, and Dominik "the Swiss" Weiss. Aaron has a background in neuroscience, exercise psychology, and anatomy, which he brings to his work as a coach, personal trainer, and circus instructor. 


Sunday Night Juggling at the Circus Project

Starts Sundays, March 12 - weekly ongoing event

Sundays 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

  • $5 to attend.

  • Free for members and social circus students.

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We are excited to announce a regular Sunday Night Juggling time starting on Sunday, March 12th!

This is a drop-in event for all levels of jugglers/prop manipulators.

No experience necessary but also no instruction will be given.

 

"Vertical Partnering" Workshop" - with Alex Allen & Jenn Bruyer

April 24, 2017 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm 

Price:

  • Member $55.00
  • Non-Member $65 
 

This workshop will introduce or broaden students’ vocabulary in the various ways to partner on vertical apparatus.

Skills and transitions introduced will include ways of ascending, descending, mirroring, supporting and spinning.

An emphasis will be placed on different transitions; switching base and flyer positions in the air to create a fluid partnering dynamic.

Students will leave this workshop with both new skills and a deeper understanding of the various relationships that can be utilized in the air to create their own unique material.

April 24, 2017 8 pm - 10 pm

Level: Intermediate + Pre-requisites – Confident with wheel down/windmill Being in air for 2 minutes.

 

About Alex Allen:

Alex moved from Sydney Australia to San Francisco in 2009 to attend the Circus Center’s Professional Aerial program where he specialized in Corde Lisse and Swinging Trapeze. Since the completion of his training Alex has performed and taught workshops across the U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand and England.

With his comprehensive background of dance, circus and theatre creation, Alex has created a unique style of movement and presence on the rope. Whether coaching or onstage, Alex utilizes directionality and momentum-based movement to create choreography that is both fluid and dynamic. He currently resides in Seattle, WA.

See some of Alex’s work here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP6j8qSgFjxpmO-Y3Mxpy1g

About Jenn Bruyer:

Jenn has been exploring aerial arts since 2008 via silks, cord lisse, trapeze, lyra, sling and rope and harness. She has coached and performed across the US from New York to Alaska and is currently based out of Seattle, WA where she is a staff coach at Versatile Arts [2010-present].

 As a certified personal trainer, Jenn is as passionate about optimal training as she is about creative exploration. Her constantly evolving movement style has been described as “mesmerizing" and “wildly unexpected”.

Learn more about her at heelhang.com