Workshops


Aerial and Circus Class Descriptions:

Crossing Over: Trapeze and Sling Int/Adv w Becca DeAngelis.
Crossing Over: Trapeze and Sling
Static trapeze can be considered a rigid sling, while Sling can be considered a squishy trapeze. In this workshop you’ll explore the similarities and differences between these apparatuses.

For students who have previously taken this workshop, we’ll revisit some skills, build on others, and introduce a whole host of new tricks.

We’ll roll, drop, wrap, and swirl on these seemingly unrelated apparatuses. Exploring the ways in which the same skills and pathways can be performed on both when applying techniques that account for their shape. We will find timing, wraps, walk-downs, and a few skills which don’t quite translate and the reasons behind that.

Prerequisites: Beginner: Must be able to mount, sit, and stand on the trapeze and/or sling with minimal assistance, passing familiarity with either beginner sling or beginner trapeze skills.
Intermediate: Easily mount the trapeze and/or sling; be able to safely invert a few times over 2hrs
Advanced: Easily mount the trapeze and/or sling; be able to easily and safely invert repeatedly
$65
Crossing Over: Trapeze and Sling With Becca DeAngelis Beginner/Int. 14 & up or serious student.
Crossing Over: Trapeze and Sling
Static trapeze can be considered a rigid sling, while Sling can be considered a squishy trapeze. In this workshop you’ll explore the similarities and differences between these apparatuses.

For students who have previously taken this workshop, we’ll revisit some skills, build on others, and introduce a whole host of new tricks.

We’ll roll, drop, wrap, and swirl on these seemingly unrelated apparatuses. Exploring the ways in which the same skills and pathways can be performed on both when applying techniques that account for their shape. We will find timing, wraps, walk-downs, and a few skills which don’t quite translate and the reasons behind that.

Prerequisites: Beginner: Must be able to mount, sit, and stand on the trapeze and/or sling with minimal assistance, passing familiarity with either beginner sling or beginner trapeze skills.
Intermediate: Easily mount the trapeze and/or sling; be able to safely invert a few times over 2hrs
Advanced: Easily mount the trapeze and/or sling; be able to easily and safely invert repeatedly
$65
Lyra All the Lions. Beg-Adv. w Becca DeAngelis. 14 & up or serious student
In this workshop we will explore the many variations of lion rolls: entrances to lion, exits from lion, snake roll/rotisserie chicken from a "wrapped" lion, open lion: aka martini with exits/entrance
Students are not required to try every skill; it is simply encouraged.

Prerequisites: Students must be able to sit up and stand in the lyra without assistance. Mid-to-strong knee beats, hanging beats. A long sleeve layer is recommended for some of the rolls. A willingness to try and an open mind.
$65
Rigging for aeriialists. 14 & up
In this workshop participants will gain an understanding of what to look for and what to avoid in regard to aerial rigging. A must have safety course for those hoping to perform and all who want to take responsibility for their own safety

Open to everyone, including instructors, students, parents of students, theater and arena riggers who are more frequently being asked to suspend aerialists, and anyone who feels like attending.

We will cover rigging with round slings, typical hardware, what to look for when purchasing aerial equipment and free-standing rigs, and general terms / concepts such as breaking strength, working load limit, and shock load.

Participants should leave the workshop armed with questions to keep in mind when entering aerial studios and performance situations, and the ability to run a rudimentary risk assessment for themselves.

This workshop will partially be guided by questions from participants.

Other topics may include:
mechanical advantage systems - the pros and cons, when to use them
how rigging decisions are made - one-size does not fit all and why that might be
rigging from wood beams v steel beams v open web steel joists v free-standing aerial rigs, and the various hardware for each
when to walk away
how to inspect your equipment, and record keeping
frequently used tie-offs / knots / hitches
various ways to rig silks, hammocks/slings, trapezes, straps, lyras
and more
**This workshop will not be able to cover all rigging scenarios nor is it a certification course.
$65