WORKSHOPS & RETREATS

Upcoming Workshops


Jan 2, 2019 | 5pm

Aerial Architecture

Majestic Theatre, Corvallis, OR

This aerial theory workshop on fabric explores the movements and shapes fundamental to moving on any aerial apparatus. Each element is broken down with conditioning, ground-based educative movements, and aerial progressions so that beginners can begin to build physical and mental preparation for more advanced skills and experienced aerialists can find greater strength to support expression in their movement. Minimum skill requirement: Ability to bent-arm invert on any aerial apparatus from the ground.


Jan 2, 2019 | 6:30pm

Unique Inversions: Twisting, Threading, and Looping Mid-Effort

Majestic Theatre, Corvallis, OR

This fabric workshop will look at the fluency that comes from changing the shape of our bodies or the pathway of our limbs in the middle of the inversion. We will explore loops with our legs, slack drags, direction shifts, lateral initiation, and well-timed releases. Although fabric is our medium, this workshop will give all aerialists new ways of thinking about moving on their given apparatus. Minimum skill requirement: Ability to bent-arm invert on any aerial apparatus from the ground.


Jan 2, 2019 | 8:00pm

Circus Mobility: An Active Flexibility Workshop for All Movers

Majestic Theatre, Corvallis, OR

Drawing from Jessica’s background in the GYROTONIC® method, the Functional Movement Screen, and strength and conditioning principles, this workshop will provide students with techniques to prepare their bodies for the demands of circus, dance, gymnastics, and sport training. We will investigate soft tissue preparation, nerve glides, and muscle activation, strengthening and end-range control, as well as breath regulation in deep stretch. Participants will leave with a toolkit to apply to their pre-activity warmup and longer stretching sessions. No minimum skill requirements.

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Past Workshops and Retreats


Jun 24-30, 2018

Technical Tune-Up Intensive

AerialWorks, Castle Rock, CO

This weeklong intensive will focus on the biomechanics of and conditioning for foundational aerial movements. We will deconstruct and geek out on the “simple” . . . inversions, meathooks, flags, c-shapes, and more. Then we will subvert obvious pathways and add momentum to create new vocabulary on rope, fabric, sling, and dance trapeze. This workshop is intended for intermediate and advanced aerialists looking to push their technique and artistry to the next level, as well as aerial instructors wishing to deepen their understanding of foundational aerial movements. Participants must be curious about the human body, open to discussing their perceived limitations, and willing to safely challenge those boundaries. The week will include approximately 5 hours per day of instruction.


Jun 8, 2018 | 6:30pm

Active Flexibility

Elements Fitness and Wellness Center, Washington, DC

This workshop is designed for coaches, movement teachers, athletes, yogis, dancers, and aerialists looking either to safely increase their mobility or to control their flexibility and prevent overuse injuries. Participants will focus on increasing the extensibility and the neuromuscular efficiency of muscles, as well as the dynamic stability (strength and motor control) of joints, especially at the end ranges of motion. This workshop will include a dynamic warm-up sequence, soft tissue preparation (foam rolling and trigger point release), nerve glides, and muscle activation and strengthening, including positional isometrics.


Apr 29, 2018 | 3:30pm

String Theory: Double Loop

Monarca In Flight, Falls Church, VA

This workshop geeks out on double loop theory, using both sling and straps. We will explore familiar pathways that lead to new wraps and tackle layered drops that use the entire sling length. Minimum skill requirements: Ability to invert cleanly in the air.


Apr 29, 2018 | 1:30pm

Torque: A Spinning Workshop on Dance Trapeze

Monarca In Flight, Falls Church, VA

Single-point trapeze emphasizes connection with the ground, creating space for dance with the bar. In this workshop, students will examine a variety of spins that serve as launching pads for innovative sequencing in the air and statement choreographic moments. We will break down the mechanics and physics and discuss strategies to build spin-tolerance. BYO ginger chews.


Apr 28, 2018 | 2:30pm

Rope Inversions: Twisting, Threading & Looping

In The Dark Circus Arts, Baltimore, MD

This rope workshop will look at the fluency that comes from moving our bodies and limbs in the middle of the inversion. We will explore loops with our legs, slack drags, direction shifts, lateral initiation, and well-timed hand releases. Minimum skill requirements: Ability to bent-arm invert in the air.


Sept 20-24, 2017

Act Creation Retreat

The Marsh Studio, Darien, GA

Bring an idea or a completed act and the apparatus of your choice and allow yourself to become immersed in the research and creation process. This will not be your typical choreography retreat. There will be no noodle arms or moving to the sound of your soul. You will be given a choreographer’s roadmap, new tools in your creative arsenal, artistic direction, and critical feedback.

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