WORKSHOPS & RETREATS

Upcoming Workshops & Retreats


Apr 17-24, 2020

Slowmentum: Channel your inner sloth on rope, fabric, & dance trapeze

Airborne Arts for Dances in Air, Dominical, Costa Rica

Defy gravity and slow your roll during the ultimate train-cation with rope zealots Jessica John and Molly Graves! Join us for a week-long feast of aerial rope with a side of fabric and dance trapeze. Channel your inner sloth as we slow down and analyze tricky momentum pathways while also geeking out on sneaky ways to safely slo-mo our way through complex dynamic skills. And while there will be plenty of R&R mixed with your rope, taking it slow doesn’t have to mean taking it easy! Areas of focus will include the biomechanics and body control involved in challenging techniques such as c-shaping and roll-ups, a lazy breakdown of beat pathways, and “flo-mentum” sequences that blur the lines between fast, dynamic movement and slo-mo flow. In our downtime, we will take inspiration from our sloth role models at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Past Workshops and Retreats


Sept 14, 2019 | 5pm-6:30pm

Butt Stuff: Active Flexibility

Versatile Arts, Seattle, WA

This workshop takes aim at the peach. We will focus on the strength, stability, and mobility for splits and back-bending like a boss. You will come away with a program that you can implement and continue to progress at home.


Sept 14, 2019 | 3:30pm-5pm

Handstand Handiwork: Dance Trapeze

Versatile Arts, Seattle, WA

In this workshop, we will explore our inner handbalancers by using the ropes as a steady, and not so steady, support system on the dance trapeze. Bring your chevs!


Sept 13, 2019 | 7pm-8:30pm

Knotty Problems & Ephemeral Loops

Versatile Arts, Seattle, WA

Get ready to throw a rope tantrum. In this workshop, we’ll be tossing and turning, and loops will disappear and re-emerge. Your audience will not know what hit them.


Sept 9, 2019 | 6pm-7:30pm

Handstand Handiwork: Dance Trapeze

Boulder Circus Center, Boulder, CO

In this workshop, we will explore our inner handbalancers by using the ropes as a steady, and not so steady, support system on the dance trapeze. Bring your chevs!


Sept 8, 2019 | 10am-11:30am

Double Entendres: A Play on Loops

MOTH Contemporary Circus Center, Denver, CO

This workshop geeks out on double loop theory, using sling, straps, and spansets as our tools. We will explore familiar pathways leading to new wraps and tackle layered drops that use the entire sling length.


Sept 8, 2019 | 11:30am-1pm

Helter Skelter: Loud & Dirty Inversions

MOTH Contemporary Circus Center, Denver, CO

This vertical apparatus workshop looks at the fluency that comes from changing the shape of our bodies or pathways of our limbs mid-inversion. We will explore loops with our legs, slack drags, direction shifts, frontal-plane initiation, and well-timed releases.


Sept 7, 2019 | 12:30-2pm

Helter Skelter: Loud & Dirty Inversions

Fort Collins Circus Center, Fort Collins, CO

This vertical apparatus workshop looks at the fluency that comes from changing the shape of our bodies or pathways of our limbs mid-inversion. We will explore loops with our legs, slack drags, direction shifts, frontal-plane initiation, and well-timed releases.


Sept 6, 2019 | 5:30pm-7pm

Aerial Hacks

Boulder Circus Center, Boulder, CO

This workshop offers tips and techniques for mastering the flashiest tricks. Planches, roll-ups, crocs, and more will be explored on a variety of apparatuses. Ground-based educatives and conditioning will lay the groundwork for your dream skills.


Sept 3, 2019 | 7pm-8:30pm

Double Entendres: A Play on Loops

Voler Aerial Academy, Kansas City, KS

This workshop geeks out on double loop theory, using sling, straps, and spansets as our tools. We will explore familiar pathways leading to new wraps and tackle layered drops that use the entire sling length.


Sept 4, 2019 | 5:30pm-7pm

Helter Skelter: Loud & Dirty Inversions

Voler Aerial Academy, Kansas City, KS

This vertical apparatus workshop looks at the fluency that comes from changing the shape of our bodies or pathways of our limbs mid-inversion. We will explore loops with our legs, slack drags, direction shifts, frontal-plane initiation, and well-timed releases.


Aug 31, 2019 | 11am-12:30pm

Aerial Hacks

Cycropia, Madison, WI

This workshop offers tips and techniques for mastering the flashiest tricks. Planches, roll-ups, crocs, and more will be explored on a variety of apparatuses. Ground-based educatives and conditioning will lay the groundwork for your dream skills.


Aug 31, 2019 | 1pm-2:30pm

Butt Stuff: Active Flexibility

Cycropia, Madison, WI

This workshop takes aim at the peach. We will focus on the strength, stability, and mobility for splits and back-bending like a boss. You will come away with a program that you can implement and continue to progress at home.


Aug 31, 2019 | 3:30pm-5pm

Handstand Handiwork: Dance Trapeze

Cycropia, Madison, WI

In this workshop, we will explore our inner handbalancers by using the ropes as a steady, and not so steady, support system on the dance trapeze. Bring your chevs!


Aug 30, 2019 | 6:30pm-8pm

Knotty Problems & Ephemeral Loops

Cycropia, Madison, WI

Get ready to throw a rope tantrum. In this workshop, we’ll be tossing and turning, and loops will disappear and re-emerge. Your audience will not know what hit them.


Aug 27, 2019 | 6pm-7:30pm

Dance Trapeze: Twisted Transitions & Handstand Handiwork

Agora Arts, Ferndale, MI

In this workshop, we will wind and spiral between the ropes and then flip the script, taking our hands to the bar and feet to the ropes. Learn to balance upside down and a variety of twisty transitions!


Aug 27, 2019 | 7:45pm-9:15pm

Double Entendres: A Play on Loops

Agora Arts, Ferndale, MI

This workshop geeks out on double loop theory, using sling, straps, and spansets as our tools. We will explore familiar pathways leading to new wraps and tackle layered drops that use the entire sling length.


Aug 25, 2019 | 11am-1pm

Aerial Hacks

Bird’s Nest Circus Arts, Buffalo, NY

This workshop offers tips and techniques for mastering the flashiest tricks. Planches, roll-ups, crocs, and more will be explored on a variety of apparatuses. Ground-based educatives and conditioning will lay the groundwork for your dream skills.


Aug 25, 2019 | 1:15pm-3:15pm

Helter Skelter: Loud & Dirty Inversions

Bird’s Nest Circus Arts, Buffalo, NY

This vertical apparatus workshop looks at the fluency that comes from changing the shape of our bodies or pathways of our limbs mid-inversion. We will explore loops with our legs, slack drags, direction shifts, frontal-plane initiation, and well-timed releases.


Aug 25, 2019 | 4pm-6pm

Handstand Handiwork: Dance Trapeze

Bird’s Nest Circus Arts, Buffalo, NY

In this workshop, we will explore our inner handbalancers by using the ropes as a steady, and not so steady, support system on the dance trapeze. Bring your chevs!


Aug 24, 2019 | 3:30pm-5:30pm

Double Entendres: A Play on Loops

Bird’s Nest Circus Arts, Buffalo, NY

This workshop geeks out on double loop theory, using sling, straps, and spansets as our tools. We will explore familiar pathways leading to new wraps and tackle layered drops that use the entire sling length.


Aug 24, 2019 | 5:45pm-7:45pm

Butt Stuff: Active Flexibility

Bird’s Nest Circus Arts, Buffalo, NY

This workshop takes aim at the peach. We will focus on the strength, stability, and mobility for splits and back-bending like a boss. You will come away with a program that you can implement and continue to progress at home.


Jun 22, 2019 | 12pm

Handstand Handiwork: Dance Trapeze

The Flying Arts Collective, Toronto, Ontario

In this workshop, we will explore our inner handbalancers by using the ropes as a steady, and not so steady, support system on the dance trapeze. Bring your chevs!


Jun 1, 2019 | 11:30am

Introduction to Aerial Straps

DivaFit, Herndon, VA


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.


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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