Aerial Intensive Weekend
Back by popular demand!
with Guest Instructor Caitlyn Larsson
June 30-July 2
- 10:30-12pm: Silks – Spread ’em and Smile
- 12-1:30pm: Handstands & Flexibility Part 1
- 3:30-5pm: Circle the Bar Part 1 (Dynamic Lyra)
- 5:30-6:45pm: Aerial Yoga Play
- (privates as requested)
- 10:30am-12pm: Creative Climbs & Twists Silks
- 1-2:30pm: Fit to Fly
- 3-4:30pm: Circle the Bar Part 2 (Dynamic Lyra)
- 5-6:15pm: Aerial Yoga Play
- (privates as requested)
- 11am-12:30pm: Acro Balance
- 1:30-3pm: Dance Trapeze
- 3:30-5pm: Handstands & Flexibility Part 2
- 5-6:15pm: Restorative Aerial Yoga Play
- (privates as necessary)
Join us for an intensive weekend of:
- Aerial Yoga
- Aerial Yoga Play
- Dance Trapeze
Take your acro off the floor! This workshop will give you the foundation to be a solid base, a tight flyer, and a hands on spotter. Learn the basics of basing on your legs, shoulders, back and hands in a safe and supportive environment. For the more advanced students, there is the opportunity to try some hand to hand (doing handstands on your partner’s hands) and some dynamic transitions and combinations.
Circle the Bar – Dynamic Rolls on Lyra
Lyra is a beautiful apparatus, though it often seems to be best suited for never dizzying contortionists. This class will teach a few basic moves and then delve into the endless ways to flip, roll and spin around this beautiful circle of metal. Please wear tight fitted clothing and bring long sleeves or elbow pads if you want to try elbow circle.
Requirements: Ability to invert and sit up on lyra without assistance. A front balance is also helpful, but not required.
Discover the fluidity of trapeze with this lower, spinning, single point version of static trapeze. Learn to add a graceful dexterity to your aerial skills as you are shown new techniques for spinning under and climbing onto the apparatus. Get to know the ropes and see how versatile they can be. Within minutes, you will be soaring around the room as you perfect stunning poses and transitions. No experience necessary.
Fit to Fly – Aerialize your body
Circus arts requires incredible amounts of strength and flexibility and can be quite rough on the untrained body. Due to the specialized movements, it can be difficult to find the appropriate cross training activities. Fit to Fly brings aerial conditioning and flexibility training to a whole new level of accessibility – 90% of the exercises can be done at home, on a pull up bar or at a playground. Discover new ways to bulletproof your body from injury, techniques for actively improving flexibility, and a whole slew of exercises that specifically target aerial and handstand muscles.
No experience required.
Handstands and Flexibility
Although standing on your hands seems fairly simple, there is a lifetime of technique in mastering the skill set for a solid and steady handstand. In this class, master the basics and figure out how to turn yourself upside down safely and efficiently. If you already have your handstand, learn techniques for improving your form and the steps necessary for moving onto more advanced moves, like lever ups and one handed handstands. In addition, we will delve into some deep partner stretching and go over some ways to increase and maintain your flexibility. No experience necessary.
Lyra is a beautiful apparatus, though it often seems to be best suited for never dizzying contortionists. This class will teach a few basic sequences and help you discover this fantastic vessel for creating exciting new work. Requirements: Ability to invert and sit up on lyra without assistance.
Silks – Spread ‘Em and Smile
Take your fabric work to the next level with new and creative poses, splits and transitions. Discover just how far your legs will go as you delve into unexplored aerial territory, twisting and contorting in awe-inspiring, but secretly simple, ways. Find new paths into and out of old tricks and create new ones in the process.
Prerequisite: Ability to invert at top of silk, dance locks.
Silks – Creative Climbs and Twists
Take your fabric work to the next level with new ways to ascend and wrap. Discover just how many options there are to get high as you delve into unexplored aerial territory, twisting and contorting in awe-inspiring, but secretly simple, ways. Find new paths into and out of old tricks and create new ones in the process.
Prerequisite: Ability to invert at solo, foot locks.
Caitlyn Larsson is a jack of all trades, and attempting to become master of a few. She is a flying trapeze and aerial artist, who moonlights as a travel and content writer in her spare time. She received a BFA in theatre and education from New York University and after a brief stint as a professional tour director (If you look out the right side of the bus, you’ll see the Statue of Liberty), she discovered and fell in love with circus. After sprinting off to England for some whirlwind training at Circomedia in flying trapeze, aerial arts and acrobatics, Caitlyn became a roving circus vagrant, traveling the globe performing and teaching. Quickly realizing that the wandering circus lifestyle is not always the most lucrative or stable, especially when attempting to keep up with those pesky NYU loans, she fell back on her impeccable grammar and highly praised writing skills to help pay the bills. Now, with a ‘work hard and smart’ work ethic, Caitlyn balances out her life as a teacher, performer, director and writer with grace and dignity, and only a few harried late nights.
She can be found teaching workshops and performing original circus acts around the world, all the while enjoying the freedom of writing on the go. She spent 2 years in San Juan, Puerto Rico, employed as the new rig manager for Trapeze School New York, crafting shows for Bahia Urbana in Old San Juan, helping with the inaugural International Circus Festival in PR, and plotting ways to bring Clowns Without Borders to the island. She took some time to galavant around Fiji and New Zealand, attempting to surf and teaching workshops to locals. There was a stint in San Francisco, meeting colorful West Oakland locals, and the direction of a full length circus show in Dallas before fleeing the country for some rest, relaxation and more workshops and performance in SE Asia and Australia. Currently she can be found in Melbourne, studying exercise science by day and moonlighting as Marilyn in her one woman comedy show at night.