Workshops and Events

Dr. Emily Scherb educates circus artists in how to correctly train their bodies to be strong and mobile while limiting injury. She teaches practical workshops that are accessible for recreational and performing artists, provides deeper instruction in teacher trainings, and explores the science of circus-specific movement biomechanics with medical and healthcare professionals.

In her trainings, you will learn how the body can accomplish amazing circus skills, what good form looks like, and why using good form is the best way to stay safe and build skills.

Each of these workshops is tailored to her audience and their desired outcome: gaining skills and mobility, understanding and correcting form, identifying movement pattern dysfunctions, or getting injured artists back to training.

Types of Trainings

Performing Artists

Learn how the body works and improve your exercise and training plans, while preventing injury.

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Teacher Trainings

Learn the “why” behind how you teach. Understand the bio-mechanics and purpose of circus-specific pathways and movements. Explore injury prevention and how to use training plans to help your students succeed.

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Medical & Healthcare Professionals

Learn about this growing patient niche and their specific needs. Speak the language of aerial artists and gain their confidence by understanding common movement faults and treatment cues.

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Don’t see a date or location that works for you? Contact Emily for details on setting up a course near you.

Upcoming Workshops & Events

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Nov 18, 2018 | 12:30 pm - 8 pm

Work With Your Body: Practical Anatomy for Aerial Artists

Fit and Bendy Los Angeles

How do I get more flexible?

How do I achieve that next level of skill?

How do I build the strength to do that cool trick?

How do I stop getting hurt when I train?

This full-day class answers the questions that aerialists ask most often and helps them learn how to work with your body, rather than against it. We’ll talk about how your shoulders, core, and hips work together to move you through space, and how the right biomechanics can help you stretch further and be functionally stronger.

Most important, we’ll talk about how to train to your limits without getting hurt.

Based on the latest research and lots of practical, circus-specific examples, this class will help you understand your body—and your training—in a whole new way.

Nov 25, 2018 | 10 am - 6 pm

Work With Your Body: Practical Anatomy for Aerial Artists

12th Ave Arts Seattle, WA

Note: This hometown event will be filmed. Due to any disruptions filming may cause, this course is significantly discounted. You will be asked to sign a media release form at this event. Please contact Emily with any concerns or questions prior to the workshop. 

How do I get more flexible?

How do I achieve that next level of skill?

How do I build the strength to do that cool trick?

How do I stop getting hurt when I train?

This full-day class answers the questions that aerialists ask most often and helps them learn how to work with your body, rather than against it. We’ll talk about how your shoulders, core, and hips work together to move you through space, and how the right biomechanics can help you stretch further and be functionally stronger.

Most important, we’ll talk about how to train to your limits without getting hurt.

Based on the latest research and lots of practical, circus-specific examples, this class will help you understand your body—and your training—in a whole new way.

Mar 31, 2019 | TBA

Aerial Anatomy in the Carolinas

The Carolinas

Check back for more information on upcoming courses in North and South Carolina the first week of April!

If you would like to know when these workshops are announced click the link.

Apr 21, 2019 | TBA

Aerial Anatomy in New England

New England

Check back for more information on upcoming courses in New England the last week of April!

If you would like to know when these workshops are announced click the link.

Past Workshops

Feb 25, 2018 – Fly Circus Space – A full day of learning the “WHY” of aerial arts. Understanding the why behind the form and technique used in aerial training including, hanging, hollow bodies, inversions, and high level skills. The anatomy of the body holds the answers. Broken into three sessions, hip, shoulder and injury prevention this will be one day of packed learning!

Jul 9, 2017 – Sky Gym – A six hour immersive anatomy workshop for aerial artists. Prevent injury and improve performance by understanding how your body moves. Work with your body as you uncover how the shoulders, core, and hips interact to move you through space, support your weight, and achieve greater flexibility through proper mechanics.

Apr 9, 2017 – Evaluation and Treatment of Circus Artists – A 4 hour course for physical therapists and other health practitioners during which we will analyze common movements in circus arts from hanging to inversions and skin the cat. Participants will learn to recognize compensations and ways to treat clients before these patterns turn into injuries.

Apr 8, 2017 – Esh Circus Arts – A two session course at Esh Circus Arts with a focus on injury prevention and anatomy of the hip and shoulder.

Dec 11, 2016 – Perform Forever: From Hanging to Handstands – Right here in SEATTLE! Do you swing through the air or stand on your hands? You can prevent injury and improve performance by understanding how your body moves. Work with your body as you uncover how the shoulders, core, and hips interact to move you through space, support your weight, and achieve greater flexibility through proper mechanics.

Aug 2016 – Cirque School LA – Anatomy and injury prevention education for Cirque School LA’s instructors and intensive students.

Nov 6-9, 2014 – CircusFest Vancouver – Emily will be speaking to circus performers in Vancouver about their anatomy, how it adapts to the unique stresses of circus arts, and how they can stay injury free.

Sep 2014 – Aloft Loft – Anatomy education for Aloft’s full time students and staff.

Jan 10, 2014 – Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival – Emily Scherb spoke on functional anatomy for aerialists as part of lectures organized by Circus Now.

Aug 16, 2012 – American Youth Circus Organization Educators Convention 2012 – FUNctional Anatomy: A lecture for circus educators from around the country on the anatomy of a circus performer and the relationship of anatomical form and function.