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.

Online Aerial Anatomy Courses

These in-depth online aerial anatomy courses are completely self-paced so you can optimize your learning, improve you ability to break down aerial movements, communicate about the body, and understand your own body to propel your training to the next level.

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Live 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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See Below for a complete listing of upcoming LIVE events.

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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Mar 31, 2019 | 10 am to 5 pm

Work with your body: Practical Anatomy for the Aerial Artist – Charlotte, NC

Aerial CLT

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.

Prerequisites: Interest in learning how your body works in the air.

Apr 7, 2019 | 8 am - 3 pm

Work With Your Body: Practical Anatomy for Aerial Instructors – Charleston, SC

Aerial Fit

Why do we teach a hollow body?

What is the correct way to “engage” shoulders?

How can I keep my students safe?

What are the most common injuries and how can I help prevent them?

This full-day class answers the questions that instructors ask most often and teaches them to understand how students’ bodies work. We’ll dive into the connections between the core, shoulders, and hips to understand the patterns and sequences that make students successful and keep them safe.

Based on the latest research and lots of practical examples, instructors will learn to break down skills, identify ‘risky’ movement patterns, and the science behind what they teach.

Apr 19, 2019 | 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Aerial Body Basics and Shoulder Anatomy in Boston

Commonwealth Circus Arts

Body Background

Why does your elbow move differently than your wrist?

How do muscles work?

What the heck are those fancy anatomy word?

This workshop will help you understand the body fundamentals and how the tissues of the body work together. You will learn the vocabulary needed to appreciate the layers of muscle and movement of your body in the air.

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Hanging Tough: Shoulder Health for the Aerial Artist

Aerial artists spend a lot of time with our arms over our heads, which can lead to pain and injury. Our shoulders are the most mobile joint in our bodies and our greatest aerial tools, but also the part of the body that is most at risk among aerialists.

This class focuses exclusively on the shoulder: the bio-mechanics of how it works and how to use it safely through its full range of motion. Learn the best techniques for hanging, smooth inversions, and levers, as well as the secrets of one-arm skills.

Apr 20, 2019 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Aerial Inversions and Anatomy of the Hips and Core in Boston

Commonwealth Circus Arts

The Hips Don’t Lie: Controlling the Core in Aerial Arts

When you’re suspended in the air, the only thing you can count on is your core. This class explores the point where all of our aerial movement begins, and helps you understand the biomechanics and sequence of your trunk muscles and hip joints.

This class will help you build functional strength and flexibility, deepen your splits and straddles, invert with more ease and grace, and prevent common hip injuries and back pain

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Invert THIS: The Aerial Art of Turning Upside Down

Learn how your core, hips, and shoulders work together to turn your body upside down. Figuring out which muscles are working, when, and why is the goal of this course. We will answer the questions of

When are my shoulders supposed to close?

How much should my spine round?

Why are inversions hard for me?!?

Once you understand how an inversion is supposed to work, we will discuss common mistakes and how to fix them to make everything from tuck-ups to straight-arm straddle-ups and even levers achievable.

Past Workshops

Mar 14, 2019 — Versatile Arts Resurrection — Invert THIS: The Aerial Art of Turning Upside Down Learn how your core, hips, and shoulders work together to turn your body upside down. Figuring out which muscles are working, when, and why is the goal of this course. We will answer the questions of When are my shoulders supposed to close?

Nov 18, 2018 — Work With Your Body: Practical Anatomy for Aerial Artists — 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?

Oct 7, 2018 — Movement Analysis and Treatment of Aerial Artists: The Hanging Athlete — In this continuing education course for healthcare professionals, we will look at the bio-mechanics of the shoulder related to this unique population of athletes through a movement system perspective. During the course we will review and analyze common movements that circus performers perform from hanging and handstands to pull ups, inversions, and skin the cats. […]

Feb 25, 2018 — The “Why” of Aerial Arts — 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.

Jul 9, 2017 — Anatomy for Aerial Artists — 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 — Injury Prevention and Anatomy — 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.

Aug 20, 2016 — Cirque School LA — Anatomy and injury prevention education for Cirque School LA’s instructors and intensive students.

Nov 6, 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 13, 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 6, 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.