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.
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.
Learn how the body works and improve your exercise and training plans, while preventing injury.
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.
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.
Don’t see a date or location that works for you? Contact Emily for details on setting up a course near you.
May 18, 2019 — Anatomy for the Aerial Artist – Phoenix — The Hips Don’t Lie: Controlling the Core in Aerial Arts 10:00 am – 1:00 pm 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 […]
Apr 20, 2019 — Aerial Inversions and Anatomy of the Hips and Core in Boston — 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 […]
Apr 19, 2019 — Aerial Body Basics and Shoulder Anatomy in Boston — Body Background Why does your elbow move differently than your wrist? How do muscles work? What the heck are those fancy anatomy word?
Apr 7, 2019 — Work With Your Body: Practical Anatomy for Aerial Instructors – Charleston, SC — Why do we teach a hollow body? What is the correct way to “engage” shoulders? How can I keep my students safe?
Apr 1, 2019 — Aerial Anatomy – Raleigh, NC — Creating a Training Plan: Preventing Injury and Speeding Recovery 12:30p -2:00p To register: https://app.jackrabbitclass.com/regevent.
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.