Performing Artists

Available Courses

Work With Your Body: Practical Anatomy for Aerial Artists (7 Hours)

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.

Hanging Tough: Shoulder Health for the Aerial Artist (2 hours)

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.

Train Smarter, Not Harder: The Science of Improving Performance, Preventing Injury, and Speeding Recovery (1 hour)

Create an aerial training plan that will push your limits while preventing injury. This class explores the science of what the body needs to become a strong, flexible, and dynamic aerialist.

Learn how to recognize the difference between muscle soreness and genuine injury, and how to respond to each.

The secret to unlocking that next skill, it turns out, isn’t what you expect.

The Hips Don’t Lie: Controlling the Core in Aerial Arts (2 hours)

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

Invert THIS: The Aerial Art of Turning Upside Down (1.5 hours)

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

Why are inversions hard for me?!?

Why do my hips drop?

How can I work on progressions to make them easier?

When are my shoulders supposed to close?

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.

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