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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Sep 12, 2020

Movement Analysis and Treatment of the Aerial Artist – Denver

On Hold Due to COVID19

This course is for all healthcare professionals who would like to know more about working with aerial artists.

Physical Therapy CE Credit Available (other continuing education credit may be available. Please inquire) All types of healthcare providers are welcome.

Early Bird Pricing will be available!

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 Systems 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. With each we will learn to recognize compensatory patterns and risks for injury. You will learn how to enhance your connection to these patients through knowledge of basic vocabulary and observing circus artists in action.

 

Course Objectives

  1. Participants will understand the circus artist as an athlete and how to engage and enhance credibility with this population.
  2. Participants will understand the biomechanics of the shoulder when it is moving into an overhead position and with hanging.
  3. Participants will learn common patterns of posture, movement, and injury in hanging athletes/aerialists.
  4. Participants will be able to recognize movement dysfunctions of the scapula and humerus in a hanging athlete/ aerialist.
  5. Participants will observe circus aerialists and learn about equipment, names of common skills, and learn to speak some of the language of a circus artist.
  6. Participants will learn corrective exercises for common movement pattern dysfunctions in aerialists and how to cue them for patient success.

Course Outline

Circus Artist as an Athlete and a Patient (9 – 9:30 am)

  • History and growth of circus in the US
  • Demographics of participants—Enhancing credibility
  • Taking a history from a circus performer

Common Injuries and Contributing Factors (9:30 – 10 am)

  • Overview of injury epidemiology in current literature and clinical experience
  • Hypermobility and the circus artist

Anatomy and Biomechanics (10 am – 12 pm)

  • Anatomy and biomechanics of the shoulder girdle with a review of normal shoulder biomechanics and alignment in standing and with shoulder flexion
  • Hanging shoulder biomechanics in long hang, bent arm hanging and basket position
  • Brief review of hip and trunk anatomy with relationship to basic aerial positions of hollow body, C-shape, and arched body.

LUNCH

Equipment and Vocabulary (1  – 2 pm)

  • Observing at a circus school
  • Familiarization with equipment and skills in practice

Aerial Skills Breakdown (2 – 4 pm)

  • Grips used in aerial arts
  • Hanging, Climbing, Front Balance, Inversion variations, Skin the Cat
  • Recognition of common movement dysfunctions with these aerial skills and how they relate to shoulder biomechanics and movement impairments or compensations

Treatment for Common Aerial Movement Dysfunctions (4 – 6 pm)

  • Sample Evaluation demonstration
  • Exercises, cues, and patient education for correction of common movement impairments in aerial circus artists
  • Practice applying exercises and cuing in lab (max student ratio 16:1)

Early Bird Pricing available!

Cancellation Policy: Refunds are available up to 3 weeks prior to the course. After that time, enrollments are transferable. Please contact emily@thecircusdoc.com with any changes.

Past Workshops

May 9, 2020 — Work With Your Body: Practical Anatomy for Aerial Artists – Minneapolis — 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?

Apr 24, 2020 — Work With Your Body: Practical Anatomy for Aerial Artists at NECCA — We use our full bodies in our aerial and acrobatics lives and the more we know about how they work the better we can be.  Learn how to work with your body rather than against it with physical therapist, aerialist and author Dr. Emily Scherb.

Apr 3, 2020 — Movement Analysis and Treatment of Aerial Artists – New York – CANCELED — Unfortunately this course has been canceled due to the outbreak and spread of the novel corona virus, Covid-19. This course is for all healthcare professionals who would like to know more about working with aerial artists. Physical Therapy CE Credit Available (other continuing education credit may be available.

Mar 30, 2020 — Aerial Anatomy Workshops – Asheville — Aerial Anatomy Series The Hips Don’t Lie: Controlling the Core in Aerial Arts 4:00-6:00pm in studio 107U. Hanging Tough: Shoulder Health for the Aerial Artist 6:30-8:30pm in studio 108. Sign up for one or join me for Both!

Mar 22, 2020 — Love Your Circus Shoulders in St. Louis – Canceled — Unfortunately travel changes and cancellations due to COVID-19 have meant that this workshop must be canceled. I will have a rescheduled date sometime within the next year. Aerial artists spend a lot of time with our arms over our heads, which can lead to pain and injury.

Mar 1, 2020 — Love Your Circus Shoulders – Ashland, OR — 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. Learn exercises and techniques to increase […]

Jan 10, 2020 — Shoulder and Hip Aerial Anatomy in Portland — Hanging Tough and The Hips Don’t Lie at The Circus Project Sign up for one or get a discount when you sign up for both (Chose the option for Aerial Anatomy Series) Early bird pricing until 12/15! Your body is your instrument and your partner in movement. Knowing how your body moves, works, and changes […]

Nov 16, 2019 — Movement Analysis and Treatment for Aerial Artists: The Hanging Athlete – Los Angeles — This course is for all healthcare professionals who would like to know more about working with aerial artists. Physical Therapy CEU Credit Available (other continuing education credit may be available. Please enquire) PT, OT, MD, DO, NP, ND, DC, ATC are all welcome In this continuing education course for healthcare professionals, we will look at the […]

Oct 27, 2019 — Aerial Anatomy in CHICAGO — Aerial Anatomy Series! Hips and Core Shoulders Inversions Sign up for one or join me for all three! Your body is your instrument and your partner in movement.

Oct 6, 2019 — Aerial Anatomy Foundations — Your body is your instrument and your partner in movement. Knowing how your body moves, works, and changes can help you make huge gains in your skills and prevent injury. This foundation course is your gateway to learning about how your body works from the inside out.

Sep 7, 2019 — Movement Analysis and Treatment for Aerial Artists: The Hanging Athlete – LONDON, England — Want to be the person in your community that circus artists look to for their health and body care? Understanding the ins and outs of working with these unique athletes will help you become a valuable resource and training partner. Learn to assess the stresses and challenges aerialists face and recognize the common movement patterns that place […]

Sep 2, 2019 — Work with your body: Practical Anatomy for the Performing Artist – Glasgow — 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?

Sep 1, 2019 — Work with your body: Practical Anatomy for the Aerial Artist – LONDON — 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?

Jun 30, 2019 — Movement Analysis and Treatment for Aerial Artists: The Hanging Athlete — This course is for all healthcare professionals who would like to know more about working with aerial artists. Physical Therapy CEU Credit Available (other continuing education credit may be available. Please enquire) PT, OT, MD, DO, NP, ND, DC, ATC are all welcome In this continuing education course for healthcare professionals, we will look at the […]

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?