Weekend Courses

Sunday 28th May 2017

Act Creation
Contemporary Aerial Dance Workshop (Irene Schuberth & Livia Etelka)

This creative workshop is assembled to invite aerialists to expand their expression of movement, as they explore contemporary movement and dance in the air. Putting the technical automatisms that many flyers have aside, we invite aerialists to playfully explore the air, from a different frame of reference. By unifying the different worlds of floor and air, aerialists will be seamlessly moving from one to the other.

Beginning with a contemporary dance warm-up, various styles and qualities of movement will be introduced, creating an experimental and creative space to learn. Through improvisation and research, aerialists will be invited to approach various aerial apparatuses and explore the air in a novel way. After learning a dance phrase on the floor, students will incorporate it into their aerial movements and skills. This will allow for parallels to be drawn firstly between different apparatuses, as well as exploring how choreographic vocabulary can be translated from the floor to the air, and respectively, from the air to the floor. Pulling all the elements together, students will have the opportunity to choreograph their own aerial dance work, creatively transitioning between the mediums of floor and air, expanding their expression and range of movement as aerialists.

Balor Theatre

Cost is €50 for these workshops.

Saturday 3rd June 2017

Vayu Yoga
Vayu Yoga – Lindsey Butcher & Sianna Bruce

Vayu Aerial Yoga, is a practice that has been developed to create space mentally and physically, by opening up the body through various postures using our custom designed yoga swing. Using the support of the swing to move through various postures we are able to challenge and create space within the body whilst allowing the nervous system to relax, encouraging a letting go into complete surrender. Inverting the body while suspended in the air not only provides many physical benefits such as spinal decompression, it also expands the mind by creating confidence, overcoming fear and allowing new found freedom and bringing a playful light energy to our hearts.

Sunday 4th June 2017

Roue Cyr
Cyr Wheel – Mark Glover

Cyr Wheel for Skilled/Advanced

Aura – Sat 3rd June 2017

Book a whole day pass for €150, three hours for €50, two hours for €40, or €15 for a warm down class.

Injury Prevention, Let’s Fix You – Amy Ell

A class on proper body alignment and muscle activation. We will find what’s causing your discomfort and give you exercises to keep you muscularly balanced. No pain? Fabulous! Come w body questions or inquiries!!! Let’s make sure you stay that way! Amy has been working with clients/patients (from non mover to Olympic athlete) for the last 30 years. Let’s be anatomy nerds and play with movement efficiency! Let’s make you a better performer!

Contemporary Dance – Maire Dee

A traditional dance class with warm up, center work, and movement across the floor. Something for non-dancers and dancers alike.

Developing a Creative Practice – Shane Holohan

Shane will be facilitating 2 creativity workshops. Each workshop will take a different approach to exploring the relationship between the artist and their apparatus. For the purposes of this workshop, participants will be using aerial cocoons, but everything that is used can be transferred to any apparatus. Participants should bring a notebook, pens and pencils. Not sure which one to take, then take both!

Rope, Beats & Rolls – Matthew Horton

Dynamics foundation class! This class will be focused on the foundations of dynamic rope; beats, using momentum and twisting technique. participants should have experience with techniques that impact heavily on the body, including large drops and falls, they should also have good grip strength and body control.

Fabric Sequences – Lydia Lara

In this 2 hour workshop you will learn/review a series of phrases including climbs, skills, and drops focusing on flow and transitions. You will be guided through an intention, quality, or technical exercise to help you add texture to your performance. The last 30 minutes of class will be dedicated to putting a combination together using the phrases learnt during class. Small groups will perform for the rest of participants. Don’t panic! You will be just fine.

Prerequisites: You must be able to execute 3 consecutive short arm/straight legs straddle inverts in the air. Clean single star and salto drops. You must be able to stay in the air for at least 3 minutes with resting poses as needed.

Dance Trapeze – Oliver Smith-Wellnitz

In this workshop, we will focus on the relationship between us, the trapeze, and the ground, as well as the unique options presented when using a low trapeze. We will learn some small sequences/specific elements before working on some improvisation and sequence creation in order to feel more comfortable transitioning between the air and the ground.

This workshop is open to both beginners and more advanced aerialists. You should also be able to hold your own body weight as well as be comfortable doing some spinning without feeling too sick.

Spin Theory – Rachel Strickland

Spin Theory 101: learn the basics of how to do a clean wind up, center star, and start learning flares. Relevant for any spinning apparatus!

Prerequisites: Must be able to hang from hands and straighten your knees when I tell ya to.

Acrobatic Research – Oliver Smith-Wellnitz

In this workshop, we will be working on acrobatics-inspired dance and movement lines with a focus on research and individual strengths. We will start with a thorough warm up before learning some specific movements, trying to link them together, and then adding our own individual flair and skills.

You do not need to be an acrobat to take this workshop, but you do need to be able to take your body weight on your hands. Any acrobatic experience will be an asset, as will flexibility. The goal is to be able to adapt the skills to your own strengths.

Flexibility – Kate Finegan

Contortionists really know how to gain some length to bend in any direction. ….luckily your teacher is one! Let’s finish the day elongated and relaxed!!

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