Doubles

Improvers Doubles Trapeze Technique

/ Shane Holohan (2017)

This is for people who want to learn the basics of Doubles Trapeze. You must have at least one year experience in aerials. It’s not essential to come with a doubles partner, but if you do, that’s cool. So, to be clear, this class is not for pure explorer aerialists.

We will develop some solid ‘porting’ and ‘flying’ technique. From there we will explore different ways that two people can use the aerial apparatus at the same time: hanging from and being supported by the apparatus and/or your partner. Time permitting we will move onto transitioning (the action of moving in and around the apparatus and your partner). You don’t need to have a partner already, but if you are working with someone and want to work with them for the week be sure to note that in your application.

Prerequisites: You must be comfortable on trapeze, taking somebody else’s weight, and have the endurance and strength to stay on the apparatus for at least 5 minutes of movement etc.

Clothing: padding for around the thighs and the backs of knees is helpful. You can just layer up, and stretchy knee tubes/supports work well. Do not wear loose clothing: it’s guaranteed to get caught and you will be upside down quite a bit!


Skilled & Advanced Doubles Trapeze Technique

/ Shane Holohan (2017)

PLEASE NOTE: this class is for existing duos, i.e. you must come to this class with an experienced doubles partner. Identify this person in the booking system.

Participants need to have been training Doubles Trapeze for at least a year and are comfortable with working at a height. The focus for this class will be on developing dynamic material, building good foundations to work on release-catch vocabulary. We will be working a lot on beats and their accompanying compensations, linking basic dynamic moves into sequences, and how to efficiently build up movement energy to generate flight that is accurate and safe.

Certainly not for the faint-hearted. We recommend that you have conditioned yourself physically before coming along, especially if you haven’t done Doubles Trapeze in a while (thinking about thighs and back of the knees and shoulder flexibility). Oh, and bring a smart phone, laptop whatever for recording yourself. The ability to analyse your own practice and identify principal errors will form a strong part of the classes.

Prerequisites: You must be comfortable on trapeze, taking somebody else’s weight, and have the endurance and strength to stay on the apparatus for at least 5 minutes of movement etc.

Clothing: padding for around the thighs and the backs of knees is helpful. You can just layer up, and stretchy knee tubes/supports work well. Do not wear loose clothing: it’s guaranteed to get caught and you will be upside down quite a bit!

Special Note: Due to the level required, you will be required to submit a link of video footage of your current level through the booking system. Skills should include some release-recatch work.


Skilled & Advanced Wall Doubles

/ with Lee Clayden (2017)

Previous wall running experience required, but not doubles wall running. No partner required. The class will explore working with a partner beside you on the wall. How can you interact with your partner, how can you manipulate their rope? Exploring shapes, running and rotations, both in sync and out of sync.


Spinny Doubles Skilled/Advanced

/ with Rachel Strickland (2017)

In this course we will explore spin-based choreography for duo work on aerial hoop, dance trapeze, and invented apparatus. I will cheerfully beat bad habits out of you while giving you supplementary tools and new habits to make the most of your strength and flexibility when working together. We will explore beautiful shapes, transitions, and get to know what the world looks like while spinning quickly and staring at someone’s face/hands/back/whatever.

Baseline Requirements:

  • Pull up from dead hang with good form
  • straddle up in the air confidently
  • No puking

You will get much more out of this class with basic flexibility, meaning splits (or almost splits) and basic backbend.

Please note**For all classes under my instruction, (except the two week hoop lab) I do NOT build two separate weeks of material. Some things will change and I can always give more advanced versions for those who wish to join me for both weeks, but I design my classes so that you get the most out of it in one week and can then participate in some other cool thing the other week.

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