Trapeze

Explorer & Improver Aerial Dance Trapeze

/ with Amy Ell (2017)

Let’s train smartly….learn a handful of strengthening drills and a whole lot o skills…..hey, let’s even link them and start the building blocks to act construction.


Aerial Dance Trapeze Performance Lab (2 Week Course)

/ with Chantal McCormick & Sianna Bruce (2017)

This is a two-week course with a sharing on 10th of June. Participants must be able to commit to both weeks.

This is for people that have experience working on a trapeze or aerial dance trapeze. We will learn a sequence and then improvise and use other choreographic skills for working on material. We will also learn how to move with the trapeze spinning, circling and swinging and changing heights. Our goal is to create ease in moving in and out of the floor and in and out of the trapeze as it spins and swings. This class also works on developing each individual’s creative ethos and thinking by working through different exercises originating from theatre, dance and clowning to overcome any blocks or fears in performance.

It is advisable to bring a notebook from day one. Performance/Sharing on Saturday 10th of June for all participants.




Trapeze

/ with Oliver Smith-Wellnitz (2017)

This class is for those who are new to aerial disciplines (or have limited experience) who are interested in learning trapeze. Each class will consist of a daily warmup/conditioning routine, specific skill development, and sequence building. The emphasis of the class is on technique, but we will also be working on some creation/impro/research exercises because they are important at every level! Gotta keep those creative juices flowing (and get out of our comfort zones). The technique in this class will primarily include static positions that we will then link together into various sequences. We will also work on some dynamic moves to keep things interesting.

In order to take this class, you should be able to hold your body weight by your hands. In addition, you should have enough flexibility to touch your toes as well as bring your knees completely to your chest in a ball. Any training that you can do on bars in the weeks leading up to the festival all be an asset, as intense trapeze training can be rough on unconditioned hands!

Please note: This class is designed as a one-week course that will be repeated (with some changes) in the second week. For those interested in doing the course for two weeks we can obviously work on some more advanced skills during the second, but the general outline will be the same. Also please be aware that there will be some overlap in material between the various trapeze and dance trapeze classes that I am teaching.


Skilled Aerial Dance Trapeze

/ with Oliver Smith-Wellnitz (2017)

This class is for those who already have some experience in aerial disciplines/trapeze and would like to try dance trapeze or further their skill-set. Each class will consist of a daily warmup/conditioning routine, specific skill development, and sequence building. We will also explore the various movement capabilities of dance trapeze (swinging, spinning, circles) and how that affects our vocabulary and options. The emphasis of the class is on technique, but we will also be working on some creation/impro/research exercises because they are important at every level! Gotta keep those creative juices flowing (and get out of our comfort zones).

In order to take this class should be able to do unassisted tuck-ups without jumping (aiming for 5), as well as have a consistent single knee hang. You should also be comfortable with some spinning. It’s ok to get dizzy, but if you immediately get sick when you spin some parts of this class might be a challenge. If possible, please try to consistently train on some bar-apparatus during the weeks prior to the festival in order to condition your hands. One/two weeks of intense instruction and training can be hard on the hands, and the pace is quick!

Please note: This class is designed as a one-week course that will be repeated (with some changes) in the second week. For those interested in doing the course for two weeks we can obviously work on some more advanced skills during the second, but the general outline will be the same. Also please be aware that there will be some overlap in material between the various trapeze and dance trapeze classes that I am teaching.


Advanced Aerial Dance Trapeze

/ with Oliver Smith-Wellnitz (2017)

This class is for people with solid experience on trapeze (fixed or dance) who train consistently. Those with extensive aerial experience in other disciplines are also welcome, but realise that without basic vocabulary it might be more of a challenge. Each class will consist of a daily warmup/conditioning routine, specific skill development, sequence building. We will be working on dynamic movements such as rolls, release moves, and tempos. We will also explore the various movement capabilities of dance trapeze (swinging, spinning, circles) and how that affects our vocabulary and options. The emphasis of the class is on technique, but we will also be working on some creation/impro/research exercises because they are important at every level! Gotta keep those creative juices flowing (and get out of our comfort zones).

In order to take this class you need to be able to do unassisted tuck ups/pike ups with proper form (that means no jumping, controlled, and legs together), relative comfort when hanging by your ankles (clicks), solid single knee hangs, and minimum 3 pull-ups unassisted. Front balance and back balance should also be consistent. You should also be comfortable with some spinning. Getting dizzy is ok, but some endurance is necessary! Please try to consistently train on some bar-apparatus during the weeks prior to the festival in order to condition your hands. One/two weeks of intense instruction and training can be hard on the hands, and the pace is quick!

Please note: This class is designed as a one-week course that will be repeated (with some changes) in the second week. For those interested in doing the course for two weeks we can obviously work on some more advanced skills during the second, but the general outline will be the same. Also please be aware that there will be some overlap in material between the various trapeze and dance trapeze classes that I am teaching.


Advanced Static Trapeze

/ with Oliver Smith-Wellnitz (2017)

This class is for people with solid experience on trapeze (fixed or dance) who train consistently. Those with extensive aerial experience in other disciplines are also welcome, but realise that without basic vocabulary it might be more of a challenge. Each class will consist of a daily warmup/conditioning routine, specific skill development, and sequence building. We will be working on dynamic movements such as rolls and release moves, and we will be putting particular focus on tempos and skills that use them. The emphasis of the class is on technique, but we will also be working on some creation/impro/research exercises because they are important at any level! Gotta keep those creative juices flowing (and get out of our comfort zones).

In order to take this class you need to be able to do unassisted tuck ups/pike ups with proper form (that means no jumping, controlled, and legs together), relative comfort when hanging by your ankles (clicks), solid single knee hangs, and minimum 3 pull-ups unassisted. Front balance and back balance should also be consistent. Please try to consistently train on some bar-apparatus during the weeks prior to the festival in order to condition your hands. One/two weeks of intense instruction and training can be hard on the hands, and the pace is quick!

Please note: This class is designed as a one-week course that will be repeated (with some changes) in the second week. For those interested in doing the course for two weeks we can obviously work on some more advanced skills during the second, but the general outline will be the same. Also please be aware that there will be some overlap in material between the various trapeze and dance trapeze classes that I am teaching.


Please note: Classes that appear in the Schedule with Aimee Hancock are now being taught by Oliver Smith-Wellnitz.

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