Improver Fabric Technique
/ with Lydia Lara (2019)
This class is for dancers and aerialists who have been training on a vertical (rope or silks) apparatus at least two hours per week for the last six months or once a week for the past year.
We will work on specific strengthening exercises and techniques to help your silks practice. We will learn different climbs, keys, single and double foot lock positions, progressions towards simple/safe dives/drops, and short phrases to begin creative play in sequencing.
Pre requisites: You should be comfortable executing the following skills, hold your own body weight on your arms, simple (french) climb, hip key from Russian climb (or another assisted hip key), figure 8 foot lock.
/ with Amy Ell (2019)
Welcome to the wonderful world of fabric brain!
So you know the basics well, but have you really explored where they can take you? This class is beyond learning phrases/tricks in the air. It’s about exploring possibilities and identifying wraps. This is a great class for teachers and performers alike. Amy will introduce you to new pathways from basic setups including modifications.
/ with Amy Ell (2019)
This is a ‘what if’ class.
This is a class where strength, agility, and creativity is mandatory.
This is a class for leaders and innovators.
This is not a class to just follow along, this is a class to lead the way.
This is a class for those who KNOW they are advanced.
What you will receive from Amy:
A beginning with many endings. New pathways. New ways to traverse the fabric. New ways to look at fabric knowledge, exploration, and creation.
Yes, you must bring your fabric brain to this class. You will be challenged to create your own new pathways not just add on your favorite pathways, rolls, or drops. Let’s think outside the norms. Let’s find new fabric choreography!
Video requirements: Choose 4 to 6 different inversions, e.g. ball, hip key, pike, straddle, etc. Perform them consecutively in the air, slowly with no momentum, in both short arm and long arm, and with GORGEOUS form.
/ with Irene Schuberth (2019)
For this class, you will need strength, stamina, endurance and joy to dance on the fabric!
Through conditioning exercises, we will analyse correct body alignment for injury prevention.
During the week, we will develop movement qualities, which rely on releasing the body rather than holding unnecessary tension.
We will design a movement vocabulary based on contemporary dance principles, like contracting and releasing the pelvis, related to the breath as well. We will also work on spiraling the body to achieve a more natural way of working against gravity.
Students will learn different figures and drops, which will be connected throughout the week. Building longer sequences and transitions will give us the possibility to dive deeper in the analysis of movement qualities.
The goal is to dance and move on the fabric free from any tension in the body. Each student is invited to find their own original way of moving in time and space.
enough hand grip to hang for longer period
some experience with front and back balance
bend or straight knee straddle, preferable with long arms
solid hip key