Trapeze

Improver Aerial Dance Trapeze

/ with Lydia Lara (2018)

This class is for anyone who has been training on any aerial apparatus at least two hours per week for the last six months. We will learn strength and flexibility drills specifically designed for Dance Trapeze. Every day we will learn vocabulary including finding ways to approach your apparatus, skills and tricks under the bar, mounts, balances on the bar, paths to standing, twists on the ropes, and building blocks for drops, linking it all through smooth transitions. We will explore a variety of spins, slides, orbits, and flights. We will reserve a few minutes at the end of each session to dance it all out and work throughout the week to build a routine with your own style. Although you do not need to already have a trapeze vocabulary to take this class it is important that your hands are ready to work on a trapeze bar for a whole week so conditioning your hands by working on trapeze or hoop before the festival is a great idea. Vocabulary will be different from week to week.


Improver/Skilled Trapeze (Creative)

/ with Oliver Smith-Wellnitz (2018)

This class is for those who train dance or static trapeze occasionally or on a regular basis, who would like to explore some different ways of moving and creating on the dance trapeze. This class will focus on improvisation and sequence building exercises, in order to try and break out of our habitual movement styles and find things that are weird, new, and uniquely you. You do not have to have a large trapeze vocabulary to take this class. As it is improvisation and task based you will be able to work to your level. That said, it is important to have a good baseline of aerial awareness and general strength.


Skilled Aerial Dance Trapeze

/ with Oliver Smith-Wellnitz (2018)

This class is for those who have experience in dance or static trapeze and train on a semi-regular to regular basis. On the dance trapeze, in addition to being able to perform the majority of static trapeze vocabulary, we also have the option of spinning, swinging, and moving in space, as well as playing with contact with the ground!

After a daily conditioning/warmup routine we will move on to working on specific technique. This can include tempos, rolls, release moves, as well as various small sequences. We will then look at exploring the movement possibilities of the dance trapeze, and the kinds of technique that we are able to do while in movement. Occasionally we will also look at some improvisation/creation exercises, before moving on to spinning towards the end of the class. Each day will be different! Some days we will focus on working at low heights, and others at full height. Also please feel free to bring specific ideas/exercises/tricks that you would like to learn.

It is highly recommended that those who take this class train regularly on bar apparatus before the festival in order to have appropriate hand endurance. Similarly, please only choose one trapeze technique class with me each week. Not only is some technique repeated between classes, two classes every day will be too much for your hands to handle in a festival environment.

In order to take this class, please supply a video demonstrating (with good form!!):
Pullups – Minimum 2, then as many as you can do up to 10
Tuck ups – Minimum 3, then as many as you can do up to 10
Front balance 10 seconds
Back balance 10 seconds
Your favourite technique/skill/move on trapeze
Your favourite sequence on trapeze


Advanced Aerial Dance Trapeze

/ with Oliver Smith-Wellnitz (2018)

This class is for those who regularly train dance or static trapeze to a high level, and would like to explore more of the exciting possibilities of dance trapeze. On the dance trapeze, in addition to being able to perform the majority of static trapeze vocabulary, we also have the option of spinning, swinging, and moving in space, as well as playing with contact with the ground! After a daily conditioning/warmup routine we will move on to working on specific technique. This can include tempos, rolls, release moves, as well as various small sequences. We will then look at exploring the movement possibilities of the dance trapeze, and the kinds of technique that we are able to do while in movement. Occasionally we will also look at some improvisation/creation exercises, before moving on to spinning towards the end of the class. Each day will be different! Some days we will focus on working at low heights, and others at full height. Also please feel free to bring specific ideas/exercises/tricks that you would like to learn.

It is very important that those who take this class train regularly on bar apparatus before the festival in order to have appropriate hand endurance. Similarly, please only choose one trapeze technique class with me each week. Not only is some technique repeated between classes, two classes every day will be too much for your hands to handle in a festival environment.

In order to take this class, please supply a video demonstrating (with good form!!):
Pullups – Minimum 3, then as many as you can do up to 10
Leg lefts – Minimum 3, then as many as you can do up to 10
Front balance 10 seconds
Back balance 10 seconds
Your favourite technique/skill/move on trapeze
Your favourite sequence on trapeze


Advanced Static Trapeze

/ with Oliver Smith-Wellnitz (2018)

This class is for those who regularly train dance or static trapeze to a high level, and would like to push their dynamic static trapeze technique. Releases, rolls, and tempos, tempos, tempos! After a daily conditioning/warmup routine we will move on to working on specific technique. This can include tempos, rolls, drops, release moves, as well as various small sequences, which will take up the majority of the class. Occasionally we will explore some improvisation/creation exercises, before finishing each class with work on various forms of hanging from the bar. Also please feel free to bring specific ideas/exercises/tricks that you would like to learn.

It is very important that those who take this class train regularly on bar apparatus before the festival in order to have appropriate hand endurance. Similarly, please only choose one trapeze technique class with me each week. Not only is some technique repeated between classes, two classes every day will be too much for your hands to handle in a festival environment.

In order to take this class, please supply a video demonstrating (with good form!!):
Pullups – Minimum 3, then as many as you can do up to 10
Leg lefts – Minimum 3, then as many as you can do up to 10
Front balance 10 seconds
Back balance 10 seconds
Your favourite technique/skill/move on trapeze
Your favourite sequence on trapeze


Triple Trapeze Technique

/ Shane Holohan (2018)

If you were to get three doubles trapezes and cram them together, you’d get a triple trapeze. Normally this is performed with 3 or 4 aerialists. This will be the first time offering this class at the IADF, and we will have to insist that you need to have some trapeze or hoop experience before taking this class (on day 1, I’ll be checking to make sure that all class participants can easily get up into, and move about the trapeze). If you have doubles trapeze experience, then you’re going to have a huge amount of fun as we break and refashion technique and sequences that you thought you knew. This is going to be SO MUCH FUN! Think of it as the Power Ranger Robot class, where loads of you have to come together to make something even more awesome!

Prerequisites: experience on trapeze or hoop (the ability to easily climb up onto, and move about on, a trapeze/hoop at height).

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 may be upside down quite a bit!


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