vertical dance

Aerial Dance Harness

/ with Kat Cooley (2022)

Working in solos, pairs and groups, this class forms an introduction to the characteristics of working on a variety of rigging systems, in different configurations and spatial relationships and using guided improvisations to explore each new territory. We’ll begin each class with floor work, leading into aerial exploration. A really fun class which you can take at your own pace – and even better and you don’t have to hold your body weight on your arms!

What to bring: Water and some crystallised ginger!

Clothing: bring as many layers as possible. The harness hurts after a while so padding especially around your thighs, hips, and kidney area is essential.

Improver Vertical Dance Technique

/ with Lindsey Butcher (2022)

This class is for people who have some prior experience of vertical dance i.e. you’ve been on the wall before or are a climber.

We’ll begin by recapping the equipment used and working through basic orientation and vocabulary. We’ll investigate the foundations of Vertical Dance technique and build towards learning jumps, cartwheels and somersaults towards the end of the week and linking choreography with the possibility for creative play.

Clothing: We advise wearing at least a couple of snug layers around your hips and waist for your comfort. Personally I favour high waisted shorts (or a unitard) under stretch jeans or leggings.

Vertical Dance Technique and Creative Lab

/ with Lindsey Butcher (2022)

NOTE: Strictly for aerialists with prior single point sit harness experience!

We’ll begin by checking in with correct application and understanding of the rigging used before moving through orientation, known vocabulary and building towards more complex sequencing.
As the week progresses we’ll add in creative propositions designed to free up your possibilities for dance and personal expression on the wall.

Pre requisites: You must have previously attended a vertical dance course or have significant single point harness experience on the wall. You should be familiar with, confident and competent in demonstrating:

  • Planks on different planes
  • Finding your balance point on hands or feet
  • Jumping away and returning to the wall with control
  • Basic rotations

None of these have to be perfect though, just available to you!

As you know (!) we advise wearing at least a couple of snug layers around your hips and waist for your comfort. Long sleeved shirts are also handy for some moves. If you have a climbing harness you prefer and any kit (gri-gris, rigs, karabiners etc.), please bring them with you.

Vertical Dance Technique and Rep

/ with Lindsey Butcher (2022)

NOTE: Strictly for aerialists with prior single point sit harness experience!

The focus for this class will be on working through and understanding specific vertical dance body puzzles and orientations applied in some of Lindsey’s own choreography created over several years.

As with the previous class we’ll begin by checking in with correct application and understanding of the rigging used before moving through orientation and known vocabulary and building towards Shifting between fast paced dynamic sequencing and slower more sensual phrases – there may well be some counting involved in this class!

Pre-requisites: You must have previously attended a vertical dance course or have significant single point harness experience on the wall. You should be familiar with, confident and competent in demonstrating:

  • Planks on different planes
  • Finding your balance point on hands or feet
  • Jumping and returning to the wall with control
  • Basic rotations

None of these have to be perfect though, just available to you!

As you know (!) we advise wearing at least a couple of snug layers around your hips and waist for your comfort. Long sleeved shirts are also handy for some moves. If you have a preferred climbing harness & any kit (gri gris, rigs, carabiners etc), please bring them with you.