Vertical Dance (Wall Running)

Vertical Dance/Wall Running Technique

/ with Kathryn Cooley & Paul Thompson (2019)

This class is for anyone and everyone who wants to try out or improve their skills on the wall. Within the class you will learn how to operate all the equipment used in vertical dance training safely. You will also get to learn positions on the wall, jumps from the wall (including somersaults and cartwheels) and of course some wall running. By the end of the week we will have a small routine put together that can be performed with the others within the class time.

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.


Vertical Dance Technique

/ with Lindsey Butcher (2019)

Strictly for aerialists with prior single point sit harness experience!

We’ll begin by looking at correct use of and understanding of the rigging we use before investigating the foundations of Vertical Dance technique; moving through basic orientation and vocabulary towards more complex sequencing and challenging ourselves to explore the vocabulary further to opening up the dance, your dance 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 the pre-requisite list of spatial and physical propositions:

  • Planks on different planes
  • Finding your balance point/grounding under the rigging point
  • Jumping away and returning to the wall – with control!
  • Comfortable with rotations, (basic forward and back somy’s) and cartwheels on the wall.

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

Please wear multiple 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 Rep (Skilled/Advanced)

/ with Lindsey Butcher (2019)

Strictly for aerialists with prior single point sit harness experience!

In week 1 Lindsey will share extracts from her own choreography created over several years. Shifting between fast paced dynamic sequencing and slower more sensual phrases – there may be some counting involved!

In week 2 Lindsey will teach excerpts from her role in ‘Why’, an abseil duet created for herself and Lee Clayden by choreographer Fin Walker which they’ll re imagine and perform for the IADF 10th Anniversary (so you can see it June 29th before you commit!). It was hardcore when it was first created in 2004, Lee and Lindsey may well be 15 years older now but they also have
15 more years of experience!

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 the pre-requisite list of spatial and physical propositions:

  • Planks on different planes
  • Finding your balance point/grounding under the rigging point
  • Jumping away and returning to the wall – with control!
  • Comfortable with rotations, (basic forward and back somy’s) and cartwheels on the wall.

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

Please wear multiple snug layers around your hips & 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.


Vertical Dance Lab (2 weeks – Perform July 6th) (Skilled/Advanced)

/ with Lindsey Butcher (2019)

Together we’ll explore the rigging and dancing possibilities offered up in using the facade of the An Grianan theatre. It’s a creative lab where we’ll work towards sharing some of our findings on the final Saturday to kick off the evenings performance. Expect some flying around on pillars, interacting with the architectural delights of the building and to be dangling outside under the Irish Summer sun – what could possibly go wrong?! Bring sun cream and wet weather gear.

LIMIT: This class is mutually exclusive with Group Hoop, Spiral Lab, and Chantal’s Creation Lab. Only one of these classes per person, sorry.


Skilled & Advanced Doubles Wall Running

/ with Maire Dee OR Sianna Bruce (2019)

Previous wall running/vertical dance 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.


Aerial Dance Harness

/ with Lindsey Butcher (2019)

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!

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