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Wednesday, August 16
 

4:00pm

Check in for attendees on site @ Trenton Circus Squad
All participants are required to check in on site at Trenton Circus Squad between 4-7pm. If you are arriving on a different day, please find a staff member when you arrive and we will check you in. All participants must check in before participating.

Wednesday August 16, 2017 4:00pm - 7:00pm
TBA

5:30pm

7:00pm

Opening ceremony @ Trenton Circus Squad
Special guests, performances, and new and old circus friends - what could be better?! You don't want to miss this!

Wednesday August 16, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA
 
Thursday, August 17
 

8:00am

Warm up on your own
Groups are welcome to use open floor space to warm up and get ready for the day. Please reserve this for warming up and stretching - not practicing or training. Participants may self organize to lead warm ups for the group as they see fit! 

Thursday August 17, 2017 8:00am - 9:15am
TBA

9:15am

Morning Meeting
Each morning we will gather before starting the day. This is a time for our festival team and/or participants to share important information with the entire group - be sure not to miss the meeting so you can stay in the loop.

Thursday August 17, 2017 9:15am - 9:30am
Bleachers

9:30am

Pole and Rope Mallakhamb
Limited Capacity filling up

Mallakhamb is a transitional Indian arts on Pole and Rope. It was re-discovered in 18th century. Mallakhamb is combination of Yoga, Martial Arts, and Gymnastics. It is one of few arts which is played against gravity. During this workshop participants will get acquainted with history and basic catches on Rope and Pole Mallakhamb. This includes mounts, dismounts, acrobatic elements in vertical pole, and intercepts.

Speakers

Thursday August 17, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
aqua, neon yellow

9:30am

Becoming a Circademic: Combining academics and circus
Limited Capacity full

You may be a circademic if… you think circus arts are good for people and you like to think about why that might be, you really like research and you also really like circus, or you’re trying to figure out how to link circus with a college degree. This workshop is for all circademics including parents, graduate or college students, and teens trying to figure out post-high-school plans. Attendees will hear about the career paths and current work of a panel of circademics (including Jen Agans, Jean St. John, Holly Adams, Carrie Heller, Colleen McIntee, Jackie Davis, and Amy Cohen), and will participate in discussions of their own ideas and plans with fellow attendees who share similar interests.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Agans

Jen Agans

Research Scientist / Director, Cornell University / Silver Lining Circus Camp
Jen Agans received her Ph.D. from the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University in Medford MA and is now a research scientist at Cornell University in Ithaca NY. Her research focuses on the ways in which participation in movement activities... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
beige

9:30am

The Art of Applying and Auditioning for Performing Artists
Limited Capacity seats available

Applying and auditioning for professional training programs (from short-term intensive workshops to university B.F.A. degrees) in circus and related performing arts, as well as for performance opportunities, can be a successful adventure of personal & professional growth, learning, and network-building. And it can be done with less stress than you may think! Come discuss tips for maximizing your opportunities while taking care of yourself/your student. Practice your "asks and intros" with DFC youth who have been through it all, and the director of the small youth circus troupe they worked with who saw them - and their parents - through their early applications & auditions for circus & related performance & training programs. Open to Youth with interest in applying for professional performing training programs or performance opportunities, parent(s)/guardian(s), and coaches.


Thursday August 17, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
black

9:30am

Make Your Own Hat for Hat Tricks and Clowning
Limited Capacity full

Make your own weighted hat for juggling and hat tricks. Materials include foam pipe insulation, duct tape, and lightweight chain. Flips nicely! After making hats, learn a few basic comedic hat tricks. Makes a very funky hat!

Speakers

Thursday August 17, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
blue

9:30am

Beginner Progressions for Fabric and Rope
Limited Capacity full

Start with some introductory material on the apparatus, and slowly start building to bigger skills through progressions. Learn what you're looking for before moving to the next progression and how to spot. Learn ow to inform your student which progression they will stay at and why, personably and compassionately.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Morano

Christine Morano

Aerial Coach, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts


Thursday August 17, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
brown

9:30am

Clowning 101
Clowning 101 with Uncle Chase!

Speakers

Thursday August 17, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
entryway

9:30am

Beginner Hoop Diving
Limited Capacity full

Learn the basics of this fun dynamic act.

Speakers
MM

Michael Manning

Acrobatics/ mini trampoline Coach, NECCA


Thursday August 17, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
green

9:30am

Functional Anatomy: Increasing Shoulder Flexibility
Limited Capacity seats available

Increasing Shoulder flexibility/mobility using an anatomical, biomechanical approach. 

Speakers

Thursday August 17, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
grey

9:30am

Quick and Easy Hairstyles for Performance
Limited Capacity full

Learn 4 different easy to modify hairstyles styles that anyone can use to create amazing looks quickly for large groups of performers.

Speakers

Thursday August 17, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Lunch Tables

9:30am

Hangout Time
Limited Capacity seats available

If learning ALL the things ALL the time seems like it could be just a little "extra", feel free to schedule some time to mingle, network, chat and chill with your circus friends and colleagues in our comfy welcome area, complete with couches, snacks, and smiles. 

Thursday August 17, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Welcome Area

9:30am

Intermediate Sequencing for Static Trapeze
Limited Capacity full

Often, when we learn aerial arts, we work on one skill at a time. Once you have a pretty good "toolbox" of skills, though, it's important to learn how to string them together in ways that are efficient, safe, and interesting to watch. In this workshop, students will learn a fun and engaging sequence in three or more parts and will then put it all together into one "routine". This will allow them to work on fluidity of movement, transitions between the various levels of the trapeze (under, on, and above the bar), and endurance. And students may even learn some new skills along the way!

Speakers
avatar for Alyssa Hellrung

Alyssa Hellrung

Circus Instructor, School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts


Thursday August 17, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
orange

9:30am

Beginning Adventures in Duo Trapeze
Limited Capacity full

In this introduction to duo trapeze, we’ll explore sharing the trapeze with a partner, safely supporting someone else’s weight, and moving in relation to another body in the air. Students will explore basic duo trapeze skills, learn foundational technique for basing and flying, and create exciting shapes with two bodies on one trapeze.

Prerequisites: For students capable of front balance, ankle hang, and inverting in the ropes on solo trapeze.


Speakers

Thursday August 17, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
pink

9:30am

Beginner Cyr
Limited Capacity full

Learn the basics of Cyr wheel.


Thursday August 17, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
purple

9:30am

Handstands 101
Limited Capacity full

In this intro to handstand workshops we'll work independtly and in partners to develop our kick to handstand, straddle to handstand and basic handstand hold.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Woolley

Adam Woolley

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts


Thursday August 17, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
red

9:30am

Intermediate Dynamic Acro/ Partner Lifts
Limited Capacity full

Explore dynamic partner acrobatics and lifts. Some ground acrobatics and basic partner acrobatics required.

Speakers

Thursday August 17, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
yellow

11:15am

Small group discussion with Board members on AYCO's future

These 45 minute sessions are designed to encourage discussion between diverse groups. It is an opportunity for those with questions, comments, or concerns to meet with members of the AYCO board and discuss the proposed organizational growth.  At least two board members will be in attendance during every session. These sessions are designed so that there can be respectful dialogue and questions can be asked in a small scale environment. 

 



Thursday August 17, 2017 11:15am - 12:00pm
white

11:15am

Dynamic Bar Apparatus
Limited Capacity full

Dynamic Bars will include an introduction to all kinds of drops, release moves, and other dynamic skills on lyra and trapeze, such as circles (mill and hip), rolls, turns, drops and releases.


Thursday August 17, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
aqua

11:15am

Director's Roundtable
Limited Capacity full

A discussion with Shayna Kennedy and other directors in the American circus arts community about best practices, successful strategies, and more.

Speakers

Thursday August 17, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
beige

11:15am

Community Discussion: Developing Parent Engagement in Youth Circus Programs
Limited Capacity filling up

Parents are an integral part of a healthy youth circus program. Parents, educators, and program leaders will come together in this workshop to share ideas for developing parent engagement. This discussion will cover topic including why it is important to involve parents, strategies for how to involve parents, and common challenges/pitfalls.

Speakers
FH

Felicity Hesed

Youth Program Director, Circus Center


Thursday August 17, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
black

11:15am

Beginner/Intermediate Contact Juggling
Limited Capacity filling up

In this workshop, we will work on the fundamentals of contact juggling. The focus will be in three areas: butterflies, stalls and isolations. The workshop is geared to everyone from complete beginner to advanced contact juggler. Contact juggling can add elements to various circus and manipulation acts and is excellent for increasing body awareness, finger dexterity and motor coordination.

Speakers

Thursday August 17, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
blue

11:15am

Grow your wings… concepts that will help you learn to fly!
Limited Capacity full

Grip it, bend it, post it, block it, lock it!!! These are the concepts we’ll learn and use through out class to teach us how to stay afloat. The class will start out with games on the floor to help you learn the basic the concepts, then we’ll bring it in the air. We will teach you some basic vocabulary on low sling and fabrics to practice how the concepts work and then will give some guided exploratory exercises. The material translates to any apparatus.

Speakers

Thursday August 17, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
brown

11:15am

Handstands 101
Limited Capacity seats available

In this intro to handstand workshops we'll work independtly and in partners to develop our kick to handstand, straddle to handstand and basic handstand hold.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Woolley

Adam Woolley

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts


Thursday August 17, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
entryway

11:15am

Intro to Gym Wheel
Limited Capacity full

Big Wheels keep rollin'~ Ready to balance, roll, invert, and impress in a Gym Wheel? This basics class will introduce the must-know moves, challenge trust in partner skills, and explore the disciplines of straight line, spiral, & vault. Gym shoes required.


Thursday August 17, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
green

11:15am

Intro to Props
Limited Capacity full

Introduction to prop manipulation. Foundational techniques, basic concepts, simple tricks.

Speakers
avatar for Carlo Pellegrini

Carlo Pellegrini

Amazing Grace CIRCUS!
CARLO PELLEGRINI (aka, ‘Mr. Amazing’) is AGC!’s co-founder and Artistic Director. Mr. Amazing performed for many years as White Clown, Acrobat and Ringmaster with Big Apple Circus, The Royal Lichtenstein Circus, and Piccolo Circus NYC. He was a professional dancer with int... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
grey

11:15am

Hangout Time
Limited Capacity seats available

If learning ALL the things ALL the time seems like it could be just a little "extra", feel free to schedule some time to mingle, network, chat and chill with your circus friends and colleagues in our comfy welcome area, complete with couches, snacks, and smiles. 

Thursday August 17, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
Welcome Area

11:15am

Becoming Innovators; Cultivating Creativity through Prop Manipulation
Limited Capacity full

Do more than just tricks. Cultivate creativity and spark imagination in your students, collaborators, and yourself using props.

Speakers

Thursday August 17, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
neon yellow

11:15am

Multi Star Drops and Variations on Fabric or Rope
Limited Capacity filling up

Add some variation to your star drops and take them to the next level. This workshop will focus on doing many kinds of locked star drops: Doubles, Triples, Three and a halfs, etc, focusing on wrapping and dropping safely. After mastering the standard star drops we'll work on variations that add tricks to top or bottom of the drop and vary the movement and shapes within the drop.

Speakers
avatar for Bones Newstead

Bones Newstead

President, Circus Mecca
Founder of CircusMecca



Thursday August 17, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
orange

11:15am

Static Trapeze for Bendy Humans
Limited Capacity filling up

In this workshop you will learn static trapeze tricks that show off your flexibility. In addition to learning new skills, we will explore exercises and conditioning that will help you control your bendy body for beautiful tricks and maximum bend to age ratio.

Speakers
avatar for Copper Santiago

Copper Santiago

a careful life isnt a life


Thursday August 17, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
pink

11:15am

Making Art out of Acrobalance
Limited Capacity full

Put some theatre into your thigh stands! In this workshop, we will use imagery, language, and other inspiring sources to generate and explore new creative partner/group acro material. We will include a review of the basic building blocks of acrobalance. This workshop will be creative, communicative, physical, and fun. Ideal for anyone who wants to: spark new ideas about adding creativity to your work, find new ways of playing and working with people, and just have fun! We will work in small groups; a partner is not required. Previous experience with partner acro/acrobalance is helpful, but not required.

Accessibility considerations: this workshop will be accessible for people of all abilities. Please speak to the instructors if you have any concerns or special needs, but be assured that we will easily be able to make accommodations as needed during the workshop.



Thursday August 17, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
purple

11:15am

I Will Hold You Up
Limited Capacity filling up

Merging highly physical movement with creative expression, circus requires a great deal of trust, teamwork, risk, and vulnerability. Whether we are creating solo work or a group act, we depend on our fellows to support us, to hold our weight, to lift us up. These connections can take time to build within a circus ensemble or company, but are essential to creating work as a team. In this workshop, we will work together to cultivate deep ensemble connection and community quickly, through counterbalance, weight sharing, and creative movement, culminating in a group flying experience.

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Gaff

Hannah Gaff

Performance Program Manager, Youth Circus Coach, AcroSports
Performance Program Manager at AcroSports! Clown, acrobat, theatre-creator. MFA from Dell'Arte International in Blue Lake, CA. Managing Director of UpLift Physical Theatre. www.upliftphysicaltheatre.com | | Passionate about performance, audience connection, emotional physica... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
red

11:15am

Introduction to Parkour/Parkour Flow
Limited Capacity full

This workshop will be taught by Elijah Jennett, who has adept experience coaching and training in Competitive Gymnastics, Wall Trampoline, and Parkour. This is a very hands on, experiential workshop. Sneakers recommended.

Speakers
avatar for Elijah Jennett

Elijah Jennett

Site & Safety Manager, Youth & Adult Coordinator, Acrosports
I coach Parkour, Freerunning, Tumbling, Trampoline, Wall trampoline, and Gymnastics.


Thursday August 17, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
yellow

12:05pm

Small group discussion with Board members on AYCO's future

These 45 minute sessions are designed to encourage discussion between diverse groups. It is an opportunity for those with questions, comments, or concerns to meet with members of the AYCO board and discuss the proposed organizational growth.  At least two board members will be in attendance during every session. These sessions are designed so that there can be respectful dialogue and questions can be asked in a small scale environment. 

 

 



Thursday August 17, 2017 12:05pm - 12:50pm
white

1:00pm

1:15pm

Small group discussion with Board members on AYCO's future

These 45 minute sessions are designed to encourage discussion between diverse groups. It is an opportunity for those with questions, comments, or concerns to meet with members of the AYCO board and discuss the proposed organizational growth.  At least two board members will be in attendance during every session. These sessions are designed so that there can be respectful dialogue and questions can be asked in a small scale environment. 

 



Thursday August 17, 2017 1:15pm - 2:00pm
beige

2:15pm

Tangled: Mechanics and Exploration of Aerial Fabric Wraps
Limited Capacity full

This workshop is intended for intermediate - advanced students who want to explore possibilities on aerial fabrics beyond memorizing wraps and tricks. The structure is intended to aid in a deeper comprehension of what makes a wrap work, how skills connect together, and give tools for extricating oneself from novel wraps. Students will gain further understanding of the safety and mechanics needed to create novel skills and sequences that accentuate their individual strengths .

Speakers

Thursday August 17, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
aqua

2:15pm

Teaching Artist Pathways: Circus Artists as Educators
Limited Capacity filling up

What is teaching artistry? What are the different career paths a teaching artists can take? What kinds of communities can artists work with? What tools do artists who have a passion for teaching need to build a career?


Participants in this session will be introduced to the New Victory Theater Teaching Artist Pathways Tool (TAP Tool). This 90-minute workshop will invite participants to use the tool to chart their own career paths individually In small groups, participants will share their own teaching journeys and consider their various paths and goals. This process will also give participants the opportunity for resource-sharing and building community.

Courtney J. Boddie, New Victory Director of Education / School Engagement, oversees the New Victory Education Partnership program bringing 40,000 New York City students to see live performances on stage, classroom workshops and professional development training for teachers. She oversees 55+ teaching artists. Ms. Boddie is Board Member of the Association of Teaching Artists (President 2015-2017). Additionally, she serves on the editorial board of Teaching Artist Journal and the Teaching Artist Committee of the NYC Arts-in-Education Roundtable. She is the Creator/Host for podcast: Teaching Artistry by Courtney J. Boddie and Co-Artistic Director of a space between a theater for teen audiences.

 

Prior to joining The New Victory Theater in 2003, Ms. Boddie was Program Associate for Empire State Partnerships (NYSCA) and a teaching artist for Roundabout Theatre Company. She received her Master’s degree from the Educational Theatre Graduate Program at New York University, where she is also adjunct faculty.




Speakers

Thursday August 17, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
beige

2:15pm

Crash Course in Circus Photography
Limited Capacity filling up

Looking to improve your Instagram skills? #amiright? We will work together to capture the action of the festival and learn about how to photograph circus. We will go over basics of photography for circus as well as tips on curating your photography on social media.  Bring your camera or camera phone for a crash course lesson in capturing circus photography. Don't have one? No problem - we can share!  

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Lowery

Jenna Lowery

Jenna Lowery is a graduate from California State University, Fullerton. She grew up doing youth circus in Redlands, CA and has attended AYCO Festivals since 2005. She currently serves as a member of the AYCO PR committe and is very interested in studying the culture of circus and circus arts in America and abroad. She hopes to use her film and anthropology degrees to aid her in such... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Bleachers

2:15pm

Open Level Wire Walking
Limited Capacity full

This all levels wire walking class is designed for anyone wishing to spend more time on the wire and pick up pro tips - no matter what level. You'll start by learning Sonja's walking technique, and then more experienced walkers will break off and learn higher level tricks and movements while beginners will continue to work on balance and walking with a spotter. 

Speakers

Thursday August 17, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
blue

2:15pm

Beginner Aerial
Limited Capacity full

Explore aerial arts as a beginner in this workshop! We will focus on skill progressions, proper technique, and body position on a variety of bar and vertical aerial apparatus. In addition to giving you a taste of being off the ground, will discuss terminology, safety procedures, and teach conditioning exercises to help you develop the strength and body awareness in the air. This workshop promises a fun, safe, and supportive environment to those new to aerial arts.


Speakers
avatar for Claire Dehm

Claire Dehm

AYCO / ACE / Circus Culture
Hi! | I'm Claire and I have a few roles in the circus world. I'm the social circus coordinated for ACE, I help with admin for AYCO, and I'm a coach and administrative assistant for Circus Culture in Ithaca, NY.


Thursday August 17, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
brown

2:15pm

Trenton Circus Squad Welcomes the Community
Limited Capacity full

Join the Trenton Circus Squad as a volunteer coach in a drop-in workshop for the local community.  All through the school year, Trenton Circus Squad youth run drop-in workshops for youth aged 6-11; they help teach basic circus skills and provide encouragement for the younger youth to get active, try new things and set ambitious goals for themselves. Capacity: 8. Requirements: some basic circus skills needed e.g. juggling, wire-walking or basic partner acrobatics; you must arrive at the beginning of this session to participate.


Thursday August 17, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
entryway

2:15pm

Beginner Poi
Limited Capacity full

Students will learn the basics of poi spinning such as the weave, windmill, butterfly, buzz saw, corkscrew, and body wraps.

Speakers

Thursday August 17, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
green

2:15pm

Freestyle Unicycle
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop is for unicyclists looking to expand their unicycle skills. We will focus on spins, pirouettes, front/back spins, wheelwalking, and trick mounts. There will be a Q&A session to make sure we allot time for you to ask questions about tricks you are working on that we don't cover. Should be able to freemount, idle, and ride in small circles. Riding backwards is recommended, but not required.

Speakers
avatar for Jesse AlFord

Jesse AlFord

Head Coach, My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus
Jesse is the Board President of AYCO, and the Head Coach with My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus. He has been unicycling for over 20 years, beginning in the Great Y Circus in Redlands, CA. He has competed at NAUCC (North American Unicycling Championships & Convention), and has taught... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
grey

2:15pm

Hangout Time
Limited Capacity filling up

If learning ALL the things ALL the time seems like it could be just a little "extra", feel free to schedule some time to mingle, network, chat and chill with your circus friends and colleagues in our comfy welcome area, complete with couches, snacks, and smiles. 

Thursday August 17, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Welcome Area

2:15pm

Hambone Body Percussion
Limited Capacity full

Hambone Body Percussion is an African American art from that grew out from enslaved Africans' preservation and practice of African drumming traditions. It is a continuing practice and celebration of the resilience of African Americans and remembrance of the painful history of slavery and oppression in the Americas. It connects all people together at the root through the shared rhythm of the heartbeat. Learning history and techniques of hambone body percussion that can serve to teach rhythm, group cohesion, an additional skill to add to performance, and cultural connections to the performing arts.

Speakers

Thursday August 17, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
neon yellow

2:15pm

Trapeze Rolls, Winds, And Twists
Limited Capacity full

In this workshop we will explore some of the many ways to wind yourself up in the trapeze. Rolling into ropes and around the bar, we will find places of balance and poise. We will also work on smooth exits and transitions to new shapes.

Thursday August 17, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
pink

2:15pm

Juggling for parents, aerialists, and other beginners
Limited Capacity full

Have you always wanted to learn to juggle? Tried juggling and gave up? Come try it again! Whether you’re an aerialist looking to learn new skills or a circus parent who wants to join in the fun, this workshop will get you started toward juggling 3 balls.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Agans

Jen Agans

Research Scientist / Director, Cornell University / Silver Lining Circus Camp
Jen Agans received her Ph.D. from the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University in Medford MA and is now a research scientist at Cornell University in Ithaca NY. Her research focuses on the ways in which participation in movement activities... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
purple

2:15pm

Acting for Circus Performers
Limited Capacity full

An opportunity for circus performers to improve their acting skills. Topics will include physical presentation, self-awareness, clarity of intention, complicity with other performers and the audience, listening, responding, exits and entrances, relaxation, confidence.

Speakers
avatar for Dic Wheeler

Dic Wheeler

Executive Director, ARTFARM
Dic is a director, performer and teacher who has worked in circus and theater for 35 years in the US and abroad. He is the Executive Director of ARTFARM in Connecticut, where he directs the youth circus “Circophony” and the professional “Circus for a Fragile Planet”. He j... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
red

2:15pm

Hoop Splits
Limited Capacity full

Two hula hoops, lots of fun tricks! Please wear form-fitting clothing. 

Speakers

Thursday August 17, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
yellow

4:00pm

6:00pm

7:15pm

Evening Meeting!
Each evening we will gather so that our festival team and/or participants can share important information with the entire group - be sure not to miss the meeting so you can stay in the loop.

Thursday August 17, 2017 7:15pm - 7:30pm
Bleachers

7:30pm

Showcase
All participants have access to attend the evening showcases. Family or community members wishing to attend who do not have a festival pass should contact amy@americanyouthcircus.org. Limited additional tickets will be available if reserved in advance.

Thursday August 17, 2017 7:30pm - 9:30pm
TBA
 
Friday, August 18
 

8:00am

Warm up on your own
Groups are welcome to use open floor space to warm up and get ready for the day. Please reserve this for warming up and stretching - not practicing or training. Participants may self organize to lead warm ups for the group as they see fit! 

Friday August 18, 2017 8:00am - 9:15am
TBA

9:15am

Morning Meeting!
Each morning we will gather before starting the day. This is a time for our festival team and/or participants to share important information with the entire group - be sure not to miss the meeting so you can stay in the loop.

Friday August 18, 2017 9:15am - 9:30am
Bleachers

9:30am

Pole and Rope Mallakhamb
Limited Capacity full

Mallakhamb is a transitional Indian arts on Pole and Rope. It was re-discovered in 18th century. Mallakhamb is combination of Yoga, Martial Arts, and Gymnastics. It is one of few arts which is played against gravity. During this workshop participants will get acquainted with history and basic catches on Rope and Pole Mallakhamb. This includes mounts, dismounts, acrobatic elements in vertical pole, and intercepts.

Speakers

Friday August 18, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
aqua, neon yellow

9:30am

Pre-Professional Programs Panel
Limited Capacity filling up

This panel discussion will feature representatives from several American pre-professional programs. There are an increasing number of options for people seeking pre-professional circus programs in the United States. The purpose of this discussion is for participants to get an idea of what programs are available, what each program offers and what may be the best fit for a particular individual.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Hentoff

Jessica Hentoff

Artistic/Executive Director, Circus Harmony
I am the artistic/executive director and founder of Circus Harmony where I use my knowledge of circus arts to help children defy gravity, soar with confidence and leap over social barriers. Talk to me about social circus, pre-professional circus, pro animals in circus, coffee... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
black

9:30am

9 Ways to a 2 High
Limited Capacity full

How many ways can you make a stack of two people? ….At least nine! We will explore drills of how to build up to these mounts and practice safely. Many entries to two high are building blocks for more challenging skills.


Prerequisites: Able to base or fly a stable 2-high for at least 15 seconds.  


Speakers
ER

Erica Rubinstein

The Circus Project


Friday August 18, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
purple

9:30am

Duo hammock/single point sling
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants will learn some basic vocabulary on the apparatus, and any skills that can be learned solo before pairing up. Participants will trade partners as appropriate, and attention will be paid to both management of the apparatus as well as partnering technique.

Speakers

Friday August 18, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
brown

9:30am

Clowning 101
Clowning 101 with Uncle Chase!

Speakers

Friday August 18, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
entryway

9:30am

Intro to Gym Wheel
Limited Capacity full

Big Wheels keep rollin'~ Ready to balance, roll, invert, and impress in a Gym Wheel? This basics class will introduce the must-know moves, challenge trust in partner skills, and explore the disciplines of straight line, spiral, & vault. Gym shoes required.


Friday August 18, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
green

9:30am

Hambone Body Percussion
Limited Capacity full

Hambone Body Percussion is an African American art from that grew out from enslaved Africans' preservation and practice of African drumming traditions. It is a continuing practice and celebration of the resilience of African Americans and remembrance of the painful history of slavery and oppression in the Americas. It connects all people together at the root through the shared rhythm of the heartbeat. Learning history and techniques of hambone body percussion that can serve to teach rhythm, group cohesion, an additional skill to add to performance, and cultural connections to the performing arts.


Friday August 18, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
grey

9:30am

Quick and Easy Hairstyles for Performance
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn 4 different easy to modify hairstyles styles that anyone can use to create amazing looks quickly for large groups of performers.

Speakers

Friday August 18, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Lunch Tables

9:30am

Hangout Time
Limited Capacity seats available

If learning ALL the things ALL the time seems like it could be just a little "extra", feel free to schedule some time to mingle, network, chat and chill with your circus friends and colleagues in our comfy welcome area, complete with couches, snacks, and smiles. 

Friday August 18, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Welcome Area

9:30am

Multi Star Drops and Variations on Fabric or Rope
Limited Capacity filling up

Add some variation to your star drops and take them to the next level. This workshop will focus on doing many kinds of locked star drops: Doubles, Triples, Three and a halfs, etc, focusing on wrapping and dropping safely. After mastering the standard star drops we'll work on variations that add tricks to top or bottom of the drop and vary the movement and shapes within the drop.

Speakers
avatar for Bones Newstead

Bones Newstead

President, Circus Mecca
Founder of CircusMecca



Friday August 18, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
orange

9:30am

Ankle Hangs: Understanding Good Technique and Exploring Dynamic Movement
Limited Capacity filling up

In this workshop, we will explore ankle hangs on static trapeze in depth. We will discuss and execute proper body alignment and technique through a series of drills. Then we will learn and refine a variety of drops and dynamic movements into ankle hangs. Gaiters or other ankle protection is welcome but not required.

Speakers
KV

Kiersten Van Houten

Childrens Program Coordinator/ Show Producer, Trapeze School New York, Washington DC


Friday August 18, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
pink

9:30am

Clown Fight Club
Limited Capacity filling up

Fake fights are funny! This workshop combines dynamic partner acrobatics with physical comedy, stage combat, and clown. Slap, trip, stumble, fall, flip, and flail!

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Gaff

Hannah Gaff

Performance Program Manager, Youth Circus Coach, AcroSports
Performance Program Manager at AcroSports! Clown, acrobat, theatre-creator. MFA from Dell'Arte International in Blue Lake, CA. Managing Director of UpLift Physical Theatre. www.upliftphysicaltheatre.com | | Passionate about performance, audience connection, emotional physica... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
blue

9:30am

Handstand on Anything
Limited Capacity full

"Must can handstand everywhere" is what my coach Xia Kemin used to tell me. We will focus on handstand exercises to increase technique, strength, and "feeling" or "aliveness" within your handstand. This workshop is designed to give you the tools to handstand on a bench, blocks, canes, chairs, people, stairs, and anything else that looks solid enough to handstand on. 

Pre- Reqs: Must be able to do 15 push-ups Ability to hold a 15 second free standing handstand recommended.

Speakers

Friday August 18, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
red

9:30am

A cheap and easy way to track Social and Emotional outcomes
Limited Capacity seats available

Presentation by Algorhythm on a simple way to get good SEL data for your program. Provides a meaningful way of collecting data for small organizations.

Speakers

Friday August 18, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
white

9:30am

Beginner Hula Hoop
Limited Capacity filling up

Students will learn the basics of on body hooping such as waist hooping, knee hooping, hand hooping, and foot hooping. Students will also learn how to do an isolation, weaves, escalators, and a foot pass.

Speakers

Friday August 18, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
yellow

11:15am

Small group discussion with Board members on AYCO's future

These 45 minute sessions are designed to encourage discussion between diverse groups. It is an opportunity for those with questions, comments, or concerns to meet with members of the AYCO board and discuss the proposed organizational growth.  At least two board members will be in attendance during every session. These sessions are designed so that there can be respectful dialogue and questions can be asked in a small scale environment. 

 



Friday August 18, 2017 11:15am - 12:00pm
white

11:15am

5 Ball Juggling
Limited Capacity filling up

5 ball Juggling with Richard Kennison

Speakers

Friday August 18, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
yellow

11:15am

Intermediate Sequencing for Static Trapeze
Limited Capacity filling up

Often, when we learn aerial arts, we work on one skill at a time. Once you have a pretty good "toolbox" of skills, though, it's important to learn how to string them together in ways that are efficient, safe, and interesting to watch. In this workshop, students will learn a fun and engaging sequence in three or more parts and will then put it all together into one "routine". This will allow them to work on fluidity of movement, transitions between the various levels of the trapeze (under, on, and above the bar), and endurance. And students may even learn some new skills along the way!

Speakers
avatar for Alyssa Hellrung

Alyssa Hellrung

Circus Instructor, School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts


Friday August 18, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
aqua

11:15am

"Why Circus?"
Limited Capacity full

A discussion about why we chose to study circus and how it has impacted our lives, paired with circademic perspective.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Agans

Jen Agans

Research Scientist / Director, Cornell University / Silver Lining Circus Camp
Jen Agans received her Ph.D. from the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University in Medford MA and is now a research scientist at Cornell University in Ithaca NY. Her research focuses on the ways in which participation in movement activities... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
beige

11:15am

The Art of Applying and Auditioning for Performing Artists
Limited Capacity filling up

Applying and auditioning for professional training programs (from short-term intensive workshops to university B.F.A. degrees) in circus and related performing arts, as well as for performance opportunities, can be a successful adventure of personal & professional growth, learning, and network-building. And it can be done with less stress than you may think! Come discuss tips for maximizing your opportunities while taking care of yourself/your student. Practice your "asks and intros" with DFC youth who have been through it all, and the director of the small youth circus troupe they worked with who saw them - and their parents - through their early applications & auditions for circus & related performance & training programs. Open to Youth with interest in applying for professional performing training programs or performance opportunities, parent(s)/guardian(s), and coaches.


Friday August 18, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
black

11:15am

Open Level Mixed Props
Limited Capacity filling up

Prop manipulation with mixed props. Techniques, concepts, experimentation. 

Speakers
avatar for Carlo Pellegrini

Carlo Pellegrini

Amazing Grace CIRCUS!
CARLO PELLEGRINI (aka, ‘Mr. Amazing’) is AGC!’s co-founder and Artistic Director. Mr. Amazing performed for many years as White Clown, Acrobat and Ringmaster with Big Apple Circus, The Royal Lichtenstein Circus, and Piccolo Circus NYC. He was a professional dancer with int... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
blue

11:15am

A Breath of Fresh Air: Character in Aerial Performance
Limited Capacity full

Character is key to engaging the audience when you perform. Aerial work can be stunning, graceful or daring, but a connection to the audience makes every piece stir the heart and soul! We will work on techniques to find breath, presence and character on an apparatus without losing sight of safety. Various apparatuses available.

Friday August 18, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
brown

11:15am

Beginning Unicycle for New Unicyclists and New Coaches
Limited Capacity filling up

Want to learn how to ride a unicycle? Want to learn how to teach unicycle? Then this workshop is for you! Whether or not you already have some experience riding or teaching, there will be material for you! Closed-toe shoes required.

Speakers
avatar for Jesse AlFord

Jesse AlFord

Head Coach, My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus
Jesse is the Board President of AYCO, and the Head Coach with My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus. He has been unicycling for over 20 years, beginning in the Great Y Circus in Redlands, CA. He has competed at NAUCC (North American Unicycling Championships & Convention), and has taught... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
entryway

11:15am

Open Level Cyr
Limited Capacity full

Open Level Cyr wheel practice. Bring your questions and skills in progress to Avi and get individualized attention for what you're currently working on. Pre-req 20 second waltz.


Friday August 18, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
green

11:15am

I Will Hold You Up
Limited Capacity full

Merging highly physical movement with creative expression, circus requires a great deal of trust, teamwork, risk, and vulnerability. Whether we are creating solo work or a group act, we depend on our fellows to support us, to hold our weight, to lift us up. These connections can take time to build within a circus ensemble or company, but are essential to creating work as a team. In this workshop, we will work together to cultivate deep ensemble connection and community quickly, through counterbalance, weight sharing, and creative movement, culminating in a group flying experience.

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Gaff

Hannah Gaff

Performance Program Manager, Youth Circus Coach, AcroSports
Performance Program Manager at AcroSports! Clown, acrobat, theatre-creator. MFA from Dell'Arte International in Blue Lake, CA. Managing Director of UpLift Physical Theatre. www.upliftphysicaltheatre.com | | Passionate about performance, audience connection, emotional physica... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
grey

11:15am

Hangout Time
Limited Capacity seats available

If learning ALL the things ALL the time seems like it could be just a little "extra", feel free to schedule some time to mingle, network, chat and chill with your circus friends and colleagues in our comfy welcome area, complete with couches, snacks, and smiles. 

Friday August 18, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
Welcome Area

11:15am

Juggling with a Balance/Balancing with a Juggle
Limited Capacity filling up

An introduction to multitasking. No experience necessary, but some exposure to balance and / or juggling is preferred.

Speakers

Friday August 18, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
neon yellow

11:15am

Advanced Hand to Hand
Limited Capacity filling up

Hand to hand involves a lot more than just doing a handstand in someone else’s hands. As a circus discipline, hand to hand acts usually have a porter (base) and flyer working together to execute moves of strength, balance, elevation, flexibility and dance. There are two types of hand to hand: static and dynamic. Static hand to hand focuses on balance, whereas dynamic hand to hand makes full use of a performance space by tossing the flyer through acrobatic transitions. During this workshop we will be training and refining both static and dynamic hand to hand.

Prerequisites:

  • Must sign up with a dedicated partner

  • Flyer: 1 minute handstand against wall

  • Supine extended foot to hand, one minute hold

  • Comfortable two high (squats and can walk and stop at will and with control)

  • Standing foot to hand (low), 30 sec hold without walking

  • Standing hand to hand (low), 10 sec hold without walking

  • Inlocate to two high


Speakers

Friday August 18, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
orange

11:15am

Understanding Momentum on Rope
Limited Capacity full

This workshop will examine momentum using physics and biomechanics as our guide. Although this is a rope-based workshop, the concepts can also be applied to other aerial apparatuses, including fabric and static/dance trapeze. Pre-Req: Straight arm invert. 

Speakers
avatar for Jessica John

Jessica John

Cofounder & Director, Steal A Step
Jessica John is the founder and director of two contemporary circus companies: Steal A Step and Vaudoux. She teaches group classes and private lessons out of TSNY in Washington, DC, Studio 180 Dance in Annapolis, MD, Forever Dancing Ballroom in Falls Church, VA, Buffa's Dance in... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
pink

11:15am

Walk-Around and Ambient Performance
Limited Capacity full

Circus performers are frequently hired to do walk-around and ambient performance. This workshop will cover the basic do's and don't's of walk-around/ambience. Participants will learn how to prepare for a walk-around gig, will practice some techniques, and will even create some usable bits to take with them.

Speakers
FH

Felicity Hesed

Youth Program Director, Circus Center


Friday August 18, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
purple

11:15am

Intermediate and Advanced Contortion
Limited Capacity full

All three splits with correct positioning, a backbend with arms and legs straight.


Friday August 18, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
red

12:05pm

Small group discussion with Board members on AYCO's future

These 45 minute sessions are designed to encourage discussion between diverse groups. It is an opportunity for those with questions, comments, or concerns to meet with members of the AYCO board and discuss the proposed organizational growth.  At least two board members will be in attendance during every session. These sessions are designed so that there can be respectful dialogue and questions can be asked in a small scale environment. 

 

 



Friday August 18, 2017 12:05pm - 12:50pm
white

1:00pm

1:15pm

Small group discussion with Board members on AYCO's future
These 45 minute sessions are designed to encourage discussion between diverse groups. It is an opportunity for those with questions, comments, or concerns to meet with members of the AYCO board and discuss the proposed organizational growth.  At least two board members will be in attendance during every session. These sessions are designed so that there can be respectful dialogue and questions can be asked in a small scale environment. 


Friday August 18, 2017 1:15pm - 2:00pm
beige

2:15pm

Advanced Static Trapeze Beats and Tempo Skills
Limited Capacity filling up

In this workshop participants will learn advanced trapeze beats. These skills include dynamic movement, releases, and direction changes. This workshop is ideal for participants who are proficient in trapeze but are looking to increase there skill vocabulary and learn high powered rhythmic skill.

Speakers

Friday August 18, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
aqua

2:15pm

Insurance
Limited Capacity seats available

A discussion about insurance for circus-based businesses with a focus on circus schools led by Jeremy Perlman of Borden Perlman Insurance.

Speakers

Friday August 18, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
beige

2:15pm

Business Writing- Resumes, Cover Letters and CV's OH MY!
Limited Capacity filling up

Traditional and non traditional writing for Circus Artists to put their best foot forward.  Formatting, information, and tips for communicating in different written formats.   When to use a CV or Resume and what the difference is.  Interview skills, question preparation, creating your own templates and research about the opportunity are crucial to being a prepared professional.

Friday August 18, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
black

2:15pm

Beginner/Intermediate Contact Juggling
Limited Capacity full

In this workshop, we will work on the fundamentals of contact juggling. The focus will be in three areas: butterflies, stalls and isolations. The workshop is geared to everyone from complete beginner to advanced contact juggler. Contact juggling can add elements to various circus and manipulation acts and is excellent for increasing body awareness, finger dexterity and motor coordination.

Speakers

Friday August 18, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
blue

2:15pm

Dynamic Trapeze
Limited Capacity full

Rolling on the bar with momentum! In this class we will focus on using momentum for dynamic skills and the technique that makes everything possible! We will focus on hip circles, mill circles, elbow circles, beats, dismounts and more! Please come with clothes that can cover the backs of your knees and arms...and with callused hands that can withstand 1.5 hours of work! Also bring a notebook and a good attitude. PRE-REQs: 15 second front balance, 3 pull ups, straight arm inversions, single knee hangs on both sides. 

Speakers

Friday August 18, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
brown

2:15pm

Clowning: serious, silly & sublime!
Limited Capacity filling up

Welcome to a world where details are huge, objects are alive, and ugly is beautiful! In this class we will explore ways to find clown moments and create scenelets while discovering the what makes things poignant, funny, and truly impacting. Good for performers in general as well!

Speakers

Friday August 18, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
entryway

2:15pm

Beginning Unicycle for New Unicyclists and New Coaches
Limited Capacity filling up

Want to learn how to ride a unicycle? Want to learn how to teach unicycle? Then this workshop is for you! Whether or not you already have some experience riding or teaching, there will be material for you! Closed-toe shoes required.

Speakers
avatar for Jesse AlFord

Jesse AlFord

Head Coach, My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus
Jesse is the Board President of AYCO, and the Head Coach with My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus. He has been unicycling for over 20 years, beginning in the Great Y Circus in Redlands, CA. He has competed at NAUCC (North American Unicycling Championships & Convention), and has taught... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
green

2:15pm

Teaching with Cultural Humility
Limited Capacity full

This session will help circus educators who are working with youth outside their culture. The session will be part presentation and part discussion of strategies we can use to build our cultural competence. This session will provide a safe setting for discussing our own experiences, mistakes and learnings, as well as setting intentions for the future


Speakers
avatar for David Hunt

David Hunt

Artistic / Executive Director, Prescott Circus Theatre
David Hunt is the Executive / Artistic Director of Prescott Circus Theatre, a youth development / performing arts education program in Oakland, CA, now in its 32nd year! He was a resident teaching artists with PCT for 7 years prior to stepping into leadership as Director. Thr... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
grey

2:15pm

Quick and easy face paint styles for strolling performances, camp shows, and more!
Limited Capacity full

Learn 4 different easy to modify face paint styles that anyone can use to create amazing looks quickly for large groups of performers in a short period of time.



Speakers

Friday August 18, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Lunch Tables

2:15pm

Hangout Time
Limited Capacity seats available

If learning ALL the things ALL the time seems like it could be just a little "extra", feel free to schedule some time to mingle, network, chat and chill with your circus friends and colleagues in our comfy welcome area, complete with couches, snacks, and smiles. 

Friday August 18, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Welcome Area

2:15pm

Impossible Games and Clown
Limited Capacity full

Uncover your clown with a series of impossible games inspired by actual sports.  Learn how to harness the hilarity in failure and play for an audience with games designed to help you fail in big, big ways.  In here, winners are losers and losers are champions.

Speakers

Friday August 18, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
neon yellow

2:15pm

Beginning Adventures in Duo Trapeze
Limited Capacity full

In this introduction to duo trapeze, we’ll explore sharing the trapeze with a partner, safely supporting someone else’s weight, and moving in relation to another body in the air. Students will explore basic duo trapeze skills, learn foundational technique for basing and flying, and create exciting shapes with two bodies on one trapeze.

Prerequisites: For students capable of front balance, ankle hang, and inverting in the ropes on solo trapeze.


Speakers

Friday August 18, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
pink

2:15pm

Intermediate Diabolo
Limited Capacity filling up

Intermediate level skills with a Diabolo


Friday August 18, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
purple

2:15pm

Trenton Circus Squad Welcomes the Community
Limited Capacity filling up

Join the Trenton Circus Squad as a volunteer coach in a drop-in workshop for the local community.  All through the school year, Trenton Circus Squad youth run drop-in workshops for youth aged 6-11; they help teach basic circus skills and provide encouragement for the younger youth to get active, try new things and set ambitious goals for themselves. Capacity: 8. Requirements: some basic circus skills needed e.g. juggling, wire-walking or basic partner acrobatics; you must arrive at the beginning of this session to participate.


Friday August 18, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
red

2:15pm

Introduction to Parkour/Parkour Flow
Limited Capacity full

This workshop will be taught by Elijah Jennett, who has adept experience coaching and training in Competitive Gymnastics, Wall Trampoline, and Parkour. This is a very hands on, experiential workshop. Sneakers recommended.

Speakers
avatar for Elijah Jennett

Elijah Jennett

Site & Safety Manager, Youth & Adult Coordinator, Acrosports
I coach Parkour, Freerunning, Tumbling, Trampoline, Wall trampoline, and Gymnastics.


Friday August 18, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
yellow

4:00pm

6:00pm

7:15pm

Evening Meeting!
Each evening we will gather so that our festival team and/or participants can share important information with the entire group - be sure not to miss the meeting so you can stay in the loop.

Friday August 18, 2017 7:15pm - 7:30pm
Bleachers

7:30pm

Showcase
All participants have access to the evening showcase. Anyone without a festival pass wishing to attend should email amy@americanyouthcircus.org - additional seating is limited.

Friday August 18, 2017 7:30pm - 9:30pm
TBA
 
Saturday, August 19
 

8:15am

Warm up on your own
Groups are welcome to use open floor space to warm up and get ready for the day. Please reserve this for warming up and stretching - not practicing or training. Participants may self organize to lead warm ups for the group as they see fit! 

Saturday August 19, 2017 8:15am - 9:15am
TBA

9:15am

Morning Meeting!
Each morning we will gather before starting the day. This is a time for our festival team and/or participants to share important information with the entire group - be sure not to miss the meeting so you can stay in the loop.

Saturday August 19, 2017 9:15am - 9:30am
Bleachers

9:30am

Dynamic Bar Apparatus
Limited Capacity full

Dynamic Bars will include an introduction to all kinds of drops, release moves, and other dynamic skills on lyra and trapeze, such as circles (mill and hip), rolls, turns, drops and releases.


Saturday August 19, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
aqua

9:30am

Social Circus: Our Experience as Immigrants to the US through the Lens of Social Circus
Limited Capacity full

We have organized a beautiful presentation on our unique experience as immigrants to the US through the lens of social circus, and the programs offered at CircEsteem. We will discuss the programs that we attend, our goals and aspirations within them and the experiences that we have had through our participation in social circus.

Speakers
avatar for Kasumi Kato

Kasumi Kato

shpadoinkle!


Saturday August 19, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
beige

9:30am

Juggling your circus with your fundraising needs. The Dos and Don'ts of successful fundraising strategies.
Limited Capacity filling up

Much like circus, some fundraising is easier - and there's less risk. Other fundraising requires more time, preperation and risk. Any/all non-profit circuses will explore beginning fundraising and how to begin to create a successful plan…

Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
black

9:30am

Character Lab
Limited Capacity full

What makes an act memorable? Is it the skills? The choreography? The character and story? This workshop will focus on the latter, giving participants the tools to discover and play with their own characters.

Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
blue

9:30am

Dynamic Trapeze
Limited Capacity filling up

Rolling on the bar with momentum! In this class we will focus on using momentum for dynamic skills and the technique that makes everything possible! We will focus on hip circles, mill circles, elbow circles, beats, dismounts and more! Please come with clothes that can cover the backs of your knees and arms...and with callused hands that can withstand 1.5 hours of work! Also bring a notebook and a good attitude. PRE-REQs: 15 second front balance, 3 pull ups, straight arm inversions, single knee hangs on both sides. 

Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
brown

9:30am

Beginner/Intermediate Contact Juggling
Limited Capacity full

In this workshop, we will work on the fundamentals of contact juggling. The focus will be in three areas: butterflies, stalls and isolations. The workshop is geared to everyone from complete beginner to advanced contact juggler. Contact juggling can add elements to various circus and manipulation acts and is excellent for increasing body awareness, finger dexterity and motor coordination.

Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
entryway

9:30am

Introduction to Tricking
Limited Capacity full

Tricking is a training discipline that combines martial arts kicks with flips and twists from gymnastics as well as styles from breakdancing and capoeira. It aims to achieve an aesthetic display of different combinations of “tricks" or skills. Examples of tricking techniques include the Tornado Kick, Butterfly Kick, Gainer, and Cork. This workshop will focus on introducing the fundamental kicks, as well as higher level twists/flips, and skill combinations.

Speakers
avatar for Elijah Jennett

Elijah Jennett

Site & Safety Manager, Youth & Adult Coordinator, Acrosports
I coach Parkour, Freerunning, Tumbling, Trampoline, Wall trampoline, and Gymnastics.


Saturday August 19, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
purple

9:30am

Advanced Handstands
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn techniques for the handstand for understanding your alignment and balance line. Jean-Luc is one of the premier handstand coaches in the country. Get hands on tips and feedback from Jean-Luc customized to where you are in your practice. You will leave with lots of drills which you can practice daily depending on your goals.

Prerequisites: Able to hold 2 minute handstand against wall, 45 second handstand freestanding.


Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
grey

9:30am

Juggling for parents, aerialists, and other beginners
Limited Capacity full

Have you always wanted to learn to juggle? Tried juggling and gave up? Come try it again! Whether you’re an aerialist looking to learn new skills or a circus parent who wants to join in the fun, this workshop will get you started toward juggling 3 balls.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Agans

Jen Agans

Research Scientist / Director, Cornell University / Silver Lining Circus Camp
Jen Agans received her Ph.D. from the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University in Medford MA and is now a research scientist at Cornell University in Ithaca NY. Her research focuses on the ways in which participation in movement activities... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Lunch Tables

9:30am

Hangout Time
Limited Capacity filling up

If learning ALL the things ALL the time seems like it could be just a little "extra", feel free to schedule some time to mingle, network, chat and chill with your circus friends and colleagues in our comfy welcome area, complete with couches, snacks, and smiles. 

Saturday August 19, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Welcome Area

9:30am

Partner Acrobatics: When am I ready to try this skill?
Limited Capacity full

This workshop explores the question "When is a skill safe to practice without a spot or ready to perform?" Ideal participants are educators or students who are ready to teach or work on intermediate and beyond skills like two high stacking, hand to hand handstands, foot to hand and pitching. We will explore safety goals to always keep in mind, alignment to look for when stacking people, find exit plans when trying skills, establish good communication methods, and practice seeing breaking points to stop a skill before it becomes dangerous or collapses. This information helps students practice sooner without spotters, have confidence when putting a skill on stage, as well as allow students to safely explore new shapes and ideas.

Speakers
ER

Erica Rubinstein

The Circus Project


Saturday August 19, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
neon yellow

9:30am

Star Drop Add-Ons
Limited Capacity filling up

In this workshop, we will learn different launch positions at the top of a single or multiple star drop including dives, drop backs, shooflys/key overs, and back balance launched. We will also cover drops and choreography to do with the lock created at the bottom of the star drop.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Morano

Christine Morano

Aerial Coach, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts


Saturday August 19, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
orange

9:30am

Parents Take Flight
Limited Capacity full

An intro to Aerial specifically for parents. Come try what your kiddos do every day!

Speakers
avatar for Jackie Zalewski

Jackie Zalewski

Aerial Coach, Circus Place/ Secret Circus


Saturday August 19, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
pink

9:30am

Hand to Hand Technical Refinement (Pre-Professional)
Limited Capacity filling up

Prerequisites:
- Control and confidence falling from partner acrobatic skills
- Hand to Hand
- Comfort training independently the elements they are bringing to the workshop
- Training dynamic elements, or interested in learning the foundation for dynamic elements.

The workshop will be divided into two parts, technical Hand to Hand basics, and technical refinement of skills. technical basics will include balance and dynamic basics (columns, standing, jumping tempos from various platforms, and pitching), the second portion will be on the elements duos are working on (both dynamic and balance elements), and the last five minutes will be spent on some duo conditioning. Duos should come to the workshop with three elements they have been training and would like feedback on. This can range from technical refinement, troubleshooting, or work on progressions towards a more difficult element they wish to obtain. duos should expect a fast-paced workshop and should be able to use time well if the instructor needs to works with a duo.


Saturday August 19, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
green

9:30am

Functional Anatomy: Increasing Shoulder Flexibility
Limited Capacity filling up

This functional anatomy workshop by Lauren Kehl focuses on increasing shoulder flexibility/mobility using an anatomical, biomechanical approach. 

Lauren is very knowledgeable and her approach helps create stability while increasing range of motion so that you can move sustainably. 



Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
red

9:30am

Moving Club Passing Patterns for Four People
Limited Capacity full

This workshop will introduce several four-person moving club passing patterns. We will cover the weave-feed and the dosey-do, with additional patterns (such as a moving Y or walkaround passing) if time permits. Must be able to pass clubs fluidly. Experience walking/rotating while juggling will help greatly.

Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
yellow

11:15am

Tangled: Mechanics and Exploration of Aerial Fabric Wraps
Limited Capacity filling up

This workshop is intended for intermediate - advanced students who want to explore possibilities on aerial fabrics beyond memorizing wraps and tricks. The structure is intended to aid in a deeper comprehension of what makes a wrap work, how skills connect together, and give tools for extricating oneself from novel wraps. Students will gain further understanding of the safety and mechanics needed to create novel skills and sequences that accentuate their individual strengths .

Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
aqua

11:15am

Queering Circus: A Conversation about creating safe spaces for LGBTQ Youth in the circus world
Limited Capacity filling up

Join Johnny Blazes of Esh Circus Arts for an intersectional discussion on ways to create safe, inclusive spaces for LGBTQ youth in the circus world, both in the studio and onstage. Johnny will share thoughts on strategies and policies that have worked at Esh, and open the floor for discussion among participants about how to adapt those ideas for different regions, age groups, and populations. We'll brainstorm, support, and dream big together!

Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
black

11:15am

Open Level Mixed Props
Limited Capacity full

Prop manipulation with mixed props. Techniques, concepts, experimentation. 

Speakers
avatar for Carlo Pellegrini

Carlo Pellegrini

Amazing Grace CIRCUS!
CARLO PELLEGRINI (aka, ‘Mr. Amazing’) is AGC!’s co-founder and Artistic Director. Mr. Amazing performed for many years as White Clown, Acrobat and Ringmaster with Big Apple Circus, The Royal Lichtenstein Circus, and Piccolo Circus NYC. He was a professional dancer with int... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
blue

11:15am

Static Trapeze for Bendy Humans
Limited Capacity filling up

In this workshop you will learn static trapeze tricks that show off your flexibility. In addition to learning new skills, we will explore exercises and conditioning that will help you control your bendy body for beautiful tricks and maximum bend to age ratio.

Speakers
avatar for Copper Santiago

Copper Santiago

a careful life isnt a life


Saturday August 19, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
brown

11:15am

Clown Fight Club
Limited Capacity filling up

Fake fights are funny! This workshop combines dynamic partner acrobatics with physical comedy, stage combat, and clown. Slap, trip, stumble, fall, flip, and flail!

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Gaff

Hannah Gaff

Performance Program Manager, Youth Circus Coach, AcroSports
Performance Program Manager at AcroSports! Clown, acrobat, theatre-creator. MFA from Dell'Arte International in Blue Lake, CA. Managing Director of UpLift Physical Theatre. www.upliftphysicaltheatre.com | | Passionate about performance, audience connection, emotional physica... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
entryway

11:15am

Freestyle Unicycle
Limited Capacity filling up

This workshop is for unicyclists looking to expand their unicycle skills. We will focus on spins, pirouettes, front/back spins, wheelwalking, and trick mounts. There will be a Q&A session to make sure we allot time for you to ask questions about tricks you are working on that we don't cover. Should be able to freemount, idle, and ride in small circles. Riding backwards is recommended, but not required.

Speakers
avatar for Jesse AlFord

Jesse AlFord

Head Coach, My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus
Jesse is the Board President of AYCO, and the Head Coach with My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus. He has been unicycling for over 20 years, beginning in the Great Y Circus in Redlands, CA. He has competed at NAUCC (North American Unicycling Championships & Convention), and has taught... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
green

11:15am

Functional Anatomy of the Spine and Hips
Limited Capacity full

In this participatory lecture, students will learn the basic anatomy of the spine and hips, and how that relates to safe flexibility training. Whether you are training contortion or trying to touch your toes, this workshop will give you tools to increase your back and hip flexibility safely, and help prevent injury, so you can enjoy a lifetime of pain-free training.

Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
grey

11:15am

Make Your Own Hat for Hat Tricks and Clowning
Limited Capacity filling up

Make your own weighted hat for juggling and hat tricks. Materials include foam pipe insulation, duct tape, and lightweight chain. Flips nicely! After making hats, learn a few basic comedic hat tricks. Makes a very funky hat!

Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
Lunch Tables

11:15am

Hangout Time
Limited Capacity seats available

If learning ALL the things ALL the time seems like it could be just a little "extra", feel free to schedule some time to mingle, network, chat and chill with your circus friends and colleagues in our comfy welcome area, complete with couches, snacks, and smiles. 

Saturday August 19, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
Welcome Area

11:15am

Clowning
Limited Capacity full

Clowning with Audrey Crabtree

Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
neon yellow

11:15am

Advanced Globe Acro
Limited Capacity full

Prerequisites: must be able to free mount independently, walk the Globe with control forward and backward, turn a circle, and execute a small jump.
Calling all: tumblers and high-mid level partner acrobats interested in exploring harder skills on Globe.

In this innovative workshop we'll explore more advanced Globe skills like: jump rope, two-high, titanic, back tuck off Globe and advanced mounts, including banquine mounts.

There will be a swim test at the start of this workshop, so please be confident in your prerequisites!

Speakers
avatar for Adam Woolley

Adam Woolley

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts


Saturday August 19, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
orange

11:15am

Open Level Aerial Hoop
Limited Capacity full

Double Point Aerial hoop skills and short progressions tailored to the level of the participants

Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
pink

11:15am

Slapstick and Stage Combat
Limited Capacity full

Slapstick and Stage Combat: Participants will learn a simple menu of useful physical comedy skills that can be used for clowning and stage work. Skills include falls, trips, slaps, stomps, punches, binds and holds. Emphasis is on safe partner work.

Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
purple

11:15am

Tumbling, Mini Tramp and Partner Acro for Beginners/Families
Limited Capacity full

Learn the basics of tumbling, Mini Tramp, and Partner Acro

Speakers
avatar for Erin Lovett Sherman

Erin Lovett Sherman

Director of Youth Programming and Outreach, New England Center For Circus Arts
Director of Youth Programs and Outreach Coordinator at NECCA, Erin Lovett Sherman is a dancer, aerialist, performing artist, choreographer, educator, and director. She holds a BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts, and has danced and choreographed for many companies includ... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
red

11:15am

Intro to Stilt-Acro for Intermediate Stilters
Limited Capacity full

In this workshop we will explore floor poses, getting up and getting down, partner balancing, and advanced ambulation (moving in cool ways!). Must be able to walk on stilts freely and confidently without a spotter. Must wear high socks or long pants to protect skin from stilt straps.

Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
yellow

12:45pm

INVITATION ONLY *Special Programming* SEL Study De-Brief
Debrief on the multi-site study for member sites only.

Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 12:45pm - 3:45pm
white

1:00pm

1:30pm

Beginner Hat Tricks
If you made a HAT with Jackie Davis, OR you have a hat with a brim and want to learn a few tricks, BRING IT to this workshop to learn some beginner HAT TRICKS!

Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 1:30pm - 2:00pm
grey

2:15pm

Understanding Momentum on Rope for Circus Educators
Limited Capacity full

This workshop will examine how to safely teach momentum using physics and biomechanics as our guide. Although this is a rope-based workshop, the concepts can also be applied to other aerial apparatuses, including fabric and static/dance trapeze. The workshop will include engagement and alignment cues as well as safe progressions for learning.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica John

Jessica John

Cofounder & Director, Steal A Step
Jessica John is the founder and director of two contemporary circus companies: Steal A Step and Vaudoux. She teaches group classes and private lessons out of TSNY in Washington, DC, Studio 180 Dance in Annapolis, MD, Forever Dancing Ballroom in Falls Church, VA, Buffa's Dance in... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
aqua

2:15pm

Working in schools with curriculum infused art programs
Limited Capacity seats available

We will look jump into the world of curriculum infused arts education. We will look at National Educational standards and see how they can creatively be applied to arts disciplines to creative sought-after effective and fun arts programs

Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
beige

2:15pm

Making Circus That Matters: Tools Beyond Technique
Limited Capacity full

Sometimes the difference between a circus act that’s physically amazing but doesn’t quite move or reach us, and one that’s not only technical but also thematically or emotionally resonant and memorable, is whether the act (and its tricks) are grounded in something authentic, coming from a desire to communicate something, or evocative of an aspect of the human experience. We’ll talk about tools that circus can (and often does) borrow from theater—exploring choices about character, need, actions, change, and relationships to time, space, apparatus, and audience. And we’ll be watching and analyzing video clips of a variety of circus acts and discussing the artistic choices that have helped make these acts so striking. Finally, we'll talk about how to gather feedback on a new piece in a way that's safe, validating, and as useful to the artist as possible.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Feldman

Lauren Feldman

Dramaturgy instructor, Circadium
Lauren Feldman's plays and circus acts have been seen internationally, and she performs with partner Megan Gendell. Lauren is also a circus dramaturg, an ensemble collaborator, and a teaching artist and professor. She has served on circus dramaturgy panels hosted by LMDA, Circus... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
black

2:15pm

Intermediate Wire
Limited Capacity filling up

Intermediate wire walking with Claire Vercruyssen


Saturday August 19, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
blue

2:15pm

Trapeze Rolls, Winds, And Twists
Limited Capacity full

In this workshop we will explore some of the many ways to wind yourself up in the trapeze. Rolling into ropes and around the bar, we will find places of balance and poise. We will also work on smooth exits and transitions to new shapes.

Saturday August 19, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
brown

2:15pm

Impossible Games and Clown
Limited Capacity filling up

Uncover your clown with a series of impossible games inspired by actual sports.  Learn how to harness the hilarity in failure and play for an audience with games designed to help you fail in big, big ways.  In here, winners are losers and losers are champions.

Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
entryway

2:15pm

Intro to Gym Wheel
Limited Capacity full

Big Wheels keep rollin'~ Ready to balance, roll, invert, and impress in a Gym Wheel? This basics class will introduce the must-know moves, challenge trust in partner skills, and explore the disciplines of straight line, spiral, & vault. Gym shoes required.


Saturday August 19, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
green

2:15pm

Intro to Gym Wheel
Limited Capacity full

Big Wheels keep rollin'~ Ready to balance, roll, invert, and impress in a Gym Wheel? This basics class will introduce the must-know moves, challenge trust in partner skills, and explore the disciplines of straight line, spiral, & vault. Gym shoes required.


Saturday August 19, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
green

2:15pm

Intermediate and Advanced Contortion
Limited Capacity full

All three splits with correct positioning, a backbend with arms and legs straight.


Saturday August 19, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
grey

2:15pm

Quick and easy face paint styles for strolling performances, camp shows, and more!
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn 4 different easy to modify face paint styles that anyone can use to create amazing looks quickly for large groups of performers in a short period of time.

Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Lunch Tables

2:15pm

Hangout Time
Limited Capacity seats available

If learning ALL the things ALL the time seems like it could be just a little "extra", feel free to schedule some time to mingle, network, chat and chill with your circus friends and colleagues in our comfy welcome area, complete with couches, snacks, and smiles. 

Saturday August 19, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Welcome Area

2:15pm

Hoop Splits
Limited Capacity filling up

Two hula hoops, lots of fun tricks! Please wear form-fitting clothing. 

Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
neon yellow

2:15pm

Advanced Hand to Hand
Limited Capacity full

Hand to hand involves a lot more than just doing a handstand in someone else’s hands. As a circus discipline, hand to hand acts usually have a porter (base) and flyer working together to execute moves of strength, balance, elevation, flexibility and dance. There are two types of hand to hand: static and dynamic. Static hand to hand focuses on balance, whereas dynamic hand to hand makes full use of a performance space by tossing the flyer through acrobatic transitions. During this workshop we will be training and refining both static and dynamic hand to hand.

Prerequisites:

  • Must sign up with a dedicated partner

  • Flyer: 1 minute handstand against wall

  • Supine extended foot to hand, one minute hold

  • Comfortable two high (squats and can walk and stop at will and with control)

  • Standing foot to hand (low), 30 sec hold without walking

  • Standing hand to hand (low), 10 sec hold without walking

  • Inlocate to two high


Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
orange

2:15pm

Recreational Adaptive Circus Training: Beginner Trapeze and Spanish Web
Limited Capacity seats available

We will look very closely at some of the beginner trapeze and rope tricks in the ACSTM (Aerial Circus Safety and Training Manual). We will discuss and demonstrate how to break down tricks and create “baby steps” so that those with developmental delays and/or physical challenges can begin to learn Aerial (trapeze & rope) tricks at their own pace.


Saturday August 19, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
pink

2:15pm

Juggling with a Balance/Balancing with a Juggle
Limited Capacity full

An introduction to multitasking. No experience necessary, but some exposure to balance and / or juggling is preferred.

Speakers

Saturday August 19, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
purple

2:15pm

Trenton Circus Squad Welcomes the Community
Limited Capacity full

Join the Trenton Circus Squad as a volunteer coach in a drop-in workshop for the local community.  All through the school year, Trenton Circus Squad youth run drop-in workshops for youth aged 6-11; they help teach basic circus skills and provide encouragement for the younger youth to get active, try new things and set ambitious goals for themselves. Capacity: 8. Requirements: some basic circus skills needed e.g. juggling, wire-walking or basic partner acrobatics; you must arrive at the beginning of this session to participate.


Saturday August 19, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
red

2:15pm

Open Level Cyr
Limited Capacity filling up

Open Level Cyr wheel practice. Bring your questions and skills in progress to Avi and get individualized attention for what you're currently working on. Pre-req 20 second waltz.


Saturday August 19, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
yellow

4:00pm

6:00pm

7:15pm

Evening Meeting!
Each evening we will gather so that our festival team and/or participants can share important information with the entire group - be sure not to miss the meeting so you can stay in the loop.

Saturday August 19, 2017 7:15pm - 7:30pm
Bleachers

7:30pm

Closing ceremony and party!!!
Saturday August 19, 2017 7:30pm - 9:30pm
TBA
 
Sunday, August 20
 

8:00am

Warm up on your own
Groups are welcome to use open floor space to warm up and get ready for the day. Please reserve this for warming up and stretching - not practicing or training. Participants may self organize to lead warm ups for the group as they see fit! 

Sunday August 20, 2017 8:00am - 9:15am
TBA

9:15am

Morning Meeting!
Each morning we will gather before starting the day. This is a time for our festival team and/or participants to share important information with the entire group - be sure not to miss the meeting so you can stay in the loop.

Sunday August 20, 2017 9:15am - 9:30am
TBA

9:30am

Advanced Static Trapeze Beats and Tempo Skills
Limited Capacity full

In this workshop participants will learn advanced trapeze beats. These skills include dynamic movement, releases, and direction changes. This workshop is ideal for participants who are proficient in trapeze but are looking to increase there skill vocabulary and learn high powered rhythmic skill.

Speakers

Sunday August 20, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
aqua

9:30am

How to develop curriculum for Tots and Special Needs classes
Limited Capacity filling up

How to develop curriculum for toddlers and special needs classes

Speakers
avatar for Erin Lovett Sherman

Erin Lovett Sherman

Director of Youth Programming and Outreach, New England Center For Circus Arts
Director of Youth Programs and Outreach Coordinator at NECCA, Erin Lovett Sherman is a dancer, aerialist, performing artist, choreographer, educator, and director. She holds a BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts, and has danced and choreographed for many companies includ... Read More →


Sunday August 20, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
black

9:30am

Moving Students from Recreational to Pre-Professional Training and Performance: A Conversation with SANCA's Youth Company Directors
Limited Capacity full

The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) has a robust, audition-based Youth Performance Company, comprised of three troupes, divided by age, that perform year-round. Over the years we have increased the intensity of all three arms of the youth companies and we have, therefore, seen the skill level of the individual performers, and the troupes as a whole, skyrocket. In this way, our performance program has moved farther away from the rest of the youth programs at SANCA, which are recreational in nature. How do young students manage this leap from recreational circus classes to performance-based, intensive, pre-professional circus training? What are the strengths of running a program in this way? What are some of the challenges that come along with this structure? How does a program like this fit within the rest of a school that values a come-as-you-are, recreational approach to learning? SANCA Youth Companies Manager Audrey Spinazola and Alyssa Hellrung, Co-director and Administrative Lead of the Amazing Circus 1-ders and the Magnificent 7, two of the youth companies at SANCA, will answer some of those questions based on their own work and experiences at SANCA and will invite workshop participants, be they parents, coaches, or program directors, to share their experiences as part of youth performance companies (or their hopes for starting or expanding companies) in their home organizations.


Sunday August 20, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
beige

9:30am

9 Ways to a 2 High
Limited Capacity full

How many ways can you make a stack of two people? ….At least nine! We will explore drills of how to build up to these mounts and practice safely. Many entries to two high are building blocks for more challenging skills.


Prerequisites: Able to base or fly a stable 2-high for at least 15 seconds.  


Speakers
ER

Erica Rubinstein

The Circus Project


Sunday August 20, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
blue

9:30am

Intro to Duo Silks
Limited Capacity full

This is an introduction to working with a partner on aerial silks. You will be working in close proximity with other students to explore the tension created when sharing silks. We will try a variety of different basing and flying positions. This workshop will focus on developing trust between partners that is essential for working together in the air.

Speakers

Sunday August 20, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
brown

9:30am

Capoeira: diverse movement and strong bodies
Limited Capacity filling up

An introduction (or further study) of Capoeira. Capoeira is a beautiful and fluid Afro-Brazilian art form, created by descendants of African slaves in Brazil, during the Portuguese colonization. Africans were not allowed to practice their traditional martial arts; therefore they created Capoeira, a martial art disguised as a dance. Capoeira combines physical (acrobatics, martial art, and dance), musical (percussion and song) as well as philosophical elements. We will explore all of these aspects especially the physical an "play" Capoeira in a "roda"

Speakers

Sunday August 20, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
green

9:30am

Acting for Circus Performers
Limited Capacity full

An opportunity for circus performers to improve their acting skills. Topics will include physical presentation, self-awareness, clarity of intention, complicity with other performers and the audience, listening, responding, exits and entrances, relaxation, confidence.

Speakers
avatar for Dic Wheeler

Dic Wheeler

Executive Director, ARTFARM
Dic is a director, performer and teacher who has worked in circus and theater for 35 years in the US and abroad. He is the Executive Director of ARTFARM in Connecticut, where he directs the youth circus “Circophony” and the professional “Circus for a Fragile Planet”. He j... Read More →


Sunday August 20, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
grey

9:30am

Basics of Rigging for Aerial Performance
Limited Capacity full

An introduction to the basic principles and practices of defying gravity. This session will be useful for performers young and old, as well as for coaches and program leaders. When you walk into a space and look up in the air, what do you look for? What are the questions you need to ask? We will address many of the key issues which arise in rigging safely for aerial performance: dynamic loads, applied forces, strength of materials, selection of apparatus and hardware, attaching to building structure, proper techniques for termination or ropes and cables, inspection and equipment retirement. Leave your calculator at home; there will be no math required.

Speakers

Sunday August 20, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Lunch Tables

9:30am

Hangout Time
Limited Capacity seats available

If learning ALL the things ALL the time seems like it could be just a little "extra", feel free to schedule some time to mingle, network, chat and chill with your circus friends and colleagues in our comfy welcome area, complete with couches, snacks, and smiles. 

Sunday August 20, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Welcome Area

9:30am

Intermediate Diabolo
Limited Capacity filling up

Intermediate level skills with a Diabolo


Sunday August 20, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
neon yellow

9:30am

Advanced Globe Acro
Limited Capacity filling up

Prerequisites: must be able to free mount independently, walk the Globe with control forward and backward, turn a circle, and execute a small jump.
Calling all: tumblers and high-mid level partner acrobats interested in exploring harder skills on Globe.

In this innovative workshop we'll explore more advanced Globe skills like: jump rope, two-high, titanic, back tuck off Globe and advanced mounts, including banquine mounts.

There will be a swim test at the start of this workshop, so please be confident in your prerequisites!

Speakers
avatar for Adam Woolley

Adam Woolley

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts


Sunday August 20, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
orange

9:30am

Exploring the Ropes (trapeze)
Limited Capacity full

Basic inversions and shapes in the ropes.

Speakers
avatar for Jackie Zalewski

Jackie Zalewski

Aerial Coach, Circus Place/ Secret Circus


Sunday August 20, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
pink

9:30am

Beginner Cyr
Limited Capacity full

Learn the basics of Cyr wheel.


Sunday August 20, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
purple

9:30am

5 Ball Juggling
Limited Capacity seats available

5 ball Juggling with Richard Kennison

Speakers

Sunday August 20, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
yellow

9:30am

Finding Your Movement Signature
Limited Capacity filling up

In this class students explore their own natural movement preferences, using their individual strengths and habits to create original motifs and phrases. After a guided improvisation session, students create short compositions based on their discoveries. Katherine has over 10 years working in contemporary dance, choreography, and physical theatre; she is excited to share her expertise with the next generation of circus artists! Students are welcome to incorporate portable and safe props into the second half of class (space-permitting).

Speakers

Sunday August 20, 2017 9:30am - Monday August 21, 2017 11:00am
red

11:15am

Star Drop Add-Ons
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop, we will learn different launch positions at the top of a single or multiple star drop including dives, drop backs, shooflys/key overs, and back balance launched. We will also cover drops and choreography to do with the lock created at the bottom of the star drop.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Morano

Christine Morano

Aerial Coach, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts


Sunday August 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
aqua

11:15am

Working Through Trauma with Circus Arts Training
Limited Capacity filling up

A community discussion about how to work with students who have physical or emotional trauma, how to notice it, and how circus can be effective for helping people move through it.


Sunday August 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
beige

11:15am

Open Level Wire Walking
Limited Capacity full

This all levels wire walking class is designed for anyone wishing to spend more time on the wire and pick up pro tips - no matter what level. You'll start by learning Sonja's walking technique, and then more experienced walkers will break off and learn higher level tricks and movements while beginners will continue to work on balance and walking with a spotter. 

Speakers

Sunday August 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
blue

11:15am

Duo hammock/single point sling
Limited Capacity full

Participants will learn some basic vocabulary on the apparatus, and any skills that can be learned solo before pairing up. Participants will trade partners as appropriate, and attention will be paid to both management of the apparatus as well as partnering technique.

Speakers

Sunday August 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
brown

11:15am

Family Acro
Limited Capacity filling up

Circus is family. Come learn partner and group acrobatic shapes and principles for groups of people with widely varying sizes and experiences! Parents and kids, coaches and students, friends and foes - learn to trust and support each other with circus magic. We'll go over some useful 'building blocks' and learn how to use them to create your own shapes with any group!

Sunday August 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
green

11:15am

Intro to Rolling Globe
Limited Capacity filling up

In this workshop we'll explore the basics of getting started on Rolling Globe! We'll work on mounting, walking in place, all the way up through jumping from Globe to Globe (for students who are ready). All levels welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Adam Woolley

Adam Woolley

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts


Sunday August 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
grey

11:15am

Hangout Time
Limited Capacity seats available

If learning ALL the things ALL the time seems like it could be just a little "extra", feel free to schedule some time to mingle, network, chat and chill with your circus friends and colleagues in our comfy welcome area, complete with couches, snacks, and smiles. 

Sunday August 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
Welcome Area

11:15am

Splits: Happy and Healthy Hips!
Flexibility is an aspect of circus, yoga, dance, theater, acrobatics, posture, longevity and comfort. Maintaining flexibility can alleviate back pain, improve posture, gain new skills, bring a whole new level to your fitness and accessibility to new tricks! This workshop focuses on mobilizing the legs and hips for optimal performance and pain free splits. We will do a series of stretches and mobilizers in an environment where you can ask questions and leave with stretches you can work on on your own. This workshop will increase your active flexibility, lines and speed of warm up with a mixture of pre-hab (injury prevention), expanding range of motion and conditioning your happy hips!

Speakers

Sunday August 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
neon yellow

11:15am

Aerial Performer Rigging Lab
Limited Capacity filling up

A direct follow-on to the Rigging Basics session, this participant-driven workshop will provide an opportunity to learn hands-on rigging skills and explore/demonstrate specific scenarios in a relatively unstructured environment. Participation in the Rigging Basics session, or other prior rigging experience, is recommended but not required.

Speakers

Sunday August 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
orange

11:15am

Ankle Hangs: Understanding Good Technique and Exploring Dynamic Movement
Limited Capacity full

In this workshop, we will explore ankle hangs on static trapeze in depth. We will discuss and execute proper body alignment and technique through a series of drills. Then we will learn and refine a variety of drops and dynamic movements into ankle hangs. Gaiters or other ankle protection is welcome but not required.

Speakers
KV

Kiersten Van Houten

Childrens Program Coordinator/ Show Producer, Trapeze School New York, Washington DC


Sunday August 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
pink

11:15am

3 club tricks
Limited Capacity filling up

The intent of this workshop is give participants an introduction to gateway 3 club tricks such as lazies, back crosses, 423, etc. In it we will focus on tricks that lend themselves to performance, as well progression to 4 and 5 clubs. There will also be at the end of the workshop time to create and present ideas with the group. Must be comfortable juggling 3 clubs (100 catches) and be able to throw doubles (20).

Speakers

Sunday August 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
purple

11:15am

Clowning: serious, silly & sublime!
Limited Capacity full

Welcome to a world where details are huge, objects are alive, and ugly is beautiful! In this class we will explore ways to find clown moments and create scenelets while discovering the what makes things poignant, funny, and truly impacting. Good for performers in general a well!

Speakers

Sunday August 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
red

11:15am

Introduction to Passing Clubs
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop we will cover the basics of passing 6 clubs. We will discuss proper technique, adjustments for distance/height, controlling spin, and work up from running 3 clubs between two people to passing 6 clubs between two people.

Speakers

Sunday August 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
yellow

1:00pm