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Thursday, August 17
 

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
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Adam Woolley

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts


Thursday August 17, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
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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
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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
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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
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Friday, August 18
 

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.

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Friday August 18, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
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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
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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
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Saturday, August 19
 

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. 



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Saturday August 19, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
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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
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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
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Sunday, August 20
 

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).

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

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