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Aloft Pro Training (Chicago) Applications Due Feb 23
Posted January 27, 2019
Different artists have different goals. The new format of Aloft’s full-time training program gives multiple pathways to achieve your circus dreams, whatever they are. The two years of our program may now be taken as stand-alone years!

The mission of our program is to create curious and questioning artists committed to advancing the role of circus the US and abroad. We aim to inspire our students to aim to inspire others and give them the tools to make physically and emotionally rigorous work that challenges ideas of who we are and what we can do, as individuals and a unified force. We want a circus revolution and we are building an army.

Year one is our foundations and research year. This year is perfect for the person who wants to spend nine solid months doing intensive training to develop strong core, ensemble skills (juggling, dance, physical theater, acrobatics, handstands) that will make you a valuable and vital circus artist. You’ll also dive deeply into research in your chosen apparatus, developing a voice and movement style that is unique to you. Students will work toward an end-of-the-year show and come away with the solid skills and tools needed to progress to year two, or to continue their training in a different capacity.

Year two is our lab year and tour. Designed as a sort of "circus graduate program," this year is ideal for emerging artists who have already completed Aloft’s first year, a foundational year in a different program, or newly professional artists who wish to intensively develop an act to completion. In addition to independent training time, core classes in physical theater, dance, acrobatics, trampoline, handstands, and more each month with feature a week long intensive workshop with a different world-class circus maker.

We have amazing coaches lined up for 2019–2020 including:
Victoria Amadueme—Upswing Aerial UK (our show director!)
Cohdi Harrel—Ricochet
Joseph Pinzon—Eloize, Soleil, etc
Richard Headon—Desperate Men UK
Francesca Hyde—Colectif and Then, NoShow
Aimee Hancock—Eloize, NECCA
George Orange—Mary Bijou, No-Fit State
Holly Treddenick—Circus Sessions, Femmes du Feu Toronto

Additionally, the lab year will culminate in a final show created over two months with an internationally renowned director, and the show will take place in Aloft's very own big top! That show will then go on tour, giving students their first job immediately following graduation!
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Note from the CircusNYC Editors: Posted as received.