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Rope and Silks Workshops Apr 28-29
Posted April 6, 2018
Crossback Straddle Exploration with Jenn Bruyer
Saturday, April 28, 10:30am–12:30pm

Fabric has always been a crowd favorite. Understanding how to use some of the most recognizable visual elements (like cross back straddle) in a more integrated and compelling way can not only help expand your vocabulary but ultimately improve your audience engagement.

In this workshop we’ll explore some of the unexpected and even bizarre ways to set up this quintessential aerial silks trick to keep your audience guessing, from highly complex and intricate to straightforward and dynamic! And once we’re there we’ll flip, dive, contort, and wrap for some unusual exits.

Prerequisites: Proficiency with cross back straddle and aerial dance footlocks


Beats Technique with PJ Perry
Saturday, April 28, 1:30–3:30pm

Build a beat from the center of your body through your limbs. This workshop is appropriate for folks new and experienced in beats as PJ focuses on the foundation of momentum and how one beat literally leads to another, and another. Expect to learn or refine those straddle beats as well as scissors, with an exploration of planche, meat hook, break beats, flares, and side beat transitions as a possibility.

Prerequisite: Must be able to lower slowly out of a straddle inversion with straight arms and control.


Scorpions and Flags on Rope with PJ Perry
Sunday, April 28, 10:30am–12:30pm

This is a workshop focusing on the multiple entries into scorpion and flag (side planche) from static to dynamic. Examples: front beat to scorpion, side beat to scorpion, back step to scorpion, handstand press to scorpion, back step to flag, scissor beat to flag, planche to flag, and pop-thru to flag.

This is an advanced technique class for the serious rope student or professional rope artist.


Add on Drops with Jenn Bruyer
Sunday, April 28, 1:30–3:30pm

Big drops can be scary and confusing, but sometimes they are just a sequence of simple movements all stacked together. This workshop will explore drops that fall into this category. Students will leave with a better understanding of deconstructing drops. We will focus on the technique used to change direction in the air, the acuity required to construct new drops, and a systematic approach to walking out of complicated scenarios. Students can expect to work on conditioning and direction changes in the sling, fundamental wraps, and simple drops with precision as well as work toward executing more advanced and complicated drops.

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Ability to identify four basic wraps: catcher/S-lock/figure 8, hiplock, proficiency with windmill (wheel down)


About Jenn:
Jenn has been immersed in aerial arts since 2008. She is driven by her focus on silks and sling (hammock) but also enjoys exploring corde lisse, trapeze, lyra, net, rope, and harness. She has coached, choreographed, and performed across the US from New York to Alaska and has recently resettled in Seattle, Washington after completing a five-month 25-city workshop tour. As an aerial coach, she seeks to provide the highest quality progressive instruction to aerialists of all abilities from novice to professional performer. Her mission as a human is to cultivate a warm, non-judgmental learning environment that fosters community, to build personal physical and emotional strength within the individuals who participate in this environment, and to methodically construct a vehicle by which to create art.

About PJ:
PJ has been multi-disciplinary aerialist since 2008, specializing in corde lisse since 2013. She loves the simplicity of this apparatus and thrives on chasing momentum. She currently lives in Bellingham, Washington, and coaches rope and handstands at Versatile Arts in Seattle. Her background is in biomechanics and kinesiology. When she is not in the air, she teaches collegiate courses in kinesiology and coaches movement re-education sessions to older adults as a master Pilates instructor. PJ has performed with the Aerialistas, Bellingham Circus Guild, the Dream Science Circus, Moisture Festival, Apogee Aerial Dance Festival, Southern Fried Circus Festival, Vashon Open Air Festival, Denver Aerial Arts Festival, Vancouver Circus Festival, and in Stuttgart, Germany, at the Friedrichsbau Variete. She is currently focusing on traveling to learn from the masters as well as to teach her own, unique style.
The Muse
350 Moffat St.
Brooklyn, NY
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