Elena Panova

Born in Murom, Russia, Elena Panova is a graduate of Moscow's Circus and Variety College, where she specialized as an aerialist. Under the guidance of the famous training tandem of Tereza Durova and Viktor Fomin, she created a groundbreaking swinging trapeze act that redefined swinging trapeze as it is performed today all over the world. Elena won a gold medal and the Ministry of Culture award at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris in 1987, and the gold medal at the 1988 All-Union Circus Artists Competition of the USSR. For over twenty years, she has performed in major circuses and variety and theater shows on four continents, including the Moscow Circus, Circus Knie, the Cirque d'Hiver-Bouglione in Paris, Circus Carré in Amsterdam, the Victorian Arts Center in Melbourne, and the Big Apple Circus. She has also been a judge several times at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris. Elena moved to the United States in 1991. She started teaching at Circus Center in 2004.



Elena Panova instructs the following:
  • Core Strength
  • This class is designed for students with limited physical fitness experience and for all students who want to focus on building core fitness and flexibility. Through a series of floor exercises, students improve their body alignment, abdominal strength, low core activation, and shoulder stability. Students new to circus training build the foundational strength and proper alignment needed to pursue all circus apparatus and disciplines.
     
    No Prerequisite

  • Swinging Trapeze 1
  • In this challenging aerial art form, tricks are performed on a heavy trapeze that is in constant swinging motion. Tricks include body drops caught by the hands, ankles, or heels, in combination with pirouettes and saltos.
    Swinging trapeze requires coordination, upper body strength, and a good sense of timing, all of which are acquired or improved through student-specific physical and technical training. This class is exclusively taught by Elena Panova, Aerial Department Director.
     
    Prerequisite: Instructor Approval. Approval can take several days and can be obtained 3 different ways, instructions can be found here:

    http://circuscenter.org/faq#training03


  • Hoop 1
  • In this class students build upper body strength, develop flexibility, and learn basic static figures. Through a series of conditioning and stretching exercises on the floor, the wall racks, and on the apparatus, students build the stamina needed to explore technique and vocabulary on the hoop.

     

    Prerequisite: Instructor Approval. Approval can take several days and can be obtained 3 different ways, instructions can be found here:

    http://circuscenter.org/faq#training03

     

     


  • Static Trapeze 1
  • Students are introduced to static trapeze techniques by focusing on beats and building core and upper body strength. Students learn basic positions on and under the bar with a focus on proper form and safety. Through conditioning and flexibility exercises on the floor, wall racks, and trapeze, students build the stamina needed to advance to higher level tricks and techniques.

     

    Prerequisite: Instructor Approval. Approval can take several days and can be obtained 3 different ways, instructions can be found here:

    http://circuscenter.org/faq#training03

     

     


  • Single-Point Trapeze 1
  • Single-point trapeze, also called dance trapeze, blends elements of static trapeze, aerial hoop, and contemporary dance into one graceful art form. Students build flexibility and strength while learning tricks and techniques including knee, toe, and heel hangs.

     

    Prerequisite: Instructor Approval. Approval can take several days and can be obtained 3 different ways, instructions can be found here:

    http://circuscenter.org/faq#training03

     


  • Static Trapeze 3
  • Advanced trapeze students focus on dynamic moves, drops, and routine composition. Individualized coaching allows each student to progress more quickly, and special attention is paid to act development and artistry. This class is exclusively taught by Elena Panova, Aerial Department Director.

     

    Prerequisite: Instructor Approval. Approval can take several days and can be obtained 3 different ways, instructions can be found here:

    http://circuscenter.org/faq#training03

     

     


  • Intro to Mixed Aerials
  • This class introduces students to the fundamentals of Aerial arts. With a strong focus on conditioning and proper form, students begin to learn foundation skills on the static trapeze, rope, and tissu. The fundamental movement vocabulary on these three apparatus will be directly applicable to hoop, sling, straps, and other aerial apparatus. Skills covered include foot key, hip key (tissu and rope), knee hang, basic beats, front balance on trapeze and more.
     
    No Prerequisites

  • Static Trapeze 2
  • In Static Trapeze 2, students learn how to balance on the bar and be introduced to spins around the bar and ropes, and body drops with ankle catch. A continued focus on upper body strength allows students to progress toward higher level tricks while maintaining control and grace on the apparatus. Students begin work on transitions with an eye toward act development.

     

    Prerequisite: Instructor Approval. Approval can take several days and can be obtained 3 different ways, instructions can be found here:

    http://circuscenter.org/faq#training03

     


  • Aerial Conditioning: Level 1
  • In this class students build strength through core, arm, and leg conditioning, while developing cardiovascular and muscular endurance. This 90-minute class mixes stretching and apparatus training with ground conditioning to work the entire body and tone muscles for maximum strength and control. Students will work singly and in partnership on apparatus such as static trapeze, rope, and wall racks to develop confidence in their own strength and coordination.

    No Prerequisite

     

     


  • Hoop 2
  • In Hoop 2 students move from the basic, static postures to more advanced hanging and contortion positions. Students focus on the safe execution of drops, catches, transitions, and hoop rotation with an eye toward act development. Conditioning exercises on the hoop will help the student to build strength and stamina, while flexibility exercises will allow the student to achieve beautiful lines on the apparatus.

     

    Prerequisite: Instructor Approval. Approval can take several days and can be obtained 3 different ways, instructions can be found here:

    http://circuscenter.org/faq#training03

     

     


  • Aerial Conditioning: Level 2
  • Aerial Conditioning: Level 2 is a faster-paced class aimed at increasing strength and stamina for the more advanced aerial student. This class builds on the strengthening curriculum from Aerial Conditioning: Level 1 to include moves based on timing, momentum, and rhythm. Students will work singly and in partnership on apparatus such as static trapeze, rope, tissu, and wall racks to increase strength and coordination.

     

    Prerequisite: Instructor Approval. Approval can take several days and can be obtained 3 different ways, instructions can be found here:

    http://circuscenter.org/faq#training03