WORKSHOPS & INTENSIVES

 


SAVE YOUR SHOULDERS
THE KEY TO A PAIN-FREE SPINE
AERIAL YOGA
CONTORTION INTENSIVE


All Workshops are FINAL SALE.
No early cancels granted or medical notes accepted.



SAVE YOUR SHOULDERS

Shoulder Injury Prevention for Circus Artists

 


Are you at risk for shoulder injury?

This highly interactive, two-hour workshop will lead you through a battery of circus-specific strength and flexibility tests to determine your injury risk during participation in circus activities. You will receive either a pass/ fail score on each part of the test, and will be instructed in specific exercises for the components that you did not pass. At the end of the workshop, you will have a comprehensive injury-prevention plan of exercises, mobility drills, and stretches that is specific to YOU and your body! You will also be instructed in the BEST warm up and cool down routine that will both optimize your athletic performance AND prevent future injuries!

Extensive foreknowledge is not necessary and there is no maximum age for this workshop, but students should be at least 16 years old so they can understand all the topics covered in the workshop.  


Saturday September 30th, from 10am to 12pm. $65/person. All sales are final.

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The Key to a Pain-Free Spine

Injury Prevention for the Low Back

 

Are you at risk for low back injury?

This highly interactive, two-hour workshop will lead you through a battery of low-back, circus-specific strength and flexibility tests to determine your injury risk during participation in circus activities. You will receive either a pass/ fail score on each part of the test, and will be instructed in specific exercises for the components that you did not pass. At the end of the workshop, you will have a comprehensive injury-prevention plan of exercises, mobility drills, and stretches that are specific to YOU and your body! You will also be instructed in an optimal warm up and cool down routine that will both optimize your athletic performance AND prevent future injuries! All levels welcome!

Saturday September 30th, from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. $65/person. All sales are final.

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ABOUT JEN CRANE


Dr. Jennifer Crane is a physical therapist, athletic trainer, board certified orthopedic specialist, and published author. She has been a sports medicine professional for eight years, and has worked with a wide variety of athletes and performing artists throughout that time.

Most recently, she worked as a physiotherapist living in China with the Chinese Olympic Teams in preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympics. While in China, she worked with multiple sports teams: diving, weight-lifting, fencing, gymnastics, synchronized swimming, and track and field. Of the athletes she worked with, 18 of them went on to get an Olympic gold medal in Rio.

Now happily back in San Francisco, Jen’s practice is based at Circus Center, where she specializes in injury prevention and treatment of circus artists. She works closely with performing artists of all specialties and all levels, from the brand new aerial student to professional acrobats, aerialists, hand-balancers, and contortionists. When she’s not working with circus artists, she can usually be found standing on her hands, swinging on flying trapeze, or spinning on a single point trapeze.






AERIAL YOGA

From the Floor to the Sky

 

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In this unique combo workshop, you will go from the floor discovering new depths by stretching traditional yoga poses, to the sky being uplifted on an aerial hammock.

An aerial yoga hammock is made from the same fabric as a vertical aerial silk or tissu used by artists in such shows as Cirque Du Soleil. The aerial hammock is hung low to the ground by 2 points, like a traditional hammock, which makes it very stable and allows the technique to be accessible to anyone on any fitness level.

With your yoga stretches as a base, you will begin building some of the strength needed to progress to vertical aerial silks work, and bring your yoga poses from the floor up into the air. Being gently cradled by the soft silky fabric can often have a profound and freeing effect, and will show you how wonderfully hanging upside down can decompress your spine.

This fun workshop is packed with both aerial and yoga, and will allow you to enjoy all aspects of this wonderful discipline. Come have fun and discover the magic of aerial yoga!

No experience necessary. Workshop appropriate for ages 16 and up.


Saturday October 14th

12:30pm -2:30pm

$65. All sales are final.

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ABOUT HANNA

Hanna Rose Stangebye is a certified aerial yoga instructor, professional dancer/choreographer, arts administrator, and aspiring clown. She has a BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University and, since relocating to San Francisco in 2013, has performed with various groups and as a soloist around the Bay Area. She joined the world of fitness through teaching barre, which led to aerial yoga, cycling, TRX, bootcamps, kickboxing, and more… Hanna Rose is currently the Managing Director of SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts, a nonprofit theater that specializes in emerging artist residencies, where she herself got her start as a choreographer. In 2015, she discovered Circus Center by taking a flying trapeze class, and is presently a member of the 2017 incoming class of Circus Center’s Clown Conservatory.





CONTORTION
INTENSIVE

June 3 – July 1, 2018

 


SCHEDULE
Each day students will take 2 classes, totaling 3-5 training hours.
Classes will be held between 2pm - 9pm.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE:

Monday: Injury Prevention and Contortion
Tuesday: Hand Balancing and Acrobatics
Wednesday: Contortion and Specialty Workshops
Thursday: Acrobatics and Active Flexibility
Friday: Semi-Privates and Hand Balancing/Conditioning

Note: Most days will also have open gym time scheduled


DATES, RESTRICTIONS, AND COST
Dates:TBA
Ages 16 and up
Cost: $2400
Limited space. Students must be accepted in order to attend.


PAYMENTS
November 1: Deadline for $500 non-refundable deposit
December 15: Deadline for remaining balance


FAQ


Is this program suitable for beginners?
Short answer, no. This program is designed for students who have had previous flexibility or contortion training. That said, everyone is encouraged to apply!

Why don't you have a minimum skill level?
Everyone's body is different. Some skills that are considered standard contortion skills might be hard for certain people because of body type/proportions, training experience, etc. I don't want to discourage people to apply because of body type. We do hope that everyone who applies is able to go in and out of a chest stand relatively easily though.

Do I need to find my own housing, or will housing be provided?
You are responsible for finding your own housing. There are resources on this website, or you can ask the circus community as there are usually people looking to sublet their rooms during the month of June.

Is there an age limit?
Technically no. The program is designed more for students 16-30, but you will not be turned away solely based on age if you are over that. (Every past intensive has had at least 2 people over 30)


Unlike anything offered in the US, this four-week intensive not only increases students' flexibility and knowledge in Mongolian contortion, but develops and creates well-rounded performers. The first three weeks will focus on perfecting technique, developing personalized tools, and learning new skills to add to students' repertoires, as well as weekly workshops. These speciality workshops will deal with nutrition, character development, resumes, and helping students navigate the professional circus world upon completion. The final week will focus primarily on developing an act for each individual student which will then be presented in a final showcase on the last day of the intensive. Any budding contortionists looking to enhance their technique while gaining knowledge of this business would significantly benefit from this intensive.

If you have any questions, you can contact our instructor Catie Brier at catie@circuscenter.org


INTENSIVE DIRECTOR & LEAD INSTRUCTOR: CATIE BRIER


Catie has been a resident of San Francisco for over 11 years. She began her training at Dance and Circus Arts of Tampa Bay over 17 years ago, where she studied dance and contortion. During her time there she trained under choreographer Debra Brown and contortionist Laurence Racine. Upon moving to San Francisco she started training with Master Lu Yi at Circus Center. She went on to train with Mongolian contortionist Serchmaa Byamba and began performing all around the United States. She’s been seen performing with companies such as Quixotic Fusion, Circus Bella, Trapeze World and New Pickle Circus. Throughout her career Catie has developed a passion for not only teaching the art of contortion but also inspiring people to push the limits of their bodies. Over the last few years Catie has developed a thriving and entirely unique contortion program at Circus Center. This will be her 5th year directing the Contortion Intensive since establishing it in 2013.


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