C4 Circus Workshop Weekend 2018

Monarca in Flight presents

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Sign up for 6 workshops at the $50 level and get a discount!  Click here to purchase a 6-pack, or select the 6-pack option when you register.  Member price $255.  Non-members $285.

Cancellation policy:  Because our traveling instructors require guaranteed payment levels, client cancellations less than 72 hours prior to the beginning of a workshop and without a doctor’s note will receive a 50% refund.  If a class is canceled by Monarca in Flight or by the instructor, a full refund will be issued to the affected students.

Thursday, April 26

The Shape of Things  – $35
Kat Milburn & Scott Cooper
6:30-8:30

Everyone from beginners to the most experienced practitioners need refinement. This session will cover clean drills which are the secret to overall longevity and improvement.  We will explore different methods of movement and offer enhancements for your current practice that will benefit both your L-basing & standing practice.

Pre-Reqs: None

*We will be working in groups of 3 or more.

Choreographic Sling – $50
Ukoiya Mastin
6:30-8:30

Take your practice further in this workshop that will focus on higher-level skills and building sequences. We will work on dynamic drops and rolls, transitions between poses, explore sequences, and add spinning and swinging if the space allows.

This is an intermediate/advanced workshop

Requirements – a background in sling is recommended but not required. Some sling experience suggested. Participants must have experience on some aerial apparatus (trapeze, fabric, rope, etc) and should be comfortable inverting in the air and executing drops.

Intro to Tippy Lyra  – $50
Ukoiya Mastin
8:30-10:30

What is up can be down, and turned inside out on this circle that spins and rotates as you move around on it. Inspired by the Swinging Lyra found in European, Australian and Canadian schools, the Tippy Lyra has been developed at NECCA and is becoming very popular because it is easy to rig and fun to work on. In this class you’ll learn how to control and manipulate this unpredictable and interesting apparatus.

This is an Intermediate/advanced workshop

Requirements – You must have solid trapeze or lyra experience for this class.

The Art of Standing – $35
Kat Milburn & Scott Cooper
8:30-10:30

Moving in and out of poses smoothly and with ease is vital to visual aesthetics and the longevity of your practice. This session will be focused on control and dynamic movement in postures where the flyer is standing on the base (foot to hand, standing on shins, foot to foot, etc…). By increasing versatility, we will give you the ability to make transitions effortless.

Pre-Reqs: Students must have spent some time on feet (10 seconds in low foot to hand) & experience with spotting.

*We will be working in groups of 3 or more.

Aerial Story Telling: What are you trying to say?! – $50
Gwynne Flanagan
8:30-10:30

At the core of every incredible, moving, exhilarating performance is a fully realized character driving towards his/her goal. In this two hour workshop we will explore techniques that bring more creativity, freedom, and purpose to your aerial work. By using games and improvisation exercises, you will learn to identify and notice habitual movement patterns: how to break them AND how to use them; construct choreography beyond the “tricks”; design a story arc; and basic musicality.

Come prepared to have fun, take risks and PLAY! Get our of you head and IN to your ART!

This workshop is open to anyone with at least one session of aerial technique class. No prior choreography is needed.

Friday, April 27

To Infinity and Beyond  – $35
Kat Milburn & Scott Cooper
6:30-8:30

Standing acrobatics is a natural progression from L-basing. Building from the ground up we will incorporated both fan favorites and new moves/transitions to create a flow that we can take to standing.

Pre-Reqs: Students should have a strong star and side-star on feet. Competent spotting is a must!

306 Degrees of Flight – $50
Ukoiya Mastin
6:30-8:30

Explore the ins and outs, ups and downs, and endless variations of the 360- drop (aka I Brazil). Students will come out of this workshop with a solid understanding of how to control their bodies in space, creative vocabulary for wrapping and fun new ways of stacking above this skill.

This is an intermediate/advanced workshop.

Requirement – Students must be able to invert easily in the air multiple times and execute a cross back straddle with ease.

Splits, splits, splits  – $50
Ukoiya Mastin
8:30-10:30

Explore endless amount of split vocabulary on the aerial fabric: Horizontal splits, vertical splits, back splits, transitional splits…. in the air and on the ground. Students should arrive with their bodies warm enough for a split heavy stretch – the class will start with various ways we can improve splits and straddles.  Ideal for students who can get into full splits on at least one side – excessive flexibility is not required, as we will explore modifications that allow those with less flexibility to successfully complete these moves, but focus will be on showcasing flexibility.

This is an intermediate level workshop

Requirements –Students must be capable of wrapping a double aerial foot lock on both feet and must be able to execute a cross back straddle multiple times in a row without help.

Saturday, April 28

Beginner German Wheel: Get Ready to Roll!  – $50
Chris Delgado
11:00-12:30

Take a ride on the wild side as we roll our way into the wonderful world of wheel!

  • Start off in the belts, you’ll be upside-down in in the first trick of class.
  • My first favorite trick! The infamous monkey roll with dramatic upside-­down stalls.
  • Free­seat forwards, ­ the must­-know move of straight line.
  • Lean to lean as you float across the wheel with a Smoosh.
  • Standing on top of the wheel – the easiest way to impress your audience!
  • Doubles tricks – the joy of Teeter Totter.

Class participants should wear gymnastic shoes, wrestling shoes, or any clean athletic shoe with no or minimal tread.

Fabric Theory – $50
Benn Mendoza
11:00-12:30

Benn’s Fabric Theory class focuses on center of gravity manipulation, grip strengthening, muscle memory & inverted body awareness as well as the techniques to better understand the physics of aerial fabric.

Prerequisite: Students should be able to invert from the floor & be able to climb.

Aerial Hoop Spinning – $50
Benn Mendoza
11:00-12:30

Benn’s Aerial Hoop Spinning Class focuses on acclimating to fast spins, weight distribution and how centrifugal force changes the dynamics of aerial hoop vocabulary.

Prerequisite: Students should be able to invert from the floor & be able to climb.

Advanced Beginner German Wheel  – $50
Chris Delgado
12:30-2:00

Ready to step it up? Take a ride on the wild side as we roll our way into a new realm of wheel! You’ll learn:

  • ‘Look mom no hands’ – learn to let go and work through your belts with Freehand
  • Free­seat forwards (Flying Ass Grinders!) ­ the must-­know move of straight line
  • Stomach Forward & Backwards (Wet Towels!) ­ Fun to do, exhilarating to watch.
  • Smooshes galore! Side, back, and “pterodactyl”!
  • Standing on top of the wheel – the easiest way to impress your audience!
  • Fun and funky semi­tuck rolls.

Class participants should wear gymnastic shoes, wrestling shoes, or any clean athletic shoe with no or minimal tread.

65 Ways to Climb  – $50
Bobby Taylor
12:30-2:00

You know the basic climb on rope and fabric but did you know that I’ve created 65 ways to climb a fabric or rope? This 90 minute workshop will touch on as many of the 65 climbs that your arms can handle!

Pre requisites- Students must be able to climb to the top of the fabrics, invert,  and do one rotational drop.

Extreme Stretch for Adults  – $50
Benn Mendoza
2:30-4:00

Extreme Stretch for Adults uses a specific set of stretches in a carefully engineered order to get the maximum flexibility results out of adult bodies without injury, by focusing on passive & active stretching, as well as executing solo & partner stretches.

Partner German Wheel: Twice the Fun  – $50
Chris Delgado
2:30-4:00

 Grab your partner (or make a new friend when you get here!) and roll around together! Two is twice the fun as we explore tandem wheel. There’s no limit to what you can come up with! We’ll dive into:

  • the MOST FUN beginning trick – teeter totter! Learn the basics of weight distribution in the wheel in the most awesome way possible.
  • Happy Ninja Rolls! The name says it all.
  • Make like a ferris wheel (with less smooching at the top) with Two Seater all the way around! This impressive move will blow your mind, and, more importantly, your audience’s mind!
  • Take all your tricks in belts and double the awesomeness! Back to back and side to side, two times the fun!
  • Ready for something new? Cartwheeling over the wheel is right up your alley! Super safe, but wicked impressive!
  • Learn to slow your difficult tricks way down without losing your WOW!

Class participants should wear gymnastic shoes, wrestling shoes, or any clean athletic shoe with no or minimal tread.

365 Poses in the Belay  – $50
Bobby Taylor
2:30-4:00

Everyone in the Aerial fabric community knows how to get into a belay! There are countless poses and transitions in the Belay! I have one for every day of the year!

Prerequisites- Students must be able to climb to the top of the fabrics, invert,  and do one rotational drop. Students must also be familiar with and be able to execute a belay.

Cloud Swing/Hammock/Aerial Net  – $50
Bobby Taylor
4:30-6:00

Double point apparatus for swinging and static moves. Learn poses, drops, flips and choreography on all 3 apparatus.

Pre requisites- Students must be able to climb to the top of the fabrics, invert,  and do one rotational drop.

Walking Among the Stars  – $50
Ukoiya Mastin
6:30-8:30

 

“Shoot for the moon; even if you miss, you will land among the stars”

Understanding the star… dropping, walking out, wrapping and layering. In this workshop we will be starting with the most basic star and analyzing the body’s rotation in space. Adding layers of exploration playing with ways into the wrap and what happens when we add skills above the drop. Students will leave with greater comprehension of biomechanics, the physics of falling and safety in dropping rotational and multidirectional drops.

This is an intermediate/advanced workshop.

Requirements – Students must be able to successfully executed double stars

Sunday, April 29

Basic and Exotic Make-up  – $50
Ukoiya Mastin
11:00-2:00

 An introduction to make-up basics and exotic make-up for the performerFor students 16 and older who are interested in practicing the application of their own makeup, who wish to learn more techniques for a professional finished look, and to create a customized dramatic look for performance.

We will be exploring various makeup products available on the market and how to use them. Students will be introduced to the basics of white mask, blending techniques, shading and sculpting with color, accentuating the eyes, applying fake eyelashes, adding glitter and jewels.

Each individual will then focus on a specific design of their choice, and practice the art of applying it. We will use “cirque style” white mask base and design using blended colors, eyeliner, eyelashes, and embellishments.

All students are encouraged to bring any makeup they have, a towel, and a camera for documentation. Enrolled students will be sent a list of suggested/required make-up and supplies to bring.

Men and women are welcome. This is a Beginning/Intermediate level workshop

The Art of Falling  – $50
Kat Stroot
11:00-1:00

 In this class we will be looking at a few of the many different ways the human body can combine gravity with the ground and come away unscathed! Beginning with basic breakfalls, and continuing on through common falls used in the stunt world, we will eventually work our way up towards the always awesome tiger leaps – a fun and sneaky way to train your body to protect your head and neck in a head-first fall. You’ll come away with an arsenal of ways to hit the ground safely!

Torque: Spinning on Dance Trapeze  – $50
Jessica John
1:30-3:00

Single-point trapeze emphasizes connection with the ground, creating space for dance with the bar. In this workshop, students will examine a variety of spins that serve as launching pads for innovative sequencing in the air and statement choreographic moments. We will break down the mechanics and physics and discuss strategies to build spin-tolerance. BYO ginger chews.

Make Your Own Trapeze  – $200
Acoatzin Torres
2:00-6:00

Learn to create your own trapeze.  Topics include splicing the ropes and adjusting for level, padding and covering the elbows.  All supplies included.  Students will partially complete a trapeze in class to take home.

1″ steel bars (solid or hollow) will be available in 2 lengths: 23″ and 25″.    Available ropes are 3/4″ nylon and 1″ cotton.  After registration, students must email acoatain@MonarcaInFlight.com to specify bar length and type, rope type, and rope length (common length is 6′-7′).

Register no later than March 20, 2018 to ensure adequate supplies are available.

String Theory: Double Loop  – $50
Jessica John
3:30-5:00

 This workshop geeks out on double loop theory, using both sling and straps. We will explore familiar pathways that lead to new wraps and tackle layered drops that use the entire sling length.

Minimum skill requirements: Ability to invert cleanly in the air.

 



Instructors

Chris Delgado

Chris Delgado has been teaching and performing German wheel around the world for over 9 years. Trained by 8-time world champion Wolfgang Bientzle, Chris has a very technical German wheel background. Chris’s years of physical theater training from companies such as Pilobolus paired with a degree from Dell Arte School of Physical Theatre combine to create his unique performance style. Now living in NYC, Chris divides his time between solo performances, teaching classes and workshops,creating and touring his circus show “The Bizarre and Curious Quest of Killian Cog”, and working intimately with USA Wheel Gymnastics to spread the good word about German wheel.

Gwynne Flanagan

Gwynne is a DC-based aerial performer with over 10 years of experience. She has trained in NYC, NECCA and Montreal. Gwynne is a founding member of Girls on Trapeze and Duo K+G. You can find out more about her at gwynnewithwings.com

Jessica John

 

Jessica John is DC-based circus artist, coach, and choreographer who specializes in corde lisse (rope), tissu (fabric), and dance trapeze. An ardent movement researcher, she was a competitive athlete, a teenage “rockette”, and a ski bum, before finding a passion for the circus. Jessica challenges gender stereotypes through displays of virtuosic strength and flexibility and creates empathetic space for her characters through rich storytelling and compelling visuals. She makes collaborative and solo works, ranging from short acts to evening-length pieces. A sixth generation New Orleanian, Jessica is the creative and managing director of Vaudoux Aerial Dance Theatre. Outside of VADT, she often collaborates with Joshua Handal as a co-creator of Steal A Step, a contemporary circus company based in DC.

Ukoiya Mastin

Ukoiya began her professional career in Tokyo, performing as an acro duo, aerialist and stilt walker. After working with Love Infusion and Boogie Universal, Ukoiya co-founded U & I Productions and began producing and co-managing Dream Science Circus. Dream Science Circus toured the west coast, Canada and Mexico for 5 years, selling out hundreds of shows. In 2006 Ukoiya toured, with the Body Art Ball as a dancer and acrobat, entertaining audiences all across America.
She is currently leading teacher training workshops nationally and internationally for Nimble Arts. As well as coaching at MOTH Contemporary Circus Center and has just recently returned from leading the first act creation workshop in Ireland with Fidget Feet.
Ukoiya is graduate of the Professional Track Training program at the New England Center for Circus Arts. She is certified as a personal trainer through I.S.S.A, TRX trainer and a certified Aerial Yoga instructor. When Ukoiya isn’t performing or teaching she is designing and fabricating custom costumes, enjoying outdoor time in Denver CO, playing with her cats and traveling.

Benn Mendoza

Benn Mendoza has been a professional aerialist & acrobat for 18 years and has worked with various artists including Lady Gaga & Britney Spears, as well as having worked on various TV projects including America’s Got Talent & SMASH. Benn was also a rhythmic gymnast & won Gold at Worlds on the first US men’s team in 2005. In his circus training he specialized in Aerial Fabric, Aerial Hoop, Contortion & Handbalancing.
Benn’s Fabric Theory class focuses on center of gravity manipulation, grip strengthening, muscle memory & inverted body awareness as well as the techniques to better understand the physics of aerial fabric. His Aerial Hoop Spinning Class focuses on acclimating to fast spins, weight distribution and how centrifugal force changes the dynamics of aerial hoop vocabulary. Extreme Stretch for Adults uses a specific set of stretches in a carefully engineered order to get the maximum flexibility results out of adult bodies without injury, by focusing on passive & active stretching, as well as executing solo & partner stretches. Handbalancing classes focus on the minutiae of hand & body placement while giving tips to help condition for inversions as well as helping strengthen hands & core, & giving the progressions to achieve stable balance. All classes have an emphasis on injury prevention & economizing the participants time, energy & intention. Students are encouraged to take notes & video for their own reference & continued growth during solo training.
Workshops are 2 hours long & privates can be set up for people that are interested in fine tuning their technique or act creation

Kat Milburn & Scott Cooper

Kat Milburn

Kat’s first experience with acro was in New York while she studied under Shri Dharma Mittra. After which partner movement became one of her biggest loves. Her background in Yoga was the conduit to partner acrobatics, and that path lead her to become a certified teacher in partner acrobatics in 2016. Studying yoga, dance, acrobatics, therapeutic flying and cheer has given her a unique take on partner acrobatics. She believes that one can never stop learning and continues to grow in her practice while she shares and teaches her knowledge with her community not only in the states but internationally. She most recently taught in Thailand at a movement retreat.

Scott Cooper

Scott is an acrobat who has been practicing and teaching since 2011, notably under the tutelage of Master Chinese Acrobat Lu-Yi in San Francisco. Scott has studied Dutch style acrobatic, circus performance, dance lifts and cheerleading, and believes in blending principles from all of these styles in order to create maximum versatility in partner movement. He was most recently on tour of Pippin: The Broadway Musical. Today he performs, coaches and trains all over the world.

Kat Stroot

Kat Stroot has been a performer since she was a very small child, beginning as an actor and dancer before she can even remember, and growing up in the theater. In 2003 she began studying the aerial arts, focusing on silks, dance trapeze, and harness work. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (ETW), she joined forces with Stephen Wangh on his production of Five Aerial Scenes from Troilus and Cressida (Tectonic Theater co/NYU) and was hooked on the idea of combining theater and the aerial arts to further the deeper meaning of story using this uniquely expressive art.

Kat has worked as an actor, teacher, stage manager, aerialist, and producer in New York, DC, and abroad. As a stage manager and teacher, she takes safety very seriously, emphasizing best practices whether working with prop weaponry, rigging to fly a performer, or simply maintaining a safe working environment for her students and colleagues.

Bobby Taylor

Bobby Hedglin-Taylor (Aerial Sequence choreographer, Coach, trainer)- Bobby just returned from New Orleans where he was the Aerial Sequence designer and co choreographer for the Louisiana Premiere of TARZAN. Bobby’s work was featured on Broadway in the smash hit revival of PIPPIN where he trained Tony award winners Patina Miller and Andrea Martin for their roles in the A.R.T. production, as well as Tony award Nominee Tovah Feldshuh and other cast members. He was the tightrope trainer for Tony award Nominee Rob McClure for the 2012 musical CHAPLIN on Broadway. Off Broadway his aerial work was featured in the CSC version of A Midsummer Nights Dream starring Bebe Neuwirth and Christina Ricci.

He’s the Cirque choreographer for Holland America Cruise line and was the special affects designer for the band The Deafening’s music video “Dress You Up” starring Tony Award Winner Lena Hall. Bobby and 16 other acrobats flew 75 feet to the roof of Madison Square Garden as part of the surprise gimmick for the rock band PHISH on New Years Eve 2012, designed by Tony award winner David Gallo.

TV Credits include 6 reality shows including- MARRIAGE REF, WIFE SWAP, FASHION EMERGENCY, MATCHED IN MANHATTAN, WHAT NOT TO WEAR, LALAS COURT LIFE, and he’s also appeared on INSIDE EDITION, NY1, WNBC NEWS, WPIX NEWS, as well as Japanese and Brazillian TV as an aerial professional.

As an aerial sequence choreographer Bobby staged 22 productions of the musical BARNUM, as well as training and sequencing for shows like AIDA, TARZAN, CARNIVAL, THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE-CIRCUS ON SODOR, MADAGASCAR LIVE! and ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. My philosophy is simple:
“Why Walk when you can fly?”
www.bobbyhedglintaylor.com

Acoatzin Torres

Founder and lead instructor Acoatzin Torres is a well-known local instructor and performer of aerial arts. He has trained, taught and performed locally and across the United States.  Much of his formal training has been at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) in Brattleboro, Vermont, a world-renowned venue for circus art instruction and instructor certification.  His expertise extends to aerial fabric, lyra, trapeze, sling, and rope. His unsurpassed dedication to his craft and to his students shines through in every class he teaches.

Prior to discovering his love for the circus arts, Acoatzin was a performer and teacher of multiple styles of dance, most notably Mexican Folk Dance, which he has studied since he was 5 years old.  Prior to moving to the U.S., Acoatzin danced professionally in his home country of Mexico, where he also studied fashion design.