C4 Circus Workshop Weekend 2021

Monarca in Flight presents

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Cancellation policy:  Client cancellations less than 72 hours prior to the beginning of a workshop and without a doctor’s note will receive a 30% 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, June 17

Rope Tango-Tangle Dance Trapeze – $60
Gwynne Flanagan
6:30 – 8:00

   

Explore the space from floor to bar, bar to ropes, AND floor to ropes in this low-flying dance trapeze workshop. Bars will be hung hip-level to maximize our relationship to the ground, and for safe exploration of play within the ropes!!

 

Get Your Swing and Spin On! – $60
Gwynne Flanagan
8:30 – 10:00

   

Be prepared to swivel, turn and swing! 2 combos will be taught within this (1.5 or 2 hour) class – each tailored to maximize our stamina for vertical and horizontal dynamics.
Bring your ginger, ginger ale and mints! 🙂

Come to have fun, move to music and DANCE!!

 


Friday, June 18

Fabric Theory 101: Crossback Straddle – $60
Sophia Chen
6:30 – 8:00

 

If you can’t figure out how to figure out a wrap, then this is for you! This workshop is designed to begin turning on your “fabric theory brain.” We’ll use the crossback straddle as a starting point to begin (safely!) deconstructing skills and putting them back together so we understand how and why they work. The goal of this workshop isn’t necessarily to teach new skills, but rather to give you tools for understanding skills.


Prerequisites: Must know at least 3 different entries to crossback straddle from memory; being able to invert from crossback is a bonus but NOT required. This is a beginner-friendly workshop for students with little or no understanding of fabric theory.
 

 


Saturday, June 19

Fanciful Flight and Flow – Thigh lock and hip key in sling – $60
Susan Lowery
11:00 – 12:30

   

In this workshop, students will explore skills and combos in Aerial Dance Sling. Reminiscent of Susan’s PreCoVID sling classes, but with a bit more artistry exploration and skills from the “mountain”.

Each workshop is a separate set of skills and flow work. Students will not only learn the skills and combos but learn to reorganize the combos to create various routines and flows on their own. Hand work, expression and spinning will also be explored.

Prerequisites include: Pull over entry and bent knee inversion from the floor. (not on the loop straddle back)

 

Fanciful Flight and Flow – drops and roll-up skills in sling – $60
Susan Lowery
1:00-2:30

   

In this workshop, students will explore skills and combos in Aerial Dance Sling. Reminiscent of Susan’s PreCoVID sling classes, but with a bit more artistry exploration and skills from the “mountain”.
Each workshop is a separate set of skills and flow work. Students will not only learn the skills and combos but learn to reorganize the combos to create various routines and flows on their own. Hand work, expression and spinning will also be explored.

Prerequisites include: Pull over entry and bent knee inversion from the floor. (not on the loop straddle back)

 


Sunday, June 20

Double Point Lyra — Intro – $60
Danielle O’Donnol
11:00 – 12:30

   

In this workshop, we will explore moves on double tab Lyra that are different from those on single point. We will work on moves in the middle of the hoop and on the top. This will involve working the top and working with flipping the hoop up.


Prerequisite: Experience on Lyra.

 

Double Point Lyra — More top work and dynamic moves – $60
Danielle O’Donnol
1:00 – 2:30

   

In this workshop, we will explore moves on double tab Lyra that are different from those on single point. This will focus on sequences on the top with the hoop tipped up and dynamic moves.


Prerequisite: Consistent inversion throughout class. Comfortable at the top of the Lyra.
 

Instructors

Sophia Chen

  Sophia began her aerial journey on a whim over three years ago here at Monarca, and she’s never looked back. She’s particularly fascinated by theory and transitions, and strives to ensure her students understand why skills work and not just how to do them.

 

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

 

Susan Lowery

 
Susan started her professional life in the science world. As a published biologist, she has worked for Battelle, NASA, New Mexico State University, Corning and Juniata College. In one facet or another, Susan has always been encouraged or steered to instruct adult learners (university students, USArmy Engineer Officers and NGB soldiers).

During a sabbatical in the UK at the age of 43, Susan found aerial arts at Spin City, Newbury, England (Spin City Hoop Bibles) under the instruction of Amy Capper-Gorman, Francesca Stockwell, Lexi Gumm and “Bendy Kate” Czepulkowski, training mainly in fabric and cross training in Roman rings, flexibility, static trapeze, corde lisse and Lyra.

Susan loves to use biology and science to highlighting the physical movement with scientific and anatomical concepts. She loves instructing students who, like her, start their aerial journey with “hurdles” (lack of strength/flexibility, fear of heights, lack of confidence, overweight or simply over the age of 40) but simply posses the desire to “try”.


Susan has over 600 hours in instruction of Aerial silks, currently instructs at Pilates Connection Winchester, VA and Monarca in Flight in Washington DC (aerial flexibilty, silks, sling, Lyra, conditioning) Susan has continued her personal training traveling to England to train with Yam Doyev (Gravity CircusLondon), Gravity & Levity European Aerial Dance Festival 2018, as well as returning to train with the amazing team at Spin City Newbury, England UK. Susan has also trained with Rain Anya (Paper Doll Militia) Christine Van Loo, Bobby Taylor, Laura Witwer (NY), Lydia Laria, Caitlyn Larsson (FittoFly, AU), Acoatzin Torres (Monarca in Flight), and others. Susan was accepted (thru audition) into Paper Doll Militia’s Born To Fly Instructor Certification program and completed their training in October 2017.

 

Danielle O’Donnol

 
Danielle O’Donnol is a mathematics professor. She found her passion for aerial arts after starting her career in math. Because of moving and traveling she has taken classes at studios all over the US and London, with most of her training at National Centre for Circus Arts (formerly Circus Space) in London and Asabela Studio in Bloomington, IN.
 
Danielle has focused on static trapeze, but also explored Lyra, dance trapeze, rope, German Wheel, silks and sling. She tries new apparatuses whenever the opportunity arises.
 
She started performing three years before moving to Arlington. She has completed the Asabela Studio instructor certification for both static trapeze and Lyra.


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.