Beginner Handstands Workshop with Chris Gatti

Beginner Handstands Workshop with Chris Gatti

Thursday June 13, 6:30-9:30pm

$90

This beginner workshop is an entry-level workshop that covers the fundamentals of a handstand. This workshop will cover the following topics:
  • handstand-related flexibility
  • basic body positioning and alignment
  • body position refinement
  • balancing
  • kicking to handstand
These topics break down the handstand into a manageable pieces for a beginner. Exercises and progressions will be provided for all topics, all of which will be practiced during the workshop with the intention that individuals understand the concepts sufficiently to be able to train on their own following this workshop.
Prerequisites: This workshop is suitable for individual who have spent some time exploring a handstand in some capacity but who do not have a solid freestanding handstand. Participants should be able to perform at least a 10 second handstand hold against the wall (back to the wall). A freestanding handstand is not a necessary prerequisite to participate.

Chris Gatti was a competitive gymnast through college, and then went on to years of graduate school and research. Upon completing his PhD, he ran away with Cirque du Soleil, first performing in South/Central America on the show Corteo and later becoming head coach on the show Volta. He currently does a variety of circus-related activities, including coaching, research, and consulting. His passion however, is hand balancing: training and teaching handstands. He is a self-taught handbalancer and his style of teaching has been called unique, liberal, non-dogmatic, and Socratic. His teaching goal is to convey his philosophy of hand balancing and the experience of handstanding, much beyond the simple concept of being upside down.