Workshops with Elise Sipos

Workshops with
Elise Sipos

Saturday October 21 & Sunday October 22

Duo Trapeze: Getting to know you (and you and you and you)
Saturday October 21, 10:30 am-12:00 pm, $50

What’s cooler than one person on a trapeze? Two people on a trapeze!

Come learn some of the foundations for working with a partner in the air.
We will cover basic duo shapes and develop some new ways of supporting and flying all while learning a short sequence.

Basic aerial experience encouraged, must be willing to explore, experiment, and collaborate. 

Fabric Shoots and Ladders Shazaam
Saturday October 21, 12:00-1:30 pm, $50

  Come see how two common roll up sequences are related and you can move from one to the next, like magic! We will learn both sequences and then see how they are the two sides to the same coin.

This will introduce an important concept to jazz up any basic skill to expand your fabric choreography. So come with your fabric thinking caps and creativity!

Must be able to invert comfortably in the air and be able to maintain a solid hip key.

Getting Unstuck on Lyra
Sunday October 22, 11:00 – 12:30 pm, $50

Want to break out of your choreographic habits? Let’s break the mold.
We will explore options in and out of popular lyra shapes as well as modifications and variations to the spice up any hum drum sequence.
Comfort inverting from the bottom of the hoop to the top encouraged.

Static Trapeze Choreography
Sunday October 22, 12:30 – 2:00 pm, $50

Learn a short sequence while focusing on movement quality, savvy transitions, and musicality.  Push your comfort zone to tap into your inner performer and learn a few exercises to more fully realize your next aerial creation!
Basic aerial experience encouraged, sequences can be modified to fit varying skill level.

  Elise Thea Sipos, known to her circus friends as “Teddy,” grew up in the southern bayous of Louisiana. To minimize the damage, her parents put this whirling dervish into dance class at the young age of five. Over the years she has studied; modern dance, creative expression through improvised movement, the ancient art of Bharata Natyam, ballet, jazz, flamenco, and various styles of African dance.

In 2007, Elise graduated from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Biology. Being particularly fond of the mating habits of passerine birds, she intends to continue her independent study of extra pair paternity in graduate school…. one day. But before she threw herself into the world of academia, she wanted to follow her passion and dance professionally. After college, Elise moved to Chicago and was fortunate to work with Aerial Dance Chicago for three seasons; a company which infuses the aerial acrobatic arts with ground dance choreography. Elise primarily studied aerial fabric and trapeze, although she learned choreography in bungee and rope and harness.

In 2011, Teddy moved to Vermont to participate in the Professional Track Training Program at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA). There she learned more about the technical aspect to her aerial movement and found a new thirst for expanding her circus vocabulary. Her focus for the program was in an invented apparatus, which she calls a Halo, and in acrobatic dance, while strengthening her knowledge in fabric, lyra, and contortion. Teddy completed a residency at NECCA, which produced a duo trapeze act with her trapeze partner, Gwynne Flanagan, and the formation of their group, Forever Marzipan. Presently, Elise is following her passion and enjoying success as a professional aerialist with Girls on Trapeze, Nimble Arts, Cirque Imagination, and full time work as the Assistant Director of Aerial Horizon in San Antonio. Teddy has taught workshops at NECCA, the CADE festival in Charlotte, NC, the Fly Studio in New Orleans, and The Space in Atlanta.


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