Workshops

The workshop schedule may change. This page was updated July 29, 2018.

Saturday August 4th, 2018

10:00-11:00pm

OPEN JAM

High ceilings and open space to practice, play, pass, or just prepare for a day full of Madskillz.

Location: Main Floor

YOGA

Free the body, free the mind: In this gentle yoga practice, together we will integrate body and breath; bringing awareness into focus as we link movements fluidly from one to another to release physical and energetic blockages in the body, helping us find a state of flow and unity.

Instructor: Afeef

Level: All Levels

Location: Lower Floor

11:15-12:15pm

JUGGLING

Intro to 5 Club: This workshop is designed for club jugglers who have begun the journey to learn 5 club cascade.  This workshop will provide tips and tricks for progressing towards mastery of 5 clubs. Drills will be provided so you may find it useful to have pen and paper.  Most of all, we want you to have fun.

Instructor: Elliot

Level: Beginner

Location: Main Floor

HOOP

Isos: Slow things down and add some grace and magic to your flow with these yummy isolations!

Instructor: Orbit Princess

Level: ALL

Location: Main Floor Stage

FANS

Fan Tech 101: In this workshop we will be covering the fundamentals of fan spinning. This will include grips, relations and basic fan movements including glides and folds. This course is for the beginner or any fan spinner looking to brush up on the basics. Course is intended for North American fan tech but can be applied to Russian grip fans as well. Class will begin with a short warm up and conclude with a cool down.

Instructor: Denyse

Level: Beginner

Location: Lower Floor 1

JUGGLING

Beginner 3-Ball: You wll learn the 3-ball cascade

Instructor: Tara

Level: Beginner:

Location: Lower Floor 2

12:30-1:30pm

LEVI WAND

Intro to Levi Wand: Learn the basic principals for Levi Wand with both short- and long-string techniques

Instructor: Tristan

Level: Beginner

Location: Main Floor

MINI HOOPS

An introduction to flow with minis: This workshop will cover the basics of mini hoop movement and the coordinated manipulation of two wee hoops. Spinning, turning, weaves, and a couple o’tricks & transitions will be covered.

Instructor: Fan Damme

Level: Beginner

Location: Main Floor Stage

CLOWNING

Clown Tech: Come learn the get down on Clown Town! We will cover some basic clown philosophy and different options for getting into the mood, before delving deep into Squeaker Tech. This class lends itself to discussion, so bring your questions, tips and tricks!

Instructor: Dr. Boogie

Level: ALL

Location: Lower Floor 1

MAGIC

The Art of  Magic Workshop 1: Learn Magic tricks for absolute beginners using Straw, Rubber Bands, Chop Stick, Dice, Rock-Scissor-Paper Rubber Band & Small & Mediam size Coffee cup Sleeves. NO MOTOR SKILL, NO EFFORT NEEDED, as I will teach step by step till master it. Plus Advanced Magic Show by MagicJo.

Instructor: Magic Jo

Level: ALL

Location: Lower Floor 2

1:30-2:30pm

Lunch Break – check the on-site workshop board for participant-led workshops during this time slot

2:30-3:30pm

HOOP

Intro to Hooping: In this workshop you will learn basic on-body hooping, turns, lifts and drops, and basic hand hooping.

Instructor: Christa

Level: Beginner

Location: Main Floor

POI

Intermediate poi transitions: So you’ve learned some poi moves, but what comes next? This workshop will get you flowing flawlessly through some of your repertoire with several simple transitions. We’ll also cover some of the basic poi theory that let’s you move between spaces and sequences.

Instructor: Aaron

Level: Intermediate

Location: Main Floor Stage

FANS

Fan Tracers 101: In this class we break down tracers into their fundamental movements. After drilling small chunks we bring them together focusing on clean and precise technique. In this class we will focus arm (limb) tracers, vertical neck and body (trunk) tracers and the differences in technique between limb and trunk tracing. Class will begin with a brief warm up and conclude with a brief stretch and recap.

Instructor: Denyse

Level: Intermediate

Location: Lower Floor 1

PERFORMANCE

Flow Face: You’re lost in flow, you’re living your best life, but… what’s your face doing? Characterization and body awareness help to being performance you the next level.

Instructor: Tristan

Level: ALL

Location: Lower Floor 2

3:45-4:45pm

JUGGLING

Club Flow: Learn stricks that aren’t spun like traditional juggling. More flow like.

Instructor: Blayne

Level: ALL

Location: Main Floor

METEOR

Meteor Basics: You will learn the basics of meteor, and hopefully learn enough that you will be able to progress and learn on your own after.

Instructor: Lilith

Level: Intermediate

Location: Main Floor Stage

YOGA

Chair YOGA Stretch & KARATE moves for Juggling Performance: 1.-Reflesh/Reset your head(mind) before your Performance.

2.-Reduce Head, Neck, Shoulder, Lower Back & Leg Stress for 50%.

3.-Increase Range of Motion  = Prevent injury.

4.-Reexamine Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Finger Joints Mechanics.

5.-Adopt Karate Upper and Lower body movements for Juggling.

6.-Abdominal Deep Breathing Technique  = Increases your Energy output.

Instructor: Joji

Levels: Beginner

Location: Lower Level 1

CLOWNING

Clowning Musicality: This class focuses on the study of musical elements and how to visualize them in your body, in a comedic fashion. We will learn to pay attention to the various instruments and hone in on them. We will explore some specific body movements, big and small, then get creative with interpretive and improvised movement.

Instructor: Dr. Boogie

Levels: ALL

Location: Lower Floor 2

5:00-6:00pm

Main Floor closed for Gala Show preparations

MINI HOOPS

Mini hoops II: transitions, ideas and flow: The follow up to the intro class on minis, this workshop is accessible to poi and fan spinners who have ever thought ‘I bet I could spin those’ (you totally can!). Or anyone whose ever spun minis and thought to themselves ‘ok, I can do some tricks here but what even do with these?!’. Isolations and isolation related witchery, plane switching, and a discussion on stealing tricks from other props and how it’s absolutely a thing.

Instructor: Fan Damme

Level: Intermediate

Location: Lower Floor 1

JUGGLING

Traps and Body Throws: This workshop will teach you how to play with traps and body throws with clubs. It is meant for intermediate jugglers but all levels are accepted (beginners might get bored because many of the concepts are not easy).

Instructor: Lucas

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Location: Lower Floor 2

6:15-7:15pm

MADSKILLZ MOVIES

Prop manipulation never looked so good! Enjoy short films byMikah Sharkey featuring local and international talent, plus other videos produced or recommended by fellow festival attendees.Email sharkeycam31@gmail.com to add your video submission or recommendation to the playlist – 10 min or less, and films that go beyond demo reels or flow selfies.

Sunday August 5, 2018

10:00-11:00am

OPEN JAM

High ceilings and open space to practice, play, pass, or just prepare for a day full of Madskillz.

Location: Main Floor

INTRO TO MOVEMENT

Intro to Movement – Optimize the engine. The human body is a truly remarkable work, able to adapt to a constantly shifting environmencover basic mobility, passive and active stretching, some locomotion and animal flow drills. You will leave class with a refreshed understanding of your body, and perhaps a newfound curiosity to elevate your pre-existing movement practice, or to start your own 🙂 no props needed, all levels of experience welcome.

Instructor: Afeef

Level: ALL

Location: Lower Floor

11:15am-12:15pm

JUGGLING

Partner Tricks: Learn a varity of tricks that include a partner.

Instructor: Blayne

Level: ALL

Location: Main Floor Stage

MOBILITY 101

Mobility 101: In this all levels class, we will go over some basic anatomy and put things together (and take them apart) as we break down our individual skeletal structures and learn to actively increase our ranges of motion. No pen or paper needed (unless you want to take notes) just bring yourself and a positive attitude 🙂

Instructor: Afeef

Level: ALL

Location: Lower Floor 1

RENEGADE WORKSHOPS

Have a skill to teach? Write a description on the poster for this time slot and build your own workshop? Space available on both floors in this time slot.

12:30-1:30pm

POI

Contact Poi Tosses: Learn how to let go in this workshop covering introductory tosses and transitions, designed for contact or Pod poi. We’ll cover sequences with zero-beat tosses, cross-body tosses and more!

Instructor: Aaron

Level: Advanced

Location: Main Floor

STAFF

Intro to Flow Staff & Movement: In this workshop, students will be introduced and taken through a tasting course in FLOW STAFF! As prop manipulators, we tend to move our props and not so much our bodies, but in this class we will learn how to use our staff to generate creative movement across the floor through space.

Instructor: Alison

Level: ALL

Location: Main Floor Stage

8-RING

Intro to Flow Staff & Movement: In this workshop, students will be introduced and taken through a tasting course in FLOW STAFF! As prop manipulators, we tend to move our props and not so much our bodies, but in this class we will learn how to use our staff to generate creative movement across the floor through space.

Instructor: Mackenzie

Levels: ALL

Location: Lower Floor 1

JUGGLING

Contact Juggling

Instructor: Josh

Level: ALL

Location: Lower Floor 2

1:30-2:30

Lunch Break – check the on-site workshop board for participant-led workshops during this time slot

 

2:30-3:30pm

PARTNER POI

Learn to spin poi with friends. We have something for all levels of poi spinners.

Instructor: Kat and Kay

Level: All

Location: Main Floor

JUGGLING

Easy Club Multiplexes: Learn a variety of ways to throw 2 clubs out of one hand.

Instructor: Julian

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Floor: Main Floor Stage

MASSAGE

Massage Techniques: This is a touch heavy workshop that starts with a discussion about consent, injuries, communication in massage and how to touch people without being a jerk when out in the wild. Participation is completely user defined and I will describe in detail each exercise before we start. You do not need a partner to do this workshop, but if a specific partner makes you feel more comfortable that’s absolutely ok.

Instructor: Fan Damme

Level: ALL

Location: Lower Floor 1

STAFF

Mag-Staff

Instructor: Josh

Level: ALL

Location: Lower Floor 2

3:45-4:45pm

HOOP

Air Time for Hoops: Add drama to your hooping with some air time! Learn to throw, toss, flip, kick, bonk, pass, and more! Most moves start from a hand grip position, so previous hoop experience is not required. Bring your own lighter weight hoop, or borrow one from the instructor.

Instructor: Christa

Level: ALL

Location: Main Floor

STAFF

Flow Staff Part 2 – Catch & Releases, Movement & Dance: This workshop will be a continuation of Intro to Flow Staff and Movement. Participants will be expanding on the initial course by exploring:

– multiple planes: learning how to change planes and flow through different dimensions in space

– intermediate staff vocab technique: toss & catches

– movement: more intricate ways to step, move, and travel across the floor

– dance: musicality and learning how to sync staff movement to music

Instructor: Alison

Level: Intermediate

Location: Main Floor Stage

POI

Poi Gunslingers: An introduction to the wonderful world of tether manipulation.

Instructor: Julian

Level: ALL

Location: Lower Floor 1

JUGGLING

Mill’s Mess and other easy 3-ball patterns.

Instructor: Tara

Level: Intermediate

Location: Lower Floor 2

5:00-6:00pm

Raffle Draw & Games