Workshops

March 10, 2013

Please note that workshops are subject to change.

This schedule was last updated at 1:02pm on Saturday June 17, 2017.

Friday

Noon-1:00pm

Intro to Juggling

This workshop is for people who have always wanted to learn to juggle, but have not got there yet. If this is you, please join us.

Level – Beginner

Equipment – instructor has some equipment to lend

Prop – balls.

Club Manipulation

A rundown on basic to intermediate level club manipulation. Covering rolls, balances, and other manipulation with one, two and three clubs.

Level – Intermediate, basic skills required

Equipment – participants must have their own

Prop – clubs.

Calibrate to Celebrate

Learn the basics of acroyoga and what to do to perfect your practice, whether you’re a beginner or intermediate practitioner. We’ll drill to skill and show you how to get comfortable in some of the most accessible acroyoga moves and exercises you’ve ever seen! Suitable for hybridizing acro with prop manipulation.

Level – Beginner

All Levels Contact Juggling

Contact juggling has one of the least popular learning curves in all the circus arts. Besides lacking a lot of easy tricks that can be picked up early in one’s journey, contact juggling also encourages a lot of bad habits in self-study that can make a new contact juggler plateau forever. This workshop includes all the necessary knowledge to skip all those bad habits and cut months off the journey of the basic or intermediate contact juggler.

Level – All levels welcome

Equipment – instructor has some equipment to lend

Prop – balls.

1:15-2:15pm

Partner Juggling

Come and learn different concepts and theories to create sequences and patterns for 2+ people!

Level – All levels welcome

Prop – any.

Weaves with Becca

Intro to weaves with two hoops, learning two and three beat weave, windmill, throws while weaving, and the fountain. Two hoops required.

Level – All levels welcome

Equipment – participants must have their own

Prop – hoop.

Diabolo Excalibur

A basic history of the technique with primary innovators noted.

Staff Tossing and Juggling

Learn how to throw sticks in the air with style! We will start with basic concepts and staff tosses for you to incorporate into your single or double staff spinning flow. The class will progress into fancy toss variations and conclude with several staff juggling patterns.

Level – All levels welcome

Equipment – instructor has some equipment to lend

Prop – staff.

 

2:15-3:15pm Break

 

3:15-4:15pm

Intermediate Hoop Juggling

This class will cover everything from the basic steps to get into hoop juggling into more advanced juggling style and technique. Starting with a basic cascade pattern then working into different types of throws/catches such as wall plane/reverse cascade, penguin catches, multiplexes, etc. The class will move into introduction to site swap (juggling patterns) and partner passing.

Level – All levels welcome

Prop – juggling, hoop.

Club Traps and Wraps

This is an introduction to traps and different wraps and rolls you can use to get into them.

Level – Advanced, intermediate skills required

Equipment – participants must have their own

Prop – clubs.

Drop It Like It’s Hot!

Learn off-axis acroyoga transitions and stability exercises for base and flyer. This workshop is for practitioners with a drive to fine-tune their practice to a point. This is an intermediate level acro class (original material presented, but we’ll show you how to get there!).

Level – Intermediate, basic skills required

Class size – maximum 20 participants

Prop – body, yoga/flexibility.

Intro to Fire Fans

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.Ten sets of Doodle Grip(TM) fans will be provided.

Level – Beginner

Class size – maximum 20 participants

Equipment – participants must have their own, instructor has some equipment to lend

Prop – tech fans.

4:30-5:30pm

4-5-6 Ball Multiplex Tricks

Some of my favorites from over the years–I never manage to cover them all, even in two separate workshops.

Isos with Doubles

Level –

Equipment –

Prop – hoop.

First Contact

Learn contact techniques for poi: entries, cradle (back of hand) catches, arm rolls, send backs folding lines and more.

Level – All levels welcome

Equipment – participants must have their own

Prop – poi.

Fan Geometry

The unique shape of fans allows us to create shapes that are not possible with other props. We will learn some basic shapes you can make with fans and how to transition between them. After we cover the basics, we’ll play the fan dice game which is a great way to discover new sequences.

Level – All levels welcome

Equipment – participants must have their own

Prop – fans.

5:45-6:45pm

Club Contact

This workshop will consist of instruction on ways to play around with the club especially with contact. No prereq required, if you do not how to juggle this is the perfect workshop for you.

Level – All levels welcome

Prop – clubs.

Beginner Poi

My beginner Poi workshop is based on the idea that many of us have already learned the basic movements of Poi as children on the playground. I start with a warm-up with jump ropes. Jump roping is a fun warm up that imitates the sametime hip real movements, forwards and backwards, as well as sametime weaves; these can be build to split time. Double Dutch skipping is a lot of fun to try, and it imitates split-time butterflies, which takes spinners into the wall plane. Following this warm up, I take my students through the basics of weaves and butterflies. There is enough time for people to learn butterflies, in both split time and same time, as well as split time 2 beat weaves, and for some to learn 3 beat weaves.

Level – Beginner

Class size – maximum 10 participants

Equipment – instructor has some equipment to lend

Prop – poi.

Basic Contact Staff

Come learn how to spin a staff without gripping it with your hand!
Welcome to the MAGICAL WORLD OF CONTACT STAFF!! We will be starting from the basics and working our way up the ladder to cover all the fundamentals.
Class will be divided based on skill level and participants will be encouraged to move between groups to challenge themselves and help each other learn!

Level – All levels welcome,

Equipment – instructor has some equipment to lend

Prop – staff.

Intro to FlowWand

Come learn the ebb and flow of the mysterious and magical FlowWand. We will be exploring movement in relation to this prop, and mastering momentum and control. We will progress to some tech such as inversions, perches, contact wand, double wand and longstring. FlowWands provided, or bring your own.

Level – Beginner

Class size – maximum 10 participants

Equipment – instructor has enough equipment for indicated class size

Prop – flow, other, FlowWand.

Saturday

Noon-1:00 pm

Folding Fans

Learn the basics for folding fans. Workshop will cover different grips, opening techniques, and throws.

Level – Beginner

Class size – maximum 15 participants

Equipment – instructor has enough equipment for indicated class size

Prop – Folding Fans.

Ball Juggling 102: basic 3 ball things

Did you just learn to juggle three balls? Aww yiss! This workshop will teach you some rad variations of the three ball cascade as well as some other 2 and 3 ball tricks. Bring your balls and learn some things!

Level – Beginner/Intermediate, basic skills required

Class size – maximum 20 participants

Equipment – participants must have their own

Prop – balls.

Seb’s Mess with Clubs

Poi Stalls and Chasers

In this workshop you will learn to let the Poi take the lead. Stalls are a super cool end elegant move that involves allowing the Poi head to take the lead from your hand. When you stall the Poi, for a moment, it seems to freeze in the air. From stalls you can build stall chasers. I will teach a basic stall chaser. For those that can already do stalls and basic stall chasers, I will teach some cool variations on the theme.

Level – Intermediate, basic skills required

Equipment – instructor has some equipment to lend

Prop – poi.

1:15-2:15pm

8Rings for All Levels

Ryan has been teaching 8ring manipulation at festivals and through his online tutorial site: the Isoshop. This all levels workshop will introduce the fundamentals of the discipline, plus Ryan will show off some of his newest tricks. Bring rings if you can! And tape!!

Level – All levels welcome

Club Multiplexing

This class will go over the basics of club multiplexes. Different grips used, how to catch in those grips and different patterns you can use them in with 3-5 clubs.

Level – Intermediate, basic skills required

Equipment – participants must have their own

Prop – clubs.

Random Double Staff Stuff

Timing and direction, reels, mobility, graphic manipulations, negative space, 3D, and maybe even a fishtail. Let’s fill in some gaps!

Level – All levels welcome

Equipment – instructor has some equipment to lend

Prop – staff.

Hug Life

The Science and sociology of hugs, including a hug buffet! Come experience dozens of fun and creative hugs while exploring the science and sociology beneath the practice of hugging in our culture. Guaranteed to entertain and build friendships!

Level – All levels welcome

2:15-3:15pm Break

3:15-4:15pm

Beginner 2 Poi 1 Hand

Manipulate your Juggles

(3 hoop manipulation and toss juggling)
Level- intermediate. Knowing how to do a cascade with 3 hoops juggling will be helpful for this class

This class is great if we have started hoop juggling and want to know what else you can do to add more visual aesthetics by adding manipulation into your hoop juggling. We will cover basic technique and explore ideas in manipulation and cover how to combine these into sequences.

We will cover:
-Body placement technique
-Legos
-Sequence creation combining Manipulation and Toss Juggling
-Making Lines and shapes with 3 hoops (three hoop hybrids)
-adding some rolls and tosses

Partner Flow with Hoops and Fans

Flowing is more fun when it’s with friends! Don’t be shy if you don’t have a partner, you can make new friends at the workshop. We’ll cover some core partner flow concepts including tunneling, weaves, as well as communication and choreography.

Level – All levels welcome

Equipment – instructor has some equipment to lend

Prop – hoop/fans.

Flair 101

In this workshop you will learn basic flair bartending approach and skills. First steps in transferring your juggle/flow skills into bar skills, working with weight and momentum. Understand the idea of working with a liquid variable (method only). Fantastic for anyone looking to expand their repertoire or resume.

 

Level –Beginner

Class size – maximum 15 participants

Equipment – instructor has enough equipment for indicated class size

Prop – balls, Martini Shakers, Practice Bottles.

4:30-5:30pm

Novice 3 Ball Juggling

You can do the cascade, the elevator, and/or one other pattern, but wish to acquire more ideas. If this is you, please join us.

Level – Intermediate, basic skills required

Equipment – instructor has some equipment to lend

Prop – balls.

Hoop Yoga

Hoop Yoga is all about getting in tune with your hula hoop and adding in some specific flows. We will have time to practice meditation with our hoops and work on opening up with our freestyle. We also work a lot of our standing balancing and knee hooping! if you are working towards getting your head stand game strong, this is the hoop yoga class for you!

Level – Intermediate, basic skills required

Prop – hoop.

Weird Twisting With Poi

Meltdowns, waistwraps, crossers and ways to get between them. All flexibility levels welcome.

Level – Intermediate, basic skills required

Class size – maximum 15 participants

Equipment – participants must have their own

Prop – poi.

Diabolo Tricks

You will learn a new diabolo trick, or at least improve one you already know. Come ready to show me your best trick and I will show you something new at about the same skill level, or show me what you are currently working on and my knowledge of 35 years of regular play with the toy to help you figure out what you are doing wrong.

Level – Intermediate, basic skills required

Equipment – participants must have their own

Prop – diabolo.

5:45-6:45pm

Fun with Flowers for the Fan Spinner

In this workshop we will cover some of the basic flower fan patterns and their Vulcan tech gospel names. This is an intermediate course and familiarity with glides is helpful but not necessary. Get ready to use both sides of your brain in this one! Class starts with a warm up and finishes with a cool down.

Level – Intermediate, basic skills required

Prop – fire fans or practice fans (NOT FOLDING FANS)

3 Hoop Vocab

Timing, Flowers, and Hybrids

Ever heard of the Vulcan Technical Gospel? Learn about timing, direction, flowers and hybrids. Great for cleaning up tricks and transitions. This class is mostly theory based, but we will go over some flowers skills. It will be taught with poi, but the concepts apply to all duel props. Poi recommended, but double hoop, double staff, fire fans, etc. welcome!

Level – All levels welcome/Intermediate, basic skills required

Equipment – participants must have their own

Prop – Any

The Art of Magic

Basic of Magic theory and Magic tricks for absolute beginner. Magic tricks using cork, rubberbands & straws.

Level – Beginner

Class size – maximum 10 participants

Sunday

11:00am-Noon

Poi: No Beat Throws

Learn how to do ‘no beat’ throws with poi, including fundamental theory, variations on direction and timing, and different throws/catches around the body.

Level – All levels welcome

Equipment – participants must have their own

Prop – poi.

Get Your Style

This is a practice workshop to those familiar with Flair Bartending or those who took Flair 101 with Nikki. Let’s get those skills sharpened. Design your own “”Bar Starter”” (Opening Routine). A short sequence routine, solo or double. Focusing on an intro, a big trick, a showcase on individual style, and a finishing “”pour”. Many ideas include the making of “”cocktail”” or simple an act designed to “”open the bar”. Bring your style and skills to light and while sharpening your skills.

Level – Intermediate, basic skills required

Class size – maximum 15 participants

Equipment – instructor has enough equipment for indicated class size

Prop- Martini Shakers, Practice Bottles.

Intro to Silk Fans with Choreo

In this workshop we will cover basic Silk fans movements. We will get comfortable moving with our fans and cover both open and closed fan movements. Then Class will work on a short choreo (Perhaps to be performed at the Renegade Showcase?)

Level – All levels welcome

Class size – maximum 20 participants

Equipment – instructor has some equipment to lend

Prop – body, dance, silk fans.

Wedgies with Becca

Touching on the basics for wedgies, learning duck throughs, kick ups and other wedgie variations and combos.

Level – All levels welcome

Equipment – participants must have their own

Prop – hoop.

12:15-1:15pm

Throw Your Poi

Starting from one poi, we’ll get to understand how our poi spin in the air and all of the ways that we can throw them including no beat and antispin tosses. With two poi we’ll learn how to integrate tosses into our flow. Depending on the direction of the class we can also explore swaps and poi juggling.

Level – Intermediate, basic skills required

Equipment – participants must have their own

Prop – poi.

Kendama Tricks with Rod

The workshop will basically teach the origins of kendama (briefly) and getting right to the basics of catching the ball on the cups.. on the spike.. I am open to help out more advanced players at the same time! I am just looking to have some fun and spread some kendama love!

Level – All levels welcome

Prop – kendama.

Intro to Partner Poi

Come spin partner poi! Partners not required, but bring your own poi (preferably soft ones). Prerequisite skill: 3 beat weave. The class is intended to introduce spinners to the joys of partner poi and will cover some introductory tricks as well as concepts for partner choreography.

Level – Beginner/Intermediate, basic skills required

Equipment – participants must have their own

Prop – poi.

The Neuroscience of Practice and Flow

How does practice work? What are tricks and why can we learn them? Why does failure lead to success? Why do people call a prop “an extension of the body?” What is flow and what’s it do? How do I get into flow more easily? What is the best way to practice? Why does flow feel spiritual/mystical/trippy? Does the ego exist and if so, what is it? Am I real?

Level – All levels welcome

Prop – brain, business.

1:30-2:30pm

Isolations and Escalators with Becca

Learning the basics on escalators and isolations, leading in to variations and fun combos to incorporate in to routines! All levels welcome as this workshop covers many levels.

Level – All levels welcome/Intermediate, basic skills required

Equipment – participants must have their own

Prop – hoop.

Playing With Lego

Learn ‘lego’ club manipulations starting with basic patterns/theory, progressing into advanced patterns and ways to flow with lego.

Level – All levels welcome

Equipment – participants must have their own

Prop – clubs.

Conditioning and Flexibility

Open hips, flipped grips and backbends!

We will start with a dynamic warm up and then dive deeper into getting our splits to the floor, back bends and opened shoulders for flipped gripped. Be prepared to work a little into these postures while in a safe and mindful environment.

Level – Beginner

Prop – body/yoga.

Body Throws with Balls

In my workshop I will introduce the concept of body throwing and teach many ways to throw and catch a ball. Learners will choose either to use one, two or three balls depending on their level. Body throws are generally very hard so this workshop is not meant for absolute beginners but beginners are free to join. This workshop is meant for people who want to explore contemporary three/four ball juggling as opposed to numbers juggling.

 

Level – Intermediate and advanced (beginners also welcome but no absolute beginners)
Equipment – participants must have their own
Prop – balls.