Youth & Teen Aerial Showcase
Dec
14
to Dec 16

Youth & Teen Aerial Showcase

WHAT: Come see what our aerial youth & teen performance classes have been working on this fall! We’ll have two different shows each with a fun variety of acts.

WHEN: December 14th at 6:00pm & December 16th at 4:00pm

COST: $5 suggested donation

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Vinyasa & Aroma Therapy Restore with Matt & Trisha
Nov
17
11:00 AM11:00

Vinyasa & Aroma Therapy Restore with Matt & Trisha

WHAT: Come take 45 minutes of Vinyasa flow with Matt and then relax with 45 minutes of Restorative yoga and aroma therapy with Trisha. Perfect way to prepare your body and mind as we move into the holiday season. Donate what you can, proceeds will go to helping Gravity Aerial Arts grow.  

WHO: Matt & Trisha are an incredible husband and wife that share a passion for teaching yoga and working out in all different forms. They are very generously donating there time and talent to our circus community!

PRICE: Donation

BRING: Yoga Mat and Water Bottle

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Straps with Jordan Garcia
Oct
21
4:00 PM16:00

Straps with Jordan Garcia

WHAT: This workshop is for those who have been training on straps for a while and have good strength in the fundamental positions (meathook, flag, support, shoulder stand).

What we will be covering:
-How to properly warm up and prepare our bodies for straps (Neck, shoulder, spine, and hip stretching). 

-Proper body position, technique, and strength progressions for the following movements:

  • Spinning and Flares

  • Various switches between meathook and flag

  • Kip variations from below to atop the straps

  • Backbalance rollups

  • Rollups and rolldown variations 

PREREQUISITES: 

5 pull-ups (hands to chest, elbows locked out and shoulder relaxed at the bottom)

2 dips (as deep as you can go, elbows locked out at the top)

5 skin the cats (as deep as you can go)

10 second meathook

10 second Reverse meathook(flag)

WHO: Jordan’s Primary disciplines are Handbalancing, Acrobatics, and Aerial Straps. He also practices Partner Acrobatics, Duo Straps, and Juggling. He got started practicing handstands at the age of 16, in his home of Nokesville, Virginia using YouTube tutorials for guidance. Once he was 18, he began to attend Handbalancing Workshops with some of the professionals he had admired over the years. During that time he began to branch out and explore of disciplines like Parkour, Rock Climbing, BJJ & MMA, Gymnastics, and more. He left his home in Virginia to come to Charlotte, North Carolina. While street performing he met someone who put him in contact with one of the Nouveau Sud cast members who would later recruit him. Now, along with performing, he travels and teaches Handbalancing workshops across the United States and other countries. 

One of his goals is to show people that with enough passion and hard work anyone can achieve high levels of skill in whatever they choose to do

Jordan's Straps demo real.

 

COST: $50 when you sign up by 10/14/18 or $55 when you sign up after 10/14/18.

OR $90 when you sign up for Handstands and Straps by 10/14/18 or $100 after 10/14/18.

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Handstands with Jordan Garcia
Oct
21
2:00 PM14:00

Handstands with Jordan Garcia

WHAT: This workshop is for those who have never tried handstands, those who have been practicing but need some direction and help progressing, or those who can do a handstand and want to clean up their basic technique.

What we will be covering:
-How to properly warm up and prepare our bodies for handstands. Wrist, shoulder, spine, and hip stretching.
-Proper body position. How each piece of your body should be for the most optimal and aesthetically pleasing handstand for you.
-How to strengthen and mobilize your body so you can hold a handstand with greater ease and cleaner lines.
-Progressions to work up to the freestanding handstand.
-What you mindset should be to understand balancing on your hands.

WHO: Jordan’s Primary disciplines are Handbalancing, Acrobatics, and Aerial Straps. He also practices Partner Acrobatics, Duo Straps, and Juggling. He got started practicing handstands at the age of 16, in his home of Nokesville, Virginia using YouTube tutorials for guidance. Once he was 18, he began to attend Handbalancing Workshops with some of the professionals he had admired over the years. During that time he began to branch out and explore of disciplines like Parkour, Rock Climbing, BJJ & MMA, Gymnastics, and more. He left his home in Virginia to come to Charlotte, North Carolina. While street performing he met someone who put him in contact with one of the Nouveau Sud cast members who would later recruit him. Now, along with performing, he travels and teaches Handbalancing workshops across the United States and other countries. 

One of his goals is to show people that with enough passion and hard work anyone can achieve high levels of skill in whatever they choose to do.

Jordan's hand balancing demo real.

COST: $50 when you sign up by 10/14/18 or $55 when you sign up after 10/14/18.

OR $90 when you sign up for Handstands and Straps by 10/14/18 or $100 after 10/14/18.

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Battle of the Morals - Student Showcase Performer Sign Up
Oct
19
to Oct 20

Battle of the Morals - Student Showcase Performer Sign Up

WAHT: Come perform in Gravity Aerial Art's 6th student showcase!  The theme is good v. evil so express however you see fit! Please prepare a 3-4 min solo, duo or small group #.

WHEN: 7:00pm October 19 & 20, 2018 (please pick one and sign up on that day).

WHERE: Cloe Parker Robinson Dance Theater

REQUIREMENTS:

1. Must be taking weekly classes or private lessons from Gravity, August-October 2018.

2. All ages and skill levels welcome!

3. At least 1 private lesson with one of our amazing instructors is recommended for everyone and required for anyone under 12.

4. $60 show fee will include photos, video, dress rehearsal and performance. Please pay through Mindbody by 9/15/18 on whichever day you would like to perform on.

5. Please also sign up on the sheet at the studio, with contact info, song, apparatus, and date preference.

6. Dress & tech rehearsal at CPRD theater

  • Thursday 10/18/18 at 5pm for those performing on Friday 10/19/2018.

  • Saturday 10/20/18 at 1pm for those performing on Saturday 10/20/18.

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Vertical Partnering with Lisa Natoli
Aug
19
4:00 PM16:00

Vertical Partnering with Lisa Natoli

WHAT: This workshop is for aerialists interested in experimental partnering and duo/ensemble work. We will focus on partnering, collaboration, and floor-to-air exits and entrances, using skills and theories borrowed from contact improvisation and movement studies, such as rolling and skipping points of contact, releasing, weight shifts, balance/counterbalance, all in context to your apparatus and partner.

WHO: Lisa Natoli also known as Iron Fanny is an american aerial performance artist living in Minneapolis. She is a contemporary dancer and sought after aerialist known for her boundary pushing approach in teaching and performing. Lisa recently worked on a creation project with Steven Hoggett with Spiegelworld at St. Ann’s Warehouse (NYC). She has presented solo and ensemble work at The Toronto Contemporary Festival, The House of Yes, Galapagos Art Space , CBGB’s Gallery, The Brooklyn Lyceum, and MonkeyTown. Lisa is the lead instructor at ExperTease Fitness in Minneapolis and has taught on-going classes at Circus Warehouse (NYC), Aloft (Chicago), andFrequent Flyers (Boulder). www.lisasbrightideas.com. She performs often with Black Hearts Burlesque at LUSH in Minneapolis. 

COST: 1 workshop for $60, 2 workshops for $110, 3 workshops for $150

 

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Lyra Theory with Lisa Natoli
Aug
12
4:00 PM16:00

Lyra Theory with Lisa Natoli

WHAT: This workshop is for students that want to explore classic hoop vocabulary by way of contemporary thought. We will explore points of static and rolling contact and examine weight shifts that can help us find unexpected places of balance, release, and structure. You will gain movement awareness that supports intuition, technique, and your development as mover and creator.

WHO: Lisa Natoli also known as Iron Fanny is an american aerial performance artist living in Minneapolis. She is a contemporary dancer and sought after aerialist known for her boundary pushing approach in teaching and performing. Lisa recently worked on a creation project with Steven Hoggett with Spiegelworld at St. Ann’s Warehouse (NYC). She has presented solo and ensemble work at The Toronto Contemporary Festival, The House of Yes, Galapagos Art Space , CBGB’s Gallery, The Brooklyn Lyceum, and MonkeyTown. Lisa is the lead instructor at ExperTease Fitness in Minneapolis and has taught on-going classes at Circus Warehouse (NYC), Aloft (Chicago), andFrequent Flyers (Boulder). www.lisasbrightideas.com. She performs often with Black Hearts Burlesque at LUSH in Minneapolis. 

COST: 1 workshop for $60, 2 workshops for $110, 3 workshops for $150

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Research & Destroy with Lisa Natoli on Silks & Ropes
Aug
11
4:00 PM16:00

Research & Destroy with Lisa Natoli on Silks & Ropes

WHAT: This workshop is for aerialists with some experience who want to broaden their boundaries and identify habits, assumptions and expectations in their artistic practice. We will work towards creating a coherent, thinking body by building awareness using techniques and skills collected through research and experience. We will integrate transitions and “tricks” into sequences to become better technicians and performing artists, being mindful of the question, “what are we choosing/drawing on and why?”

WHO: Lisa Natoli also known as Iron Fanny is an american aerial performance artist living in Minneapolis. She is a contemporary dancer and sought after aerialist known for her boundary pushing approach in teaching and performing. Lisa recently worked on a creation project with Steven Hoggett with Spiegelworld at St. Ann’s Warehouse (NYC). She has presented solo and ensemble work at The Toronto Contemporary Festival, The House of Yes, Galapagos Art Space , CBGB’s Gallery, The Brooklyn Lyceum, and MonkeyTown. Lisa is the lead instructor at ExperTease Fitness in Minneapolis and has taught on-going classes at Circus Warehouse (NYC), Aloft (Chicago), andFrequent Flyers (Boulder). www.lisasbrightideas.com. She performs often with Black Hearts Burlesque at LUSH in Minneapolis. 

COST: 1 workshop for $60, 2 workshops for $110, 3 workshops for $150

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Aerial Photo Shoot with Nigel Wang
Jun
23
4:30 PM16:30

Aerial Photo Shoot with Nigel Wang

WHAT: Build your portfolio with professional aerial photos by Nigel Wang Photography . http://nigelwang.com/aerial-silk to see some of his incredible work, that was taken at Gravity! We'll schedule 4 aerialists per hour, you can take turns and work on apparatus of your choosing. You'll get at least 5 edited professional photos. Must sign up in advance.

COST: $50, Early Bird Special, $10 OFF when you sign up by 6/17/18!

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Contortion and All Level Flexibility
Apr
21
4:00 PM16:00

Contortion and All Level Flexibility

WHAT: While there are many ways to learn and teach the art of contortion or to learn and teach how to become flexible, there are many ambiguities that are questioned, however not answered very often. Within this workshop, we will discuss the finite rules that will determine the safety success for teachers to their students, assuring and minimizing the risk of injury for all. Understanding the concrete rules of this topic will help support a solid foundation of limitations for ones self to both student and teacher, allowing a greater and faster rate of success.

 

WHO: 0tgo Waller is a professional contortionist as well as the creator and owner of Flexible Body Art LLC technique and school. Otgo grew up in the shadow of the holy mountain Bogd Uul near the Mongolian capital city of Ulaanbaatar. When Otgo was 7 years old she dreamed of becoming a contortionist, and by 13 years old Otgo was one of the best contortionists in the world. In 1980, Otgo graduated from the Mongolian State Circus, specializing in Contortion Art. She also appeared on Mongolia’s postage stamp as one of the most prestigious contortionists in Mongolia. In 1991, the Ringling Brothers & Barnum Bailey circus discovered Otgo and she immigrated to America. After arriving in America, Otgo’s career exploded.

Otgo was featured on the NBC, Discovery Channel, SyFy Network, PAX Network, MTV, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Donny and Marie Show,” “ Ripley’s Believe it or Not,” and E Network’s “Talk Soup.” She has also been a featured performer with Cirque du Soliel’s “O” Show, the NBA halftime shows, NHL halftime shows, NCAA halftime shows, and Britney Spears “MTV Video Music Awards.”

Otgo Waller’s choreographic works have been featured at the 2010 Winter Olympics Opening and Closing ceremonies, The International Contortion Convention, and the San Diego Circus.

After performing for many years, Otgo began to teach the art of contortion and flexibility. Otgo created her own training technique to help every individual become more flexible. Otgo has trained people of all ages and levels. Her most notable clients include Olympic athletes, top professional contortionist and circus artists, international high fashion models, competitive body builders, and national level ice skaters.

Early Bird Special! $20 off when you sign up before 4/10

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Lost in Time - Aerial Showcase
Feb
16
to Feb 17

Lost in Time - Aerial Showcase

  • Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

WHAT: Come let the incredibly talented students and instructors take you on a time traveling adventure in the air! Drinks will be served before the show and at intermission. Doors open at 6:30pm show starts at 7:00pm. Different show each night!

COST: $12 (Kids under 10 are free)

Photo Credit - Nina Reed
Flyer Design - Coco Day
Aerialist - Cris Woessner

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Rope Works with Jenny Atomik
Feb
3
to Feb 4

Rope Works with Jenny Atomik

WHAT: Integrate ground choreography to tie in and connect to the rope.  We will also work on dynamic skills such as brushing on technique of the pirouette and other release skills.  Must have rope experience.

WHO: Jenny is an aerialist and circus performer from the United States currently living in the lush green and rainy city of Seattle.  Primarily works on corde-lisse artist, but Jenny has also performed on tissu, hammock, and now currently on aerial chains.

Raised in a small town in central New York, Jenny was a child who always loved creating motion.  Even in the late hours of the evening when she should have been sleeping, she would be up dancing around her room, expressing her thoughts through movement. Jenny started taking dance classes at the age of 3 and by the age of 17, Jenny had studied ballet, jazz, tap, and her favorites..hip-hop and contemporary.  At that age she then also discovered her love for circus and aerial arts.  Seeing her first aerial performance of Cirque du Soleil's "Quidam," Jenny was intensely captivated by the magic of aerial movement and flying above the ground. Jenny went off to college at Notre Dame de Namur University.   During her time at the University, Jenny studied Theatre Arts and helped to build a Dance Minor for the school and received a Deans Award for building it. She finished school with a Bachelors in Theatre Arts and the created Dance Minor.  Upon graduating, Jenny moved to San Francisco and began training at San Francisco Circus Center.  She was also accepted in to Acrosports City Circus and became a part of their company and training program in 2010-2011.  From there Jenny studied with coach Marina Luna on the essence and building blocks of her corde-lisse act and trained acrobatics with coach Dominik Wyss. In 2012, Jenny worked with coach Jeremy Sheets, Lead coach of the San Francisco Circus Center Aerial Pre-Professional Program, to solidify her aerial corde-lisse act.  

Jenny now has debuted and performed her rope act in places from San Francisco, CA , to Seattle, WA, and Berlin, Germany. She has also performed on her chains for the Shadowdance Festival in both 2016 and 2017. Jenny has also performed for circus fundraising projects such as The Uncle Junior Project, and The Paper Doll Militia, as well as the prestigious fire cabaret "Heat" at the Crucible, Oakland where she performed for the first time on a silk hammock that flew over the crowds and fire on a very large bridge crane.

WHEN: February 3rd & 4th 4:00pm-6:30pm

PRICE: $75 for 1 Day $135 for Both

Please reserve your spot ASAP workshops will be cancelled if we don't have enough enrollment. 

 

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Tippy Lyra with Amy Nash
Jan
27
4:00 PM16:00

Tippy Lyra with Amy Nash

WHAT: Tippy Lyra is a hoop that is hung form opposite sides so it tips and flips!  Explore this exciting and challenging new apparatus with one of it’s pioneers, Amy Nash (instagram circus_amy). Tippy lyra is a fun and challenging spin on the classic lyra, and in this workshop you will learn the basic flips, splits, and dynamics to get you started on your own tippy lyra exploration.

PREREQUISITES: Previous aerial experience. Ability to safely invert from hang (i.e straddle up). Splits are not required but helpful. An amazing attitude. Optional: Candy for the instructor!

WHO: Amy Nash is an international professional circus performer, specializing in the acrobatic turning lyra—tippy lyra for short. She’s trained extensively for the last 3 years on this dangerous apparatus, pioneering her new act, Volcano.

Her circus career kick-started when she took a ‘gap year’ between high school and college to complete NECCA’s nine month pro-track training program in 2012. Her gap year is still going strong, five years later, as she has yet to make an appearance at a college. After graduating from NECCA, she followed her passion for the traditional circus world and quickly made a name for herself in England and Russia, where she performed in the International Circus Princess Festival. Her current specialties include her acrobatic turning lyra (tippy lyra) and hula hoops, however she has professional experience in performing aerial silks, triple trapeze, clowning, and ringmistress. In her spare time Amy is sewing costumes for her acts, finding music for new acts, and enjoys writing short stories about her experiences in the circus and her travels around the world. 

WHEN: Saturday 1/27 4-6pm (Amy is also available for private lessons contact her or the studio to schedule).

COST: $65

Please reserve your spot ASAP workshops will be cancelled if we don't have enough enrollment.

 

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Dance Workshop for Aerialists with Phannie Haver
Jan
14
4:00 PM16:00

Dance Workshop for Aerialists with Phannie Haver

WHAT: Join me for a basic dance class where we’ll cover classical dance moves, basic choreography, and integrating your unique moves into floor choreography for your in the air performance. Learn how to be more fluid and confident on the ground.  This workshop will help you choreograph your act for our next showcase!

PREREQUISITES: None, all levels welcome!

WHO: Phannie has been dancing for 13 years and teaching for 7 years. She specializes in ballet, contemporary dance, embodiment  and choreography. She’s danced in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Denver. She now teaches at dance2b dance studio for adults and has her own budding dance company, Radical Love Movement (RLM).

WHEN: Sunday 12/14 4-5:30pm (Phannie is also available for private lessons please contact her or the studio to schedule).

PRICE: $25

Please reserve your spot ASAP workshops will be cancelled if we don't have enough enrollment.

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I'll Miss You Drew!  Going Away Potluck Party and Donation Show
Jul
23
5:30 PM17:30

I'll Miss You Drew! Going Away Potluck Party and Donation Show

Drew is headed on a worldwide adventure at the end of July for a full year.  Let's send Drew off in circus style! Come say bye and, play and hang out with Drew before he leaves.  Our instructors have put together a mini show too, donations will go help Drew with his travel funds!  Please bring a food dish or beverage to share.

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Around the World Spring Showcase
Jun
2
7:00 PM19:00

Around the World Spring Showcase

A wonderful evening of aerial dance and acrobatics.  Sit back and relax as the students and instructors of Gravity Aerial Arts take you on creative aerial adventure around the world.  Doors at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:00pm.  Refreshments will be provided before the show and at intermission.  

Tickets $12, Kids under 10 are free online sales have ended tickets available at the door!

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