KidsTLC's Benefit18: Transformation
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

KidsTLC's Benefit18: Transformation

KCAA is pleased to send its Professional Company performers to Benefit18 to support KidsTLC in their mission of helping children and families face the challenges presented by mental and behavioral health, autism and homelessness. This vibrant gala is sure to be an evening of merriment including food and drink, live entertainment, live and silent auctions as well as an epic after party of dancing. Come help to Transform Lives.

Double Tree by Hilton, Overland Park

Tickets here: http://www.kidstlc.org/benefit18

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Youthfront's IMAGINE: 75th Anniversay Gala
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Youthfront's IMAGINE: 75th Anniversay Gala

The KCAA Training Company is honored to help celebrate Youthfront’s 75th anniversary of providing youth ministry that has impacted thousands of lives because “the sky’s the limit on where our youth will lead us.” This should be an evening not easily forgotten. Come enjoy dinner, drinks, live and silent auctions as well as live performances, balloon art, caricature artistry and more. Proceeds from this event will go directly toward the expansion of Youthfront’s key programs.

Saturday, October 13th 2018, 7PM

The Madrid Theatre

More information here: https://youthfront.com/imagine75galafundraiser/

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Let's give Gwen an amazing send off!
Oct
12
6:30 PM18:30

Let's give Gwen an amazing send off!

Gwen is amazing. We are going to miss her. Help us say goodbye to her. Everyone at Kansas City Aerial Arts is invited to this party. We will provide barbecue, other food offerings, drinks and dessert.

Gwen has asked this to be a costume party. There is no theme. Treat it like a dry run for Halloween :-)

She also asked for this to be a training party. Everyone is welcome to train with Gwen at this party if you meet the following criteria:

- appropriate clothes to train in based on gym rules.
- are a current student with a liability waiver on file.
- coach permission to train outside of class.

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Rachel Walker Workshops & Private Lessons
Sep
28
to Oct 5

Rachel Walker Workshops & Private Lessons

It is our pride and pleasure to welcome guest artist Rachel Walker to Kansas City Aerial Arts. Rachel is an elite aerial trainer based out of Montreal and we couldn’t be more excited to have her in our space.

Rachel Walker will be offering several workshops at KCAA. She will also be available from 9/28-10/5 for privates and semi-privates in a variety of disciplinces including (but not limited to):
Single-point Lyra
Dance Trapeze
Static Trapeze
Artistic Development (appropriate for all apparatuses)

To book a private/semi-private lesson, send an email to contact@kansascityaerialarts.com for schedule availability and rates.


Cloudswing Exploration
Monday, 10/1: 7:30-9:00p
Discover the Cloudswing, a rope suspended by 2 points. This workshop will explore wrapping, rolling and creating shapes in the cloudswing. Students with an appetite for adventure will experiment with mini drops, and choreographic sequences.

Prerequisites: Previous aerial experience, Comfortable inverting on own.
Max: 10
Price: $50


Flexibility for Aerialists
Tuesday, 10/2: 6:00-7:30p
Learn and practice new techniques for improving flexibility, avoiding injury, and developing a greater range of motion. This workshop includes warm-up, followed by solo and partner stretching exercises. Emphasis will be on developing splits, over splits. This class will not cover contortion. You will leave the workshop with safe and effective ways to improve your flexibility.

Prerequisites: Previous circus training
Max: 18
Price: $40


Creative Explorations
Saturday, 9/29: 3:30-5:00p
Thursday, 10/4: 7:30-9:00p
Artists will learn new techniques to awaken the creative process, and tools to deliver a strong performance. This workshop will focus on artistic exploration through movement on your chosen aerial apparatus.

Prerequisites: int/ advanced level / comfortable inverting on own
Max: 12
Price: $50 ea.


Rachel Walker bio:
Trained by legendary swinging trapeze coach, Victor Fomine. She starred in Cirque du Soleil’s “KOOZA” on solo swinging trapeze. A guest instructor at École National de Cirque. She graduated from their 765 hour advanced teacher training program in 2012, with an AEC diploma. In 2013 she was honored with a professional development grant from POLO CIRCO (Buenos Aires), and has gone on to establish herself internationally.

Her students have been featured in: Cirque du Soleil's "O", “VAREKAI”, & “LUZIA”, Cavalia’s “ODYSSEO”, Dragone "LE RÊVE”, NOFIT State (Wales), Circus Monti (Germany), SOLYCIRCO Festival (Germany), YOUNGSTAGE Festival (Switzerland), GYNOIDES (Sweden), Palazzo (Germany), Broadway Variété (Switzerland), Midnight Circus (Chicago), Cirque Mechanics (Las Vegas), The Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival; and accepted into professional institutions such as ENC, ECQ, ESAC, and Flic.

Born in the heart of the Sonoran desert. Rachel discovered trapeze in 1999 at San Francisco Circus Center. When she is not teaching she can be found flying through the air.

Find out more about Rachel here: www.rachelwalker.me

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It’s Magic! - Night of Independence Gala
Sep
22
5:00 PM17:00

It’s Magic! - Night of Independence Gala

KCAA Professional and Training Companies will make an appearance at “It's Magic! - Night of Independence Gala” to support The Whole Person’s mission to assist people with disabilities to live independently.

This will be a unique evening of illusion, mystery and magic that (in addition to live performances) will feature a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner, awards ceremony and dancing.

Saturday September 22, 2018
Union Station’s Grand Plaza 5-11PM
KCAA performs 5-7PM

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JDRF One Walk
Sep
22
8:00 AM08:00

JDRF One Walk

  • National World War I Museum and Memorial (map)
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We are once again proud to be an entertainment partner for JDRF OneWalk. Our Student and Apprentice companies will perform their aerial routines at this event.

Kansas City Aerial Arts plans to form a team for the walk this year. Please inquire with Gwen at luciaaerial@gmail.com if you're interested in joining our team.

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Training Company Auditions
Aug
19
3:00 PM15:00

Training Company Auditions

Have you ever seen our training company perform and wondered how you could get there? Now's your chance!

We are holding auditions for our 2018-2019 Training Company. Dates of involvement run August 26th, 2018 - April 28th, 2019 with the option to extend through the summer. Ages 9-99 welcome! Any movement background is encouraged to apply. Applicants should be intermediate-advanced in their discipline, but do not have to be aerialists to apply. Dancers, jugglers, gymnasts, physical actors, all welcome!

Audition will consist of a 60-90 second demonstration of skill followed by a strength and flexibility assessment.

Contact: Training Company Director, Kelsey at Kelsey@kansascityaerialarts no later than Friday, August 17th for participation.

Benefits of Involvement: -Strong, close community consisting of a wide range of ages -Quality instruction from KCAA coaches, opportunities for guest instruction -Regular performance opportunities (Tco averages 2/month) -Participation in a full show production at City Stage (Union Station) -Guidance for meeting short-term and long-term goals (inc. prep for circus schools and auditions) -Development of multiple circus disciplines -Guidance in creating at least one solo act

Membership costs $150/month. This covers: -Full company rehearsals (every Sunday 3-5p) -Small group rehearsals (schedule and participation depends on casting) -Unlimited open gym time -Weekly Act Development class -One-on-one meetings with mentor twice per month -Production costs

Members are also required to attend the following classes that are not included in tuition: -2 conditioning classes each month -1 technique class or private lesson each week A $200 annual costume fee covers solo costume for performances (keep) and any rented costumes used for the spring production.

Work trade opportunities available to reduce cost! Please inquire for details.

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Aug
4
12:00 PM12:00

Open House at KCAA

KCAA is having a FREE aerial arts open house party! Come see our space, meet our teachers, participate in mini-classes and watch our students and Training Company perform. There will be food, fun and entertainment for the whole family, ages 4-94.

Kansas City Aerial Arts
Town Center Plaza
Saturday, August 4th 12-4pm

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The Greatest Show at Fringe
Jul
28
6:30 PM18:30

The Greatest Show at Fringe

The Greatest Show at Fringe will be a must-see homage to traditional circus. Come reminisce of the time when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey came together to create what they called “The Greatest Show on Earth.” KC Fringe Festival’s “Best in Venue” winners from 2017 and 2016, Kansas City Aerial Arts (formerly known as Lucia Aerial) and VidaDance, come together this year to create The Greatest Show at Fringe.

Combining aerial and acrobatic tricks, flips and spins with eclectic dance stylings on the ground will modernize the three-ring circus while keeping the nostalgia of showmanship and variety alive. This show is sure to leave its audiences awed and inspired.

Tickets: https://kc-fringe.ticketleap.com/kc-aerial-arts-and-vidadance-present-the-greatest-show-at-fringe/
$10 + $5 Fringe Button (adults ages 13 and up)
$5 + Free Fringe Button (kids ages 5-12)

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Ranch Mart Anniversary Celebration
Jul
28
12:00 PM12:00

Ranch Mart Anniversary Celebration

Ranch Mart Shopping Center will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a party. Come see our Training Company perform outside at this FREE family event complete with food, music and fun for children.

Ranch Mart Shopping Center
95th & Mission Rd.
Saturday, July 28th 12-6pm
Performances from 12-1:30pm

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The Greatest Show at Fringe
Jul
25
8:00 PM20:00

The Greatest Show at Fringe

The Greatest Show at Fringe will be a must-see homage to traditional circus. Come reminisce of the time when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey came together to create what they called “The Greatest Show on Earth.” KC Fringe Festival’s “Best in Venue” winners from 2017 and 2016, Kansas City Aerial Arts (formerly known as Lucia Aerial) and VidaDance, come together this year to create The Greatest Show at Fringe.

Combining aerial and acrobatic tricks, flips and spins with eclectic dance stylings on the ground will modernize the three-ring circus while keeping the nostalgia of showmanship and variety alive. This show is sure to leave its audiences awed and inspired.

Tickets: https://kc-fringe.ticketleap.com/kc-aerial-arts-and-vidadance-present-the-greatest-show-at-fringe/
$10 + $5 Fringe Button (adults ages 13 and up)
$5 + Free Fringe Button (kids ages 5-12)

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The Greatest Show at Fringe
Jul
22
6:30 PM18:30

The Greatest Show at Fringe

The Greatest Show at Fringe will be a must-see homage to traditional circus. Come reminisce of the time when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey came together to create what they called “The Greatest Show on Earth.” KC Fringe Festival’s “Best in Venue” winners from 2017 and 2016, Kansas City Aerial Arts (formerly known as Lucia Aerial) and VidaDance, come together this year to create The Greatest Show at Fringe.

Combining aerial and acrobatic tricks, flips and spins with eclectic dance stylings on the ground will modernize the three-ring circus while keeping the nostalgia of showmanship and variety alive. This show is sure to leave its audiences awed and inspired.

Tickets: https://kc-fringe.ticketleap.com/kc-aerial-arts-and-vidadance-present-the-greatest-show-at-fringe/
$10 + $5 Fringe Button (adults ages 13 and up)
$5 + Free Fringe Button (kids ages 5-12)

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The Greatest Show at Fringe
Jul
21
2:00 PM14:00

The Greatest Show at Fringe

The Greatest Show at Fringe will be a must-see homage to traditional circus. Come reminisce of the time when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey came together to create what they called “The Greatest Show on Earth.” KC Fringe Festival’s “Best in Venue” winners from 2017 and 2016, Kansas City Aerial Arts (formerly known as Lucia Aerial) and VidaDance, come together this year to create The Greatest Show at Fringe.

Combining aerial and acrobatic tricks, flips and spins with eclectic dance stylings on the ground will modernize the three-ring circus while keeping the nostalgia of showmanship and variety alive. This show is sure to leave its audiences awed and inspired.

Tickets: https://kc-fringe.ticketleap.com/kc-aerial-arts-and-vidadance-present-the-greatest-show-at-fringe/
$10 + $5 Fringe Button (adults ages 13 and up)
$5 + Free Fringe Button (kids ages 5-12)

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The Greatest Show at Fringe
Jul
20
8:00 PM20:00

The Greatest Show at Fringe

The Greatest Show at Fringe will be a must-see homage to traditional circus. Come reminisce of the time when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey came together to create what they called “The Greatest Show on Earth.” KC Fringe Festival’s “Best in Venue” winners from 2017 and 2016, Kansas City Aerial Arts (formerly known as Lucia Aerial) and VidaDance, come together this year to create The Greatest Show at Fringe.

Combining aerial and acrobatic tricks, flips and spins with eclectic dance stylings on the ground will modernize the three-ring circus while keeping the nostalgia of showmanship and variety alive. This show is sure to leave its audiences awed and inspired.

Tickets: https://kc-fringe.ticketleap.com/kc-aerial-arts-and-vidadance-present-the-greatest-show-at-fringe/
$10 + $5 Fringe Button (adults ages 13 and up)
$5 + Free Fringe Button (kids ages 5-12)

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Sunset Music Fest #4
Jun
28
6:00 PM18:00

Sunset Music Fest #4

We are excited to be back again for another year of this free family concert series. Members of our Student and Apprentice Performance Companies will perform every Thursday in June at 7:30p between bands at the Sunset Musicfest at Town Center Plaza. Before the entertainmen starts we will do small guided lessons for those who want to try out the silks, trapeze or lyra themselves.

6P-7P - Gates Open. Free guided lessons on our aerial rig.
7P - Edison Lights on Main Stage
7:30P - Kansas City Aerial Arts side stage
8P - Sister Hazel on Main Stage

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Stems:  A Garden Soiree
Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

Stems: A Garden Soiree

  • Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Members of our professional performance company will entertain guests of this charitable event with Radiant Spirals and Kansas City Contemporary Dance Company. This group will add to atmosphere of this party with roaming dance and LED spinning acts. Liv and Ariana will feature their contortion and handbalance solo's between Funk Syndicate's sets.

Proceeds from Stems: A Garden Soirée ensure that The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park can continue to support and develop Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, and city art installations

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Sunset Music Fest #3
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

Sunset Music Fest #3

We are excited to be back again for another year of this free family concert series. Members of our Student and Apprentice Performance Companies will perform every Thursday in June at 7:30p between bands at the Sunset Musicfest at Town Center Plaza. Before the entertainmen starts we will do small guided lessons for those who want to try out the silks, trapeze or lyra themselves.

6P-7P - Gates Open. Free guided lessons on our aerial rig.
7P - The School of Rock on Main Stage
7:30P - Kansas City Aerial Arts side stage
8P - Fastbal on Main Stage

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Sunset Music Festival #2
Jun
14
6:00 PM18:00

Sunset Music Festival #2

We are excited to be back again for another year of this free family concert series. Members of our Student and Apprentice Performance Companies will perform every Thursday in June at 7:30p between bands at the Sunset Musicfest at Town Center Plaza. Before the entertainmen starts we will do small guided lessons for those who want to try out the silks, trapeze or lyra themselves.

6P-7P - Gates Open. Free guided lessons on our aerial rig.
7P - The MGDs on Main Stage
7:30P - Kansas City Aerial Arts side stage
8P - The Fabulous Thunderbirds on Main Stage

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Diamond of Dreams
Jun
14
5:30 PM17:30

Diamond of Dreams

Our professional performance company is honored to perform at this on-field gala organized by Royals Charities.

Our artists will perform aerial and contortion acts on the field at Kauffman Stadium. Radiant Spirals will join them in performing fire spinning.

The annual event features appearances from current and former Royals, a fabulous menu from local restaurants, an exclusive silent auction presented by Teva, a live concert in the outfield by Rachel Platten and a spectacular fireworks show.

Proceeds from Diamond of Dreams will support the building of a Fisher House in Kansas City. The Fisher House program provides a "home away from home" for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes provide temporary free lodging so families can be close to their loved ones during a medical crisis.

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STEALING FIRE
May
13
2:30 PM14:30

STEALING FIRE

Stealing Fire explores the Greek mythology of Prometheus through aerial and acrobatic arts. It follows Prometheus as she battles titans, creates mankind, and, of course, steals fire from the gods. Other well known legends populate the show, such as Atlas, Hercules, and Pandora as their stories weave together around the protagonist through dynamic aerial dance.

Aside from the obvious addition of aerial silks and trapezes, Stealing Fire modernizes the well-known Greek mythology by ignoring traditional genders. The leading character, Prometheus, is now female along with her sister Epimetheus, while Athena is now the god of wisdom and military victory. Furthermore, Stealing Fire dares to humanize the immortal, as evident in pieces such as “The Weight of the World” where Atlas struggles to accept her entrapment and “Prometheus & Io” where two victims of Zeus’s anger find solace in an exchange of mournful tales. Hercules is arrogant, Hope is fearful, Prometheus is sympathetic. The story outline is the same, but the characters are more complex.

Stealing Fire promises to leave its audience thunderstruck and ablaze with excitement.

Tickets are available at the Union Station Box Office. https://boxoffice.unionstation.org/shows/stealing%20fire/events

Tickets are $20 for advanced general admission, $25 for at-the-door general admission and $10 for children 7 & under.

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STEALING FIRE
May
12
7:30 PM19:30

STEALING FIRE

Stealing Fire explores the Greek mythology of Prometheus through aerial and acrobatic arts. It follows Prometheus as she battles titans, creates mankind, and, of course, steals fire from the gods. Other well known legends populate the show, such as Atlas, Hercules, and Pandora as their stories weave together around the protagonist through dynamic aerial dance.

Aside from the obvious addition of aerial silks and trapezes, Stealing Fire modernizes the well-known Greek mythology by ignoring traditional genders. The leading character, Prometheus, is now female along with her sister Epimetheus, while Athena is now the god of wisdom and military victory. Furthermore, Stealing Fire dares to humanize the immortal, as evident in pieces such as “The Weight of the World” where Atlas struggles to accept her entrapment and “Prometheus & Io” where two victims of Zeus’s anger find solace in an exchange of mournful tales. Hercules is arrogant, Hope is fearful, Prometheus is sympathetic. The story outline is the same, but the characters are more complex.

Stealing Fire promises to leave its audience thunderstruck and ablaze with excitement.

Tickets are available at the Union Station Box Office. https://boxoffice.unionstation.org/shows/stealing%20fire/events

Tickets are $20 for advanced general admission, $25 for at-the-door general admission and $10 for children 7 & under.

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STEALING FIRE
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

STEALING FIRE

Stealing Fire explores the Greek mythology of Prometheus through aerial and acrobatic arts. It follows Prometheus as she battles titans, creates mankind, and, of course, steals fire from the gods. Other well known legends populate the show, such as Atlas, Hercules, and Pandora as their stories weave together around the protagonist through dynamic aerial dance.

Aside from the obvious addition of aerial silks and trapezes, Stealing Fire modernizes the well-known Greek mythology by ignoring traditional genders. The leading character, Prometheus, is now female along with her sister Epimetheus, while Athena is now the god of wisdom and military victory. Furthermore, Stealing Fire dares to humanize the immortal, as evident in pieces such as “The Weight of the World” where Atlas struggles to accept her entrapment and “Prometheus & Io” where two victims of Zeus’s anger find solace in an exchange of mournful tales. Hercules is arrogant, Hope is fearful, Prometheus is sympathetic. The story outline is the same, but the characters are more complex.

Stealing Fire promises to leave its audience thunderstruck and ablaze with excitement.

Tickets are available at the Union Station Box Office. https://boxoffice.unionstation.org/shows/stealing%20fire/events

Tickets are $20 for advanced general admission, $25 for at-the-door general admission and $10 for children 7 & under.

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Beginner Straps w/ Aaron Koz
Apr
14
5:30 PM17:30

Beginner Straps w/ Aaron Koz

This workshop will focus on the fundamental techniques for safe and effective training of aerial straps, though most exercises will greatly increase your power and control on other apparatus. We will warm up our shoulders and core using a set of exercises designed to pre-habilitate and strengthen the shoulders. The fundamental skills students will cover are static positions (meathook, inverted straddle, nutcracker, croc, support, flag, and side balance). The end of the workshop will focus on 2 and 1-arm spinning using the dynamic technique of flares to invert to different positions.

This workshop will be beneficial for first timers and aerial artists who work on other apparatus.

Prerequisites: 2 arm inversions of any kind (straddle-up, tuck-up, pike-up) 1-arm hangs with engaged shoulder for 15 seconds, and 30 second wall handstand or 1-minute plank.

Cost: $60

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Intermediate Straps Intensive (2-day)
Apr
13
to Apr 14

Intermediate Straps Intensive (2-day)

This workshop will focus on the fundamental techniques for safe and effective training of aerial straps, though most exercises will greatly increase your power and control on other apparatus. We will warm up our shoulders and core using a set of exercises designed to pre-habilitate and strengthen the shoulders. The fundamental skills students will cover are 1-arm transitions and positions (meathook, inverted straddle, nutcracker), as well as other more dynamic techniques such as flares, twists, rolls, swinging, and tempos.

Prerequisites: experience with flag/reverse meathook, multiple straight arm inversions of any kind (straddle-up, tuck-up, pike-up), 1-arm hangs with engaged shoulder for 30 seconds, and 30 second wall handstand or 1-minute plank.

Registration for both days is not necessary, though the content will be more complete if attending both.

Cost: $120 both days, $65 for one day

Day 1: Friday, April 13 @6:30-8:00p
Day 2: Saturday, April 14 @4:00-5:30p

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Inversion Clinic w/ Aaron Koz
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Inversion Clinic w/ Aaron Koz

In collaboration with Jennifer Freeman, PT (practicing and research faculty at Mercer University in Atlanta) this workshop focuses on safe progressions to go from the ground to the air, and from inverting on two to one arm, with a movement screen, a investigation into good body mechanics as well as different functional training tools, exercises and techniques to get your butt over your head.

This clinic will include both teaching cues and training tools beneficial for anyone from a beginner wishing to deepen their understanding to coaches interested in learning how to recognize when a student is displaying signs of potential movement dysfunction.

Prerequisites: Anyone is welcome as it is primarily a theory-based workshop (and anyone can watch and learn), though it is strongly encouraged attendees have two arm inversions with straight arms (or at least inversions of any kind).

Cost: $70

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Perfecting the Windmill w/ John Hernandez
Mar
6
7:30 PM19:30

Perfecting the Windmill w/ John Hernandez

Level: Intermediate

Prerequistes: Hollow body hold for 30 seconds, ability to invert multiple times in the air ( not consecutively)

Windmills, wheel downs, roll down, helicopters, pinwheels, gut crushers… dozens of names for the same thing. In this workshop we’ll work on cleaning up this technical move that sometimes seems near impossible to perfect. In addition to body positioning, different methods of using the hands to control the descent, floor drills, differences between closed wrap set-up vs. an s-lock and possible add-ons/transitions to the encourage you to practice this move. Highly recommended to bring a recording device.

Cost: $45

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Duo Trapeze w/ Jason Mejias
Mar
3
5:00 PM17:00

Duo Trapeze w/ Jason Mejias

Duo Trapeze w/ Jason Mejias

Description - This workshop will focus on the foundation and basics of partnering with different poses and how you will be able to adapt and translate what you learn into different apparatus.

Requirements - Must have aerial experience, able to hold their own weight and mount trapeze from standing. Must be willing fly and/or base.

Cost: $60
Minimum enrollment: 4
Maximum enrollment: 10

Register online here:
https://luciaaerialperformingarts.sites.zenplanner.com/event.cfm?eventId=D159A637-6543-46B0-B151-ED9BD9CCB0AF

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