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Tuesdays 7:15-8:15 pm.

Experience the thrill of applying your skill in the air to different aerial disciplines. In this class, you will practice your skills on various apparatus such as Straight Silks, Hammock, Lyra, Trapeze, as well as in floor exercises and stretching. Learn techniques and strength-building exercises that are relevant to all aerial mediums. As you transfer your skills from one apparatus to another, you discover similarities and differences, as well as where you feel most at home. Aerial apparatus cross training improves core control, grip strength, and upper body strength. Note: it takes more than one class to feel these benefits! Enjoy a fabulous, unique workout with restful, rejuvenating closure.

Contra-indications for aerial classes: glaucoma, heart-conditions, fused spine, pregnancy beyond doctor recommendation. Clothing requirements: tight-fitting; no zippers or metal; under-arms covered. Jewelry off. T-shirt on!

Pre-requisite: Aerial experience and prior teacher approval before the night of your first Mixed Aerial Apparatus class.

Sharlene Bliss

Sharlene’s aerial practice brings balance, joy and creativity to her life, and she thrives on the focus, systemic movement and neuro-muscular pathways that develop in the body.

She started her aerial education in 2010 at Samadhi Hawaii, where she is privileged to continue her practice as a student under the guidance of Samadhi’s experienced dance and aerial arts professionals. She is an aerial teacher at Samadhi Hawaii, focusing on dance trapeze. She is also member of Samadhi’s Apprentice Company. Her training also includes the introduction to aerial teaching through NECCA (New England Center for the Circus Arts), and she has participated in numerous aerial workshops, including a trapeze workshop with Susan Murphy of Marsh Studio.

Sharlene complements her aerial practice with Nia and other mind-body movement formats. She is a certified Nia Black Belt teacher, and has been teaching Nia since 2004. She is an Aquatic Exercise Association certified aqua instructor, has received her RYT-200 yoga training through Yoga Alliance, and received her aerial yoga training from Leva Aerial Yoga.

 

 

I’m so proud of one of my dear and longest-known friends on island, Shar! And I’m so glad she has rejoined us at Still & Moving, now to teach aerial classes. She and I began teaching Nia at about the same time, about 2003-4 and worked our way through Black Belt training over the years. Whew!

Shar has since been performing, getting trained and teaching aerial with Samadhi for more than 7 years. She also took teacher trainings at Still & Moving Center: her Aerial Yoga training from Leva Aerial Yoga and Aerial Dance teacher training from NECCA (New England Center for the Circus Arts). Sharlene received her RYT-200 yoga training through Yoga Alliance, and she is also a certified aqua instructor.

Shar is irrepressible and unstoppable. When Shar was a little girl, her grandmother told her she danced “like a stick”, took her out of hula class and bought her a horse instead. I’m guessing the horse was a better teacher than the hula instructor. Shar grew up to become a beautiful, skilled dancer – both on the floor and in the air! And she’s never lost her childlike playfulness that always adds a spark of fun to every class she teaches.

A friend to all, Shar has something good to say to everyone. She believes that the array of mind-body movement formats that she practices bring balance, joy and creativity to her life – not to mention channeling her endless energy!

Look for Shar on our aerial class schedule this month!

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We are proud to welcome internationally renowned aerial artist and instructor, Alexandra Apjarova, to Still & Moving Center this fall.

Alex will lead a 40 hour teacher training for experienced aerialists seeking to:

  • solidify their aerial technique (apparatus: silks and lyra),
  • learn step by step methods to spot and safely transfer knowledge to students,
  • establish and/or review industry standard safety checklists and equipment maintenance,
  • gain insight into pedagogical methods that will ensure a nurturing teaching environment,
  • acquire and/or deepen their passion for the aerial arts through the highly inspirational guidance of a world class performer and teacher.

About Alexandra Apjarova

Originally from Slovakia, Alexandra is stunning, global aerial performer, choreographer, teacher and trainer, best known, perhaps, as a Cirque du Soleil aerialist.


Alexandra Apjarova is one of the pioneers of the AntiGravity ® Aerial Hammock movement vocabulary for performance, and performed the original aerial silk hammock routine with the world famous Cirque du Soleil in the critically acclaimed production of “Delirium”.

In 2009, she was blessed to be chosen to perform in the Michael Jackson’s “This is it” tour in London.  After the tragic passing of an icon, she was thrilled to perform at the red carpet premiere of the movie in an aerial chandelier, making a crystal illusion of light.

She has been honored to perform in other productions and events such as: “La Soiree”, “The Leona Lewis Labyrinth Tour”, “President Obama Neighborhood Inaugural Ball”, “Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City”, at the Grammy Awards with the group “No Doubt”, as well as for “Musical Barnum”, “Antigravity” and many more.

Based in NYC area since 1994, but recently moved to Orlando FL, she is a versatile and passionate performing artist specializing in aerial art, dance, rhythmic gymnastics coaching and choreography.

Alexandra is a former national champion in rhythmic gymnastics. She coached the “Wendy Hilliard Foundation” competitive rhythmic gymnastics team, as well as their adult students for almost a decade. She also worked with Cirque du Soleil’s “Saltimbanco” acrobats on tour as a dance teacher, as well as for many other studios worldwide.

 

The teacher training is offered in 2 formats:

  1. Full retreat package includes:

  • Training (40hrs over 6 days- includes observation of classes)
  • 7 nights in 4 star accommodation,
  • 2 meals/day for 6 days,
  • Still & Moving Center 3 class pass
  • $3500 or $3300 before October 4.

 

2. Training only (40hrs over 6 days – includes observation of classes)

Deeply discounted for regular, current Still & Moving Center students and teachers – please contact Still & Moving Center Desk for a promotional code.

While in Honolulu, Alex will also offer public classes at the Center. Check out the schedule below:

With Caitlyn Larsson

1 Aerial workshop Nov 13: $ 55

2 Aerial workshops Nov 13 & 14: $100

3 Aerial workshops in Nov: 13, 14 & 19: $ 135

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Discover a new way to empower yourself with aerial arts. Perfect for those brand new to the circus world, static trapeze offers a great mix of physical intensity and aerial artistry. Learn how to properly and safely hang, invert, and support yourself while trying various poses and tricks. Walk away with sore muscles, a new physical vocabulary, and a sudden eagerness to show up the kids at the playground pull up bars.

Prerequisite: Ability to invert and mount trapeze.

headshot small sizeCaitlyn Larsson teaches workshops and performs original circus acts across the country and the globe. Last winter she was in San Juan, Puerto Rico, employed as the new rig manager for Trapeze School New York, crafting shows for Bahia Urbana in Old San Juan, helping with the inaugural International Circus Festival in Puerto Rico, and plotting ways to bring Clowns Without Borders to the island. She balances out her life as a teacher, performer, director and writer with grace and dignity. She holds a BFA in theatre and education from New York University and after a brief stint as a professional tour director in New York, she discovered and fell in love with circus. This passion ignited her love of travel, and adventures in England for a whirlwind training at Circomedia in flying trapeze, aerial arts and acrobatics. Caitlyn became a roving circus vagrant, traveling the globe performing and teaching.

 

with Heather Booth, Megan Rhoden & students

Come join us for a dazzling night of aerial performances on lyra, silks and one trapeze! Heather’s Level 3 Lyra and Level 3 Silks class will be performing, along with Megan’s Level 2 Silks, and other solo and doubles work by students and teachers; there will even be a trapeze thrown into the mix! Light refreshments.

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Dance trapeze has so many possibilities! Hang it high but within your reach and you have so much movement potential under the bar; here you can combine traditional circus moves with a contemporary style. Hang it hip height and your movement on and off the bar becomes completely different. And of course, we can’t forget the lines of the trapeze, a place for constant rediscovery of movement. Join us for this workshop and work with movement below, on, and above trapeze bars set at different heights.

Students with prior aerial experience will benefit more from the workshop.

trapeze heather BoothHeather Booth first learned the art of trapeze and aerial dance in 1997 in New Orleans, and she’s had a hard time walking on the ground ever since! Heather owns Miraas Aerial, a Denver-based aerial studio, where she spent four years as Creative Director and Lead Instructor, teaching aerial silk/fabric, static trapeze, lyra, and aerial yoga to adults and children. In addition to teaching aerial in the studio,

Heather has spent years traveling and teaching culture and human rights as a university professor. An advocate of ‘social circus’, Heather has worked as an aerial trainer in Israel, Palestine, and Thailand, teaching trust and peace through circus skills. Heather’s aerial trainers have included: Julio Batista de Souza of Cirque du Soleil’s “Ka”, Alexandra Walker of the Slavic Sisters; Carrie Heller of the Circus Arts Institute; Shayna Swanson of Aloft, Lisa Natoli of Lisa’s Bright Ideas, and Josh McGirk of Aeriality, where she received Aerial Yoga teacher training. Read more about Heather at miraasaerials.com

with Heather Booth

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Dance trapeze is a graceful and dynamic art form that takes movement from the ground into the air – in our case, about 2 feet off the ground. This low-key workshop is perfect for students with no aerial experience who want a gentle approach to learning about dance trapeze. We will review proper engagement, body alignment, and technique.

This unconventional workshop will use both a single point trapeze (which can spin) and double point trapeze (which can gently swing.) The very low height of the trapeze will allow students to sit on or step onto the bar to do all of their movements. Students will not have to lift their own body weight. Body weight, conditioning or age are not barriers to trying this beautiful movement form. Aerial Level 1 is NOT pre-requisite.

trapeze dance HeatherHeather Booth first learned the art of trapeze and aerial dance in 1997 in New Orleans, and she’s had a hard time walking on the ground ever since! Heather owns Miraas Aerial, a Denver-based aerial studio, where she spent four years as Creative Director and Lead Instructor, teaching aerial silk/fabric, static trapeze, lyra, and aerial yoga to adults and children. In addition to teaching aerial in the studio,

Heather has spent years traveling and teaching culture and human rights as a university professor. An advocate of ‘social circus’, Heather has worked as an aerial trainer in Israel, Palestine, and Thailand, teaching trust and peace through circus skills. Heather’s aerial trainers have included: Julio Batista de Souza of Cirque du Soleil’s “Ka”, Alexandra Walker of the Slavic Sisters; Carrie Heller of the Circus Arts Institute; Shayna Swanson of Aloft, Lisa Natoli of Lisa’s Bright Ideas, and Josh McGirk of Aeriality, where she received Aerial Yoga teacher training. Read more about Heather at miraasaerials.com

with Aerial instructors in training, supervised by teacher Ukoiya Mastin from NECCA

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Come try the trapeze and aerial silks in this free sample class! Taught by participants in the workshop “Intro to Teaching Aerials” with the guidance of their Instructor, Ukoiya Mastin, you’ll get to try low trapezes and aerial silk skills in a class for students of all abilities. Age 8 – adult.

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This is a 5 day overview to the art of teaching trapeze and aerial fabric, with a focus on spotting techniques, injury prevention, psychology of teaching, basic rigging concepts and class management. This in depth and holistic approach to teaching is appropriate for new teachers and those with experience, and for those who work with youth or adults in a variety of educational environments including circus schools, gymnastics programs, summer camps, fitness studios and more. This workshop is required for application to the Nimble Arts Certification Course, a multi level program guiding participants to become safe and capable circus arts teachers for both the hearts and bodies of their students. Check out NECCA website.

Pre-requisites:

All students are expected to prepare by successfully completing the elements in the required Nimble Arts DVD: “Aerial Fabric: Beginning Level 1” prior to the start of the workshop.Trapeze experience is not necessary but it will make your journey easier.



Required materials:

“Nimble Arts DVD: Aerial Fabric: Beginning Level 1” (purchase in advance and practice ahead of the start of the workshop)

Book:  Aerial Circus Training & Safety Manual (by Carrie Heller) (included with class registration)

Goals

The trapeze curriculum will cover under the bar to above the bar skills executed on a low bar (5 ft appx) including basic sequences appropriate for youth and adult learners.  The fabric curriculum will cover knot and low foot lock skills and basic inversions including sequences for youth and adult learners.

  • Gain a broad knowledge of aerial basics.
  • Learn how to execute skills to give visual instruction.
  • Learn variations and progressions to increase student success.
  • Identify and use the body’s natural movements to increase spotting efficiency.
  • Learn how to keep students safe without injury to the spotter.
  • Experience a variety of warm ups and learn injury prevention basics to reduce chronic/overuse injuries.
  • Learn how to give clear verbal instruction.
  • Identify your learning style and how to identify those of your students for more effective teaching.
  • Learn basic rigging and equipment maintenance.
  • Discuss class management skills to create a culture of learning in line with your mission statement.
  • Teach an introductory class for real time experience

 

Timing: Mon, Tues, Thurs: 9:00am – 5:00 pm

Wed: 11:30am – 8:30pm

Fri: 9:00am – 4:00 pm

Note: There should be a personal warm up time for 30 minutes before every day begins.

Ukoyia Mastin1526584 began her professional career in Tokyo performing as an acro duo, aerialist and stilt walker. After working with Love Infusion and Boogie Universal, Ukoiya co-founded U&I Productions and began producing and co-managing Dream Science Circus. Dream Science Circus toured regionally for 5 years, selling out hundreds of shows.   Excited to receive more training, she joined the Professional Track Training program at the New England Center for Circus Arts. She now performs aerials and acrobatics all over the USA, and coaches for NECCA, teaching skill workshops and teacher trainings near and far. When she isn’t performing or teaching, Ukoiya is designing and fabricating beautiful custom costumes!  She is certified as a personal trainer through ISSA and a certified aerial yoga instructor through Unnata Aerial Yoga.

 

with Heather Booth

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Take the Aerial Yoga Counterblanace workshop that follows from 3:15- 5:15 pm and get 20% OFF for both workshops. Make a day of Aerial!

This workshop is an excellent introduction to dance trapeze. Unlike static trapeze, the dance trapeze is on a single point which creates a new space for dance above the bar. Students will learn proper alignment and engagement for dance trapeze, basic (and some advanced basic skills,) spinning and floor work underneath the bar. No previous aerial experience is necessary; however, previous aerial experience is always beneficial.

Class is limited to 6 students.

trapeze heather BoothHeather Booth first learned the art of trapeze and aerial dance in 1997 in New Orleans, and she’s had a hard time walking on the ground ever since! Heather owns Miraas Aerial, a Denver-based aerial studio, where she spent four years as Creative Director and Lead Instructor, teaching aerial silk/fabric, static trapeze, lyra, and aerial yoga to adults and children.

In addition to teaching aerial in the studio, Heather has spent years traveling and teaching culture and human rights as a university professor. An advocate of ‘social circus’, Heather has worked as an aerial trainer in Israel, Palestine, and Thailand, teaching trust and peace through circus skills. Heather’s aerial trainers have included: Julio Batista de Souza of Cirque du Soleil’s “Ka”, Alexandra Walker of the Slavic Sisters; Carrie Heller of the Circus Arts Institute; Shayna Swanson of Aloft, Lisa Natoli of Lisa’s Bright Ideas, and Josh McGirk of Aeriality, where she received Aerial Yoga teacher training. Read more about Heather at miraasaerials.com


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