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Workshops

2022 Rouge Artist Workshops

Sunday, February 6

Join us for a day of workshops taught
by artists from the cast of 
Rouge (Feb 11 - 12)
(Learn more about Rouge)

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3pm - 4:30pm

11am - 12:30pm

Contemporary Dance

Artist: Irania Garcia

Skill Level: All Levels

Cost: $40

With an emphasis on Artistic exploration “ Contemporary Modern” is a fusion of classical modern techniques improvisational structures and the Athletic and musically driven style (IBG) of the PGH based Company IBGMovimiento, Dancers begin with a technical warm up in the center intermixed with improvisational movements to explore and test physical boundaries while focusing on intention and dynamics. Class progresses across floor with floorwork and full body movement. Finishing off in the center, dancers learn set phrase work in order to explore possibilities with in, creating space for variation, improvisation, and physical contact.

11am - 12:30pm

Dynamic Rope/Silk Transitions

Artist: Nick Ng

Skill Level: Intermediate - Advanced

Cost: $50

Building on Beat Theory, we will explore dynamic transitions on rope and fabric, combining various static poses into one continuous movement phrase by using hand slides, switches, and grabs.

11am - 12:30pm

Dynamic Lyra

Artist: Lexi Powell

Skill Level: Intermediate+

Cost: $50

Ready to take your lyra work to the next level? Are you familiar with all the splits, stags and backbends, but want to add dynamic transitions, bar releases and flips into your repertoire? Then this is the workshop for you!  This workshop is ideal for those already familiar with aerial hoop.

1pm - 3pm

Spin Theory 101: Using Spiral Momentum (to make your life waaaaaay easier)

Artist: Rachel Strickland

Skill Level: All Levels

Cost: $80

This workshop is for all levels of aerial practitioner who want to master the  art of generating a beautiful fast spin, and then using that spin to create choreography with ease.  In other words, this is your ticket for beautiful spins without riding the struggle-bus all the way to town.  All you need is a few tools in your toolbelt and anything done with a spin can be much easier and more fluid, allowing you to freely dance inside a fast spin.
Good for any spinning apparatus; trapeze, hoop, straps, and invented apparatus.

Prerequisites:  ability to invert without kicking, confident knee-hangs.

1pm - 2:30pm

Belay: How the f*ck did that happen?!?!

Artist: Elise (Teddy) Thea

Skill Level: Intermediate+

Cost: $60

Join me for a deep dive into belays, getting slightly lost, and slightly less lost all at the same time as we will break down the hows, whys, and why the heck should we care about the belay loop.  Prerequisite: comfort getting lost, getting tangled, and enjoying the f*ck out of the journey.  Basic belay understanding is a plus but not required.  Comfort thinking about fabric desired. Bring your thinking caps and your sense of adventure.

1pm - 2:30pm

Rouge Dance Repertoire

Artist: Irania Garcia

Skill Level: All Levels

Cost: $40

Learn the finale choreography from Rouge 2022! This is a unique opportunity to learn Caroline Calouche’s original dance choreography from the show created in her acrobatic contemporary style.

3pm - 4pm

Sexy Heels Dance

Artist: Shaun Wilson

Skill Level: All Levels

Cost: $40

Heels is a style of dance that combines elements of hip hop, contemporary, and jazz dance which is danced in high heels. Think of the sexy dances done in music videos with artists like Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, or Jennifer Lopez. In this class you will learn to dance to popular music, have fun, feel sexy and empowered. This class is open to all genders.

Shoes: Heels as long as there is ankle support and will stay on.  Sneakers also an option.

3pm - 4pm

Hand Balancing & Cane Work

Artist: Alex Jackson

Skill Level: Intermediate

Cost: $50

In this workshop we will focus on handstand progressions onto blocks and canes.  Skill work includes finding balancing, strength, and creative positions on your hands.  Must have experience in hand balancing but you do not need to be able to hold a freestanding handstand to take this workshop.

3pm - 4:30pm

Beat Theory

Artist: Nick Ng

Skill Level: Intro-Intermediate

Cost: $50

In Beat Theory, we will cover the fundamentals of beats and momentum in order to discover new pathways that would be difficult or impossible to do otherwise.  Apparatus options include Rope, Silks, Straps, or Sling.

4:30pm - 6pm

Contortion 101

Artist: Lexi Powell

Skill Level: All Levels

Cost: $50

Intro to basic stretch and strength principles needed for a super bendy and super healthy contortion practice. Geared towards anyone wanting to improve their knowledge of flexibility principles, we will go through a workout flow with focus on exercises that deepen our splits, open up shoulders, and create space and awareness through the back body. Bring a notebook, yoga mat, a towel and be prepared to move. 

 

Ideal Equipment needed: mats, flex bands long ones and loop bands, foam rollers, lacrosse ball or peanut, yoga blocks, yoga straps

4:30pm - 6pm

Spinning & Momentum on Straps (Bring your own equipment)

Artist: Alex Jackson

Skill Level: Intermediate+

Cost: $50

In this workshop we will focus on learning how to generate momentum and use it to facilitate more dynamic movements such as working toward switches and swinging skills.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Irania Garcia

Irania Garcia is a Hispanic American Choreographer movement Artist founder and Artistic Director of IBG Movimiento who is from Charlotte, North Carolina, began her training at age 7 and was awarded a scholarship for her dance education at Charlotte Ballet Academy under the direction of jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. There, she was mentored by Kathryn Moriarty and numerous other esteemed faculty members. She also trained in jazz with Rachel tucker and Modern with Kim jones. She has had the great opportunity to perform in many of Jean Pierre Bonnefoux's major Ballets including: Midsummer Night's Dream, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, and Cinderella.

Alex Jackson

Alex Jackson is a Boston based circus performer who is never happier than when he is upside down. He began his circus career learning to juggle while earning degrees in Biology and Theater from UMass Amherst. After graduating, his passion for rock climbing led him to Esh Circus Arts, where he trained a variety of aerial disciplines before attending the Professional Training program at the New England Center for Circus Arts. While his first love was aerial rope, his main disciplines now include straps, hand balancing and partner acrobatics. Alex performs regularly with the Boston Circus Guild and teaches at Esh Circus Arts and Eastern Acrobatics and Circus.  Follow his adventures (and various bandanna fashion choices) online at alex_on_straps.

Nick Ng

Nick is a pirate captain, space tiger, and aerialist that prides himself on gravity-defying technique that some would call “falling with style”. He loves balancing dynamic sequences with still moments, combining awe-inspiring movement with physical storytelling. Winning awards and hearts while traveling across the U.S. in the before-times, he has spent years working with internationally renowned instructors and performers, including Dolly Parton, Acrobatic Conundrum, Blue Lapis Light, and Cirque du Soleil artists and choreographers. As a performer and coach, Nick specializes in dynamic sequencing, releases, c-shaping, and ground-based aerial/floorial on rope, fabric, and straps. Currently he is based in Chicago with his dog, Mr. President, performing and teaching at Aloft Circus Arts.  Nick is following his dream. Let him bring you on an adventure.

Lexi Powell

Artist and athlete, Lexi combines strength and flexibility, power and grace, to tell stories through circus movement.  Specializing in aerial hoop, she is a multidisciplinary acrobat, versed in aerial, hula hoop, dance, martial arts and acrobatics. A trained actress and second generation entertainer, she has been called a “true show woman”, and her joy for the stage radiates in her smile and her vulnerability with the audience. Lexi has toured with arena stages shows such Marvel Universe Live, Venardos Circus, works in film/tv on projects including the MTV VMA’s, music videos, and commercial work, and as an independent contractor coordinating spectacles for special/corporate events around the world. 

Elise Thea

Elise Thea is an aerial originator with a stunning stage presence who blends circus, dance, and theater into compelling acts.  She is most often seen on her specialty aerial apparatus, the aerial halo. Her aerial work draws upon her extensive dance experience as well as her theatrical training. A versatile artist, she has filled the Alamodome in San Antonio with her stage presence, entertained lively crowds from bar tops in San Francisco and Chicago, and performed with grace befitting her audience at the distinguished Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Elise’s signature acts include unique, character-driven choreography with strong musicality. She has performed as a soloist, in an ensemble, and for some lucky audiences, as one half of Forever Marzipan - the dazzling, dynamic duo with a mean comedic streak.

Rachel Strickland

Rachel Strickland is an interdisciplinary performance artist, aerialist, storyteller, and award winning choreographer.  Her work combines circus arts, dance, and elements of bizarre spectacle to create original, socially relevant performative works. To unearth aspects of the self which are suppressed and mutilated by the sanction of outside influences is both her subject matter and the intended effect on the viewer.  Classically trained in ballet since the age of three, she began her study of circus arts in 2007, developing a unique style and innovative approach to aerial hoop.  Her work brought her international recognition, and she has coached, performed, and choreographed on four continents. She is the director of The Audacity Project, an 8-week guided process to equip artists and creatives with the tools necessary to be working professionals.  She lives in Charleston, SC with her husband, Shaun.  They have no children so don’t ask, but they would like to meet your dog.

RachelStricklandCreative.com

https://www.patreon.com/rachelstricklandcreative

Shaun Wilson

Coming all the way from sunny Melbourne, Florida (where NASA is located), Shaun Wilson is a cheerleader gone dancer gone aerialist. With over 12 years of performance experience under his belt, he has trained in ballroom, jazz, hip-hop, gymnastics, and aerial arts. With a passion for teaching and sharing, Shaun has coached dance and tumbling at various dance centers, with students ranging from kindergartners to adults. 
In his free time, Shaun enjoys all types of outdoor activities, including skating, swimming, hiking, and kayaking. When he is not outside, he is either playing Mariokart or binge-watching Netflix dramas.

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