print-11Performance and Composition for Aerialists
  • Instructor: Anna McGarry (Michigan)
  • Tuesday Feb 7th/ 6-8pm
  • $30
This class is the cure for choreographer’s block and lackluster lines!  Anyone looking to better their performance and choreography skills should check this class out.   Students will learn to improve their sense of movement and lines through use of basic ballet and modern technique.  There will be floor barre (lying on the floor as we work!) as well as free movement in the space.  In addition to basic technique there will be exploration of performance skills using imagery, improvisation, and guided exercises meant to increase a performer’s ability to connect with their audience.  Elements of dance composition will be taught to provide performers with a better understanding of how to structure an act, how to generate movement, and explore their own style.   No previous dance training is necessary and it is open to all levels.  A notebook is required for this class.
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floatAnna McGarry received her early dance training at Meg Nutting’s Studio, Dance Arts Academy and Ballet Etc, all in Traverse City, Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Michigan. There she trained with Peter Sparling, Jessica Fogel, Gay Delanghe, and Bill DeYoung. She has also trained abroad with the Kyrgyz National Ballet and taught ballet at the Ak-Jol Children’s Shelter in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.Anna has been teaching dance for over fifteen years including modern, ballet, pointe, jazz, dance composition, and improvisation. She founded the dance collective, AuxWerks Dance and explores her own technique and style through weekly classes. She believes that every student should be given strong technique, an understanding of their art form, and the opportunity to discover their artistic expression.

She lives in Clinton, Michigan with her husband and two sons.


ecc_june2016_adam_024_fix2nowatermarkIntro to Aerial Straps

  • Instructor: Adam Marris (Chicago)
  • Sunday Feb 19th/ 10:30am-12:30pm/ C Wing Studio
  • $45

Come play on Straps! Learn the basics and building blocks of straps. We will invert, work on shoulder engagement, learn “traditional” shapes and play with our own.

For those needing a good workout and an adventure, this will be that! This workshop will challenge you, and can be adapted to newer students that want to try something new or seasoned aerialists that have trained on other apparatuses.

Straps will assuredly push you, but we will have fun finding the edge.

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Instructor Bio
Adam comes from an engineering and rock climbing background, and was immediately drawn to circus arts and aerial straps for their elegant simplicity and rawness.

Adam has trained on straps at Aloft Circus Arts in Chicago with Leah Leor during the Aloft Full Time Program, then continued his training in his current circus home, Aloft in Chicago.  He has also worked with Evan Westbrook in Asheville and Atlanta.

“I ran away from my engineering job, eager to go back to being able to play and begin exploring the artistic and physical realm of contemporary circus. Circus, for me, is a great blend of playful exploration and technical skill that allows me to push the boundaries of my comfort and bring the audience along for a ride. Let’s Play!!”- Adam

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  1. Please wear comfortable, close-fitting, yoga-type clothing that covers armpits, waist and backs of the knees. Men may want to wear briefs, not boxers.
  2. Bring a water bottle.
  3. Bare feet – please make sure they are clean and fresh.
  4. Long hair tied back.
  5. No jewelry, rivets, or zippers.
  6. No hand lotion (it will interfere with your grip), and please no heavy fragrances, natural or otherwise.
  7. Students will be most comfortable practicing on an empty stomach, a two hour window between your last meal and class is recommended.
  8. yoga mat is highly recommended for warm-ups

Please note, we work hard to make sure class size is small so that you get the most for your time and money.  That said, there are NO REFUNDS.  Please email with any questions

Thank you thank you!