Upcoming Workshops


July 2019

Workshops with Lena Alani

If you missed out on Lena’s last set of workshops, fear not! She’s coming back to visit us for more fabric and hammock goodness!

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Price: $65 for one, $110 for both
Dynamic Sling
BOTH Workshops with Lena

WEDNESDAY, July 17, 7:30pm-9:30pm: Dynamic Sling (Aerial Hammock)
My heart will always belong to the hammock, as it is so easy to forget yourself while flowing on the sling, dancing your heart out. But let’s spice things up a little this time! Why not!? We will be exploring dynamic movement on sling, including beats, switches, mini drops, and some fun new twisty signature choreography. And remember the hammock is always there, supporting your weight, so it’s perfect to learn the basics of momentum on this apparatus!

Prerequisites: Hammock experience is suggested but not required, ability to get on the hammock from the ground and in the air multiple times. Intermediate level.

THURSDAY, July 18, 7:30pm-9:30pm: Silkography (Aerial Silks Choreo Workshop)
We will be studying a fun and dynamic signature choreography, that includes split tissue moves, small drops, exciting transitions and fun combinations. You will leave with a piece ready to be used to the music of your choice, or create your own dance with the sweet moves you will be learning in this workshop!

Prerequisites: Ability to invert from the floor or/and in the air multiple times, understanding of basic wraps (hipkey, thigh hitch etc.), 10 seconds bent elbow hang. Intermediate level.

About Lena: Lena Alani is a highly skilled contemporary/interdisciplinary circus performer, aerialist, choreographer, dancer and coach, based in Los Angeles, California. Born and raised in Russia, homeland of world-famous dancers and gymnasts, Lena couldn’t help herself from developing deep love and passion for dance, physical theatre and circus arts. All of those wonderful forms of physical expression have influenced her style in the air, powerful and dynamic, yet soft, fluid and graceful.  She is truly an artist with a strong creative vision and a passionate heart, that believes that art in any form is a universal language to communicate emotions, as there is nothing like watching a live performance.

Highly motivated and passionate about aerial/circus arts and dance, Lena loves sharing her extensive knowledge with the students. Her background includes wide range of physical training in circus arts, dance, physical theatre, yoga etc. She specializes in coaching various levels of vertical apparatus, which include aerial fabric, hammock, rope and aerial yoga, as well as conditioning, strengthening, handstands and stretching techniques. It is very important for Lena to be able to create a fun and safe environment for students, and approach a class with compassion, encouragement and patience. Making sure to break moves down, so students have time and space to understand the foundations of aerial apparatus, before moving on to a next thing, progression by progression. She will guide students through fun dance warm-ups, which prepare body for movement on the floor and in the air, and focus not only on important skills and progressions, but also on the ability of connecting moves together, weaving them with seamless transitions, and learning how to actually dance in the air with fluidity and grace.

July 2019

Workshops with Matt Armenta

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Ready for some hammock and handstands? Join us in welcoming Matt Armenta to our studio for an exciting day of FOUR workshops!

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EARLY BIRD Price (Before July 13): $40 per workshop
Regular Price (After July 13): $45 per workshop
Intermediate Hammock
Drop It Like It’s Hot
Intro to Aerial Hammock

8:30am-10:00am: Intermediate Hammock
This workshop is for the aerialist who has a little experience under their belt and is looking for some new techniques and skills. I will cover: how to stay centered when spinning, hammock conditioning tips to get you to the next level, and 3-5 intermediate poses/sequence 

Prerequisites: 6 months-1 year of prior aerial (includes aerial silks) or hammock experience.

10:30am-12:00pm: Drop It Like It’s Hot– Aerial Hammock
This workshop is all about aerial hammock drops! In this workshop I will cover: using momentum to assist you in drops and 2-4 drop sequences.

Prerequisites: 6 months-1 year of prior aerial (includes aerial silks) or hammock experience.

4:30pm-6:00pm: Beginning Hammock/ Intro to Aerial Hammock
This workshop is designed for those of you who are curious about aerial hammock and want to try it out, but don’t know where to start. I will cover: how to mount your hammock, some basic hammock conditioning moves, how to properly open your fabric, and 3-5 beginner skills

Prerequisites: No experience needed! This workshop is designed with the beginner in mind.

6:30pm-8:00pm: Handstands
This workshop is for an artist who has the urge to be on their hands. In this workshop I will cover: basic handstand form, drills and conditioning that will address individual handstand issues, and stretches for tight shoulders

Prerequisites: No experience needed. This workshop is for everyone– regardless of where you are at in your handstand journey!

About Matt: Matthew Armenta (@acromattic) is a Professional Aerial Artist/Studio Manager/Head Trainer for American Acrobats Performing Arts and Fitness. In this role, Matthew not only ensures the studio runs properly, but leads workshops and classes with clients within the studio. A big believer that circus is for anyone, Matthew supports that aerial is for anybody with ANY body. Matthew is a highly qualified performer with 10 years of training under his belt. He has performed both nationally, as well as internationally. Noted performances/clients include: NCIS Wrap Party, LA Travel Magazine, and Vanessa Hudgens. Matthew has been teaching for six years. Before working with AAPAF, Matthew was the head coach with Encore High School Riverside’s Circus Department.

August 2019

Workshops with Aaron Koz

We had so much fun when Aaron visited us earlier in the year that we decided to bring him back for another round of fun!

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EARLY BIRD PRICE (Before July 20): $65
Regular Price (After July 20): $75
Spin Up a Storm (Tues, Aug 13)
Aerial Inversion Clinic (Weds, Aug 14)
Aerial Doubles (Thurs, Aug 15)

TUESDAY, August 13, 7:30pm-9:30pm: Spin Up a Storm (Beg/Int)
Students will progress through the building blocks of spinning: flares, transitions in and out of positions like straddle, nutcracker, and meathook. Students will leave the workshop with the progressions they’ll need to gain the skills of flaring to any position during a 1-arm spin that they can hold safely as well as ways to work on fast spins. The workshop will cover conventional and reverse spinning as well center spins and meathook splits.

Prerequisites: Comfort in 2-arm inverted straddle OR meathook OR nutcracker, no desire to puke with loads of spinning, 2-arm 20-30 second wrist hitch hang.

WEDNESDAY, August 14, 7:30pm-9:30pm: Aerial Inversion Clinic
In collaboration with Jennifer Freeman, DPT (practicing and research faculty at Mercer University in Atlanta) and Angie Prescott (ACRO PT, DPT, CSCS) this workshop focuses on safe progressions to go from the ground to air, with a movement screen, 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 and advanced students hoping to achieve a badass 1-arm inversion.

Prerequisites: Anyone is welcome as it is primarily a theory-based workshop (and anyone can watch and learn and will walk away with plenty of tools to improve their inversions no matter what level they’re at).

THURSDAY, August 15, 7:30pm-9:30pm: Aerial Doubles– Spinning, Counter-Levers, and More!
Build a varied duo vocabulary with static basing (cross-back straddle), duo spinning, counter levers, and more! Students will work with partners to develop accessible vocabulary on straps and fabric to based on individual strengths.

Prerequisites: Comfort in 2-arm straddle OR meathook OR nutcracker, no desire to puke on spinning, 2-arm 20-30 second wrist hitch hang and 1 arm 10-20 second spin in wrist lock.

About Aaron: Aaron Koz is a traveling movement and circus coach previously based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He began his teaching career teaching parkour when he was 18. He started at Circus Warehouse’s intensive program, and has studied under different coaches in SF, Montreal, and Mexico. His circus teaching career began in San Francisco, and since then he has taught nationally and internationally. He draws from his academic background in neuroscience and psychology to augment his work as an instructor. He believes that being a teacher means forever reaching for better ways to teach so more recently he has collaborated heavily with physical therapists to help augment and structure his teaching offerings.

During 2018, Aaron will continue working with physical therapists who have experience working with gymnasts, circus artists, and other high level athletes to further add to his understanding and knowledge of biomechanics, movement prep, and injury prevention.

September 2019

Workshops with Jenn Bruyer


Are you ready for a day of aerial magic with Jenn Bruyer? Mark your calendars for September 1 for THREE workshops to learn from @heelhang herself!

Price: $60 for one, $100 for two, $140 for 3

Dance Hammock
Obscureography for Fabric
All Roads Lead to Belayville & Other Interesting Knots

To receive the multiple workshop discount, please purchase either the 2 Workshop Pass or the 3 Workshop Pass before signing up!

10:30am-12:00pm: Dance Hammock
Hammock has been a long time favorite of mine because I feel like I can simply DANCE! Without the entanglement of a fabric tail or the defined edge of a steel bar my body feels as though it can move as freely as if there were nothing there at all!

In this workshop we will explore specific skills, pathways and transitions that I think are particularly dance like in nature. We will also examine the space between the fabric loop and floor, how these two can meet and interconnect to create spins, circles, transitions, mounts and supported floor choreography to enhance your hammock vocabulary or create an entirely new performative experience. No background in dance or hammock is required.

Prerequisites: Open/all levels, but some aerial experience is recommended

4:30pm-6:00pm: Obscureography for Fabric
Learn more than just skills. This workshop will expose you to my personal perspective on creating a dance like effect in the air via intentional structure and a careful skill curation that lends itself to various successful movement qualities. We will explore fresh ideas in ascension, shape making and dynamics.

Prerequisites: Level 2 and above, able to be in the air for up to 2 minutes, ability to invert in the air is strongly encouraged.

6:15pm-7:45pm: All Roads Lead to Belayville & Other Interesting Knots
I’ve known what a belay was for a long time. And it never really interested me until I started using it in non traditional ways by delving into a deeper understanding of both the simplicity and the potential complexity of the structure.

Students will leave with a greater understanding of tying, managing and manipulating knots using the whole body through a progression of drills, examples of construction methods and a brief exploration of a variety of applications.

Prerequisites: Ability to invert in the air and be in the air for up to 2 minutes in a supported position. Some introduction to belay is helpful but not required.

About Jenn:
When not on the road Jenn resides in the magical wonderland that is the Pacific Northwest in her beautiful tiny off grid home with her two weenie dogs. Jenn has been immersed in aerial arts since 2008. She is driven by her focus on fabric (silks) and sling (hammock) and her first love trapeze [of all sorts]. She also enjoys exploring cord lisse, cloud swing, lyra, net, rope & harness and anything else someone puts in front of her. She has coached, choreographed and performed around the world including over 30 US states, China, Italy, Germany, Austria, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico.

As an Aerial Coach, she seeks to provide the highest quality progressive instruction to aerialists of all abilities from novice to professional performer. Her mission as a human is to cultivate a warm, non-judgmental learning environment that fosters community, to build physical and emotional strength within the individuals who participate in this environment and methodically construct a vehicle by which to create art.

Cancellation Policy: For workshops, cancellations must be made at least 48 hours in advance of the workshop to be eligible for a full refund. Cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance will only be refunded under special circumstances.

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