Workshops

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WORKSHOPS w/ THE CIRCUS DOC – Thursday, Oct 27th, 2022

Join Dr. Emily Scherb a.k.a. The Circus Doc for a day of learning! We will learn the biomechanics of a circus body, assessments, exercises, and more! You will leave these workshops understanding your own body better and have tools to unlock more mobility and strength to achieve your circus goals.

Core and Hips: Balancing Mobility and Stability

Thursday, Oct 27th, 2022
12:00-2:00 pm
$75/workshop or $200 for all three workshops

Our spine is made up of 24 vertebrae and our hips are made to roll and glide. How do we balance this natural mobility with the strength and stability demands of circus skills? In this workshop we will discuss how to harness this mobility to achieve splits, bridges, and beats and the biomechanics behind how it all works. We will also work on exercises to improve your mobility and strength at the same time!

Shoulder in Handstands and Hanging from Bent Arms to Planches

Thursday, Oct 27th 2022
2:30-4:30 pm
$75/workshop or $200 for all three workshops

As circus artists we often use our shoulders to support our entire body weight. We may stand on our hands trying to press our bodies upwards into a handstand, or hang from our elbows, or with our arms extended behind us. In this workshop we will answer the questions How does the shoulder work in all of these positions? How can we be sure we are using the most mobile joint in the body safely? What can you do starting today to gain range of motion in your shoulders safely?

Training Strategies to Meet Your Goals

Thursday, Oct 27th 2022
5:00-7:00 pm
$75/workshop or $200 for all three workshops

How do we get the most out of our training? In this workshop we will talk about what training does to our body and what happens when we take time off. We will discuss warm-ups, the most up to date stretching science, and how to structure training to match your individual training goals and needs.

About Dr Emily Scherb

Dr. Emily Scherb is a physical therapist with a lifelong passion for understanding human movement.

She’s been a practicing aerialist for almost 30 years and has dangled from balloons, danced in the air, and swung from trapezes. That background inspired her to specialize her practice on circus and aerial artists. She has a proven track record of helping patients who have not seen results with traditional physical therapy due to her unique perspective on how the body works both on the ground and in the air.

As an educator, she travels the world teaching circus artists, instructors, and healthcare professionals about the unique physical demands and challenges of training the body to do incredible feats.

She received her graduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and now lives in Seattle, where she works with professional and pre-professional circus artists. She is the Resident Physical Therapist at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts and the Company Physical Therapist for the contemporary circus company Acrobatic Conundrum. Emily is on the board of Seattle Dance and Performing Arts Medicine which helps Seattle performing artists get the healthcare they need.

Her first book, Applied Anatomy of Aerial Artists, was published in August 2018.

Emily is an internationally recognized lecturer and has presented at conferences for organizations including Performing Arts Medicine AssociationInternational Association of Dance Medicine and ScienceAmerican Circus Educators, and American Physical Therapy Association.

WORKSHOPS w/ CIRQUE DANCER – Saturday, November 5th 2022

We’re so excited to welcome Sofia Rodriguez aka Cirque Dancer to Minnesota for lyra workshops on November 5th and 6th. She will be hosting workshops at SGS and at Phoenix Flight.

Photo by Rebekah Leach
Pirouettes & Arounds the Worlds

Saturday, November 5th 2022
12:00p – 1:30p
$50

Some of my most sought after sequences on Instagram came from my exploration with pirouette turns and around the worlds. If you struggle with these transitions, not a problem, I will also be giving you tips, tricks, and drills on how to make these more accessible. Pre-requisites: Must be able to do 3 pull-ups and invert.

Lion Rolls

Saturday, November 5th 2022
2:00p – 3:30p
$50

Lion entries, exits, and rolls, oh my! In this workshop we will explore unique entries and exits out of lion in a tree. We will also look at the many types of 1/2 & full lion rolls (also called snake rolls or music box). Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to make these rolls more attainable! Please bring sleeves to class. Pre-requisites: Must feel comfortable inverting, must know how to get into lion, knowing inverted man in the moon is a plus, but not necessarily required.

Spanset Theory, The Secret to Transitions

@Phoenix Flight – Signup via their website
Sunday, November 6th
$50/workshop

About Cirque Dancer:

Sofia has been expressing herself through movement since she was five years old, beginning with the study of Ballet and Jazz in her hometown of Monterrey, Mexico. She moved to Austin, Texas at the age of 10, and her involvement in dance was slowly replaced by other responsibilities.

It was not until she was working as a 4th-grade teacher that she turned back to dance as a pastime. That is when she discovered aerials and contortion. After several years of practicing as a hobby, she decided to leave teaching and become a professional performer and instructor.

She is in her 6th year of teaching aerials and currently teaches in Colorado. Her specialty is single point lyra with a focus on creative pathways, artistry, and technique.

WORKSHOP w/ Dr. Sherry Walling – friday, nov 18th, 2022

An aerial practice is many things: a performance art, a form of exercise, and a source of community. It can also be a healing practice. In this very special workshop local psychologist and aerialist, Dr. Sherry Walling, will help us explore how physical movement and artistic expression can support our wellbeing and emotional healing. Whether you’re holding grief, battling depression, or struggling with anxiety, we’ll find ways to move those emotions with your body.  You will be invited to participate in a variety of embodiment exercises, including options to work with the lyra, trapeze, sling, rope, or silks. Our evening will also include some individual reflection time and small group conversations. Please come prepared to move, and help create a healing space for yourself and for others. All levels of aerial experience are welcome. 

Circus for the Broken-Hearted

Friday, November 18th 2022
7:00p – 9:30p
$75 – This costs includes an SGS journal!

About Dr. Sherry Walling:

Dr. Sherry Walling is a clinical psychologist, speaker, podcaster, author, and mental health advocate. Her company, ZenFounder, helps entrepreneurs and leaders navigate transition, rapid growth, loss, and any manner of complex human experience.

She hosts the ZenFounder podcast, which has been called a “must listen” by both Forbes and Entrepreneur Magazine and has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times. She was also the host of Mind Curious, a podcast series exploring innovations in mental health care via psychedelics.

Her new book, Touching Two Worlds, is a poetic, incisive exploration of grief and joy in the aftermath of loss. Her best-selling book, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Shit Together, combines the insight and warmth of a therapist with the truth-telling mirth of someone who has been there.

Sherry and her husband, Rob, reside in Minneapolis where they spend their time driving their children to music lessons. She has also been known to occasionally perform as a circus aerialist.

Aerial and Acrobatic Workshops:

We love to host traveling artists and have them teach workshops at our studio! If you want to connect with a range of talented acrobats, check this page for our most current workshop schedule. To register for workshops, click here.

Are you a traveling artist interested in teaching a workshop at Stomping Ground Studio?

If you’re a professional aerialist or acrobat traveling to Minneapolis, MN, we’d love to host you! Consider teaching a workshop (or more) at our studio by reaching out to us here!

Past Workshops

(Intermediate-Advanced) Want to learn how to conserve your energy while getting the best shapes, and lines? In this workshop Kevin will teach his intricate style of threads, bends, climbs, and drops. Students should be comfortable climbing the fabric. Prerequisites: Students should be comfortable in a single knee hang without assistance.

(Beginner-intermediate) Students will learn how to flow on the hoop with the greatest of ease. Explore the different ways of using the bottom bar, middle, and top of the hoop, to create sequences that maximize energy conservation.Signature tricks and transitions will be taught throughout this workshop.

(Intermediate-Advanced) Students will practice the 3 major hangs on the bar (Heel, Toe, Neck). Through gradual stepping stones, and proper technique, students will safely navigate these nemesis moves. Prerequisites: Students should be comfortable in a single knee hang without assistance.
Static Trapeze I – Tactical Technique w/Camille Swift

Augment your technique on static trapeze by learning the key concepts behind dynamic movement and fundamental drills designed to increase power and efficiency. Beneficial to any student, beginning or advanced.

Single-Point Trapeze w/Camille Swift

Take your trapeze skills to the next level and learn to move with confidence on a trapeze that spins, orbits and swings! This workshop will focus on spin technique and flow sequences that work well with orbiting, spinning, and swinging, in addition to single-point beat styles to add extra power and flourish to your movement. Students must be able to pull over from standing on the floor with trapeze at head height and have strong single-knee and one-arm hangs.

Character & Artistry – Any Apparatus w/ Camille Swift

Learn how to explore your own inner world in order to create the language of your aerial act. Everyone knows the importance of interesting transitions, but what is “quality of movement”? Learn to find the right rhythm between tricks, punctuate a particular shape, and convey emotional tone through movement. Explore the infinite possibilities of shape, movement and expression. Shake up your usual habits and discover a spectrum of creative movement, from bizarre to beautiful, pretty to peculiar.

Stop, Drop, & Roll Advanced Lyra Workshop with Jenna Ciotta

This course is for the accomplished hoop artist who has a great level of comfort on the bar, but isn’t sure how to approach training for large, dynamic skills. We will discuss beat theory and how to generate momentum from various hanging positions, including some less common positions (ankle hang beats, anyone?). We will work progressions for skills such as elbow circles and inlocates, cutaways, casting from bottom bar to top, knee beat half-twist to hand catch, and more upon request.

Creative Movement Workshop with Juliana

In this workshop, Juliana Neves will lead a session of dancing, improvising, creating, and composing together. The workshop starts with a warm-up, including some floor work, dance acrobatics, and small choreographic phrases. The workshop moves into the creative part, where she will share paths and tools with some specific themes and tasks, based on free and guided improvisations. We ask questions and try to answer them physically.