Workshops

Workshops

Elsie & Serenity Smith offer technique, creativity and teacher training workshops at colleges, circus schools, dance companies and circuses around the world as they aim to improve the opportunities for creative movers and the teachers who elevate them. Click here for a more detailed description of the Aerial Teacher Trainings or scroll down for a list of upcoming workshops by date.

If you don't see what you are hoping to find or are interested in hosting a skills based or teacher training workshop at your studio, please email us at nimblearts@gmail.com

Nimble Arts is based in Brattleboro, Vermont USA where Elsie & Serenity also co-founded the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) where they serve as co-Artistic Directors. Programming includes a multi year Professional Training Program as well as classes for youth and recreational students.

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TESTIMONIALS

Your knowledge and understanding of the body is very inspiring. . .my journey in this chosen field will flourish as a result of the techniques you taught. S. Mcdonagh, Ireland

Serenity and her Elsie are pioneers in the teaching of aerial arts, and are consummate artists and coaches. L. Witwer, New York City

The course exceeded my expectations – fantastic. I feel inspired and have gained a lot of knowledge for continued development beyond the course. S. Baltusyte, Great Britain

The tutors experience is vast and I’ve learnt so much that I now want to do the next level of the teacher training. K. Middler, England

Brilliant course - I learned so much and am still thriving on everything I got to take away from it. Richly educational, fabulous teaching, greatly relevant material, and incredibly welcoming and encouraging. Anja Meinhardt, Justice in Motion, England

You have opened my eyes to the many considerations that running (or even just supporting) aerial classes involves . . .it is abundantly clear that the quality and content of your courses is second to none. Natasha Mille, Scotland

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ENGLAND (Swindon): Sept. 29-Oct. 3: Introduction to Teaching Aerials

ENGLAND (Swindon): Sept. 29-Oct. 3: Introduction to Teaching Aerials
Hosted by Studio Air
Fee: £750 (discount if registering for Foundation course also)

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.

Required materials:
Nimble Arts™ DVD: Aerial Fabric: Beginning Level 1 (purchase in advance and practice ahead of the start of the workshop)
Nimble Arts Instructional DVDs

Space is Limited - Register now by emailing Kelly Wimshurst at
kelly@studio-air.co.uk

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ENGLAND (Swindon): October 4-5: Foundation Level Teacher Training: Trapeze

ENGLAND (Swindon): October 4-5: Foundation Level Teacher Training: Trapeze
Hosted by Studio Air
PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Teaching Aerials workshop
Fee: £300 (discount if registering for Introduction course also)

This workshop will guide you though the curriculum created by Nimble Arts™ to provide clear and effective progressions and spotting techniques for beginner and improver trapeze students. We'll discuss how to work with students in special demographics such as kids and older students, techniques for introducing choreography into classes and identifying body mechanics to trouble shoot skills and progress students to the next level.

Space is Limited - Register now by emailing Kelly Wimshurst at
kelly@studio-air.co.uk

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USA (Arizona): October 6-10: Introduction to Teaching Aerials

USA (Arizona): October 6-10:  Introduction to Teaching Aerials
Hosted by Circus Sanctuary in Tucson, AZ

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.

Required materials:
Nimble Arts™ DVD: Aerial Fabric: Beginning Level 1 (purchase in advance and practice ahead of the start of the workshop)
Nimble Arts Instructional DVDs

Register now at The Circus Sanctuary at www.circussanctuary.com

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USA (Brattleboro, VT): Oct. 12-14, Act Refinement Immersion Workshop

USA (Brattleboro, VT): Oct. 12-14, Act Refinement Immersion Workshop
A Rare Opportunity to work creatively with Nimble Arts founders Elsie & Serenity Smith.

So you've been working on your act, and it's, well, not exactly what you dream it can be. In order to rock your auditions and really wow the booking agents (and audience!) let us help you bring all the pieces together. Open the door to the phenomenal performer inside you through group, one-on-one and open training times—all led by experienced devisers and circus choreographers who will challenge your brain and body to take you to the next level.

This workshop is for students looking to strengthen their presentations for circus school auditions, professionals with new works as well as aspiring performers polishing their first act.

For more information and to register, go to
www.necenterforcircusarts.org


CANADA (Toronto) Aerial Teacher Trainings October or November dates TBD

Aerial Teacher Trainings in Toronto
at The Circus Fix
October, or November dates to be determined.
If you are interested contact Jamie Holmes at
jamie@jamieholmes.com

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USA (Vermont): December 7-9: Nimble Arts Aerial Teachers' Gathering

USA (Vermont): December 7-9: Nimble Arts Aerial Teachers' Gathering
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Where: NECCA, Vermont USA
SCHEDULE
Dec. 7 (Friday) 5 – 6 pm Welcome Gathering & Dinner Provided / 6 – 8 pm Administrative focused conversations
Dec. 8 (Saturday) 9 – 5 pm Seminars/Workshops/Sharings; Lunch Provided / 6 pm Dinner Out (price not included)
Dec. 9 (Sunday) 9 – 3 pm Seminars/Workshops/Sharings; Lunch Provided


We've taught hundreds -- yup almost 700! - aerial teachers in our Nimble Arts aerial teacher training workshops worldwide. We thought it would be lovely to create a gathering for you in an annual opportunity for inquiry, learning, sharing and inspiration. This Gathering is open to everyone who has completed a Nimble Arts aerial teacher training and will be a long weekend of led seminars, physical workshops, open sharings and by request conversations. This event will be built on responsive programming driven by the attendees’ requests. Led by Nimble Arts’ founders with some of our core coach leaders joining us as well.

Prerequisite: Nimble Arts Introduction to Teaching Aerials certificate of completion

TO REGISTER, email nimblearts@gmail.com and we'll send you a registration link.
Early Registration Fee before September 30: $325;
Regular Registration Fee: $375
Fee includes welcome dinner Friday, and lunch on site Saturday and Sunday (gluten free and vegetarian options)

Optional add on private lessons are available through NECCA Friday all day & Sunday afternoon - or come earlier and stay later!

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ENGLAND (Brighton) January 13-14: Foundation Level Teacher Training: Aerial Fabric

ENGLAND (Brighton) January 13-14: Foundation Level Teacher Training: Aerial Fabric
Hosted by Gravity & Levity
PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Teaching Aerials workshop

This course will guide you though the curriculum created by Nimble Arts™ to provide clear and effective progressions and spotting techniques for beginner and continuing aerial fabric students. Working with skills that can be executed close to the ground, focus is on body awareness, fabric placement, spotting techniques and meeting the conditioning needs of novice and improver students. We will discuss tools for training ‘fabric brain’ and the physical growth to move to beginning drops and more complex choreographies as well as options for creativity.

Additional Prerequisites: Be comfortable executing, without prompting, skills from Nimble Arts™ DVD: Aerial Fabric Beginning Level 2 (available online at Aerial Fabric Instructional DVDs ) including cross back straddle, and be comfortable inverting off the ground. If you are not sure if you are at the necessary skill level contact us at . nimblearts@gmail.com

Fees: Courses are offered as part of up to a 6-day series
1 course: £250 / 2 courses: £475 / 3 courses: £700

Register by emailing at info@gravity-levity.net

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ENGLAND (Brighton) January 15-16: Intermediate Level Teacher Training: Aerial Fabric (Level One)

ENGLAND (Brighton) January 15-16: Intermediate Level Teacher Training: Aerial Fabric (Level One)
Hosted by Gravity & Levity
PREREQUISITE: Foundation Level Teacher Training: Aerial Fabric

In this course you will learn how to safely spot drops and teach complex sequences using elements of Fabric Theory™ with a curriculum created by Nimble Arts™. We’ll also spend time on creative choreography to help keep you and your students inspired while moving at a pace that allows their bodies to develop to the level of physicality necessary for safe fabric training.

Additional Prerequisites: Must have a regular teaching practice, and be comfortable executing, without prompting and on both sides, without extensive review, a broad range of intermediate level skills and some advanced skills including opposite side dive (aka flippy/diaper/salto), double star drop, unlocked 360, cross back straddle (including choreographic variations such as Georgia twist), double crochet/double crucifix drops such as tic tock, front balance knee drop, and basic locked “sit” drops such as figure 8 series and hip key roll around. If you are unable to match these trick names to your names or if you are not sure if you are at the necessary skill level contact us at nimblearts@gmail.com

Fees: Courses are offered as part of up to a 6-day series
1 course: £250 / 2 courses: £475 / 3 courses: £700

Register by emailing at info@gravity-levity.net

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ENGLAND (Brighton) January 17-18 Nimble Arts Teachers' Gathering

Hosted by Gravity & Levity
Prerequisite: Introduction to Teaching Aerials

Two Days of Seminars, Workshops & Sharings; We've taught hundreds -- yup almost 700! - aerial teachers in our Nimble Arts aerial teacher training workshops worldwide. We thought it would be lovely to create a gathering for shared inquiry, learning, and inspiration. Built on responsive programming driven by the attendees’ requests. (Prerequisite: Introduction to Teaching Aerials)

Fees: Courses are offered as part of up to a 6-day series
1 course: £250 / 2 courses: £475 / 3 courses: £700

Register by emailing at info@gravity-levity.net

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ENGLAND (Eastleigh) January 19-20, 2019: Aerial Symposium

ENGLAND (Eastleigh) January 19-20, 2019: Aerial Symposium
Aerial Symposium at The Pointe in Eastleigh

Serenity will be speaking and leading hands on workshops as part of this 2 day gathering that draws experts together with practitioners to discuss many elements of the Aerial Dance field.

Hosted by Gravity & Levity
Information at http://www.gravity-levity.net/

USA (Vermont): Feb 16-20, 2019 Introduction to Teaching Aerials

Hosted by New England Center for Circus Arts

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.

Register now at NECCA at www.necenterforcircusarts.org

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USA (Vermont): Feb 21-22, 2019 Foundation Level Teacher Training: Aerial Sling

USA (Vermont): Feb 21-22, 2019 Foundation Level Teacher Training: Aerial Sling
Hosted by New England Center for Circus Arts
PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Teaching Aerials workshop

This workshop will guide you though the curriculum created by Nimble Arts™ to provide clear and effective progressions and spotting techniques for beginner and improver aerial sling students. We'll discuss how to work with students in special demographics such as kids and older students, techniques for introducing choreography into classes and identifying body mechanics to trouble shoot skills and progress students to the next level.

Register now at www.necenterforcircusarts.org

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