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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USA (Vermont) June 9-13, 2018: Intro to Teaching Aerials

USA (Vermont) June 9-13, 2018:  Intro to Teaching Aerials
Required First Step in the Teacher Training Series
Hosted by New England Center for Circus Arts

This 34-hour introduction to teaching skill progressions for beginning tricks on trapeze and aerial fabric also includes segments on learning styles, spotting techniques, injury prevention, basic rigging concepts, equipment maintenance, and class management skills. Note: This workshop is required for application to the Nimble Arts™ Certification Course.

This workshop is designed for those interested in learning to teach children and adults at summer camps, schools, gymnastics programs, or circus schools.

Register now at www.necenterforcircusarts.org

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USA (Vermont): June 14-15, 2018 Foundation Level Teacher Training: Fabric

Hosted by New England Center for Circus Arts
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 aerial fabric 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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USA (Vermont): June 16-17, 2018: Fabric Teacher Training: Intermediate One

Hosted by New England Center for Circus Arts
PREREQUISITES: Fabric Teacher Training: Foundation Level or Fabric Teacher Training Workshop prior to 2013

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 a pace that allows their bodies to develop to the level of physicality necessary for safe fabric training.

Register now at www.necenterforcircusarts.org

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USA (Vermont): July 7-8, 2018 Foundation Level Teacher Training: Trapeze

USA (Vermont): July 7-8, 2018 Foundation Level Teacher Training: Trapeze
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 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.

Register now at www.necenterforcircusarts.org

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USA (Boulder, CO): July 30-Aug 10, 2018: Aerial Dance Festival

We are honored to have been invited back to be part of the 20th anniversary year! Elsie will be joined by Molly Graves for two weeks of workshops and performances. Check back soon for workshop details including fabric, lyra, sling, partnering in the air and conditioning.

To register visit www.frequentflyers.org

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CANADA (Toronto) Aug 8-12, 2018: Introduction to Teaching Aerials

CANADA (Toronto) Aug 8-12, 2018: Introduction to Teaching Aerials
Required First Step in the Teacher Training Series
Hosted by The Circus Fix

This 34-hour introduction to teaching skill progressions for beginning tricks on trapeze and aerial fabric also includes segments on learning styles, spotting techniques, injury prevention, basic rigging concepts, equipment maintenance, and class management skills. Note: This workshop is required for application to the Nimble Arts™ Certification Course.

This workshop is designed for those interested in learning to teach children and adults at summer camps, schools, gymnastics programs, or circus schools.

If you are not sure if you are at the necessary skill level or have any other questions, please contact Elsie at nimblearts@gmail.com for more information.

To register visit www.thecircusfix.ca
or email jamie@jamieholmes.com


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CANADA (Toronto) Aug 13-14, 2018: Foundation Level Teacher Training: Trapeze

Hosted by The Circus Fix
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 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.

To register visit www.thecircusfix.ca
or email jamie@jamieholmes.com

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CANADA (Toronto) Aug 15-16, 2018: Intermediate Level Teacher Training - Aerial Fabric

CANADA (Toronto) Aug 15-16, 2018: Intermediate Level Teacher Training - Aerial Fabric
Hosted by The Circus Fix
PREREQUISITES: Fabric Teacher Training: Foundation Level or Fabric Teacher Training Workshop prior to 2013.

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 a pace that allows their bodies to develop to the level of physicality necessary for safe fabric training.

To register visit www.thecircusfix.ca
or email jamie@jamieholmes.com

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Vermont (USA): August 20-24, 2018 - Fast Track Teacher Training Lyra (Aerial Hoop) Intro through Foundation

Vermont (USA): August 20-24, 2018 - Fast Track Teacher Training Lyra (Aerial Hoop) Intro through Foundation
Hosted by New England Center for Circus Arts
PREREQUISITES:
At least 2 years of personal aerial practice
At least 1 year of teaching experience
Have deep familiarity with a broad range of mid level skills.

Exceptions to this skill level requirement can be made for teachers with physical limitations that do not hinder their ability to be competent teachers AND spotters at the Intermediate level. (For example: someone in a foot cast with previous experience who can still spot and execute some skills, or someone with a shoulder injury who academically knows the skills required and are comfortable spotting.)

DESCRIPTION:
This 34-hour Fast Track aerial teachers’ course is intended for coaches with a deep familiarity with the apparatus who wish to advance their teaching skills in a consolidated program of learning. This course will work through material in the Nimble Arts Introduction to Teaching Aerials course that is specific to Lyra (Aerial Hoop) then progress through Improver (Foundation) level curriculum including seminar segments on learning styles, spotting techniques, injury prevention, basic rigging concepts, equipment maintenance, and class management skills. We'll focus on body mechanics, conditioning & stretching while creating a foundation of body awareness and safety and a framework for exploring creativity.

Register now at www.necenterforcircusarts.org

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Vermont (USA): August 23-24,2018 - Foundation Level Teacher Training - Lyra (Aerial Hoop)

Vermont (USA): August 23-24,2018 - Foundation Level Teacher Training - Lyra (Aerial Hoop)
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 through improver lyra (aerial hoop) students. We'll focus on body mechanics, conditioning & stretching while creating a foundation of body awareness and safety.

Register now at www.necenterforcircusarts.org

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

USA (Vermont): December 7-9: Nimble Arts Aerial Teachers' Gathering
SAVE THE DATE
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 Elsie Smith & Serenity Smith Forchion 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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