Nimble Arts offers technique, creativity and teacher training workshops at colleges, circus schools, dance companies and circuses around the world. Founders Elsie Smith & Serenity Smith Forchion aim to improve the opportunities for creative movers and the teachers who elevate them. Elsie and Serenity are recipients of international awards for their work, including most recently the Vermont Governor’s hand picked Walter Cerf Excellence in the Arts Award and the American Circus Educators Excellence in Education Award.
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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
June (Brattleboro, VT USA) Intro to Teaching Aerials
Dates: June 20-24, 2022.
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.
Open to anyone age 16+ who is interested in learning to teach children and adults at summer camps, schools, gymnastics programs, or circus schools.
To register: www.necenterforcircusarts.org
July (Weare, New Hampshire, USA) Dancing in Trees
(Harness based movement Training for Aerialists, Dancers, Movers, Climbers, Researchers, Arborists, Acrobats, Explorers, and. . .)
July 2 – 6 (4 days, 5 nights)
Fee: $1295 plus $100 equipment fee (includes indoor & outdoor camping options) NOTE: Scholarships are Available on a first served basis.
At Renaissance Acres Tree Care, Weare, NH (USA)
Maximum enrollment: 12
Age 16 & up (or by permission of instructor)
Workshop Info document
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Tree Dancing/Aerialist: Serenity Smith Forchion
Tree Climbing/Arborist: Mark Przekurat
Join an expert arborist and aerialist team for a unique outdoor workshop where you learn the ropes of climbing as well as flex your creative spirit from the safety of harness dancing. For any curious movers - aerialist, climber, researcher, dancer, arborist, acrobat, explorer - ascend into a world of aerial exploration and personal discovery with nature as your creative backdrop. No prior experience necessary, just your desire and openness to move your body and commiserate with nature.
**Learn about installing points for supported exploration on climbing lines that is safe for the tree and safe for you.
**Experience a variety of harnesses, rigging options and climbing tools.
**A typical day will include practical and creative programming: grounded meditation, tree anatomy, rigging instruction, equipment sampling, creative sharing, stretching & physical training, and personal discovery time.
**Risk assessment strategies, rescue plan options.
**Participants will be asked to bring inspiration with them – poetry, music, images, writings, song – to incorporate into the creative elements of the program.
Schedule: 3 pm, Saturday July 2 through 9 am, Thursday, July 7
A NOTE ON COVID: All participants must be fully vaccinated. We currently plan to require a negative test upon arrival that way we can be unmasked together for the duration of the program.