Workshops

Workshops

Elsie Smith & Serenity Smith Forchion offer technique, creativity and teacher training workshops at colleges, circus schools, dance companies and circuses around the world. Click here for a more detailed description of the Aerial Teacher Trainings or scroll down for a list of upcoming workshops by date.

Nimble Arts is a resident company at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) Elsie & Serenity founded the school and serve as Artistic Directors. Programming includes a multi year Professional Training Program for aspiring performers as well as classes for youth and recreational students. Located in Brattleboro, VT, we welcome visitors to create their own 'workshop' by coming for a day, a week or more!

If you are interested in hosting a skills based or teacher training workshop at your studio, please email us at trapeze@sover.net

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TESTIMONIALS

You are hands down the best aerial coach I have ever had the opportunity to work with. A. Funk, Montreal

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


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MACAU: April 9 - 13: Introduction to Teaching Aerials

MACAU: April 9 - 13:  Introduction to Teaching Aerials
Hosted by Hidden Talent & Acrobatics
Required First Step in the Teacher Training Series

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. Note: This workshop is required for application to the Nimble Arts™ Certification Course.

PRE-REQUISITES: All students are expected to prepare by successfully completing the elements in the required Nimble Arts™ DVD: Aerial Fabric: Beginning Level 1 prior to the start of the workshop. Trapeze experience is not necessary but it will make your journey easier.

Fee: $950

To register please go to Hidden Talent.
Or email mail@hiddentalentaerial.com

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USA (Brattleboro): April 20-22: Intermediate Fabric Teacher Training, Level 1

USA  (Brattleboro): April 20-22: Intermediate Fabric Teacher Training, Level 1
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 a pace that allows their bodies to develop to the level of physicality necessary for safe fabric training.

PREREQUISITES: Completion of Fabric Teacher Training: Foundation Level or Fabric Teacher Training Workshop prior to 2013, 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 (aka ramon), 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 unsure if you are at the necessary skill level please contact Serenity at trapeze@sover.net.

Fee: $395

To register please go to www.necenterforcircusarts.org.

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CANADA (Toronto): June 4-8: Introduction to Teaching Aerials

CANADA  (Toronto): June 4-8: Introduction to Teaching Aerials
Required First Step in the Teacher Training Series

Hosted by Circus Warehouse, 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 open to anyone who is interested in learning to teach children and adults at summer camps, schools, gymnastics programs, or circus schools.

PREREQUISITES: All students are expected to prepare by successfully completing the elements in the required Nimble Arts™ DVD: Aerial Fabric: Beginning Level 1 prior to the start of the workshop. Trapeze experience is not necessary but it will make your journey easier. Age: Adult 16+

If you are not sure if you are at the necessary skill level or have any other questions, please contact Serenity at trapeze@sover.net for more information.

Register at The Circus Fix.
or email jamie@jamieholmes.com

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CANADA (Toronto): June 9-11: Foundation Level Teacher Training: Fabric

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.

Schedule: 1/2 days with optional private lessons available; Fri: 9am-1pm/ Sat: 330-730pm/Sun: 6-9pm

PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Teaching Aerials workshop. Be comfortable executing, without prompting, skills from DVD "Aerial Fabric Beginning Level 2" including cross back straddle, and be comfortable inverting off the ground. Note that participants who do not meet the required experience level will be asked to sit out the workshop and will not be refunded. 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 Foundation 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.)

All students are expected to prepare by successfully completing the elements in the required Nimble Arts™ DVD: Aerial Fabric: Beginning Level 2 prior to the start of the workshop.

If you are not sure if you are at the necessary skill level or have any other questions, please contact Serenity at trapeze@sover.net for more information.

Register at The Circus Fix.
or email jamie@jamieholmes.com

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CANADA (Toronto): June 12-14: Foundation Level Teacher Training: Lyra (Hoop)

CANADA  (Toronto): June 12-14: Foundation Level Teacher Training: Lyra (Hoop)
PREREQUISITE: Completion of Introduction to Teaching Aerials.

This workshop will guide you though the curriculum created by Nimble Arts™ to provide clear and effective progressions and spotting techniques for beginner lyra/hoop students. We'll focus on body mechanics, conditioning & stretching while creating a foundation of body awareness and safety.

Schedule: 1/2 days (optional Private Lessons also available) Mon: 8am-12pm/Tues: 8am-12pm/Wed: 8am-11am

PRE-REQUISITES: Completion of Introduction to Teaching Aerials workshop.
Be comfortable executing Foundation level skills: this includes, but is not limited to skills under the bar (double ankle hang/running man, one knee hang), on the bar (front balance, straddle back balance, gazelle, amazon), and beginner "velocity" skills such as half mill circles. If you are not sure if you are at the necessary skill level please contact Serenity at trapeze@sover.net.

Register at The Circus Fix.
or email jamie@jamieholmes.com

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USA (Brattleboro): June 11 - 15: Introduction to Teaching Aerials

USA  (Brattleboro): June 11 - 15: Introduction to Teaching Aerials
Required First Step in the Teacher Training Series
Fee: $950

Hosted by the 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 open to anyone who is interested in learning to teach children and adults at summer camps, schools, gymnastics programs, or circus schools.

PREREQUISITES: All students are expected to prepare by successfully completing the elements in the required Nimble Arts™ DVD: Aerial Fabric: Beginning Level 1 prior to the start of the workshop. Trapeze experience is not necessary but it will make your journey easier. Age: Adult 16+

If you are not sure if you are at the necessary skill level or have any other questions, please contact Serenity at trapeze@sover.net for more information.

To register please go to www.necenterforcircusarts.org.

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USA (Brattleboro): June 16 - 18: Foundation Level Teacher Training: Sling/Hammock

USA  (Brattleboro): June 16 - 18: Foundation Level Teacher Training: Sling/Hammock
This workshop will guide you though the curriculum created by Nimble Arts™ to provide clear and effective progressions and spotting techniques for beginner aerial sling (loop / hammock) students. We’ll focus on body mechanics, conditioning & stretching while creating a foundation of body awareness and safety. 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 beginner students including skills with the sling closed and open and drops.

PREREQUISITES: Completion of Introduction to Teaching Aerials workshop, and be comfortable executing Foundation level skills: this includes, but is not limited basic aerial skills such as pull over, knee hang, and inverting off the ground. Experience on trapeze, fabric or sling/hammock is required. If you are not sure if you are at the necessary skill level please contact Serenity at trapeze@sover.net.

Fee: $395
Scheduled concurrently as 1/2 days so attendees can also attend the June 16 - 18: Foundation Level Teacher Training: Lyra/Hoop

To register please go to www.necenterforcircusarts.org.

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USA (Brattleboro): June 16 - 18: Foundation Level Teacher Training: Lyra / Hoop

USA  (Brattleboro): June 16 - 18: Foundation Level Teacher Training: Lyra / Hoop
This workshop will guide you though the curriculum created by Nimble Arts™ to provide clear and effective progressions and spotting techniques for beginner lyra/hoop students. We'll focus on body mechanics, conditioning & stretching while creating a foundation of body awareness and safety.

PRE-REQUISITES: Completion of Introduction to Teaching Aerials workshop.
Be comfortable executing Foundation level skills: this includes, but is not limited to skills under the bar (double ankle hang/running man, one knee hang), on the bar (front balance, straddle back balance, gazelle, amazon), and beginner ""velocity"" skills such as half mill circles. If you are not sure if you are at the necessary skill level please contact Serenity at trapeze@sover.net.

Fee: $395

Scheduled concurrently as 1/2 days so attendees can also attend the June 16 - 18: Foundation Level Teacher Training: Sling (Hammock)

To register please go to www.necenterforcircusarts.org.

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USA (North Carolina) July 1-5: Introduction to Teaching Aerials

USA (North Carolina) July 1-5:  Introduction to Teaching Aerials
Required First Step in the Teacher Training Series
Hosted by Caroline Calouche & Co

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.

PREREQUISITES: All students are expected to prepare by successfully completing the elements in the required Nimble Arts™ DVD: Aerial Fabric: Beginning Level 1 prior to the start of the workshop. Trapeze experience is not necessary but it will make your journey easier. Age: Adult 16+

If you are not sure if you are at the necessary skill level or have any other questions, please contact Serenity at trapeze@sover.net for more information.

To register visit carolinecalouche.org/summer-classes/nimblearts/
or email classes@carolinecalouche.org

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USA (North Carolina) July 6-8: Foundation Level Teacher Training: Fabric

USA (North Carolina) July 6-8:  Foundation Level Teacher Training: Fabric
Hosted by Caroline Calouche & Co

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.

Schedule: Day 1 & 2: 9 am - 1 pm, Day 3: 9 am - 12 pm

PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Teaching Aerials workshop. Be comfortable executing, without prompting, skills from DVD "Aerial Fabric Beginning Level 2" including cross back straddle, and be comfortable inverting off the ground. Note that participants who do not meet the required experience level will be asked to sit out the workshop and will not be refunded. 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 Foundation 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.)

All students are expected to prepare by successfully completing the elements in the required Nimble Arts™ DVD: Aerial Fabric: Beginning Level 2 prior to the start of the workshop.

If you are not sure if you are at the necessary skill level or have any other questions, please contact Serenity at trapeze@sover.net for more information.

To register visit carolinecalouche.org/summer-classes/nimblearts/
or email classes@carolinecalouche.org

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USA (North Carolina) July 6-8: Foundation Level Teacher Training: Lyra

USA (North Carolina) July 6-8: Foundation Level Teacher Training: Lyra
Hosted by Caroline Calouche & Co

This workshop will guide you though the curriculum created by Nimble Arts™ to provide clear and effective progressions and spotting techniques for beginner lyra/hoop students. We'll focus on body mechanics, conditioning & stretching while creating a foundation of body awareness and safety.

PREREQUISITE: Completion of Introduction to Teaching Aerials.
Be comfortable executing Foundation level skills: this includes, but is not limited to skills under the bar (double ankle hang/running man, one knee hang), on the bar (front balance, straddle back balance, gazelle, amazon), and beginner ""velocity"" skills such as half mill circles. If you are not sure if you are at the necessary skill level please contact Serenity at trapeze@sover.net.

Schedule: Days 1 & 2: 2 - 6 pm and Day 3: 1 - 4 pm

To register visit carolinecalouche.org/summer-classes/nimblearts/
or email classes@carolinecalouche.org


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USA (St. Louis) July 13 - 17: Introduction to Teaching Aerials

Required First Step in the Teacher Training Series
Hosted by Bumbershoot -- PRIVATE CLOSED workshop

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.

PREREQUISITES: All students are expected to prepare by successfully completing the elements in the required Nimble Arts™ DVD: Aerial Fabric: Beginning Level 1 prior to the start of the workshop. Trapeze experience is not necessary but it will make your journey easier. Age: Adult 16+

If you are not sure if you are at the necessary skill level or have any other questions, please contact Serenity at trapeze@sover.net for more information.

For information, contact Joelle at joelle@thebumbershoot.com

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