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 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.

The workshops listed below are by date - iIf 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

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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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CANADA (Niagara, ON) Oct 12-13: Intermediate Level Aerial Fabric Teacher Training Part 1

Hosted by Paradisaea Aerial Dance

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.

PRE-REQUISITES:
Fabric Teacher Training: Foundation Level

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 not sure if you are at the necessary skill level, please contact us at nimblearts@gmail.com for more information.

To register visit https://www.paradisaea-aerial.com
or email maryyoung1112@gmail.com

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CANADA (Niagara, ON) Oct 14-18: Intro to Teaching Aerials

Required First Step in the Teacher Training Series
Hosted by Paradisaea Aerial Dance

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 us at nimblearts@gmail.com for more information.

To register visit https://www.paradisaea-aerial.com
or email maryyoung1112@gmail.com

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USA (Tennessee): Oct 18-22 Intro to Teaching Aerials

Required First Step in the Teacher Training Series
Hosted by Dragonfly Aerial 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.

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 us at nimblearts@gmail.com for more information.

To register visit www.dragonflyaerialartsstudio.com
or email lmcleod1@gmail.com

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USA (Boston) October 23 - 27: Introduction to Teaching Aerials

USA (Boston) October 23 - 27:  Introduction to Teaching Aerials
Required First Step in the Teacher Training Series
Hosted by Commonwealth Circus Center

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 nimblearts@gmail.com for more information.

To register visit https://www.commonwealthcircus.com
or email info@commonwealthcircus.com

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USA (Boston) October 28-29: Foundation Level Teacher Training: Aerial Fabric

Hosted by Commonwealth Circus Center

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.

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 nimblearts@gmail.com for more information.

To register visit https://www.commonwealthcircus.com
or email info@commonwealthcircus.com

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USA (Vermont): Nov 4-5: AXIS Dance Company - Integrated movement workshop

USA (Vermont): Nov 4-5:  AXIS Dance Company - Integrated movement workshop
As a teacher, I seek continuing trainings that will offer me new perspectives and so I participated in a workshop with AXIS Dance Company in March. I was curious to expand my own methods and structures for supporting integrated experiences for my students and my own personal devising. As a ‘non-dancer’, I had my own integration to connect with. The workshop gave me new ideas for creativity and I suggest it for dancers, teachers, choreographers, and ‘community developers’ of all genres from circus to dance and theater and beyond!Serenity Smith Forchion, Nimble Arts / NECCA

Join internationally acclaimed AXIS Dance Company for an intense, fun and explorative movement adventure in dance theatre and disability where all people interested in movement are welcome to join us. Drawing on AXIS Dance Company's 30 years in leading the field of Physically Integrated dance with AXIS Artistic Director Marc Brew and company dancers we will share with you a journey of discovery into the working practices and methods of the company. You will develop skills in physically integrated dance and theatre through the use of inclusive language, improvisation, theatrical skills, partnering work, translation, learning existing repertoire and developing choreographic ideas and tasks to share with fellow artists. www.axisdance.org

Co-presented by Nimble Arts and the New England Center for Circus Arts with support for the public showing from Southern Vermont Dance Festival with support from New England Foundation for the Arts.

Location: New England Center for Circus Arts new fully accessible building at 10 Town Crier Drive, Brattleboro, VT
The new facility is fully accessible.

Workshop Fee: $250

Schedule
Saturday, November 4: 10am–4pm(1–2pm Break) (optional Flying Trapeze drop in class in the evening)
Sunday, November 5: 10am–5pm (1-2pm Break & 4–5 pm open showing by the participants for public)

Open to the Public showing with Question & Answer session
Sunday, Nov. 5: 4 – 5 pm
Co-Sponsored by Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Nimble Arts and the New England Center for Circus Arts.
Suggested donation: $10

To register, email Serenity directly at nimblearts@gmail.com
For Information on lodging and travel and the host facility, visit www.necenterforcircusarts.org/aboutus/visit/

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USA (Wisconsin) Nov 8-12: Intro to Teaching Aerials

Required First Step in the Teacher Training Series
Hosted by Madison Circus Space

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 us at nimblearts@gmail.com for more information.

To register visit https://www.madisoncircusspace.com
or email karen.nellessen@gmail.com

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USA (Vermont): Nov. 9 - 12: Circus Workshop Weekend

USA (Vermont):  Nov. 9 - 12:  Circus Workshop Weekend
Elsie and Serenity will be teaching as part of the New England Center for Circus Arts huge Circus Workshop Weekend! Lots of workshops to take for aerialists and acrobats in their new high ceiling trapezium including Serenity's Swinging Trapeze workshop!

https://www.necenterforcircusarts.org/learn/workshops/circus_workshop_we/

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ENGLAND (Brighton): January 6 - 10, 2018: Introduction to Teaching Aerials

ENGLAND (Brighton): January 6 - 10, 2018:  Introduction to Teaching Aerials
Hosted by Gravity & Levity
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.

Registration will open after the summer. To save a spot, please email Serenity at
trapeze@sover.net

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ENGLAND (Brighton): January 11-12: 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.

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.

Registration will open after the summer. To save a spot, please email Serenity at
trapeze@sover.net

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ENGLAND (Eastleigh): January 13-14: Aerial Teachers Symposium

Hosted by Gravity & Levity
Serenity Smith Forchion will be a guest speaker at thistwo day gathering to connect with leading aerial and aerial dance teachers and enjoy conversation and seminars.

More information is forthcoming in Fall, 2017, and save the date!

Info at Gravity & Levity.

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USA (Virginia) April 30 - May 6, 2018: Introduction to Teaching Aerials

Required First Step in the Teacher Training Series
Hosted by Monarca in Flight

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 Elsie at nimblearts@gmail.com for more information.

To register visit www.monarcainflight.com
or email keith@monarcainflight.com

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USA (Virginia): May 5-6, 2018 Foundation Level Teacher Training: Fabric

Hosted by Monarca in Flight
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.

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 us at nimblearts@gmail.com for more information.

To register visit www.monarcainflight.com
or email keith@monarcainflight.com

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