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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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Click here for a more detailed description of the Aerial Teacher Trainings or scroll down for a list of upcoming workshops by date.
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 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. 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 - 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 aerial classes involves. It is abundantly clear that the quality and content of your courses is second to none. Natasha Mille, Scotland
September 23 - 27: Intro to Teaching Aerials (Tucson, AZ USA)
This Nimble Arts developed workshop is open to anyone who is interested in learning to teach the basic elements of trapeze and aerial fabric to children and adults at summer camps, schools, gymnastics programs, or circus schools following the Nimble Arts philosophy and methodology. Materials that will be covered include safety & spotting techniques; teaching methods; rigging & equipment maintenance; preventing chronic injuries; and skill progressions for beginning tricks.
Email Kelsey at Circus Sanctuary for registration
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.
October 6 - 8: Tree Dancing Retreat (Wallkill, NY USA)
Join an aerialist and arborist team for a unique outdoor workshop!
We will discover the freedom and joys of climbing trees with ropes/harnesses and dancing where gravity feels suspended. This is an experiential workshop intended to offer curious movers – aerialists, climbers, researchers, dancers, arborists, acrobats, explorers – an opportunity to ascend into a world of physical and personal discovery. We’ll teach you all the ropes you need to know, including physical and creative techniques while giving you space to explore at your own pace.
Tree Dancing/Aerialist: Serenity Smith Forchion from Nimble Arts
Tree Climbing/Arborist: Mark Przekurat from Renaissance Acres Tree Care
The retreat will include practical and creative programming:
Stretching & physical training
Personal discovery time
Opportunity to experience a variety of harnesses, rigging options and climbing tools
A chance to learn about installing points for supported exploration on climbing lines that are safe for the tree and safe for you
This retreat includes Tree Dancing activities, plus on site lodging options and catered meals. In addition to Tree Dancing Sessions, you can look forward to swimming and boating in the lake, campfires, quiet alone time, walks in the woods, communal meals, and new friends.