April 5 & 6 Cost: $130 by March 15th, $150 thereafter $90 One Day Only
**Class size is limited to 25 people**
The program will be held at the following acrobatics facility:
Location: Urban Lotus Yoga 2950 West Chicago Avenue Suite 201 Chicago, IL 60622
Time: 1:30-6:30 both days
What are we going to work on: In this workshop we will come together as a community of acrobats. Building upon a foundation of trust and support, you will learn how to hold your friends in the air while reaching for the next level. We will explore Standing Acrobatics, Hand to Hand, Icarian Acrobatics, and take it higher with Trio work!
This weekend program will empower students to explore beyond leading edge of their acrobatics practice with the skillful guidance of the teacher. We will warm-up with strength training for core, arms and shoulders as well as flexibility training, and review basic acrobatic elements to lay the foundation for the next level. We will put all the basic elements together into higher level partner acrobatics, such as washing machines, sequences from lying down to standing and vice versa, Icarian techniques (throwing and catching), hand-to-hand balancing and definitely a decent number of handstands on various bodyparts.
To just name a few of the benefits you might experience: increase in confidence, improved communication, better handstands, more trust & a great deal of fun with acrobatics... you will also get to learn some Dutch along the way! Students are welcome to come with a partner or alone.
Prerequisites: 1-year Acrobatics / AcroYoga experience, free headstand 1 min, handstand against the wall 30 sec, base or fly star (candlestick on feet) and shoulderstand on hands.
Niko Douwes is an acrobatics instructor from The Netherlands. He has trained traditional Dutch Acrobatics for more than 20 years and been teaching for over 12 years. Niko’s passion for acrobatics is contagious and he truly loves spreading the joy and harmony of this practice across the planet. People who train together grow together, and become friends. Studying with Niko will lift your acrobatic practice to the next level!About the Instructors: Niko Douwes has been teaching and training with acrobats in Nijmegen, Munich, Räterschen, Edinburgh, Reijkavik, Cork, Miami and Brussells for many years. He has worked professionally with Circus Capriolie, the Malleballe Circus, the ABC Circus and Los Gardineiros, and has been performing on the street and in theaters with juggling and acrobalance. Niko is always ready to share, perform, play and learn more circus skills anywhere on the planet.
Josh Young and Lizzy Tomber from acropedia.org lead this 2-day acro workshop focused on skills, techniques, progressions, and flows to open up your practice and take it to the next level. We will break down whips, pops, hand-to-hand, and the art of spinning. Learn the foundations of creative movement and discover new possibilities! Come alone or bring a friend. Please be sure you can complete the prerequisites before signing up.