Double Workshops with Taylor & Emily: Friday May 12th

Taylor Aquino and Emily LeMieux of The Greatest of Ease Circus are coming to the Aviary with two specialized workshops.

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: Injury Prevention & Proper Engagement
5:45pm to 7:15pm


Wondering why your shoulder keeps hurting, or is it your back? Chances are you are either over/under-engaging and you’re not preparing your muscles enough before training. In this 90 minute workshop we will discuss exactly how to prevent these injuries and use your muscles properly.


Bottoms Up (and how to keep em there): Inversion Workshop
7:15pm to 8:45pm


We all have things we’re working on to make inverting a little bit easier. Whether it’s from the ground, in the air, with bent arms or straight, this is the 90 minute workshop you’ve been waiting for!



Take both workshops with Emily and Taylor for only $70, contact us for details!

Burlesque with Kate Nyx: Friday May 19th

Kate Nyx is a Philadelphia-based seamstress, songwriter, and showgirl. Raised in dressing rooms and sewing studios, Kate’s life long relationship with the stage in evident in her fierce and fiery performances. Since her debut in 2008, she’s performed her bombastic brand of bump and grind all over the continental US, and is happy to share her knowledge of burlesque with anyone willing to learn.


No Glove, No Love: Burlesque Narrative
6:00pm to 7:30pm


Almost every classic burlesque number starts with a glove peel; this 90 minute class uses that burlesque basic to explore the narrative power of striptease. Dive deeper into your relationship with your costumes and learn how simple glove removal can be a powerful storytelling tool, as well as discuss different social archetypes and how playing with your clothes can help you linger in the climax of your last reveal. Time to turn up the heat and get weird!


All About That Face
7:30pm to 8:30pm

Learn to serve your face up hot in this bubbly burlesque crash course! Designed for all skill levels, but specifically for beginners, this facial expression intensive combines classic choreography with improv comedy for an hour of fast fun. Whether you’re a burlesque fan looking for a peek behind the curtain or a performer who wants to rehab their mopey mug, this class will help shimmy and shake you out of your comfort zone.


Take both workshops for only $60, contact us for details!

Hula Hoop: Friday May 26th

Audria Larsen of Audacious Hoops is a lifelong hooper who has evolved from a contest winning, young hoop queen into a one woman, globe trotting whirlwind.

Hoop Foundations
5:30pm to 6:45pm

Learn the foundational moves so important to hoop dance, hoop fitness and circus hooping. All levels are welcome; this class is fabulous for beginner students and a wonderful way for more experienced hoopers to reclaim on the body hooping, tighten up the basics and sweat!

Jumping Through Hoops: Creating Flow & Dynamic Movement
7:00pm to 8:15pm

Explore how jump-throughs and tosses can create exciting movement and flow as you transition through different planes and levels, all while moving your hoop on, off and around the body. Learn to connect with your hoop in new ways and add pizzazz to your routine and playtime. Some hoop experience is preferred, but all levels are welcome in this workshop.

No hoop? No problem! Pre-made dance hoops and lightweight polypros will be available for purchase.

Take both workshops on the same day for only $55, contact us for details!

These workshops will resume on May 21st
Partner Acrobatics: Sundays at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Veronica Carey and Aaron Brumbaugh of Detroit Acro are experienced circus coaches and are certified to teach acrobatics through AcroRevolution.

This is an all-level, open class for everyone interested in learning more about Partner Acrobatics and Partner Balancing.

In Acro, we play with good alignment and momentum to let the “base” balance and move a partner (flyer). There will be material appropriate to all comfort levels, with new students learning basic poses and flows while experienced students build to more challenging poses and transitions.

You do not need to bring a partner or any previous experience to enjoy it! We will begin with warm-up exercises and progress through fundamental poses that are just begging to be linked together in interesting ways! It’s a fun, low-stress, and safe environment to improve fitness, balance, and communication.

  • $30 for a single workshop
  • $100 for a package of four acro workshops

Bends, Twists, and Tricks with Jenna Ciatto: 6/15, 6/16, 6/20

Jenna is a freelance circus/aerial artist specializing in lyra, pole dance and contortion. She found circus arts after completing her BA degree. Having danced all of her life, circus offered a new and exciting creative outlet for personal expression through movement. Jenna began her training in Phoenix, Arizona and continued in London, England for a year while completing her MA. After finishing her degree she moved back to Phoenix to pursue circus arts full time, where she taught and performed regularly for private, corporate, and staged events and for some of Phoenix's best nightclubs. She now lives in Brattleboro, VT where she studies full time at the New England Center for Circus Arts.

Fundamentals of Deeper Back Bending
Thurs 6/15
6pm - 8pm

This workshop is a primer to contortion training. Together we explore the differences between flexibility and mobility, and discuss ways to open, strengthen, and stabilize the shoulders, hips, and spine. Students will learn, in depth, the purpose behind the alignment cues regularly offered in traditional yoga and flexibility classes. We will discuss various methods and the tools they offer for training flexibility, including yoga, traditional Mongolian contortion, and newer methods.

Lyra: Fri 6/16, 6pm - 8pm

Roll, snake, and flow in the hoop. This workshop covers transitions between belly and back, bottom and top bar, and front and back of the hoop. We'll explore the effect that direction of spin and direction of movement has on flow. Students will learn combinations and also be given the theoretical tools necessary to make their own combinations smoother and more seamless.

Register for two of Jenna's workshops for $5 off, register for all three and receive $10 off, contact us for details!

Intro to Contortion Tricks: Tues 6/20, 6pm - 8pm

Chinstands, forearm stands, floor poses, and standing leg scales. This workshop is designed for the student or performer who already understands the mechanics of safe stretching and is looking to add performative skills to their repertoire. We'll cover the foundational skills seen in every contortion act, including entrances, exits, and transitions between skills.

Register for two of Jenna's workshops for $5 off, register for all three and receive $10 off, contact us for details!

Inversions and Trapeze with Matt Buss: 6/6 & 6/9

Co-owner and head coach of The Detroit Flyhouse Circus School, Matt Buss has been teaching circus arts for over 10 years to people of all ages.  He is known for his easy-going style and sense of humor, as well as his wealth of knowledge and experience in yoga and circus arts.  In addition to being an accomplished aerialist, Matt is also a contortionist and stilt acrobat.

Turn Your World Upside-Down!
Arm Balance and Inversions Workshop
Tues 6/6, 6pm - 7:30pm

Have you ever wanted to learn a headstand or handstand?  Already working on inversions and looking for some fresh tips?  Ever wondered how those funky yoga arm balances work?  Well your time has come!  This fun and playful workshop will cover all sorts of interesting ways to go upside-down and balance on your hands.  Perfect for total beginners and pros alike, this workshop is full of tips and tricks to build your circus ground game.  Who wants to be right-side up all the time anyway?



Hang Tough! Intermediate to Advanced Trapeze Workshop
Fri 6/9, 6pm - 7:30pm

This choreography class will focus on the tough stuff. Ready to work?

In this workshop, meathook, heel hang, toe hang, and elbow hang will all get worked into some exciting trapeze sequences. Haven't mastered all of these? Great!  And no problem!  Tips and tricks for safely transitioning into and out of these positions as well how to make the moves feel lighter and more comfortable will be explored.

Register for both workshops and receive $5 off, contact us for details!

Vertical Partnering
Fri 7/21, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Level: Intermediate + on rope or fabric - basic partnering experience on any apparatus is encouraged but not required

The vertical apparatus allows for an unusual and compelling way to interact with a partner using height, tension and vertical space. The relationships and transitions between them can be as beautiful as they are dynamic and surprising.

This workshop will introduce the various ways to partner on the vertical apparatus. Working with some of our favorite examples of partnering; we will explore the various categories of partner work, including: role reversal, hand to hand (with and without tail), tension pole, flier & tail, mirroring and more.


S-Lock Exploration
Sat 7/22, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Level: Intermediate/Advanced – Participants must be comfortable with the hip key and s-lock wraps.

S-lock is a fundamental wrap for vertical apparatus (silks & rope). When watching an aerial performance we immediately recognize when someone is getting into this wrap and can readily predict what they’re going to do out of it.

This workshop will focus on building a unique and interesting vocabulary of entrances into s-lock and unexpected exits out of it. We will explore various ways of transitioning in the air to achieve these movements; threading, twisting and flaring. S-lock will cease to be a mundane wrap and become a transitional position in which to create innovative and seamless choreography.


Flashy Skills
Sat 7/22, 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Level: Intermediate

We’ve all seen it… That routine that looks so showstopping but seems so simple we can’t help but think… I can do that. And, you can. In this workshop we will learn how to add some flash without breaking the bank. Not every jaw dropping skill has to be terrifying, impossibly painful or require some super human strength. We will explore some really accessible skills that will add some extra sparkle to your routine.

Students can expect to work on: simple but surprising drops, flips, unexpected set ups for standardized skills and showy poses.


Rope for Fabric Lovers
Sat 7/22, 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Level: Intermediate/Advanced - Experience with beats is recommended, must be able to ascend and descend, and apply footlocks unaided

This workshop will give fabric enthusiasts the opportunity to explore rope specific movement that can translate to and inspire fabric skills; and is perfect for any student wishing to increase their general vertical vocabulary.

Almost anything done on rope can be transferred to fabric. Combining the skill base of rope and fabric into a single act will open up a larger range of transitional options, resulting in a truly unique and captivating fabric choreography.


Cross Back Straddle Exploration
Sat 7/22, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Prerequisites: Proficiency with cross back straddle (x-back) and footlocks

Fabric has always been a crowd favorite. Understanding how to use some of the most recognizable visual elements [like cross back straddle] in a more integrated and compelling way can not only help expand your vocabulary but ultimately improve your audience engagement.

In this workshop we’ll explore some of the unexpected and even bizarre ways to set up this quintessential aerial silks trick to keep your audience guessing, from highly complex and intricate to straightforward and dynamic! And once we’re there we’ll flip, dive, contort and wrap for some unusual exits.