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Straps - Building the Aerial Body aka How Not to Destroy Your Shoulders w/ Shannon McKenna

$100Purchase required to enroll

Photographer: @dannyrolls

April 17-19: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 3-4:30P

Ever watched a crazy straps move or a dynamic rope sequence on Instagram and thought, "How do they not RIP THEIR SHOULDERS OFF!?" Excellent question. This series has answers. Through a battery of exercises using resistance bands, pulleys, and aerial apparatus, we'll work through what's going on when we hang in the air in all sorts of positions and movements and how to protect our shoulders as we demand more out of them. This series is great for teachers and students alike and will be designed to condition your body in a way that will not tire you out for all the other wonderful workshops in the weekend.

This series will be most helpful if you have had about a year of aerial experience. Because this is dedicated to improving your strength, there is not expectation that you are already "strong enough." You will be asked to hang upside down, however, as long as you are working on inversions, you'll be just fine.

Wear comfortable athletic clothing that will keep you warm. Some students may prefer to cover their wrists with cotton sweat bands. Please bring any resistance bands you already own.

Shannon McKenna, aerialist and founder of TheArtistAthlete.com, was never a dancer, never a gymnast, but one hell of a tree climber. She earned her B.F.A. from NYU with a concentration in physical theater and decided the summer after college, without much idea of what it meant, to become a circus artist. She packed up her life in a suitcase and traveled the globe in search of the best coaches to teach her, teaching aerial arts to whoever wanted to learn, and put her work on any stage she could. Her approach to students is a mix of highly physical exercises and subtle work to train specific muscles to achieve skills efficiently. She seeks help individuals unlock strengths and talents to build artists and aerial work that is authentic and original. She teaches workshops and classes all over he world. Her performance work has spanned from traditional shows in large arenas to intimate contemporary pieces in small black box theaters. She performs as a solo artist, a part of artistic duos, and ensembles. Career highlights being a magician’s assistant in Portugal, a post-food poisoning silks act in the German show WET, and hanging underneath a motorcycle on a tight wire with the Flying Espanas. In 2018, Shannon launched The Artist Athlete, an online resource that produces educational material for aerialists including widely reviewed e-books and online courses, as well as a weekly podcast which contains interviews with professionals in the circus industry. It is available on Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, and iTunes. She is now based in Montreal, Quebec.

Website: http://www.theartistathlete.com
Instagram: @the_artist_athlete

Cancellation policy A refund may be issued if enrollment is cancelled a full 14 days prior to the course start date. To cancel, please email info@aerialclt.com with your full name, workshop enrolled, and a reason for your cancellation. ***To reschedule your course enrollment due to injury or sickness, a dated doctors note will be required in order to reschedule***