Weekend Course in Red Deer, AB includes 12 hours of instruction over 2 days.
Morning: Beginner hand balance
Afternoon: Beginner Floor Acrobatics plus flexibility
Morning: Intermediate/advanced hand balance
Afternoon: Intermediate/advanced floor acrobatics
Hand Balance class description:
The beginner sessions will focus more on physical preparation, theory, and development of the basic techniques in order to get students more comfortable on their hands and create a good base for more advanced skills.
-Physical Preparation for wrists and shoulders
-Alignment for the handstand, and how to get around restrictions
-Arm support using the body’s physical structure to its advantage
-Building comfort and awareness during inversion
-How to perform use the wall to build your HS without building bad habits for the future
-How to safely bail out of the handstand to increase confidence and help prevent potential injury
-Developing balance in the handstand using a deliberate and methodical method
-Entries into the handstand and how to make them consistent
-Developing confidence and consistency in the freestanding balance
-Different methods of using the body to correct the balance to increase control and versatility
-Learning to break the line and return in preparation for advanced skills
-Spotting a handstand in a way that will help the student learn on their own
-Teaching cues to help dispel the ‘common myths’ and bring about efficiency in learning
Intermediate/advanced sessions are for students with experience and will focus heavily on skill development at a faster pace.
-a consistent 30 seconds freestanding handstand with a decent line. Not necessarily required but students will get more practical benefit from the sessions having met this basic proficiency.
-Refinement of basics to a high degree of precision
-Adding complexity to the basics to increase the challenge
-Testing the balance to sharpen the reflexes
-Common and uncommon handstand shapes and transitions between then
-Movement in a static handstand
-Technique for press handstand and stalder presses
-Hollowback or Mexican handstand development
-Jumping in a handstand
-Developing the one arm handstand(Very complex topic with many sub-topics of its own)
-Theory on how to stay healthy and reduce injuries during the training
-Theory on how to structure training for skills, strength, conditioning, and endurance
Acrobatics class Description:
Beginner sessions will introduce participants to acrobatics and floor movement to give them a wider perspective of the art.
-Physical preparation so the body can stay healthy, properly handle the demands placed upon it and reduce risks of injuries
-The role of body tension in acrobatics
-The importance of fear and psychological restrictions in skill progression, and how to overcome them
-Technique, timing, and coordination for jumping and landing in regards to acrobatic skills
-Learning how to fall safely to increase confidence and reduce risk of injuries
-How to build and dissipate momentum
-Different perspectives of rolling on the floor
-Progressions for gymnastics floor skills
-Progressions for some capoeira floor work
-Progressions for some tricking moves
The intermediate sessions are for students with a bit of experience in at least basic floor acrobatics, i.e. cartwheels and rolls. These classes will still spend time in injury prevention and physical preparation but will move much faster into the skill progressions. Because the group levels can vary significantly, there are many options as to which direction these workshop can go. One thing I also try to do is give students both the perspectives of the gymnastics style of this training as well as the tricking and capoeira methods; as they differ greatly but both offer huge movement potential.
As far as what skills we actually work on, I can make no guarantees as it will depend on the level/interests of the group as well as the equipment we have access to in the facility.
Prerequisites: Familiarity with rolls and cartwheels
-Physical preparation and injury prevention
-Importance of body tension and timing
-Breakfalls to reduce risk of injury
-Basic coordination exercises to use as warm up and progressions for skills
-Refinement of basic acrobatic movements
-Variations on basics
-Speed and tempo changes of movements
-Gymnastics tumbling progressions
-Capoeira and tricking progressions
-Combinations and transitions
-Partner work to present new challenges and increase awareness
Subjects and curriculum of the course will ultimately be dependent on the group as every event is unique.
To learn more about possible content please visit the following page:
I am a professional acrobat based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. I came from mainly a self-taught background and eventually went on to perform on a professional level and teach all over the world. In addition to performing, I teach workshops in hand balancing, acrobatics, and the physical arts to help people gain a greater sense of freedom and self-awareness.
$325 USD with Registration before May 9
$400 USD With registration after May 9
Attended a previous 2-day or longer workshop? 25% off either price
Attended two or more? 50% discount off the price