Elena Panova

Born in Murom, Russia, Elena Panova is a graduate of Moscow's Circus and Variety College, where she specialized as an aerialist. Under the guidance of the famous training tandem of Tereza Durova and Viktor Fomin, she created a groundbreaking swinging trapeze act that redefined swinging trapeze as it is performed today all over the world. Elena won a gold medal and the Ministry of Culture award at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris in 1987, and the gold medal at the 1988 All-Union Circus Artists Competition of the USSR. For over twenty years, she has performed in major circuses and variety and theater shows on four continents, including the Moscow Circus, Circus Knie, the Cirque d'Hiver-Bouglione in Paris, Circus Carré in Amsterdam, the Victorian Arts Center in Melbourne, and the Big Apple Circus. She has also been a judge several times at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris. Elena moved to the United States in 1991. She started teaching at Circus Center in 2004.



Elena Panova instructs the following:
  • Static Trapeze 2
  • Students learn how to balance on the bar, moves that require strong upper body support, and body drops with ankle catch. They are also introduced to spins around the bar and ropes.

     

    Prerequisite: Instructor approval

     

    Recommended complementary classes: Aerial Conditioning, Stretching, Physical Limitation Elimination.

     

     


  • Intro to Mixed Aerials
  • Specially created for new students, Intro to Mixed Aerials introduces participants to the basics of Aerial performance. This 90-minute class combines strength and technique training on Static Trapeze, Rope, and Tissu to develop the fundamentals of movement on Aerial apparatus. Session enrollment is encouraged.

    People ages 16 and up are allowed to take the class.

    No Prerequisites.

     


  • Static Trapeze 1
  • Class focuses on beats, and building core and upper body strength. Students learn basic positions on and under the bar.

     

    Prerequisite: Instructor approval

     

    Recommended complementary classes: Aerial Conditioning, Stretching, Physical Limitation Elimination.

     

     


  • Hoop 2
  • Students learn hanging and contortion positions, hoop rotation, and body drops and catches.

     

    Prerequisite: Instructor Approval

     

    Recommended complementary classes: Aerial Conditioning, Stretching, Physical Limitation Elimination, Contortion.

     

     


  • Aerial Conditioning: Level 1
  • Intended for new students, Aerial Conditioning: Level 1 is an endurance and strength-building class that targets core, arm, and leg strength, while developing cardiovascular and muscular endurance. This 90-minute class mixes ground conditioning with stretching and apparatus training to work the entire body, build up a sweat, and tone muscles for maximum strength and control. Students will work singly and in partnership on apparatus such as Static Trapeze, Rope, and Wall Rack to develop confidence in their own strength and coordination. Aerial Conditioning: Level 1 is a drop-in class, which can be started at any time by people of any age and fitness level.

     

    No Prerequisites.

     

     


  • Hoop 1
  • Classes focus on building upper body strength, developing flexibility, and basic static figures.

     

    Prerequisite: Instructor Approval

     

    Recommended complementary classes: Aerial Conditioning, Stretching, Physical Limitation Elimination, Contortion.

     

     


  • Single-Point Trapeze 1
  • Single-point trapeze uses a mixture of static trapeze and aerial hoop techniques. It requires upper body strength and flexibility. Tricks include knees, toes, and heels hangs, and are performed in a dynamic manner, with the trapeze in constant motion.

     

    Prerequisite: Instructor approval

     

    Recommended complementary classes: Aerial Conditioning, Stretching, Physical Limitation Elimination, Flexibility for Every-Body.

     

     


  • Swinging Trapeze 1
  • Swinging trapeze is performed on a heavy trapeze that is in constant swinging motion. Tricks include body drops caught either by the hands, the ankles, or the heels, and occasionally combined with various pirouettes or saltos. It requires good body coordination, upper body strength, and a good sense of timing, all of which are acquired or improved during classes.

    Prerequisite: Instructor Approval.

    Recommended complementary classes: Aerial Conditioning, Stretching, Physical Limitation Elimination, Flexibility for Every-Body, Trampoline.


  • Static Trapeze 3
  • Static Trapeze 3 will focus on dynamic moves, drops, and routine composition.

     

    Prerequisite: Instructor approval

     

    Recommended complementary classes: Aerial Conditioning, Stretching, Physical Limitation Elimination.

     

     


  • Aerial Conditioning: Level 2
  • Aerial Conditioning: Level 2 is designed for intermediate and advanced students who have completed Aerial Conditioning: Level 1, or have previous aerial training and who wish to develop additional strength-based technique on aerial apparatus. This class builds on the strengthening curriculum from Aerial Conditioning: Level 1 to include moves based on timing, momentum and rhythm. Students will work singly and in partnership on apparatus such as Static Trapeze, Rope, Tissu, and Wall Rack to develop confidence in their personal strength and coordination.

     

    Prerequisite: Instructor approval.