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STRETCHING WORKSHOPS WITH JIM DONAK
BEYOND ACROBATICS


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No early cancels granted or medical notes accepted.



BEYOND
ACROBATICS

Breaking Down and Reconstructing
the Acrobatic Form


Man taking a leap on the diving hoop | Circus Center | Image by Piego RiveboisThis workshop’s aim is to help the curious acrobat escape the traditional acrobatic form, and allow their own voice to inspire their next steps. We will be exploring the basic components of acrobatics, reducing them to their most basic forms and moving away from their linear progression, in an effort to create original sequences of acrobatics that are unique to each person’s style, sensibilities, and personality.

Acro Breakdown is a chance for the individual acrobat to explore new unique possibilities.  Regular classes like Acrobatics teach the fundamentals and correct body mechanics of how to perform tumbling skills. However, what lies beyond the end of the trick? Is acrobatics limited by the fact that each skill has a prescribed beginning and end? Do cartwheels always have to be done the same way from now until eternity?

“Acro-research” is a new concept that has emerged from contemporary circus. Looking to dance and movement as inspiration, circus artists have begun to apply an almost academic research process to the technical world of acrobatics. Its goal is to breakdown the formality of tumbling and ask the question, “How can I make this look like nothing ever seen before?”

General requirements for the workshop include a very solid understanding of basic acrobatic moves: forward and backward rolls, side and shoulder rolls, and cartwheels. Experience with forward and backward bending tricks like walk-overs and handsprings greatly add to the workshop, but are not necessary.

This is a workshop for exploration, so whether you are new to circus or are a veteran looking to expand your definitions of technique, there is no wrong approach. Come join us for a few hours of challenging fun and exciting new discoveries!

Minimum age is 13 years old and Maximum age is 60.

PHOTO CREDIT: PIEGO RIVEBOIS

ABOUT EVAN

 


A San Francisco Bay Area native, Evan Tomlinson Weintraub began training with Master Lu Yi at the Circus Center, when he was 11 years old and became a member of the San Francisco Youth Circus. After graduating high school, he went on to receive his Bachelor's Degree in Theater from Colgate University. Just recently he graduated from the National Circus School (ENC) in Montreal, where he specialized in Duo Chinese Hoop Diving.  
During his time in Montreal, Evan was lucky to perform with Cirque Du Soleil’s 45 Degrees for the 2015 Pan American Games Opening Ceremony in Toronto, as well as the Longueuil Symphonic Orchestra, and also in Montreal Complètement Cirque, a summer circus festival in Montreal.

Sunday August 20th, 2017
11am-1pm
$65 | All Sales are Final


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STRETCHING

A 4-PART STRETCHING SERIES
WITH JIM DONAK.

 


Stretching Part 1:
Understanding ROM


Conversations regarding stretching are rife with buzzwords and misinformation. This leads to a misunderstanding of what stretching is and what it is good for, and creates confusion between stretching techniques and techniques used to increase one's range of motion.

This workshop will help you to make sense of these conversations. In this workshop, you will refine your understanding of why and when stretching is appropriate and what permits and restricts one’s range of motion. You will learn to assess movement barriers and the techniques to move beyond them.

Workshop emphasis is on refining functional skills and training safely. And with a focus on intelligent training these workshops will benefit you in ways you didn't expect.

Saturday, August 5
10am - 12pm
$50 | All sales are final

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Stretching Part 2:
Matching Techniques to Goals


There are a variety of stretching techniques each nurturing different types of mobility. For anyone wanting to effectively and efficiently increase their usable range of motion, adapting training techniques to best match your desired goals is essential.

This workshop will provide you with the understanding and tools to identify your range of motion goals and to customize your training to meet these goals. You will learn and practice a wide variety of techniques that will enable you to be more refined in your pursuit of super powers.

Workshop emphasis is on refining functional skills and training safely. And with a focus on intelligent training these workshops will benefit you in ways you didn't expect.

Saturday, August 5
1pm - 3pm
$50 | All sales are final

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CREATING STABILITY


Stability is often mentioned and seldom understood beyond the idea of crude 'bracing'. It is a much more nuanced skill. It requires specific training approaches beyond resistance training and yields indispensable rewards once nurtured. It is arguably the most foundational skill upon which strength and mobility are built.

In this workshop, you will learn the difference between balance and stability and delve into the world of neurological training. You will learn how poor stability may be what is really limiting your strength and mobility and how to translate those often boring and tedious resistance exercises into true stability training. Not only will your joints love you for it, but you will also likely become more proficient at your craft while at the same time reducing the likelihood of injury.

Workshop emphasis is on refining functional skills and training safely. And with a focus on intelligent training these workshops will benefit you in ways you didn't expect.

Sunday, August 6 
10am - 12pm
$50 | All sales are final

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SPINE, ABS, CORE & MORE


Understanding the difference between managing your spine, engaging abdominal integrity and the ability to transfer forces amongst your limbs will significantly change how you approach training. This understanding is essential if one wants to achieve and sustain high level athletic ability.

This workshop will guide you discovering and training aspects of your most critical region. Refine your awareness of alignment and be challenged with strength and stability throughout your entire range of motion from the inside out and back again.

Workshop emphasis is on refining functional skills and training safely. And with a focus on intelligent training these workshops will benefit you in ways you didn't expect.

Sunday, August 6
1pm - 3pm
$50 | All sales are final

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ABOUT JIM


For over 40 years Jim has been studying and teaching movement and poise. He has been teaching movement and circus arts since 1980. In additional to teaching at Circus Center he maintains a private practice focusing on physical skill development musculoskeletal healing through the integration of Asian manual therapies, orthopedic and osteopathic bodywork, rehabilitation exercises and teaching related workshops.

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