STRETCHING & CONDITIONING

 

Plan your stretching & conditioning training ahead of the curve


SESSION REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR WINTER 2018

  • Balance
  • Endurance
  • Strength
  • Flexibility | Woman Contortioning
  • Now Enrolling | Winter 2018 | Circus Center

 

ABOUT THE TRAINING


Stretching at Circus Center is centered in techniques designed to increase your flexibility, improve your range of motion, and help prevent injury while training. Students of any age, level, and discipline can benefit with consistent stretching.


Tap into your natural flexibility to flatten your splits, improve your backbend, and safely teach your muscles to move farther and faster. Your newfound bendiness can improve your aerial training, acrobatics, and daily life.


Classes consist of active stretching exercises for every muscle, focusing especially on the legs, hips, back, and shoulders. Stretching students do thorough work on their backbends, hip openers, and splits. Our instructors correct form and gently push you deeper, building your flexibility slowly and safely. As you advance from Stretching into Contortion, you learn just how far your body can go - giving you even more tools to improve your aerial or acrobatic performances.



Sign up for winter 2018!

Session enrollment is now open


ALL OTHER DISCIPLINES

 


GET AN INTRO PACK

Product expires 30 days
from date of purchase.




  • Stretching-2
  • Stretching-3
  • Stretching-1

Catie Brier | LEAD INSTRUCTOR

 

Headshot_CatieBrier_copy

Throughout her career, Catie Brier has developed a passion for not only teaching the art of contortion, but also inspiring people to push the limits of their bodies. Catie began her training at Dance and Circus Arts of Tampa Bay over 13 years ago, where she studied dance and contortion under choreographer Debra Brown and contortionist Laurence Racine. Upon moving to San Francisco, she started training with Master Lu Yi at Circus Center. She then went on to train with Mongolian contortionist Serchmaa Byamba and began performing all around the United States. She’s been seen performing with companies such as Quixotic Fusion, Circus Bella, Trapeze World and New Pickle Circus.

INTRO TO CONTORTION | Contortion 1 | Contortion 2



WHAT STUDENTS SAY

Leo-Harris

 

'I didn't start stretching seriously until my shoulder injury. I believe my injury could have been avoided if I had recognized the importance of stretching. Stretching and warmup are essential to the physicality of circus training regardless of your level. Stretching has also improved my line awareness and development.'

- Leo Harris

 



Sign up for winter 2018!

Session enrollment is now open

 


FACULTY



Veronica Blair | Aerial Instructor | Circus Center

Veronica Blair

Flexibility for Every-Body 

Michelle Cooper | Stretching & Contortion | Circus Center


Michelle Cooper
Stretching

 

Jim-Donak


Jim Donak
Physical Limitation Elimination
Bending Backward

 

Keri Forster


Keri Forster
Flexibility for Every-Body

Christine Lee


Christine Lee
Flexibility for Every-Body

 

Ash Rexford | Faculty | Circus Center


Ash Rexford
Stretching

 

(Showing 1 - 15 of 99)
Philippe Renaud graduated from the National Circus School of Montreal with a major in hand-to-hand balancing, and a minor in cyr wheel. He and his previous hand to hand partner won a bronze medal in the Cirque de Demain Festival in Paris, France. Phil spent almost five years performing both his solo cyr wheel & partner hand to hand acts all over Europe and North America. He has been seen in everything from German cabarets to the renowned Cirque Eloize show, ID.
Shannon Maguire first fell in love with the air when she started learning tissu as a young adult. Coming from an artistic gymnastics background, she took to it immediately, studying with Juliana Neves of Cirque Du Soleil's show Dralion and Veronique Thibeault from Montreal's ENC. She performed tissu in Cirque Le Masque in Colombia, Cirque Dreams in the Mediterranean and in South Korea, as well as with Cirque Eloize of Montreal. But, it was a duo trapeze act with a former partner that took her around over the world, winning them a bronze medal in the Wuqiao festival in China, as well as the public's choice award in the Latina, Italy Circus Festival in 2012. She has since performed the world twice over, and it was after a tour of American military bases in South Korea, that Shannon decided to add Cyr Wheel to her ever growing circus repertoire.
Originally from Sydney, Australia, Alex moved to San Francisco in 2009 to train in Circus Center’s Professional Aerial Program. Since graduating in 2011 Alex has worked as a choreographer and an aerialist with companies such as Teatro Zin Zanni, Acrobatic Conundrum and Zaccho Dance Theatre. As a coach, Alex works closely with his students to facilitate an embodied understanding of efficient movement pathways and dynamic aerial technique. He also has a deep passion for aiding his students in the development of their own authentic movement quality. In his 10 years as a coach Alex has taught workshops in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, most recently completed a workshop tour of the U.S. covering 30 studios in 15 states. Influenced by his background in theatre, Alex is committed to the art of storytelling. He seeks to explore and present the human experience, believing in the potential of movement to convey that which words cannot. His extensive education in theatre, circus and dance has inspired him to blend the boundaries of these physical mediums, creating a unique style of performance. Alex is currently in collaboration with renowned NY choreographer Mike Esperanza.
Hanna Rose Stangebye is a certified aerial yoga instructor, professional dancer/choreographer, arts administrator, and aspiring clown. She has a BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University and, since relocating to San Francisco in 2013, has performed with various groups and as a soloist around the Bay Area. She joined the world of fitness through teaching barre, which led to aerial yoga, cycling, TRX, bootcamps, kickboxing, and more…
Hanna Rose is currently the Managing Director of SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts, a nonprofit theater that specializes in emerging artist residencies, where she herself got her start as a choreographer. In 2015, she discovered Circus Center by taking a flying trapeze class, and is presently a member of the 2017 incoming class of Circus Center’s Clown Conservatory.

Growing up in Sarasota Florida Ash's love for circus began at an early age and evolved into a reality when she moved to San Luis Obispo, California in 2007. It started with circles, specifically hoops. First a big hula-hoop, then several little hoops, then aerial hoop, LED hoop, fire hoop, all the hoops! It was her love for performing with her hoops that either convinced or tricked her (depending on how you look at it) into quit her job and pursue her passion for circus arts full time. After that door was opened, Ash was able to follow her heart to her her one true love: contortion. Ash began training at Circus Center through Catie Brier's Contortion Intensive. It only took 2 summers for her to threw caution to the wind and officially to move to San Francisco. As part of the Circus Center community you can find her teaching contortion and flexibility, and working as the party and event coordinator. When not training contortion, hooping, or dancing you can find Ash, well... actually let's be honest, she's still probably somewhere dancing. Either dancing at a music festival, dancing on stage, or dancing at home with her doggy.

(Showing 1 - 15 of 99)


 


STRETCHING & CONTORTION SCHEDULE


 

Sign up for winter 2018!

Session enrollment is now open

<< Schedule for Fri Nov 24, 2017 - Thu Nov 30, 2017 >>


Date:


Fri Nov 24, 2017
Class
Instructor
Thanksgiving Holiday

Sat Nov 25, 2017
Class
Instructor
10:00 am - 11:30 am Stretching
(4 reserved, 6 open)
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Stretching
(1 reserved, 9 open)

Sun Nov 26, 2017
Class
Instructor
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Flexibility for Every-Body
(1 reserved, 9 open)

Mon Nov 27, 2017
Class
Instructor
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Stretching
(1 reserved, 9 open)
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Contortion 1
Class Cancelled
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Stretching
(7 reserved, 3 open)

Tue Nov 28, 2017
Class
Instructor
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Stretching
(2 reserved, 8 open)
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Intro to Contortion
Class Cancelled
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Physical Limitation Elimination
(6 reserved, 2 open)
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Stretching
(3 reserved, 7 open)

Wed Nov 29, 2017
Class
Instructor
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Flexibility for Every-Body
(1 reserved, 9 open)
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Advanced Stretching
(4 spots left!)
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Bending Backwards
(3 reserved, 5 open)

Thu Nov 30, 2017
Class
Instructor
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Advanced Stretching
(2 spots left!)
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Flexibility for Every-Body
(2 reserved, 8 open)
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Intro to Contortion
(4 spots left!)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Physical Limitation Elimination
(4 reserved, 4 open)

Unused Content: