Courses, workshops and seminars

Compagnie XY - Masterclass acrobatics

Date: 30 November – 2 December 2017

Location: France

The Compagnie XY and Cirque-Théâtre d'Elbeuf are organizing a Master Class on Acrobatic lifts for professional artists and students of professional schools from November 30 to December 2, 2017. Registration is open to people with advanced skills in acrobatic lifts.

To register, simply download the registration form, fill it in and send it back to the following address:

For more information:

Introduction to Teaching Aerials – Nimble Arts

Date: 6 – 10 January 2018

Venue: The Sports Centre, Brighton.

Hosted by Gravity & Levity

This course is a required first step in the Nimble Arts Teacher Training Series.

This is a 5 day overview to the art of teaching trapeze and aerial fabric, with a focus on spotting techniques, injury prevention, psychology of teaching, basic rigging concepts and class management. This in depth and holistic approach to teaching is appropriate for new teachers and those with experience, and for those who work with youth or adults in a variety of educational environments including circus schools, gymnastics programs, summer camps, fitness studios and more. Note: This workshop is required for application to the Nimble Arts™ Certification Course.  

PRE-REQUISITES: All students are expected to prepare by successfully completing the elements in the required Nimble Arts™ DVD: Aerial Fabric: Beginning Level 1 prior to the start of the workshop. Trapeze experience is not necessary but it will make your journey easier. 

Fee: £600

Find out more about the workshop and book on the Gravity and Levity website

Professional course – Gravity Circus Centre

Course start date: January 2018.

3, 6 or 9 months of training and classes

Candidates who would like to apply should contact via email with video/s of their current work as well as some information about their previous experience as a circus artist/performer. Please also inform us about the preferred length of the course in which you’d like to participate.

On this program, you will be able to specialise on: rope, silks, straps, hoop, static and/or dance trapeze. Handstand is only available on the 9-month course.

There is no age limit.

There is a maximum of 10 places per course.

See the website for more information.

Foundation Level Aerial Teacher Training: Fabrics (Silks) – Nimble Arts

Date: 11 – 12 January 2018

Venue: The Sports Centre, Brighton.

Hosted by Gravity & Levity

This course will guide you though the curriculum created by Nimble Arts to provide clear and effective progressions and spotting techniques for beginner aerial fabric students. We'll discuss how to work with students in special demographics such as kids and older students; techniques for introducing choreography into classes; and identifying body mechanics to trouble shoot skills and progress students to the next level. 

PRE-REQUISITE: Introduction to Teaching Aerials workshop. Be comfortable executing, without prompting, skills from DVD "Aerial Fabric Beginning Level 2" including cross back straddle, and be comfortable inverting off the ground. Note that participants who do not meet the required experience level will be asked to sit out the workshop and will not be refunded. Exceptions to this skill level requirement can be made for teachers with physical limitations that do not hinder their ability to be competent teachers AND spotters at the Foundation level. (For example: someone in a foot cast with previous experience who can still spot and execute some skills, or someone with a shoulder injury who academically knows the skills required and are comfortable spotting.)

Fee: £225

Find out more and book on the Gravity and Levity website

‘Dissecting Aerial’ Symposium

Date: 13 – 14 January 2018 

Venue: The Point, Eastleigh

Presented by Gravity & Levity in partnership with One Dance UK and The Point.

Gravity & Levity in partnership with One Dance UK and The Point are delighted to announce the 2-day healthier aerial/dance symposium – ‘Dissecting Aerial’.

This 2-day event is intended as a springboard for practitioners to come together to discuss aerial techniques, performance and pedagogy and will include lectures, practical sessions and round table discussions.

‘Dissecting Aerial’ will examine the particular demands of the aerial arts and present a diversity of speakers including; aerial artists, researchers, aerial rigging technicians, plus healthcare professionals from the world of sports science, psychology and performance.It is particularly aimed at experienced aerial performers, teachers, choreographers and directors and aims to generate ideas, provide practical tools and fuel food for thought towards the development of best practice.

The Point is easily accessible from both London and Bristol.

Price: £100 weekend ticket or £75 concessions. £60 for a 1-day pass on either day or £45 concessions.

Tickets can be booked via The Point.

Fool's Cap Theatre: Corporeal Mime and Devising Workshop

Date: Year-round, Wednesdays at 10:00 to 12:00, Saturdays at 11:00 to 13:00

Location: Elephant & Castle, London

Led by Vini Carvalho, Fool's Cap is offering regular classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays morning. Target participants: performers, dancers, actors.

Based on the work of Etienne Decroux and his assistants, the training is an introduction to the unique universe of Corporeal Mime, developing physicality capable of conveying meaning through the body. The classes feature pieces and figures of the repertoire, walks, as well as devising mechanisms based on the technique.

Price: Donations accepted


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Aerial Rigging with Bryan Donaldson

Date: 24 - 25 March 2018, 10am - 5pm

Venue: My Aerial Home, London

Don't miss out on this aerial rigging course with the Bryan Donaldson. This fantastic course is run over a two-day period (five – six hours per day) and is split into classroom theory and on-site practical rigging. You will learn everything you ever wanted to know about ‘people’ rigging but were afraid to ask.

The course is run over a two-day period (five – six hours per day) and is split into classroom theory and on-site practical rigging.

- Class size will be restricted to a maximum of 10 students.

- Students should ideally come from an aerial performance or technical background with a reasonable level of physical ability/fitness (for practical ‘at height’ demonstrations etc.). Students will be required to take notes during theory lessons.

- If students have their own WAH PPE equipment (harnesses, etc.), then these should be brought for possible use in demonstrations.

- There will be a theory written/multiple choice test at the end of the lesson.

A full prospectus is available for this event contact My Aerial Home to receive the information or register on our website.

Fee: £350.00