ADF 2009 classes will be held at the Dairy Center for the Arts (2590 Walnut St.), and on the University of Colorado campus in the Dance Department, and at the Boulder Circus Center, 4747 N. 26th St. Students should not schedule back-to-back classes between CU and the Boulder Circus Center, unless the student has a car.

Please Note: Classes with an A or B designation are the same class offered in different weeks.

Two–Week Classes
(You must attend both weeks of these classes and commit to the final showing.)

Inventing Collaborative Work on Invented Apparatus *

Nancy Smith

$240 (limit 16)
Mon., Aug. 3 through Fri., Aug. 7 AND Mon. Aug. 10 through Fri. Aug. 14. 1:30-3:00PM
Dairy Center for the Arts’ Performance Space
*Showing on Saturday, August 15. Dairy Center for the Arts. 2:00 PM

This workshop offers in-depth exploration of low-flying on a wide variety of suspended apparatus from Frequent Flyers’ stash. Learn how to work on structures that are unpredictable using shared weight and gravity to advantage. Through structured improvisation, we’ll create a piece for the student showing. Must have previous experience with aerial apparatus. 

Vertical Dance Repertory*

Isabel von Rittberg & Ryan Gaunt

$240 (limit 16)
Mon., Aug. 3 through Fri., Aug. 7 AND Mon. Aug. 10 through Fri. Aug. 14. 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
CU 150
*Showing on Friday, August 14, 8 PM in CU 150

In this dance-climb fusion class, you will experience climbing in new ways. It is not about reaching the top, but rather about finding a continuous flow of movements. Focusing on the subtle shifts of your body develops an awareness that helps you explore a wide range of motions. Working with vertical aerobics, core strength, coordination, sustained flow, speed-climbing, dance-climb aesthetics, aerial tricks and choreographed sequences, you will work toward creating your own choreography on the wall, culminating in the student showing. The class is accessible to individuals without previous climbing experience. Please bring your own climbing shoes! Prerequisite: Previous aerial or climbing experience.

Aerial Dance Aesthetics and Choreography*

Jayne Bernasconi & Nancy Smith

$270 (Includes the book: Aerial Dance) (limit 18)
Mon., Aug. 3 through Fri., Aug. 7 AND Mon. Aug. 10 through Fri. Aug. 14. 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Dairy Center for the Arts' Performance Space
*Showing on Saturday, August 15. Dairy Center for the Arts. 2:00 PM

What inspires creativity and how can we get those ideas out of our head and onto the stage? This class is part lecture/part movement exploration and is co-taught by the authors of the book/DVD Aerial Dance. Working from the book, we’ll examine the various historic approaches to creating an aerial dance, such as: theme and variation, improvisation, how to blend movements from the ground to the air, site specific work, political themes, etc. Then, participants will compose a choreographic solo, duet or group study based on or inspired from the book that they will work on throughout the duration of the two weeks at the festival and present at the student performance. (Constructive feedback will be given to help assist with the work in class). Prerequisite: Previous aerial experience.

Aerial Fabric Workshop*

Sarah Poole

$240 (limit 16 students)
Mon., Aug. 3 through Fri., Aug. 7 AND Mon. Aug. 10 through Fri. Aug. 14. 1:30-3:00 PM
Boulder Circus Center
*Showing on Saturday, August 15. Dairy Center for the Arts. 2:00 PM

This workshop is intended for aerialists with more than a year of experience in working with aerial fabric, having mastered basic keys, at ease with a variety of falls, and capable of staying working in the fabric for 4-5 minutes at a time. This workshop strives to develop that sense of calm in the air which we find so readily on the ground. When at ease in the air, we can turn our focus to connecting movements, discovering our specific gestural language, and clarifying our relationship with the apparatus and with each other. Students are asked to bring a 2 minute sequence with them to share the first day of the workshop. We’ll find our sense of dance in the air.

Bounceology: Advance Bungee Repertory*

Danielle Hendricks & J. Darden Longenecker

$240 (limit 18)
Mon., Aug. 3 through Fri., Aug. 7 AND Mon. Aug. 10 through Fri. Aug. 14. 9:00 -10:30 AM
Dairy Center for the Arts' Performance Space
*Showing on Saturday, August 15. Dairy Center for the Arts. 2:00 PM

Explore different ways of using bungee cords to suspend the body! In addition to using harnesses and double points of attachment, we will play with single attachment, body loops, hand loops, fabric bags, and invented apparatus on bungee. The first week will be a "sampling" of apparatus through structured improvisations, partnering, solo and duet work.  The second week will focus on creating an original work of choreography to be performed in the student showcase.  Prerequisites: you must be at least 15 years of age to take this class and have experience with aerial work or contact improvisation.

One–Week Classes
(These classes meet either in week one or week two.)

Intermediate Low-Flying/Aerial Improvisation

Jayne Bernasconi

$125 (limit 18)
Mon. Aug. 10 through Fri. Aug. 14; 5:30-7:00 PM
CU 150

For experienced aerial dancers and improvisers who would like to gain deeper knowledge of how to use already acquired skills. This class will help students to create seamless transitions with aerial phrasing and combinations. Class will also focus on improvisational structures to invent new ways of swinging/circling/spinning thru the air as well as explore aerial modes of movement in various qualities such as muscular, dynamic, visceral, etc. Pre-Requisite: Previous aerial experience, preferably single-point trapeze.

Lyra (Hoops) (A or B)

Elsie & Serenity Smith

$125.00 (limit 18)
A: Mon., Aug. 3 through Fri., Aug. 7. 9:00-10:30 AM OR
B: Mon. Aug. 10 through Fri. Aug.14. 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Boulder Circus Center

Explore skills and choreography using single and double-point lyra (also known as hoop). Learn creative mounts, spins and transitions for a versatile use of this apparatus.

Rope & Harness

Valerie Claymore

$125 (limit 18)
on. Aug. 10 through Fri. Aug. 14. 5:30- 7:00 PM
Dairy Center for the Arts' Performance Space

This class will be structured around learning basic static rope and harness techniques.  We will be working both close to the ground as well higher in the air. The vocabulary taught will be combined with guided solo and group improvisations as part of the exploring process.  No aerial experience is necessary.  Please wear multiple snug layers around your hips and waist for your comfort. If you have a harness, please bring it with you.

Stilt Workshop – Beginning (A or B)

Jennifer Fagan Archer & assistants: Danielle Hendricks(A) or Tony Seepersad(B)

$125 (limit 16)
A: Mon., Aug. 3 through Fri., Aug. 7; 3:30-5:00 PM OR
B: Mon. Aug. 10 through Fri. Aug. 14; 1:30-3:00 PM
CU 150

Enjoy the art of stilt-walking whether it be for professional purposes or just to have your head in the clouds.  Stilts are one of the oldest circus/physical theatre apparatus and they are perfect for building self-confidence while increasing coordination and balance. Stilt-walking also provides a unique way to get a lower body workout by developing strong legs and core muscles. This course will begin each day with a dance/pilates based warm-up and then progress to explore the fundamentals of stilt-walking including safety, maintenance. Participants will study the dynamics of stilt movement including simple walking, bounces, skips, runs, balances, partner work, formations, creative shapes and simple choreography. Be prepared to move! Open to students ages 12 and up.

Note: ADF will supply some stilts, but one’s own stilts and kneepads are strongly encouraged.  If you intend to borrow our stilts, please include the length (in inches) of your lower leg from the tibial tuberosity (just below the knee-cap) to the bottom of your heel when signing up. You must bring your own tennis shoes or stable athletic shoes if you are borrowing our stilts.

The Ascending Spiral: A Contact Improvisation (A or B)

Steven Homsher & Gretchen Spiro

$90 (Limit 18)
A: Mon., Aug. 3 through Fri., Aug. 7; 6:00-7:30 PMOR
B: Mon. Aug. 10 through Fri. Aug. 14; 6:00–7:30 PM
Dairy Center for the Arts' Boulder Ballet Studio

This Contact Improvisation workshop will hone physical principles and precise skills that support lightness, connection to one’s partner, and skillful play with gravity. The focus of this workshop will be ways to utilize spiral action of the torso and extension of the limbs—which creates a seemingly magical ability to fly and gracefully descend. We will also be exploring states of mind and range of expression while in a CI duet. Become more facile in your ability to work with a partner and pursue vivid impulses, as well as delighting in the grace of flowing like water. This workshop will illuminate the fundamentals of Contact Improvisation for both CI enthusiasts and aerial dancers. Open to all levels.

Vertical Dance – Beginning (A or B)

Isabel von Rittberg & Ryan Gaunt

$125 (limit 16)
A: Mon., Aug. 3 through Fri., Aug. 7; 1:30-3:00 PM OR
B: Mon. Aug. 10 through Fri. Aug. 14; 3:30-5:00 PM
CU 150

In this dance-climb fusion class, you will build strength and endurance and enhance your technique to efficiently overcome gravity on a climbing wall and move fluently over vertical terrain. Working with core strength, coordination, sustained flow, speed-climbing and dance-climb aesthetics this class offers a fun work-out on vertical terrain and a great introduction to climbing to music! The class is accessible to individuals without previous climbing experience. Please bring your own climbing shoes! (Some shoes will be provided.)

Aerial Fabric – Beginning (A or B)

Sarah Poole

$125 (limit 24)
A: Mon., Aug. 3 through Fri., Aug. 7; 11:00 AM-12:30 PMOR
B: Mon. Aug. 10 through Fri. Aug. 14; 5:30-7:00 PM
Boulder Circus Center

This is a fabric technique class for those new to aerial fabric, from absolute beginners to relative newbies. After a floor warm-up, we’ll work on specific strengthening exercises, different climbs, basic keys, and a longer sequence. Our goal is to be able to express ourselves with ease, using a clear technique as our vocabulary, and our bodies in the fabric as our medium.

Aerial Fabric: Intermediate / Advanced (A or B)

Elsie & Serenity Smith

$125 (Limit 18)
A: Mon., Aug. 3 through Fri., Aug. 7; 3:30-5:00 PM OR
B: Mon. Aug. 10 through Fri. Aug. 14; 3:30-5:00 PM
Boulder Circus Center

Are you ready to go beyond the basics of aerial fabric and explore the nuances and technicalities of rolls, drops and complex transitions?  This is a technically oriented class focused on skill progressions and broadening aerial vocabulary, for students who can invert easily in the air, and execute a  "cross back straddle" (aka straddle back balance).   Not sure if you are ready for this class?  Please contact the instructor (click this link).

Aerial Yoga

Jayne Bernasconi

$125 (limit 18)
Mon., Aug. 3 through Fri., Aug. 7; 9:00-10:30 AM
CU 150

Class will explore asanas and pranayama while moving through ground and air. We'll begin on the floor with a pranayama (breathing) meditation to help align and center our body/mind/spirit. We'll then move into the air experimenting with the elements of aerial dance and yoga vocabulary. Aerial Yoga is designed to deepen the spiritual connection between earth and sky (ground and air) while staying clear minded and present on the apparatus. This class is designed for both beginner and experienced aerial dancers. Please bring a yoga mat and towel or blanket.

Bungee Dancing- Beginning (A or B)

J. Darden Longenecker & Danielle Hendricks

$125.00 each week (limit 20)
A: Mon., Aug. 3 through Fri., Aug. 7. 11:00 AM-12:30 PM OR
B: Aug. 10 through Fri., Aug. 14. 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dairy Center for the Arts’ Performance Space

Bungee dancing uses a strong "shock cord" or bungee cord suspended from the ceiling to dance, bounce and fly. Bungee dance creates a sense of suspended animation allowing for movement that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. This is the perfect class for all aerialists; beginners will learn to focus on core strength without the need for lots of upper body strength, more advanced aerialists will have the opportunity to learn more challenging forms of suspended movement. This class is very exploratory and is fairly light on structured movement, but be prepared to have lots of fun. If you have a climbing harness please bring it. Please wear layers that cover your upper leg and waist. Open to students aged 12 and up.

Intensive Stretching

Sarah Poole

$90 (limit 16)
Mon. Aug. 3 – Fri., Aug. 7, 5:30-7 PM
CU 350

A deep flexibility class intended for those who are interested in working on their splits or over-splits. This class will work on active, passive and PNF stretching for legs, torso, shoulders, and back, all the while respecting physical alignment and the integrity of the body.

Hammocks and Slings (A or B)

Elsie & Serenity Smith

$125 (limit 18)
A: Mon. Aug. 3 through Fri., Aug. 7. 5:30–7:00 PM OR
B: Mon. Aug. 10 through Fri., Aug. 14. 9:00-10:30 AM
Boulder Circus Center

This is a great way to learn about aerials, or to increase your repertoire in the air.  We'll work on single point loops (slings) and double point loops (hammocks) as well as creative combinations of these apparatus to explore wraps, inversions and drops. 

Beginner/Intermediate Low-Flying Trapeze (A or B)

Jayne Bernasconi

$125 (limit 18)
A: Mon., Aug. 3 through Fri., Aug. 7; 5:30-7:00 PM OR
B: Mon. Aug. 10 through Fri. Aug. 14; 9:00-10:30 AM
CU 150

This class is designed to introduce and/or practice basic skills of low-flying trapeze.  Students who have had a beginning class can take it to learn more advanced vocabulary.  Class will also focus on improvisation skills to help invent your own moves. Open to all ages 10 and up.  Suitable for all body types and abilities.  Taught by Jayne Bernasconi (www.airdancebern.com).

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