Summer Term Adult Class Descriptions
(NOW through August 25th — No Class July 4th)
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15 Hours of Instruction $210 (90 days)
OR Unlimited Classes $250 (30 days)
Fall Class registration opens in July.
We are available for Private Lessons! Contact us to discuss your goals!
All classes are held at the Echo Theater (1515 SE 37th Ave)
Wheelchair accessible facilities, other accommodations possible. Please ask!
AERIAL & ACROBATICS (ALL LEVELS):
A body positive, playful, and engaging overview of aerial arts and acrobatics for the beginning or intermediate student. Learn fundamental vocabulary on the floor and in the air! Build core and upper body strength, confidence, and grace as you learn to fly! Apparatus will vary from week to week depending on the interests and skill levels of the students. Drop-in for Level 2 only.
AERIAL FITNESS/STRENGTH & CONDITIONING (ALL LEVELS):
Build strength & flexibility for acrobatics, aerial work & life! Emphasizes whole body integration, range of motion, & alignment. All levels welcome.
Learn to fly in this challenging and playful class! Explore the grace and freedom of hands-free aerial…flying, spinning, and walking on walls. Int/Adv class includes aerial bungee and duo work, as well as sequencing, choreography and an opportunity to create your own work.
GERMAN WHEEL (BEG & INT/ADV):
Climb inside a large double rimmed wheel and roll across the room like a big coin! Acrobatic elements are broken down into small achievable steps that allow students of all skill levels to progress in a fun and challenging way. No experience necessary.
Students will learn the basics of rolling and sitting, dropping on their stomachs and elements over the top of the wheel in an upright, straight line position. Into moves that seem to defy gravity as their hands let go of the handles, and they are only supported by their feet while rolling upside down. And when ready, students will explore the ever so impressive spirals with the wheel tilted onto one rim, figure of eights and coin spins.
Snugly tying shoes are a must. Running shoes are okay, flat bottom skate shoes are ideal (Vans, Converse). No boots, flip flops, or soft gymnastic shoes. No experience necessary.
LYRA (Level 2+):
Learn – and build on – basic lyra vocabulary and sequences. More advanced options will be provided for students with previous experience, including duo work. This is a body positive and challenging small group class. Previous aerial experience required. Must be comfortable with a straddle inversion and side-hang. No previous lyra experience required.
MIXED AERIAL (ALL LEVELS): A body positive, playful, and challenging overview of aerial dance. Build vocabulary on a variety of aerial apparatus, including single-point trapeze, lyra, silks, and invented apparatus. Build core and upper body strength, confidence, and grace as you learn to fly! Apparatus will vary from week to week depending on the interests and skill levels of the students.
REBOUND MOVEMENT PDX (ALL LEVELS):
Rebound movement is an innovative new technique created by professional dancer and aerialist, Laura Cannon. Dancers are tethered to a bungee by a single point, allowing for an expansive freedom of movement that defies gravity and opens up new possibilities of expression. The technique is a playful high-energy full-body dance experience unlike any you have experienced! Come Rebound with Laura!
SILKS (LEVEL 2+):
Students will learn int/adv skills from foundations such as footlocks, inversions, and hipkeys. This class will introduce drops and more difficult climbs and sequences. Build stamina, grace, and flow as you build your aerial silks vocabulary. Must be comfortable with foot locks, inversions, catchers lock, hip keys and climbing to the top of the silks. New to silks? Check out Mixed Aerial for an introduction to Silks!
TRAPEZE, ACROBATICS & PHYSICAL THEATER (TRAPEZE & ACRO) – ALL LEVELS:
Explore single-point trapeze, acrobatics, and physical theater while building confidence, community, and a stronger, more flexible you! Experience your potential through circus, theater arts, and structured play. All bodies and abilities welcome.
TUMBLING FOR Teens & ADULTS (Level 2+):
Focused training in tumbling and acrobatics for teens and adults, including hand-balancing, walk-overs, handsprings, and more. Class will follow the skill-level and interests of the students. Students should be comfortable with cartwheels, handstands, and rolls.
*OPEN GYM (LEVEL 2+):
Come train with amazing people in this supervised open gym. Acro and aerial training welcome. Students must have completed a full term of Level 1 or pass an assessment test. Drop-in only.
Fridays, 7:30 – 9:30pm… Drop-In: $15*
Sundays, 10:30am-12:00pm… Drop-In: $10*
*Please note: Open Gyms do not take place each week. We run them whenever we can. Check here for availability.
Dormant for Summer 2019
DANCEABILITY, INCLUSIVE DANCE:
DanceAbility uses improvisational dance to promote artistic expression and exploration between people with and without disabilities. This class cultivates a common ground for creative expression of all people. The material is drawn from the group present in a given situation and isolates no one. The method supports self-empowerment by offering ways that all individuals can participate fully in expressing their creative choices, including respecting one’s own limits. If you need accommodations, please contact us at 503.231.1232, or hello [at] echotheaterpdx.org.
DanceAbility International’s mission is to create opportunities for people with and without disabilities to dance and move together. Our vision is that through dance and movement, people from very diverse backgrounds experience the art of being together. Instructor: Aaron Wheeler-Kay (certified DanceAbility instructor)
Take your yoga practice into the air! Wake up your body and spirit with poses that focus on breath, alignment, and flow. Translate those poses to single-point trapeze and aerial silks, building strength, improving alignment and defying gravity! This class will deepen your understanding of yoga and aerial dance and brighten your day!
PERFORMANCE LAB LEVEL 2+:
Curious about choreography, collaboration, and performance? Interested in creating and performing your own unique circus theater pieces? This class is a 12 week journey from exploration to choreography to performance! Students must have basic competence in at least one aerial or acrobatic discipline, an interest in performing, and an openness to playing with others.
This class is Fun, fast-paced and technically driven featuring a mixture of contemporary dance techniques with an emphasis on the use of weight and release. This class starts with a flow floor warm up applying some basics of Bartenieff fundamentals progressing to standing and traveling phrases working up to faster tempos across the floor working on coordination and transitions with jumps and inversions into floor work. The class ends with choreography that will be repeated for a week or so.
“YES, YOU CAN!”, ACRO & AERIAL for ALL:
This class is perfect for students who are interested in exploring acrobatics, aerial dance and physical theater, but have barriers or hesitations around taking our beginning trapeze and acrobatics class. Using modifications and adaptations liberally, this class will give adult students of all ages, body types, and abilities an opportunity to learn to fly in a safe, supportive, and fun environment.
Dance in the air! Explore single-point trapeze, hoop, and invented apparatus as you build core strength, flexibility, grace, and confidence. Develop vocabulary, alignment, musicality, and improvisational skills on the floor and in the air. We will include dance principles from multiple disciplines, classic and social, aerial and terrestrial!
Learn to walk, run, and dance on walls! Utilizing an aerial harness, students explore a new relationship to gravity. While no previous experience is required, some aerial experience is recommended.
If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please click here to fill out our class interest form.