Aerial Dance Workshops
Our aerial dance workshops focus on the use of aerial apparatus as an additional
partner in the creation of dance movement. Instruction in modern dance
technique, partnering, and aerial skills provide the necessary tools to explore
the fusion of dance and aerial work. Participants explore movement
qualities from such diverse dance techniques as ballet, Duncan, Humphrey-Limón,
and contact improvisation, and apply these to the performance of choreographic
sequences in the air, on the ground in relationship to the apparatus, and in
relationship to dancers on the ground or in the air. Through guided
experimentation and structured improvisation, meaning is fleshed out of movement
technique, in order to express ideas about human relationships and individual
experience. The workshop can be designed to focus on ways in which this
movement approach applies to the work of Above and Beyond Dance, by learning
segments of company repertory. The workshop can also be structured to
enable participants to develop their own choreographic ideas and sequences.
Aerial apparatus/techniques available include: aerial harness, static
trapeze, fabric sling/hammock, and aerial silks.
Above and Beyond Dance is pleased to offer a series of workshop programs
designed for schools, youth organizations, gymnastics centers and dance studios.
Options range from lecture-demonstrations to short term or ongoing workshops with
Acro-dance workshops: (ages 7 & up)
Our acro-dance workshops focus on the
blending of basic gymnastics elements with modern dance and basic partnering
work. Participants will gain a familiarity with these techniques and
explore their fusion through teacher-generated phrase work, structured
improvisation, and student choreography. A special focus is placed on
skills such as cooperation, mutual support, personal and group responsibility, and
confidence in participants' physicality.
Stilt dancing workshops: (ages
9 & up)
Our stilt dancing workshops can be enjoyed both by
participants who want to learn stilt dancing and by participants who are interested in
dancing on the ground in collaboration with others on stilts. Instruction
in the basics of stilt work, modern dance technique, and partnering will serve as the foundation for the
fusion of the stilt and dance elements. These skills will be integrated
through the use of structured improvisation and the creation of student
choreography, under the supervision of Above and Beyond Dance instructors.
A special focus is placed on the development of life skills such as trust,
responsibility, cooperation, mutual support, and confidence.
Aerial dance workshops: (ages 9 & up)
Our aerial dance workshops focus on the use of aerial apparatus as
an additional partner in the creation of dance movement. Instruction in
modern dance technique, partnering, and basic aerial skills provide the
necessary tools to explore the fusion of dance and aerial work. Students
will perform teacher-generated material and develop choreography of their own
through guided experimentation and structured improvisation. The fusion of
dance and aerial techniques heightens our perception of gravity, momentum and
force. In a school setting, this could be paired with formal instruction
in principles of physics, in collaboration with school science faculty.
Throughout this workshop, a special focus is placed on the development of life
skills such as trust, personal and group responsibility, cooperation,
consideration for others, and confidence in participants' physicality.
Aerial apparatus/techniques available include: aerial harness, static trapeze, fabric sling/hammock,
and aerial silks.
Please contact the company in you are
interested in bringing one or more of these workshop programs to your school or
organization. We will work with you to customize the workshop to suit the
needs and size of your group. Please note that for certain workshops space
and technical needs apply. The company is happy to work with you to
determine which workshops your space can accommodate.
inquiries, please email us at: