Aerial Workshop Offerings

The majority of our workshops can be tailored to various skill levels, please talk to us about the needs of your studio.
For more information about rates, availability, or custom workshops please contact us at info@PaperDollMilitia.com.

Your Aerial Voice

In part 1 we will be working with creative sequencing and focus on guiding you through the process of discovering your own pathways and innovative
choreography.In Part 2 of this workshop, we work on finessing, stylizing, and musicality. The workshop will end with an in-class performance with your peers. This workshop can be tailored to any aerial apparatus.

Never-ending String (silks)

An exciting look at longer sequences where we explore limitless choreographic options that all stem from one origin wrap. Through this discovery process you will learn advanced fabric theory techniques and find unique body shapes as you follow the never-ending string.

Swish, Sway, Swoop (rope and/or silks)

This workshop will utilize both silks and rope, using momentum as a foundation for adding dynamic movement into your skill set. This workshop covers a broad range of dynamic techniques which will help you salt and pepper fanciful flair into your movement vocabulary. We will move away from static poses and into a world where circles and levers rule.

Contemporary Fabric Approach -(available with a Duo & Ensemble Focus, or specializing in one or the other)

Come with a partner or on your own, ready to work with new people. These workshops focus on artistic creation and expression in the collaborative process with aerial silks. We will be exploring partner movement, concept work, and visual imagery with the silks on the ground and in the air.

Choreographic Drops

In this intermediate / advanced workshop, you’ll learn inventive drops that also highlight the choreography of wrapping into the drop itself. Take your fabric drops to a whole new level of artistry. We’ll be working up to the drops through progressions, walk downs, and understanding of the wraps, so that all
participants can approach the material with safely and confidence.

Prerequisites: Comfort with inversions (without cheating!) in the air multiple times, knowledge of basic aerial drops, and the strength to be in the air for 5 minutes at a time

Sling Shot

In this intermediate workshop we will focus on three major components of mastering the art of slinging…momentum work, creative transitions, and of course, spinning. Come get some new inspiration on what this limitless apparatus as to offer. Leave with new sequences, drills, and fresh ideas on how to take your sling work to the next level.

The Wonderful World Of Wheeldowns

Wheeldowns, Helicopter, Windmills, whatever you name it, this skill harnesses some of the quintessential body mechanics in aerial arts. Learning how to control all the elements of a sideways rotation, and make it look gorgeous is a skill every aerialist should have in their tool bag. In this workshop we focus on the technique and muscular engagement of the skill, in addition to playing with speed, wrapping theory, and choreographic ways in and out of your
wheeldown.

Rope Flow

This intermediate / advanced workshop focuses on material that lends itself to seamless transitions and “rope flow”. As we explore non-traditional ways in and out of familiar wraps, the choreographic nature of rope will become more and more accessible. You’ll be able to take some fun transitions with you from the workshop, and also leave with a better sense of how to discover and create your own innovative pathways on rope.

Dance it up!

This intermediate+ workshop is structured similarly to a dance class: we all learn the same “combination,” set to music, with precise choreographic flair! Learning others’ choreography helps to build a strong repertoire and have a variety of movement options within your toolbox. You will come out of this workshop having new material and performative tips for giving it some style.

Radical rotation

In this workshop we will look into the directionality of tricks on aerial silks. We will be taking a forward rolling drop and turn it into a backward rolling drop and vise versa. This is be digging into fabric theory to understand how wraps form the direction of movement. Great for getting new fun material and
building up a better understanding of aerial silks.

Flex This!

Whether you’re an aerialist, an acro-yogi, dancer, or just a movement enthusiast, this class will provide a different way of strengthening and stretching. The exercises are targeting functional strength as it relates to circus arts. It’s fun, it’s twisted, we use varieties of partnering with pulleys and straps. All are
welcome.

Spiral up / Drip Down

A fun and intricate silks workshop featuring material that lends itself to spirals and fluid, curvey movement, we will also be exploring the body techniques involved in executing this style. Learn how to free up your spine, curve into the silks, and connect one movement to the next in a flowing style that will
transform your relationship to the silks.

Split Tissu Crusade

In this workshop we will be exploring the exciting world of split tissus. All climbs, wraps drops, and sequences presented in this class will come from split tissu, but this is not your run of the mill “double crochet” material. This class is fast paced and will cover a broad range of material. Bring something to
document material with.

Pre-reqs: *All participants should understand basic double crochet material and have a solid double knee climb.

Vertical Theatre Method

The Vertical Theatre Method is an investigation of aerial arts with the focal point of theatricality and authenticity of both movement and content. The Method has been in development since 2007 by artists Rain Anya and Sarah Bebe Holmes. This workshop is a performative based workshop exploring the expressive nature of aerials using improvisation, physical theatre, musicality, character, and exercises in stage presence. Layering your aerial work with creativity and content, we will work with with techniques for expressing human emotion and storytelling within the movement. Looking at creative approaches to building an act or performance piece, this workshop is for students who feel comfortable on an apparatus enough that they can explore beyond the tricks.

The Dynamics of Duo

Come with a partner or on your own, ready to work with new people. These workshops focus on artistic creation and expression in the collaborative process. We will be exploring partner movement and storytelling on the ground and in the air.

The Scope of Partner Work – Solidifying partner relationship and challenging physical boundaries we will be working with multiple mediums. Come ready to explore trapeze, aerial silks, sling, partner acrobatics and balance, theatre improv and object manipulation.

Partnering on Aerial Silks – We will explore duo vocabulary on aerial silk, with specific work on creative basing positions as well as possibilities with tension and transitions.

Silks Shenanigans

For the aerial silks students wishing to expand their skills repertoire. This workshop will feed you new and exciting climbs, wraps, and drops; or aerial candy.

Rope Escapades

This rope workshop focuses on the expanding on the fundamental building blocks of aerial rope. We will delve into quintessential skills like toe climbs, momentum drills, strength conditioning, and sequencing.

Fabric Brain

In this workshop, we will be examining and making connections between the foundational wraps to create a well rounded understanding of the way vertical apparatus works. We will ask “why” does this trick work, “what” makes it work, and “how” can we apply that to other ways of moving on this apparatus. We recommend you come with a notebook because you will be both physically and academically stimulated.

Form and Function (available Trapeze / Silks, or specializing in one or the other)

It’s simple; good form equals efficiency of movement, the illusion of effortlessness, endurance and aerial longevity. In this workshop, we will approach the fundamentals of aerials with an obsessive-like attention to detail, otherwise known as “dorking out.” Using the trapeze, fabric, and rope we will be focusing on precise body awareness, foundational skill progressions, strength building techniques, and injury prevention. Designed for all levels, this is a great workshop for newbies; also excellent for the more seasoned aerialist who has a desire to refine their quality of movement, fluidity, and develop the tools to expand their skill set more easily.

Vertical Momentum (rope and/or silks)

With attention on beats, swings, swivels and drops you will feel momentum as well as theoretically break it down to understand how it works. Learn to use momentum to your advantage in order to spiral and dive effortlessly up and down the equipment.

***Students for Vertical Momentum should be comfortable hanging from straight arms with very engaged shoulders. If you have shoulder issues, contact us ahead of time to see if this workshop is for you.

Teasing your brain with Fabric and Chain

This workshop navigates the differences and innate qualities in each of these vertical apparatus- choreography does not always directly translate. Working with innovative sequencing on fabric and how weight and tension effect similar wraps on chains, this workshop will challenge your mind and your pain
tolerance.

*Prerequisite: Participants must have a strong comfort level on fabric, no chain experience necessary.
**Chain has a tendency to put small holes in clothes- consider carefully if you want to wear your new Lulu Lemon shirt. 🙂

Sneaky Feet (Silks)

Warm up those ankles and toes for this workshop where we focus on all kinds of creative uses for our feet! These sequences, skills, wraps, and hitches will have you marveling at how much is possible with a little bit of fabric theory and foot articulation. Shock and confuse your audience with the art of misdirection, leaving them begging for more of that fancy footwork.

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