Hand Balancing: Beyond the Basics


We'll explore topics beyond the basics of a standard straight handstand that will challenge both the body and mind. The exact topics will depend on the level of the individuals but typical topics include: body position refinement, enhancing balance proficiency, press handstands, one-arm handstand beginnings. A variety of drills and progressions will be explained, demonstrated, and practiced so that individuals can continue to train and progress on their own.


Participants should have the ability to hold a freestanding (no wall, no spot) handstand for 30 seconds with their legs together and straight, as this is indicative of a good level of body control and comfort in balance.

About the Instructor

Chris Gatti is a gymnast-turned-acrobat that likes to think. He grew up and trained as a gymnast in Massachusetts and then went on to compete for the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He studied engineering and obtained a BSE in mechanical engineering then went to grad school for an MSE in biomedical engineering, followed by graduate school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he received a PhD. When he was nearing the completion of his PhD he put together a demo tape for Cirque du Soleil just to see what might come of it. Cirque liked the demo tape, and two weeks after defending his thesis he was in Montreal training for Corteo. After touring with the show and a break for shoulder surgery, he re-joined Cirque du Soleil as the Head Coach of Volta. After a year as one of NECCA's most popular coaches he now freelances as a workshop instructor and does independent research.



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