Intro to Hand Balancing


This entry-level workshop covers the fundamentals of a handstand. We’ll review topics such as handstand-related flexibility, basic body positioning and alignment, body position refinement, balancing, and kicking to handstand. Exercises and progressions will be provided for all topics, all of which will be practiced during the workshop so that individuals understand the concepts sufficiently to be able to train on their own following this workshop.


This workshop is suitable for individuals who have spent some time exploring a handstand in some capacity but who do not have a solid freestanding handstand. Participants should be able to perform at least a 15 second handstand hold against the wall. A freestanding handstand is not a necessary prerequisite to participate.

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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