Accessory Conditioning for Circus


This workshop will present a series of exercises that are aimed to keep the whole body strong and moving well. Staple bodyweight exercises and weighted exercises will be demonstrated and practiced by all participants, as much as possible. There will be a strong focus on exercise technique, though exercise progressions will also be covered to allow individuals to continue to challenge themselves. Individuals from any circus discipline are welcome.


 This is an all-level class for all skills levels and bodies.

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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