Backbending: An Exploration


Perfect for the stiff student beginning their bending journey or the noodly student looking to develop better control of their flexibility. We will examine the differences between flexibility and mobility. We will also explore ways to open, strengthen, and stabilize the shoulders, hips, and spine. Students will learn, in depth, the purpose behind the alignment cues regularly offered in traditional yoga and flexibility classes. We will discuss various methods and the tools they offer for training flexibility, including yoga, traditional Mongolian contortion, and newer methods.


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

About the Instructor:

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Jenna Ciotta’s early years were spent developing a love of dance, theatre, and dry heat. She found circus arts after completing a BA in Gender Studies and an MA in Human Rights. Circus offered a new and exciting creative outlet for personal expression. Her mixed background in academia, activism, and movement draws her into spaces where performance arts and politics intersect. She is a member of the 2019 inaugural graduate class of the 3 year Pro-Track Program at the New England Center for Circus Arts. She currently lives in Brattleboro, VT where she coaches at NECCA.



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