Shoulders for Circus


This workshop is designed for individuals from any discipline in circus that want to become more knowledgeable about the shoulder. This workshop will be presented in two parts: One part will focus on the relevant anatomy and normal function of the shoulder. The second part will focus on exercises and flexibility that are useful for keeping the shoulders strong and healthy. Participants will get to practice all exercises to ensure they are performed appropriately. Additional and specific content may be included based on the interests and questions of participants.


This is an all-levels workshop for all skill 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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