Mallakhamb for Contemporary Rope Practice


This is an intermediate class for students with a previous introduction to Mallakhamb who are ready to take it to the next level. The hallmarks of Mallakhamb (the use of toes for support, spiraling pathways, and reverse wrapping technique) can inform our choreographic creativity when combined with contemporary rope technique as typically practiced in North America. We will explore new drop entrances as well as catches at the knee and ankle, advanced climbs, release moves, and more. 

 Prerequisites: Students must know how to do a basic Mallakhamb climb, a simple jump, and have toes that are up to the challenge.

About the Instructor: Shayna Swanson is an award-winning circus artist, director and founder of Aloft Circus Arts. Her unique rope act won the “Best Performance of Festival” Award at the 2011 American Aerial Acrobatic Festival, a Special Prize at the 2011 Circuba Festival in Havana, Cuba and was featured at the Huishan Acrobatic Festival in Taiwan and Collision Arts Asia Festival in Malaysia. She is also the 2012 US National women’s Cyr Wheel Champion. Most recently, she has been touring her show, “Brave Space,” around the country.


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