Scheduled Dates

3/16/2019   02:30 PM  05:30 PM

This event has ended and is no longer available for new enrollments.

Hand Balancing Fundamentals w/ Chris Gatti

The will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019
From 02:30 PM until 05:30 PM

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Located in : Trapezium, Mideast
Instructor: Chris Gatti

Regular Student: $85.00

This workshop will cover the fundamentals of a handstand, including: simple body tightness and alignment cues, body position refinement, balancing, and kick handstand technique. This workshop will provide you will a set of drills and exercises, both assisted and unassisted, that you can use to increase your strength and skill. Advanced versions of the exercises will be demonstrated (and perhaps practiced) to keep you challenged and growing. There will be a strong focus on technique and explaining why things are done. 



An ideal student for this workshop can kick to a handstand against a wall and hold for 20 seconds (unassisted/freestanding handstand is not at all necessary), as this is a good starting point in terms of body strength to fully participate in all parts of the workshop.


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.

Age Range:  16  -  & UP