Weekend Immersions



Aerial Toolbox: Functional & Poetic Movement Integration

An aerial artist’s creative work synthesizes the spectacle of aerial skill with the subtleties of human expression. This requires a mobile physical body and the ability to translate ideas into emotive movement qualities. It requires us to deprioritize manipulation of apparatus and the "performing" of aerial tricks as the building blocks of choreography, and instead allow choreography to emerge from the truths and stories that already live in our body and soul.

This integrative immersion with Nicki Miller offers a balanced mix of the tools that support a physically sustainable and creatively rich aerial practice. Deepen your relationship to anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on Functional Range Conditioning. Translate that awareness to poetic movement on your apparatus (we will use sling/spanset but this work translates to any apparatus). Learn creative association strategies to unearth your artistic voice when developing aerial choreography.


Prerequisites: The ability to do a 30-second hang from hands, invert regularly off the ground, do a hipkey (vertical apparatus), and do a pull over (sling or bar apparatus).


Early Bird Registration: Enroll at least three weeks before the start date and automatically get $25 off.


About the Instructor: Nicki Miller is an interdisciplinary poetic storyteller with an emphasis on aerial arts. Based in NYC, she is an aerial theatre artist, visual artist, and movement coach/educator. She is co-founder and artistic director of Only Child Aerial Theatre. She has also been a resident artist in many national and international festivals and residency programs including Cirkus Cirkör (Sweden), the 2016/17 New Victory LabWorks Program (NYC), and Circus Sessions at The Harbourfront Centre (Toronto, Canada). Nicki has invested over a decade in silks and rope technique. However, many years of training aerial while neglecting to care for underlying scoliosis developed into chronic pain by the of summer 2018. Nicki has found invaluable healing resources for functional movement in Functional Range Conditioning, Kinstretch, PRI Myokinematic Restoration and Postural Respiration. She is certified in all of these modalities and integrates them alongside aerial training. To complement functional movement and deepen her physical artistry, Nicki has also become a student of Ohad Naharin's gaga movement language. Nicki has been taking regular gaga classes in NYC since 2017, and attended NYC Gaga Summer Intensive 2019 as well as NYC GagaLab Winter 2020. Learn more at nickimiller.com



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Trapezium
Loft East
16 - &up TBD 5/15 - 5/17 Fr Sa Su Varied $350.00 View 14

Weekend Immersion: Cloud Swing

Move up, down, and all around this double-point apparatus that’s a beautiful marriage between trapeze, sling, and aerial rope. Bring your aerial curiosity and we'll dive into skills transferred from other static apparatus, and some that are unique to the cloud swing. Explore skills and sequencing including mounts, dismounts, climbs, beats, rolls, and inversions. Although mostly static, we’ll explore some light movement through swaying and twisting. You'll leave knowing the cloud swing as so much more that just a simple rope loop.

Prerequisites: This workshop is designed for those with a current aerial practice at an intermediate level. Students should be comfortable inverting cleanly multiple times in the air (not kicking off the ground), be able to hold a front balance hands-free, and be able to move freely around an apparatus with one arm. Please wear clothing that covers the backs of your knees and bring layers.

Early Bird Registration: Enroll at least three weeks before the start date and automatically get $25 off.

About the Instructor: Megan Mallouk has spent the last decade performing in Chicago and along the East Coast. She’s performed on stage, in the air, in commercials, and on film. She is a former rhythmic gymnast who competed nationally and internationally. Megan taught at both the competitive and recreational level at Illinois Rhythmics, alongside Olympic coach Irina Vdovets Azran and Olympic bronze medalist Olena Vitrychenko. Megan is a graduate of the full-time training program at AirCraft Circus in London and the professional training programs at NECCA. Check her out on Instagram @miss_macaroni.



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Loft East
16 - &up Mallouk 7/31 - 8/2 Fr Sa Su Varied $350.00 View 8

Weekend Immersion: German Wheel with Chris Delgado

Get head over heels in this wheel adventure with international coach Chris Delgado. You’ll do it all—straightline, spiral, and vault—with a special emphasis on how you can continue to train tricks after you get home. After warming up with belt skills, you'll be presented with new tricks and unusual transitions. Fall in love with the wheel all over again with a coach who can meet you where you're at and challenge you to go places you didn't know you could.

Prerequisites: All experience levels are welcome but having at least one wheel class in your background is helpful. We have wheels for students up to 6'0" tall or feel free to bring your own wheel. Please wear lace-up shoes with flexible soles. Running shoes will work, but wrestling or martial arts shoes similar to Feiyue Martial Arts Shoes are ideal. You can find them at www.themartialartsstore.com.


Early Bird Registration: Enroll at least three weeks before the start date and automatically get $25 off.

About the Instructor: Chris Delgado graduated from Case Western Reserve University, studied at Dell'arte International School of Physical Theatre, went to work for CircEsteem, a nonprofit youth circus in Chicago, and that’s where he met the German wheel. He was immediately drawn to her curves and the swing in her step; he just could not resist! He trained in Chicago for four years with Wolfgang Bientzle (eight-time world champion) and never looked back. He has taught and performed across the US and also internationally—everywhere from Kent, Ohio to Abu Dhabi.



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Center
16 - &up Delgado 3/7 - 3/8 Sa Su Varied $350.00 View 10
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Center
16 - &up Delgado 6/12 - 6/14 Fr Sa Su Varied $350.00 View 10

Weekend Immersion: Lyra

Turn up the heat on your lyra style with this weekend immersion! Learn to fill the space and navigate pathways in and around the aerial hoop—be it single or double point. We will twist, twirl, dive, and roll from top to bottom. We'll work in the center of the hoop, below the hoop, in the ropes above the bar, and also explore those always-forgotten outside edges. Students will be introduced to short sequences that combine both static shapes and dynamic movement. Through the breakdown of these sequences, students will learn individual skills and how to seamlessly connect them through subtle movement.


Prerequisites: This workshop is geared towards the intermediate to advanced student with a current and regular aerial practice. You should be able to do multiple inversions cleanly through short- and long-arm hangs, maintain a single knee hang hands-free, find a back balance without assistance, and hold a front balance and a one-arm hang for 10 seconds.


Early Bird Registration: Enroll at least three weeks before the start date and automatically get $25 off.

About the Instructor: Megan Mallouk has spent the last decade performing in Chicago and along the East Coast. She’s performed on stage, in the air, in commercials, and on film. She is a former rhythmic gymnast who competed nationally and internationally. Megan taught at both the competitive and recreational level at Illinois Rhythmics, alongside Olympic coach Irina Vdovets Azran and Olympic bronze medalist Olena Vitrychenko. Megan is a graduate of the full-time training program at AirCraft Circus in London and the professional training programs at NECCA. Check her out on Instagram @miss_macaroni.



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Loft East
16 - &up Mallouk 5/15 - 5/17 Fr Sa Su Varied $350.00 View 6