The start of a new year is a great time to look back and see what was accomplished in the previous year. Cirque Wonderland opened its doors in 2018 and hit the ground running. From classes, workshops, to performances, there was rarely a quiet moment at our training facility.
Cirque Wonderland kicked off 2018 with a St. Patrick’s Day Open House. During the event, staff offered tours and demonstrations. We followed this up with a Grand Opening Celebration on May 12th. The celebrations continued with the first ever Student Showcase.
Cirque artists and burlesque performers from around the country provided workshops on a variety of topics. Workshop instructors included Emma Cat, Scarlette Revolver, Lily Rascal, Camille Swift, Tiana Duda, Kitson Sass, and Pistol Prudence. Students were also able to take part in tai chi, ballet, and African dance classes.
Throughout the year, our coaching staff worked to improve their skills. They attended a variety of workshops, classes, and special training around the country.
Acrobatics coach, Brent Aronsen, participated in a 7-day partner acrobatics training with LIFT Acrobatics in Denver. He also completed a multi-month online handstand training program from Jean-Luc Martin of the San Diego Circus Center.
Christa Dickson, Allison Voshell, and Amanda Marie Cory attended a sling, trapeze, and rope workshop. Jason Meijas led the workshop at Kansas City Aerial Arts.
Christa participated in training taught by Julianna Hane and April Skelton in Castle Rock, CO. She also trained at Aerial Arts NYC, Sky Candy in Austin, Texas, and Vertical Fitness in Dallas, Texas.
Our newest coach, Erin Poindexter trained at Aerial Physique in Los Angeles, California. She also placed 2nd in the Aerialympics hosted in St. Louis, Missouri.
Cirque Wonderland coaches and students showed off their skills with public performances. These included Valley Junction Farmer’s Market, RAGBRAI, and the Slaughterhouse Haunted House.
Our first eight months have been busy and 2019 is shaping up to be just as active. With new classes, like Aerial Yoga’ish, and workshops already underway in January, our students have an exciting year ahead of them.
Cirque Wonderland welcomes
Ng is a professional aerialist, circus artist, and mover with a lot of experience packed into a short amount of time. Though he discovered aerial in California, it wasn't until Ng started training at Blue Lapis Light in Austin, TX that he found his calling for expressive, dynamic, aerial movement. Ng is currently based in Des Moines, Iowa,
Ng teaches workshops and performs on his travels, sharing his passion for dynamic, gravity-defying aerial dance. In 2018, he placed 2nd in the All-Star Silks division at Aerialympics in St. Louis, 1st in Professional (silks) and 2nd in Storytelling (rope) at the Capital of Texas Aerial Championships.Nick believes in performances that are emotionally moving and empathetic while still showcasing technique and spectacle.
Ng will offer three workshops at Cirque Wonderland.
Saturday, 1/25 4:30-6:15pm
Intermediate | Silks, Rope, Sling | $65
Want to do a slow hip key roll-up or melt down in your double star? In this workshop, we will look at “c-shaping” and how we can move our bodies in order to resist gravity. By controlling our core and stretching our limbs, we can achieve balance to slow down our descents or roll up our apparatus. We will work on floor and self-spotted hammock drills and translate them into rolling down and several types of roll ups. This can be squeezy on your abdomen, so don’t come with a full stomach!
Prerequisites: Hip key in the air, s-wrap (into windmill or star drops), ability to invert multiple times.
Register for Roly-Poly
Sunday, 1/27 12:00-1:30pm
Intermediate/Advanced | Silks, Rope, Sling, and Straps | $60
Nick loves beats! In this workshop, we will build on the fundamentals of harnessing energy and momentum in order to work with and defy gravity. With controlled dynamic movement, we can discover new pathways and inversions that would be difficult or impossible to do otherwise. We will practice basic beats, explore advanced beats, and discover exciting transitions. Students will be able to practice on silks, rope, sling, and straps to find the subtle nuances of each apparatus and gain a better understanding of beat pathways.
Prerequisites: Be able to invert multiple times in the air. Straight arm hang (grip strength and endurance are very helpful). Knowledge of basic beats is a plus. Working on momentum will tire you out quickly!
Register for DynaBeats
Character Development & Storytelling
Sunday, 1/27 2:00-3:45pm
All Levels | All Apparatus | $65
What brings an act together and moves an audience? What separates a string of tricks from an unforgettable performance?
In this mixed apparatus workshop, we will learn different tools in order to create interesting and compelling acts that will make you stand out from the crowd. We will get comfortable with being uncomfortable, moving our bodies in new ways and thinking about ourselves, environment, and apparatus in different ways to create a compelling story and character. With these in mind, we can influence our movement style and connect to audience and ourselves. Throughout the workshop, we will play creative games and each student will perform short sequences with different qualities. Please be prepared with a short list of simple vocabulary that you could repeat in a sequence several times.
Any aerial apparatus
Prerequisites: Be comfortable moving through 30-90 second sequences several times.
Register for Character Development & Storytelling
Cirque Wonderland Monthly Members and Residents receive an automatic 20% discount on all workshops when they register