"Want to learn awesome new tricks and laugh for two hours straight? Take a workshop from Caitlin. She's got a way of teaching you fun and exciting moves safely, whilst entertaining you with her comedic nature. She's also genuinely excited for you when you get something. You'll leave with more skills, more confidence, and more laugh lines."
-- Courtney King
Whether you are looking to have a good time trying something new, striving to become proficient on a specific apparatus, or looking for a little inspiration and assistance in creating or polishing an act, Caitlyn can fill your need. Before the circus stole her life, she earned her BFA in Theatre from New York University, which provided a strong background in creation and directing, as well as performance.
Caitlyn is an artist, instructor, director, and perpetual student of the circus arts. She has trained and taught in schools in Europe, Oceania, the States and the Caribbean. Her interest in circus lies in where the physical meets the dramatic and her specialty is storytelling and theatricality. Circus is more than a show and tell of learned tricks, its an opportunity to share an idea with the world. Caitlyn teaches flying trapeze, aerial silks, static trapeze, duo trapeze, triple trapeze, corde lisse, spanish web, lyra, duo lyra, and trampoline at an advanced and performative level, and partner acrobatics and juggling at a beginner level.
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"I have had the privilege of taking private lessons and group classes from Caitlyn on apparatuses ranging from aerial silks to static trapeze. Caitlyn’s classes are very challenging yet fun, and I can always feel the “circus pain” in my body the following day. Caitlyn focuses on giving every person in class individual corrections and encouragement. My strength, technique, and artistic development have significantly improved as a result of training with Caitlyn."
-- Victoria McDowell-Drew
Silks - Spread 'Em and Smile
Take your fabric work to the next level with new and creative poses, splits and transitions. Discover just how far your legs will go as you delve into unexplored aerial territory, twisting and contorting in awe-inspiring, but secretly simple, ways. Find new paths into and out of old tricks and create new ones in the process.
Prerequisite: Ability to invert at top of silk, dance locks.
Rope tends to be seen as silk's red headed stepsister, but it can be an incredibly versatile apparatus. Whether you're looking to be like the strong man or the graceful woman, rope has something for you. Learn the basics of maneuvering on this piece of equipment while being shown some tips and tricks for cleaner technique. This workshops will also include some creative poses and drops. Prerequisite: Ability to climb silk or rope without assistance.
A dizzying spinning version of rope, Spanish Web allows for a variety of amazing poses and tricks, if you can stomach it. By placing your hand or foot into a loop near the top of the rope, a setter will proceed to spin you in faster and faster circles, while you wow the groundlings with beautiful positions. Not for the queasy, Spanish Web is a great way to learn rope basics with a twist. Prerequisites: Ability to climb to top of rope or silk.
Bungee Silks - Drops, Drops, DROPS!
Any aerialist can lament on how badly a particular pose hurts or burns, but there is a special masochism in most silks drops. This workshop offers a way to complete eye-popping drops with half the pain, and a lot more bounce. With bungee packs of varying spring levels, learn new moves, re-hash your old drops with less discomfort, and discover what a little spring can add to your routine. Requirements: Must be able to climb to the the top of the silk and invert without assistance.
Duo Silks - Feel the Squeeze
Do you love supporting other people? Letting others hang from you while enduring various amounts of pain and cinching? Then this is definitely the workshop for you. We will get an overview of a variety of different ways to hold weight while on the fabric and delve into the mechanics of balancing while doubled up in the air. There will also be directed play for the invention of new basing techniques. Then we will move past positions and into transitions - how to seamlessly move from one basing position to another, without your act looking like another "trick, pose" routine.
Pre-requisites: Ability to invert in the air, an open mind about basing AND flying, and the mindset to always take care of the person who's in the air with you.
Solo and Collaborative Act Creation
How do you begin to create an act? How do you work with others and maintain your true vision? How do you ensure a maximum response from the audience. For too long, the aerial arts have been a breeding ground for trick/style poses and slow, pretty, but often boring routines. Discover how to add theatricality back into your art. Find techniques for developing character and theme. Learn how to ask and answer the right questions and make something that will demand a reaction. Requirements: Taken at least 5 aerial classes on either silks, lyra or static trapeze.
Static Trapeze - Getting to Know the Bar
Discover a new way to empower yourself with aerial arts. Perfect for those brand new to the circus world, static trapeze offers a great mix of physical intensity and aerial artistry. Learn how to properly and safely hang, invert and support yourself while trying various poses and tricks. Walk away with sore muscles, a new physical vocabulary, and a sudden eagerness to show up the kids at the playground pull up bars. No experience necessary.
Discover the fluidity of trapeze with this lower, spinning, single point version of static trapeze. Learn to add a graceful dexterity to your aerial skills as you are shown new techniques for spinning under and climbing onto the apparatus. Get to know the ropes and see how versatile they can be. Within minutes, you will be soaring around the room as you perfect stunning poses and transitions. No experience necessary.
Duo Trapeze - Basing and Flying
Doubles trapeze can seem quite intimidating to the novice eye, but many combinations can be achieved by people who have barely touched a trapeze. In this workshop, learn the safety and fundamentals of basing and flying while discovering body awareness in the air. Begin to feel comfortable trusting others with your weight and gain confidence in your strength and overall ability. For more advanced students, learn to embrace the joys of twisting and learn how to safely complete release tricks. Discover how fluid a routine can be as transitions turn into drops and the base becomes the flyer. Warning: first timers tend to leave these workshops feeling empowered and completely enamored with doubles trapeze. No partner required. Requirements: Ability to invert on either static trap, silks, lyra or rope.
Lyra is a beautiful apparatus, though it often seems to be best suited for never dizzying contortionists. For those of us who don’t fold up like a pretzel, double lyra is seldom tapped goldmine of stunning poses, innovative basing, and graceful transitions. It’s a fantastic vessel for creating exciting new work with ample opportunity for heavy character work. Requirements: Ability to invert and sit up on lyra without assistance.
Cube - Embrace the Corners
Angles upon angles upon angles! What better way to collaborate than on a huge aerial cube? This apparatus is one of the most versatile and easy to learn duo or group work on. With spinning, tipping and counterbalancing, we will explore the different ways to move about and pose on this square beast. We will also delve into safe exploration techniques to lay a solid groundwork for creating and inventing your own moves. Prerequisite: Ability to invert solo.
Handstands and Flexibility
Although standing on your hands seems fairly simple, there is a lifetime of technique in mastering the skill set for a solid and steady handstand. In this class, master the basics and figure out how to turn yourself upside down safely and efficiently. If you already have your handstand, learn techniques for improving your form and the steps necessary for moving onto more advanced moves, like lever ups and one handed handstands. In addition, we will delve into some deep partner stretching and go over some ways to increase and maintain your flexibility. No experience necessary.
"Caitlyn is all the things that make a great teacher: patient, articulate, entertaining, invested in all of her students no matter what their skill level is. As a beginner aerialist, she got me really excited about the world of circus. I'd highly recommend taking classes or workshops with her, but be prepared - she'll get you hooked!" -- MaiLynn, Wellington, NZ
"Caitlyn makes aerial fun and will leave you hurting, in a good way. I hobble away from every class smiling, and eager for the next session. Learn from Caitlyn, she will not disappoint." -- Melanie, San Francisco, CA
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