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European Aerial Dance Festival

8ᵗʰ - 19ᵗʰ AUGUST 2017

About us

The European Aerial Dance Festival is now in it’s eighth year and we are delighted to be returning to The Point again this year. For the last 7 years you’ve been asking for it to be extended to a 2-week festival, well we’re finally able to make it happen but you can also come just for 1 week. We’ve been working hard to bring together an exciting array of classes timetable and are thrilled to welcome back many of your favourite tutors, together with some outstanding international teaching talent and new faces! This year for the first time the course will feature act creation and act refinement, as well as performance opportunities for participants. There will also be a 1 day Professional Aerial clinic with International tutors Sarah Poole (ENC, Montreal teaching rope) and Ana Prada teaching fabric on Sun 13th – we expect tickets will go fast for this one.

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Our classes

Below are all the classes available this year over the two week Festival, each class has a description and informs you of the level the class will be taken. * Please not that all courses other than the Act Creation and Performance Lab are one week long courses and NO classes are 'drop in’.

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Warm up

It is highly recommended that you attend a taught warm up class and there are a variety of classes to choose from.

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Vertical dance

Vertical Dance refers to the plane on which the dance class and exploration happens.

Using climbing equipment and sit harnesses we upend the dance by 90 degrees using the wall as our dance floor. Liberating, fun, at times strenuous and discombobulating!

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Act Refinement

These classes are available to advanced aerialists only who are working towards a finished piece and have sequences of material or an act they wish to work with.

If you have specific equipment you want to use you should bring it with you to be rigged.

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Aerial Dance Harness

In this class we’ll explore using climbing equipment and sit harnesses to create moments of suspension and flight whilst dancing on the floor.

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Aerial Dance Trapeze

Aerial dance trapeze is a trapeze bar where the 2 ropes are rigged to a single point forming a triangular shape allowing the trapeze to spin and the performer to move with ease (eventually) between the floor and the air.

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Gyrokinesis®

 A wonderful class to take as a late, longer warm up or simply for the joy of finding movement and fluidity in the body. Recommended for anyone working with Ana on fabric technique or Vayu aerial yoga.

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Cyr wheel

The Cyr wheel is a single large aluminium or steel ring that makes a great dance/acro partner - given enough skill and training! This class has the added bonus of giving your body a challenging break from aerial.

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Cocoon

A single piece of fabric rigged as a long loop to explore that offers more support for the body than traditional aerial fabric techniques.

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Fabric

Fabric  - also called silks, tissues or curtains (they’re not curtains!) Consisting of a single piece of fabric, rigged from the middle to provide 2 tails of fabric on which to climb and find various wraps – ‘locks and keys’ to those in the know.

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Corde Lisse

This course offers an opportunity to study rope with one of ENC’s (Montreal) lead aerial coaches. This will be Sarah’s 1st visit to the UK.

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Counterweight Harness

This class uses side pick up harnesses (2 points) with the flyer connected to another person (counterweighter) who works with them to find flight, ascents and descents.

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Hula Hoop

A ground based, feet on the floor class, open to both experienced hoopers and beginners with a focus on technique, individual goals and fun.

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Acrobatics & Hand Balance

This class is a wide-ranging approach to acrobatics and handstands that explores how the two can be combined to create interesting and alternative forms of movement.

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Act Creation

Come with an idea, or a music track that inspires you to move, or an image or emotion that you want to explore, together with a willingness to investigate on your chosen piece of aerial equipment or on the floor. 

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Aerial Fabric/Cocoon Duets and Creative Play

Two fabrics or cocoons are rigged at each end of a spreader bar so that you counterbalance each other – so much fun to be had!

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Warm Down

We highly recommend that where possible you take a led warm down as your tutors will still have some amazing gems to impart late in the day and will guide you towards what to do to help recovery for the next day.

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Weekend Specials

As professional Aerial practitioners how often do we get the chance (or give ourselves the opportunity) to take a class?