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European Aerial Dance Festival

6th - 18th AUGUST 2018

About us

The European Aerial Dance Festival is now in its ninth year and we are thrilled to welcome participants from around the globe at all levels of their practice. #EADFest 2018 will run again as a 2-week festival but you can also choose to come just for 1 week, the weekend or Saturday only pic n’ mix cornucopia of delights! As always we have an incredible team of tutors lined up for you with 2, yes 2 tutors to every technique class giving you even more bang for your bucks. We are delighted that Firetoys are once again sponsoring the Festival.

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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 note that all courses other than the weekend specials 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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Act Refinement and Performance

These classes are from intermediate level upwards (see individual class descriptions), for aerialists wanting to work creatively towards performance. If you have specific equipment you would like to use you should bring it with you to be rigged.

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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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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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Aerial Conditioning and Injury Awareness

In week 1 aerial ‘supremo' Sarah Poole will lead a floor conditioning for aerial class that you can train out of the studio and in week 2 we’ll be joined by Circus specialist physiotherapist James Wellington injury awareness sessions focusing in on a different topic and area each day in response to need and enquiry.

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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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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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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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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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Performance Lab

Using theatre games and choreographic exercises this week will focus on how to express and work with emotions to develop aerial work and narrative.

Rigging Fundamentals

Rigging Fundamentals for Aerial Performance

An intensive course designed for aerialists, aerial tutors or anyone interested in rigging as a career with one of the best rigging supremos’ in the land! . This course promotes a better understanding of the fundamental concepts of aerial rigging.

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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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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

A veritable cornucopia of pic n’ mix delights to choose from of classes not usually included in the festival. And if that wasn’t enough there are also Saturday supper socials and the opportunity to either perform (if you’ve attended one of the act refinement classes during the week) or cheer on your fellow aerial artists.