The venue will open for in-person registration for the festival from:
- Sunday 4th August from 2pm – 4pm.
- Monday 5th August from 8am onwards.
- Monday 12th August from 8am onwards.
Note: Classes will start promptly at 9am. Registration involves filling in a waiver form (2-5 minutes), and then 1-2 minutes at the desk to receive your class timetable, hand in your form, and ask any questions. There may be a queue at busy times.
We’ll be updating this page soon to detail the 2024 classes!
It is compulsory that you take a warm up if you are attending a morning class. We can’t stress enough how important a good warm up is to prepare you for your day ahead whilst also giving you some really useful information to take away and there’s a great selection to choose from.
GYROTONIC® BASED MOVEMENT CLASS
Seated on low stools, chairs or mats you’ll move the spine and pelvis through a series of arching, curling, bending, twisting and spiralling movements finding fluidity and connection in the body. This work applies wonderfully to aerial and feels great too.
AERIAL CREATIVE LAB
This is the fun time – making acts! Work in a developmental atmosphere with creative direction to build your own act aimed for performance. You’ll get skills acquisition support as well as creative guidance with the aim to have your own piece moved as far along the pathway to the stage as possible.
AERIAL DANCE HARNESS
In this class we’ll work in solos and duets using climbing equipment and sit harnesses to create moments of suspension and flight whilst dancing on the floor.
AERIAL DANCE TRAPEZE
ADT is a trapeze where the 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.
AERIAL SAFE SPACE
Open to all D/deaf & disabled participants and anyone else wishing to attend. We’ll focus on empowering language and communication learning, sharing and growing together in our aerial practice and understanding at whatever stage we’re at.
Cyr is a large steel or aluminium ring that makes a great dance/acro partner – given enough skill and training! This class has the added bonus of giving your body a break (albeit challenging) from aerial hanging.
A single piece of fabric rigged as a long loop in which to explore that has the potential to offer more support to the body than traditional aerial fabric techniques.
Corde lisse or rope is exactly what it sounds like; a rope rigged from a single point on which to climb and find wraps, locks and descents. At a higher level it becomes a balancing apparatus with the potential for dynamic and release work.
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.
Also called silks, tissu 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, or ‘locks’ and ‘keys’ to those in the know.
LYRA AKA AERIAL HOOP
Looks like a hula-hoop hanging from the sky. A magical device of exquisite torture. There may be spinning involved…
MASSAGE AND STRETCH
Just the best way to finish up your day at the EADF if your day ends by 4pm! For the rest of us – soldier on for one more class!
Vertical Dance refers to the plane on which the dance exploration happens. Using climbing harnesses and equipment we upend the dance floor by 90 degrees, using the wall as our dance floor. Liberating, fun, at times strenuous and also discombobulating! There are a variety of classes to choose from here, technique, creative, and doubles.
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.
'HANGING BY A THREAD'
Workshop – Sun 14th Aug – 11am – 4pm
Space A, The Dance Studio
In this interactive session, Stuart Waters will introduce himself and his work as an intersectional artist. He will unpack some of the key tools that form his framework for good practice, holding a space for exploring their use, their benefits and the challenges of embedding and centralising care in the creative process.