SAY NEAU TO PLATEAU!

By T Lawrence-Simon Circus is an amazing blend of physical effort and conceptual art. Whether it’s for fitness, fun, professional, semi-professional goals, circus always requires a fully concentrated effort. With such a full on art/sport, it’s a totally understandable and inevitable feeling to hit a plateau. It might occur in the physical form, and you just feel like your splits aren’t getting any flatter, your pullups...

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Thoughts on Being Injured

A week ago, about two thirds of the way through the act I was performing, I felt a crrrrrunch in my rib cage.  I was lifting into a meathook from a bit of a side-to-side sway, a move I had rehearsed dozens of times, but this time, as my hips lifted to bring my legs up and over into a pike around my arm, something in my ribs moved in a way that ribs should very definitely not move.  I finished the act – adrenaline is an amazing drug – and went...

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Pregnancy and Aerials?

By Adrienne Mays, aerial student and soon-to-be mother “I’m so excited I’m pregnant! Oh, I still have 5 weeks of this session of aerials left. And there’s that class I really want to take next session, plus I just started rehearsing for a new act. Hmmm, what to do?” There’s a lot of information out there on exercising while pregnant, but not really anything specific for aerials. I’ve put together some of the information that seemed the most...

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When in Doubt….Get Down!

If you look around the walls in the main studio at Versatile Arts, you see a variety of brightly-colored signs:  “Point Your Toes!”  “Remember to Breathe!” “Wrap Your Thumbs!”  And there in the corner is another one that says in large letters, “When in Doubt….Get Down.”  We joke that that can mean that if you don’t know what to work on next, try a little dance break….but what it really means is “err on the side of caution.”  If you’re not sure...

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