In addition to our regular session and drop-in classes, we also often offer workshops, either by guest instructors or our own staff. Watch this space for upcoming workshops! You can also join our workshop announcement list to get advance notice of visiting instructors and other workshop events.

2022 Youth Summer Camp

With Staff

Monday, August 15, 2022 from 9:00am-12pm in the Blue room and others  •  Cost: $400

 

Monday August 15th through Friday August 19th

In Versatile Arts’ youth circus camp week, students will experience a variety of physical circus disciplines. In addition to a daily dose of aerial, students will learn the basics of hula-hooping, acro, and flexibility training. A variety of aerial apparatuses will be offered, and students will be organized into small groups based on aerial experience. Camp is open to all levels of students, including intro-level students and those new to circus. Each day will be divided into three 50-minute classes with short breaks in between providing opportunities for snacks and socializing.

If you have questions about camp week, please contact youth_program@versatilearts.net

Register before July 15th to avoid a 10% late fee.

Introductory Teacher Training Intensive

With Lauren Kehl and Bev Sobelman

Thursday, September 29, 2022 from various times in the Versatile Arts  •  Cost: 600

Dates: Sept 29 – Oct 2, 2022

Cost:  $600 (you may pay a $100 deposit to hold your place)

The curriculum includes lectures on functional anatomy, injury prevention, and rigging basics as well as active practice in demoing, spotting, and assessing students. Practice classes with real beginner students are included in the schedule.

Our teacher training intensive is based on our established curriculum progressions and spotting protocols, and adds practical anatomy education and teacher assessment tools in order to better prepare instructors to work with the recreational adult population.    This workshop involves roughly 20 hours of classroom time over 4 days.

The below times may change somewhat after we set our Sept/Oct class schedule but the time commitment will be roughly:

  • Thurs, Sept 29:  12pm – 4:00 pm
  • Fri, Sept 30:  9 am – 4:00 pm
  • Sat, Oct 1  10 am – 2:30 pm
  • Sun, Oct  2: 12 pm – 4:30 pm

Topics include:

  • General anatomy overview
  • Common postural faults and how to address them
  • Basic injury prevention
  • Body mechanics in hanging, climbing, inverting, and balancing
  • How to run a warm up
  • How to demonstrate and clearly verbally instruct basic skills
  • How to spot and physically assist students in execution of basic skills
  • How to verbally cue students in basic skills
  • How to assess students skill level and when to introduce the next progression of the skill
  • Basic rigging and safety procedures

After completing the course, participants will be ready to return to existing teaching with a more thorough understanding of the principles of aerial instruction, or to begin assisting or apprenticing under a more experienced instructor.

Prerequisites:  at least 1 year of aerial experience including rope/tissu, and trapeze.