29 Oct 2013


Led by and in association with Nimble Arts, Gravity & Levity are delighted to offer a 5 day intensive:

Introduction to Teaching Aerials

Jan 6th–10th 2014 
at The Dance Studio, Sports Centre, University of Sussex

This course is a 5 day overview to the art of teaching trapeze and aerial fabric, with a focus on spotting techniques, injury prevention, psychology of teaching, basic rigging concepts and class management. This in depth and holistic approach to teaching is appropriate for new teachers and those with experience, and for those who work with youth or adults in a variety of educational environments including circus schools, gymnastics programs, summer camps, fitness studios and more. This workshop is required for application to the Nimble Arts™ Certification Course, a multi level program guiding participants to become safe and capable circus arts teachers for both the hearts and bodies of their students.  
Age: Adult 16+ or permission of instructor
Instructors: Serenity Smith Forchion & Lindsey Butcher.
Biographies below.

Course cost: £600

Pre requisites:
All students are expected to prepare by successfully completing the elements in the required Nimble Arts™ DVD: Aerial fabric: Beginning Level 1 prior to the start of the workshop. Trapeze experience is not necessary but it will make your journey easier. 
NB You must purchase the Aerial Fabric: Beginning Level 1 in advance of the course. It can be purchased here, from Nimble Arts or Firetoys.
The course book Aerial Circus Training & Safety Manual by Carrie Heller is included in the course fee.
Booking: To book your place email Lindsey info@gravity-levity.net
or call +44 (0) 7970968069
On booking, a non-refundable deposit of £300 is required. The remainder of the costs is payable before the 21st of December 2013. Your place will not be confirmed on the course until your deposit has been received. 
Payment: Can be made either by cheque or BACS payment to:
Gravity & Levity, Nat West Bank, Sort Code: 01-01-23 Account no: 15646548
All students are required to complete a NIMBLE WAIVER at the time of registration.
For more information please contact Lindsey at info@gravity-levity.net 

Mon 6th Jan: 9.30am–6.00pm
Tues 7th Jan: 9.30am–5.30pm
Weds 8th Jan: 11.30am–8.30pm
Thurs 9th Jan: 9.30am–5.30pm
Fri 10th Jan:  9.30am–4.30pm

Getting to the venue:
The Sports Centre, Falmer BN1 9RB is a short 10 min train ride from Brighton or Lewes.Map
There are also regular buses from the city centre (bus no's 5B, 25, 28, 29, 29B) most of which stop directly outside the Sport Centre or very close by and take approx 20 mins.

Instructor Biographies:
Serenity Smith Forchion is co-founder of the New England Center for Circus Arts as well as the performance company Nimble Arts. Together with her twin sister, Elsie, she performed for Cirque du Soleil’s Saltimbanco and her performing resume includes Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey, the New Pickle Circus, Cirque Productions, Cirque Le Masque, Sandglass Theater and TV and corporate appearances.
Serenity has taught and choreographed for many companies including Pilobolus, Cirque duSoleil, Canopy Aerial Dance Studio, Circus Smirkus and Canobie Lake Amusement Park.
Serenity helped found San Francisco‘s Circus Center and was Pilates captain for Saltimbanco where she worked with physical therapists to promote injury prevention.
Serenity & her sister maintain teaching, coaching and performing careers and recently developed their own cirque show for touring called RUCKUS: A Cirque Spectacularwww.ruckuscircus.com.
Serenity also performs acrobatics with her husband, Bill Forchion, and they reside in Vermont where they are human jungle gyms for their 3 children. www.nimblearts.org
Lindsey Butcher. Since graduating from London School of Contemporary Dance, over the past 29 years Lindsey has worked with numerous dance, opera, circus, physical and street theatre companies both in the UK and internationally as a dancer, aerialist, teacher, aerial advisor and choreographer.
In 2003, Lindsey founded her own aerial dance company ‘Gravity & Levity’ – a project based company who have to date toured two major theatre productions – ‘Taking Flight’ & ‘Shift’ and one outdoor show, ‘Siren Song’.
Spring 2014 will see the company premiering their new production ‘Rites of War’ with director/choreographer Darshan Singh Bhuller.
Lindsey has been running the European Aerial Dance Festival now for 4 years and this year ran a Paralympic Aerial legacy Intensive for Deaf and disabled participants.www.gravity-levity.net