26 Sept 2015


Led by and in association with Serenity Forchion of Nimble Arts Gravity & Levity are delighted to offer a:

5 day Intensive in Teacher Training

4–8th January 2016

and a

Weekend Fabric Foundation Course

9–10th January 2016

at the Dance Studio, Falmer Sports Centre, University of Sussex, Brighton.

Bookings open from 27 September.
Introduction to teaching aerials:
This 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
Pre requisite: 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. 
Required materials: You must purchase the Aerial Fabric: Beginning Level 1 in advance of the course. It can be purchased from Nimble Arts or Firetoys
All students are required to complete a NECCA waiver on the morning of the course commencing.
Cost: £600  

Fabric foundation course: 
This course will guide you though the curriculum created by Nimble Arts™ to provide clear and effective progressions and spotting techniques for beginner and continuing aerial fabric students. Working with skills that can be executed close to the ground focus is on body awareness, fabric placement, spotting techniques and meeting the conditioning needs of novice and beginner students.
Pre requisite: Introduction to Teaching Aerials: Must have completed the introductory level workshop led by Nimble Arts within the past 5 years. No exceptions. Must be comfortable executing, without prompting, skills from Nimble Arts™ DVD: Aerial Fabric Beginning Level 2 including cross back straddle, and be comfortable inverting off the ground. Exceptions to this skill level requirement can be made for teachers with physical limitations that do not hinder their ability to be competent teachers AND spotters at the Foundation level. (For example: someone in a foot cast with previous experience who can still spot and execute some skills, or someone with a shoulder injury who academically knows the skills required and are comfortable spotting.) Please contact Serenity for more information at trapeze@sover.net
Required materials: You must purchase the DVD Aerial Fabric: Beginning Level 2 in advance of the course. It can be purchased from Nimble Arts or Firetoys.
Cost: £225


: To book please email Lindsey on info@gravity-levity.net
If both courses are booked together then a reduction of £100 will be applied = £725 for the 2 courses.
On booking a non-refundable deposit of £300 for the Introductory 5 day course and £125 for the fabric foundation weekend long course is required or £400 for the 2 course offer. The remainder of the cost is payable before Dec 4th. Your place will not be confirmed on the course until your deposit has been received.

Payment: Can be made either by cheque or BACS to Gravity & Levity, Nat West bank, Sort code: 60 30 09 Acc no. 28132904
For payments from overseas: You’ll need IBAN code GB71 NWBK 6030 0928 132904 & BIC code NWBK GB 2L

Schedule: 9.30 am to 5.30pm (though these may vary slightly)

Getting to the dance studio: The Sports Centre, Falmer, BN1 9RB is a 10 min train ride from Brighton or Lewes.
There are also regular busses 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 du Soleil, 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 Spectacular www.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, 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 produced 3 major theatre productions – Taking Flight, Shift and most recently Rites of War plus an outdoor show, Siren Song. We have also been commissioned to produce several films and site specific pieces.
G&L also run the annual European aerial dance festival held in Brighton each August. 2016 will be our 7th year. www.gravity-levity.net 
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