3 Sept 2017

Gravity & Levity

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

5 day Intensive in Teacher Training

January 6th–10th 2018 inclusive

and a

Weekend Fabric Foundation Course

January 11th–12th 2018

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

Bookings open NOW!
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 participants will be required to read the terms and conditions available on booking from Gravity & Levity in advance and sign on the day of registration.
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
 teamed up with her identical twin sister Elsie Smith to found Nimble Arts, their company through with they aim to create inventive works of theatrical circus and offer quality instruction in the circus arts. The identical twins extensive resumes include Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey, Pickle Family Circus, Fidget Feet, Circus Smirkus & many theatrical, TV & corporate appearances. They are Bronze Medal winners at the Albacete Circus Festival, and received a Special Award at the invitational Wuqiao Circus Festival in China.  In 2007 they founded the New England Center for Circus Arts and continue to serve as Artistic Directors and coaches at the school. Alongside their performing as soloists and partners, Elsie and Serenity offer workshops to aspiring artists that focus on technical skills, creative devising and trainings for aerial and acrobatic teachers. Serenity was Pilates captain for Saltimbanco where both sisters worked with physical therapists to promote injury prevention and both are endlessly curious about the ways in which the human body can invent and adapt and have a voice. In 2015 their Nimble Arts ensemble touring show was honored to be invited for a guest performance at Jacob’s Pillow Festival. Elsie & Serenity are the 2016 Governor’s choice for Walter Cerf Excellence in the Arts Award and the 2016 American Circus Educators Excellence in Education Award. www.nimblearts.org

Lindsey Butcher: Since graduating from London Contemporary in 1984 Lindsey has worked with numerous dance, theatre & opera companies as a dancer, aerialist, teacher, mentor & choreographer.
As a dance & aerial practitioner she has over 30 years of professional practise & has been creating vertical-dance for almost 20 years. In 2003, (after winning the JerwoodAward for Circus) Lindsey founded the aerial dance company, Gravity & Levity (G&L) to provide a vehicle for her artistic vision.
What drives her work is a passion & curiosity for combining dance & aerial suspension techniques to liberate & intensify the possibilities of each.
Under Lindsey’s direction, G&L have created 3 full length touring aerial dance productions, an outdoor piece and several site-specific commissions and won the Dance for Camera award.
G&L also founded & run the annual European Aerial Dance Festival in August now in it’s 9th year. www.gravity-levity.net 
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Gravity & Levity
2A Prestonville Rd
BrightonEast Sussex  BN1 3TL
United Kingdom