This aerial dance workshop will focus on the foundational techniques required to dance in the air using aerial rope. Tailored to dancers, it will focus on techniques for efficiency, how to weave your body around the rope, locks and keys, proper inversion technique, and creative ways to ascend. Offered by Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence company Corporeal Imago, this workshop is taught by Gabrielle Martin, a former aerialist of Cirque du Soleil and Cavalia.
For advanced level dancers of any discipline.
Limited capacity: 9-12 people maximum.
$15 Dance Centre Members/$20 non-members on or before December 1, 2021
$25 Dance Centre Members/$30 non-members after December 1, 2021
Safety mats will be used under each rope. Participants should wear form fitting tops, or long tops that can be tucked in, and that cover the underarms. Participants should also wear thick leggings or form-fitting dance pants. It is ideal if leggings are long enough to be pulled down over the heel. Otherwise, bring a pair of form fitting socks with the toes cut out to wear as ankle protectors.
Gabrielle Martin is an aerial and contemporary dance choreographer and cultural producer and curator. She grew up on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, where she studied somatic movement and contact improvisation, and began her performance career in street circus arts. Gabrielle has a BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University (Montreal, 2009) and a certificate in Circus Dramaturgy from the Centre national des arts du cirque (Châlons-en-champagne, 2020). From 2011-2015, she toured with Cavalia, performing aerial rope, bungee trapeze, bungee dance, and harness dance numbers. From 2015 – 2019, she toured with Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK – The First Flight, performing the principal female character and a solo aerial silks number. Gabrielle is Co-Artistic Director of the aerial dance company Corporeal Imago (Ci), and co-created its first show Limb(e)s. www.companyci.com
Photos by Cirque Carmagnole