Workshop: Essential Straps Skills
When: 4:30pm – 6:30pm, Mon, Dec 10th
Where: Arcadia, Founder’s Studio
How Much: $65
3 Straight Arm Inversions, 5 Skin The Cats
This intensive is directed towards those with the tools and techniques necessary to begin or deepen their training for skills such as flags (also known as reverse meathook/arm breaker/side planche), roll ups, one arm technique, and other advanced straps vocabulary. It will begin daily with a warm-up set of many well-known (and some not so well-known) exercises, then time will be dedicated to practicing new skills, honing technique, and creative exploration.
Shannon McKenna was never a dancer or a gymnast, but she was one hell of a tree climber. She earned her B.F.A. from NYU with a concentration in physical theater and decided the summer after college, without much idea of what it meant, to become a circus artist. She packed up her life in a suitcase and began travelling the globe in search of the best coaches to teach her, teaching aerial arts to whoever wanted to learn from her, and put her work on any stage she could.
Since that fateful decision, she trained with coaches from Montreal to Berlin to Guadalajara, and obtained her coaching certification from The New England Center for Circus Arts. She teaches workshops and classes to all ages and abilities in over 20 states from Circus Smirkus in Vermont all the way to the legendary San Francisco Circus Center in California.
Her performance work has spanned from traditional shows in large arenas to intimate contemporary pieces in small black box theaters. She performs as a solo artist, a part of artistic duos, and ensembles. Career highlights include the two times she unexpectedly performed her silks number in Germany, learning to catch on the flying trapeze 6 days before a show, and hanging underneath a motorcycle on a tight wire with the Flying Espanas.
In 2018, Shannon launched The Artist Athlete, an online resource that produces educational material for aerialists, as well as a weekly podcast which contains interviews with professionals in the circus industry. It is available on Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, and iTunes.