Workshop: Fundamentals of Aerial Straps
When: 2pm – 4pm, Sun, Dec 9th
Where: Arcadia, North Studio
How Much: $65
ability to hang upside down from the arms on any apparatus for 30 sec.
This intensive uses aerial straps to address fundamental movements and muscle activation for any aerial apparatus. We will explore concepts for smoother inversions, straddles, skin the cats, meat hooks, and other positions. The goal is to learn to use the straps as a conditioning tool to gain mobility, strength, and body awareness. Each day will address proper technique through in-depth explorations of a specific skill, complimentary ground exercises, and conversations about anatomy and biomechanics, followed by applied conditioning, in which you will practice the concepts.
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.