Workshop: Intermediate-Advanced Flexibility
When: 11:30am – 1:30pm, Tuesday, Dec. 11th
Where: Arcadia – Loft
How Much: $50
- Lower into bridge from standing
- Hold a bridge with hands at least 2’ from their feet with straight arms
- Splits on both sides
- Sit up straight in a pike position
This workshop will focus on active flexibility and mobility at a deep level. The goals are to understand the most effective ways to stretch any area of the body, how to move and control the stretch to anywhere they want- avoiding their weakest point of connection, learn the difference between passive and active range of motion and how that relates to neurological or physical limits in their own movements, and to safely push their own limits to the max when training inside and outside of a class. Through hold and release exercises, isometric conditioning, and strengthening students will begin to understand what allows a stretch to go further and how to increase that stretch in a safe supportive way so the joints and muscles are not compromised.
Melissa K. Knowles is “professionally tiny” and can often be found hiding in your locker or suitcase or being thrown high into the air by pretty much anyone. She has toured across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia performing with Acrobatic Conundrum, C!RCA, Nimble Arts, Aerial Angels, Infinity Circus Productions, Boston Circus Guild, and Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures.
Melissa has received degrees in Art and Psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2004, completed the Professional Training Program at New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) in Brattleboro, VT in 2010, attended several rigging, fabric, and trapeze teacher training workshops, and is certified in Functional Range Conditioning and Functional Range Assessment. She focuses her teaching on active flexibility/mobility, handbalancing, and partner acrobatics.
“Art and expression allow us to find new, beautiful, and often vulnerable ways to grow and create positive change in the world. I think circus creates this through an emphasis on community verses competition. I have found teaching and performing circus to be more empowering than traditional sports or art and I have a passion for working with students who are learning how to use their bodies and express themselves in new ways.”
Her favorite thing about teaching and performing circus is the way it empowers people to do things they always thought impossible, but had just never tried.
She also likes dark chocolate.