Active Flexibility Workshops

June 8th @ 6:30-8 p.m. (One-Time Workshop)

June 12th/19th/26th and July 3rd @ 7-8:30 p.m. (Workshop Series)

Learn how to safely increase your range of motion through a variety of exercises with instructor Jessica John. This workshop uses a dynamic warm-up sequence, soft-tissue preparation, nerve glides and muscle activation to allow you to improve muscular efficiency, build strength and heighten motor control. These exercises are geared toward aerialists, athletes, dancers, yogis and movement teachers.

You may also take advantage of a four-week Tuesday evening workshop series to enhance specific types of flexibility, including front splits (Week 1), shoulders (Week 2), middle splits (Week 3) and back (Week 4).

Register under the ‘Workshops’ tab at this link.

The Elements Center
2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW Suite 217
Washington, D.C. 20007

https://elementscenter.com/

Hand to Hand Contemporary Circus Festival

May 29th – June 3rd @ FringeArts Philadelphia

Take a road trip to Philadelphia for an incredible display of circus arts at Hand to Hand: A FringeArts Circus Festival. Find all the information and tickets at this link.

The lineup includes Montreal-based Barcode Circus Company performing Sweat & Ink, a surrealistic exploration of society’s relationship to memory and time. Their performers use cigar box juggling, Russian bar, hand to hand and aerial hoop to develop this theme and explain how our brains can remodel our recollections.

Also enjoy Circadium’s Innovations, a showcase of nine artists from the recently founded circus school in Philadelphia. They will perform 12 ensemble-based acts including hoop diving, juggling and contortion with live musical accompaniment.

At Test Flights, you’ll see some of the regions most ground-breaking circus artists workshop their new material that cross-pollinates with other art forms. Performers include Kyle Driggs and Andrea Murillo, members of Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, Sasha Harrington and Andrew Adams, Nicole Burgio and more.

Don’t miss this incredible event that represents the bright future of contemporary circus!

Schedule:
May 29th
8 p.m. Innovations, Tickets $10

May 31st
8 p.m. Sweat and Ink, Tickets $15 adult, $10 12 and under

June 1st
8 p.m. Sweat and Ink, Tickets $15 adult, $10 12 and under
June 2nd
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Circus Midway (hands-on circus activities with Circadium), Free
2 p.m. Sweat and Ink, Tickets $15 adult, $10 12 and under
June 3rd
7 p.m. Test Flights, Free

FringeArts
140 N. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

LIFT Intermediate Immersion — DC Edition

June 15-17 and June 22-23 @ Dance Loft on 14

Join the LIFT School of Acrobatics team for a two-weekend immersion course in intermediate acrobatic skills including L-basing washing machines, Icarian pops, handstand training and strength and flexibility exercises. This course also helps prepare students to apply for the LIFT Teacher Apprenticeship Program.

Register for $400 before May 18th. Starting May 19th, the cost is $500. Sign up at this link. FB Event link.

Dance Loft on 14
4618 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20011

AcroLove Festival — East Coast

July 27th – 29th @ Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Join hundreds of acrobats for the 2018 AcroLove Festival, a three-day event including an acro tour of D.C., workshops with more than 50 supportive teachers and a Saturday night acro jam party. The 20+ classes per day on Saturday and Sunday draw from the knowledge and practice of yoga, circus, cheerleading and therapeutic movement.

Register and see the full schedule at this link.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

University of Maryland Gymkana Home Show

April 13th and 14th @ 7 p.m.

See the gymnastics troupe that has been electrifying University of Maryland’s basketball halftime shows and local school assemblies for decades at the Xfinity Center.

Gymkana will dazzle you with their trampoline flips through rings of fire, three-story high ladders held together with acrobats, handstands on towers of chairs and numerous other extraordinary displays during this two-hour show.

Get tickets at this link.

Note: Due to security regulations, all guests will be screened and only clear bags are permitted in the venue.

Xfinity Center
2740 Xfinity Center
College Park, MD 20742

TBD Immersive: Cabaret Rising

February 9th – March 4th @ Dupont Underground

Immersive theater company TBD Immersive returns with Cabaret Rising, featuring staged and ambient burlesque and circus acts set within a dystopian political future, continues this weekend and runs through March 4th. Walk the rails of Dupont Underground and discover a world of peculiar and captivating prime ministers, ghosts, jugglers and secret assassins in this two-hour production. See the full schedule and buy tickets at this link.

Dupont Underground (entrance on south side of Starbucks at 19th and Connecticut)
1500 19th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Take Laughter With You: A Clowns Without Borders Fundraiser

March 17th @ 6 p.m., 5:30 p.m. doors

The second annual “Take Laughter With You” benefit is a true variety show: Clean comedy for adults and kids and all kinds of circus and variety arts. Each year, top-notch performers volunteer their time and talent to wow audiences for a great cause. Proceeds of the show support Clowns Without Borders-USA’s work of relieving suffering through laughter in areas of crisis all over the world. This show will support CWB’s tour in the Balkans where hundreds of thousands of refugees are seeking asylum.

The event is hosted by CWB Board Member and performing artist, Kolleen Kintz, and includes performances by the area’s top performers. Expect variety including acrobatics, aerialists, comedy, and juggling by Christian Kloc, Drew Richardson, Anthony Oliva, Elise Sipos, Jane Bryan, Julia Quigley, Kiersten Van Houten, Krystan Silva, Lessie Longstreet, Kim DeAngelis, Sophia DeAngelis and Matthew Pauli. The evening also includes performances by Clowns Without Borders performing artists Bobby Kintz, Brendon Gawel, Alex Orthwein and Kaitlin Kaufman.

Warning: Show may provoke, laughter, wonder, and hope against all odds!

Buy your tickets NOW at this link.

Joe’s Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Road
Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

2nd Annual C4 Event — Monarca in Flight

April 26th-29th @ Monarca in Flight

Enjoy four explosive days of Circus, Circus, Circus, Circus! Register for workshops in sling, lyra, fabric, trapeze, German wheel, acro, makeup, and much more. The illustrious list of instructors includes Ukoiya Mastin, Benn Mendoza, Bobby Taylor, Chris Delgado, Jessica John, Gwynne Flanagan, Kat Milburn, Acoatzin Torres and Kat Stroot.

Register at this link, to snag your spot before this amazing weekend sells out!

Monarca in Flight
3431-F Carlin Springs Road
Falls Church, VA 22041

The Amazing Acro Cats

October 5th/6th @ 7 p.m., October 7th @ 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., October 8th @ 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., October 9th @ 1 p.m.

The Amazing Acro-cats Featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats are a troupe of REAL performing house cats. The Acro-cats experience all started with Chief Executive Human (CEH for short) and animal trainer Samantha Martin. She has not only rescued her own pets, but also has found happy homes for over 200 homeless cats and kittens. Using the magic of clicker training (a stress-free positive reinforcement method) Samantha and the cats take their newfound amazing abilities on the road, and tour the nation’s stages in the infamous Acro-cat bus! A portion of the proceeds always benefits our mobile foster and rescue efforts. They have cats riding skateboards, jumping through hoops, and Alley, our rising star, has even leapt into the Guinness Book of World Records, holding the record for the longest cat jump!

The finale is the ONLY ALL-CAT BAND IN THE ENTIRE WORLD – Tuna and the Rock Cats! The current band lineup features Oz on guitar, Asti on drums, Nue on keyboard, and NOW some brand new members: Ahi and Albacore on cowbell and woodblocks, Buggles on trumpet, and even a chicken – Cluck Norris – rockin’ the tambourine! “I can die happy now!” an audience member has claimed after seeing the band.

We are proud to announce we will be partnered with https://novacatclinic.com/client-resources/chris-griffey-memorial-fund/ Chris Griffey Feline Memorial Fund. These funds will be used to help foster kittens at risk with veterinary services and adoption services. The funds are also used to help cat owners with financial hardships.

Get more information and tickets at this link.

Next Stop Theatre
269 Sunset Park Dr
Herndon, VA 20170.

Injury Prevention for Circus Artists

September 17th @ 5-7 p.m.

Injuries and weakness can impede your progression as an aerialist/acrobat so prevention and knowledge are ideal ways to keep you in the studio and inspired!

Angie Prescott PT, DPT, CMPT, CSCS has over 20 years experience in gymnastics and acrobatics and has been in the field of rehabilitation, physical therapy and sports medicine for 13 years. Her love of acrobatics and aerials has led her to become a specialist in the injuries that these athletes commonly see. Owner of ACRO Physical Therapy & Fitness, her goal is to “inspire individuality” by providing evidence-based treatment and information so that her patients and clients can pursue their life and fitness goals without limitation or pain.

In this seminar, Angie will be discussing the core, upper back and shoulders. Participants will be given an overview of basic anatomy, normal function and common injuries that an aerialist/acrobat needs to watch out for. Beyond that – the class involves significant audience participation as there will be a strengthening and stretching program reviewed and provided with the goal of minimizing your injury risk and progressing your training.

Purchase tickets to the workshop at this link.

Mobtown Ballroom
861 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21230