Workshops with Shannon McKenna
WorSaturday, March 24:
1 – 2:30 p.m. -- Inversions
Inversion Clinic- 1.5 hours/ 8 person (beginner-advance)
The “straddle up” is one of the most fundamental movements on aerial silks. It is the first step for many exciting wraps and drops, and when done correctly is a thing of beauty in and of itself. Yet, for many aerialists, it is an elusive devil that can bring the most determined to tears. This workshop is dedicated to the “straddle up” and other aerial inversions (the action of going upside down in the air). There are a million different ways straddle up, and, as a result, a million different approaches, and a million mistakes to be made. In this hour and a half will be packed with drills on and off the silks that will enable you to master the inversion.
Prerequisites: A desire to work on your inversion, or a desire to do one for the first time. Please be able to climb the silks to the top and tie a foot lock in the air.
3 – 5 p.m. – Drop, Stop and Roll
Drop Stop & Roll (Fabric Drop Workshop)- 2 hours/6 person max (adv. beginner-intermediate)
As aerialists, we seek control over our bodies at every moment we are in the air. When we are climbing and posing, this control is relatively easy to master. However, it gets more complicated when we begin to look at “drops.” In this workshop we will look at several basic drops which cause us to rotate forward or sideways. We will explore how the wrap, the body positioning in the set up, and the body positioning during the drop can change the speed and shape of the skill. This clinic is great for those who are looking to clean up their drops and ensure they are executing these rotations in the safest way.
Prerequisites: Must be able to cleanly invert and hold oneself upside down in the air.
Sunday, March 25:
10 a.m. – noon – Straps for Aerialists
Straps For Aerialists- 2 hours/8 person max (adv. beginner-advanced)
This workshop uses aerial straps to address fundamental movements and muscle activation for any aerial apparatus. We will explore concepts for smoother inversions, comfortable one-arm positions, and shoulder stabilization exercises. The goal is to learn to use the straps as a conditioning tool for any aerialists to gain greater mobility and strength.
Prerequisite: Ability to comfortably invert in the air.
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Flexibility
Leg and Back Flexibility Training- 2 hours/12 person max
Come for a hip opening, hamstring lengthening, toe cramping, chin lifting, rib cage widening, pelvis tilting good time. This workshop is great for people looking to improve their leg lines in the air or on the ground and to strengthen and stretch their backs safely. This workshop will present proper techniques to safely gain flexibility.
Prerequisites: the ability to breathe in, then out again multiple times. Also, must have legs and a spine.
Each workshop is $40. Sign up for more than one, and the first one is $40; all others are $35. Use the code SHANNON18 for discount.
Workshops are co-sponsored by Knoxville Aerial Arts Studio.
There will be two weeks this summer in which kids ages 6 - 14 can hang from fabrics and trapezes, ride unicycles, walk on stilts, jump on teeterboard, and learn to juggle. All skill levels are welcome; kids can attend one or both weeks. Camp will happen from 9 a.m. -2 p.m. daily, with the option of early dropoff beginning at 8 a.m. Campers bring their own lunch; we provide a snack and lots of fun. Each week ends with a "camp sharing" -- a short show for families and friends to see all the awesome skills campers have worked on during the week.