Inclusive Circus and Dance Instruction
All bodies are dance bodies. All bodies are circus bodies.
If you’ve ever felt unwelcome or unsure if you belong in a movement class: you belong in my class! People who are plus-size/fat-identified, older, disabled, chronically ill, post partum, people of color, folks who are trans, queer, neurodivergent – we’ve been told implicitly and explicitly that we don’t belong in movement and fitness spaces. My work as a movement teacher focuses on creating spaces where every body is valued for its unique talents and ways of moving. I’ve spent years un-learning and re-learning dance and circus technique with non-normative bodies at the center, questioning: “Why should a tendu have to look a particular way?” “What is the core skill we want to learn in a gazelle?” “What does this shape look like on your body?” and learning from my students as we reinvent dance and circus for our own bodies, in our own time.
photo credit: Jon Beckley
Gentle Aerials is an aerial arts class at Esh Circus Arts aimed at students who want to move at a slower pace. Everyone is welcome! This class is awesome for folks who have a fear of heights, experience chronic illness or pain, feel uncertain about movement or have historically felt unwelcome in fitness spaces – especially older folks, plus-size/fat-identified folks, and anyone else who wants to try to get upside down for the first time!
This online ballet class is Ballet for Every Body! The class focuses on the fundamentals of ballet: basic positions, shapes, and movement pathways that you can do in your own living room. This class is digitally hosted by Esh Circus Arts.
Private Circus and Dance Lessons
I provide one-on-one and small group lessons in dance, clowning, and accessible circus arts.
With over 15 years of circus stage direction experience, I’ve helped over 100 circus acts come to fruition. I’ve helped students successfully audition for Circus Smirkus, École Nationale de Cirque, École de Cirque de Québec, and NECCA. I especially love working with recreational adult students on their first ever circus, drag, burlesque, or dance act!
I also teach theater/dance to the Professional Preparatory Program at Esh Circus Arts, as well as an intermediate-level dance class that rotates in its focus from contemporary to ballet, improv to choreographic techniques. Contact me for more info!
My choreographic process is informed by my practices as an SEL teacher, circus director, and former career as a clown and performance artist. I create works that are collaborative and narrative. I see myself as a facilitator and director rather than choreographer, soliciting movement ideas from my dancer-collaborators and weaving them together to tell a collective story.
photo credit: Jon Beckley