July 7 – 9, 2023
Weekend Immersion: Aerial Sling
With Sofia Rodriguez
About This Workshop
In this immersion, we will review proper sling technique and provide avenues for future development while incorporating fun and creativity throughout. You’ll take home a solid theoretical framework and drills to improve lines and pointed toes, as well as ways to practice core strength and build active flexibility on the apparatus. Through guided exploration, you’ll develop movement quality, learn new transitions between traditional skills, explore how to apply practical groundwork, and, in doing so, gain the tools to discover your artistic voice. We will also be working on some fun intermediate sequences to add to your sling repertoire. Come hang around with us!
Friday, July 7: 530 – 8:30 pm
Saturday, July 8: 12:30 – 3:30 pm and 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Sunday, July 9: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Students should be able to invert in the air multiple times and know the apparatus well enough to feel comfortable with exploration and improvisation. Students should have the stamina to stay in the air for three minutes at a time. Knowledge of catcher’s wrap, seatbelt, and basic drops such as a 360 and knee drop is recommended. Not sure what those are? Please email Elsie for more details.
16 & up or by permission of instructor
About The Coach
After teaching 4th grade in Austin, Texas for five years, Sofia Rodriguez ran away to the circus and currently lives in Colorado where she teaches aerial arts and flexibility to various skill levels and ages. As an instructor, she emphasizes form and theory to build skill with not just movement mastery, but also with creativity and sequence development. Aside from working full-time as an aerial instructor, she has taught workshops at the Aerial Dance Festival and the Aerial Nerd Conference, and travels to bring her unique workshops to studios across the nation.