March 26 – 27

Weekend Immersion: Aerial Sling – Bowtie Belays

About this Immersion

Welcome to the crazy world of bowtie belays on aerial sling! A bowtie belay are two belay loops (like belay on fabric) but on sling it has two loops and a crossing knot in the center. There are many different entrances and as many different exits, and we will explore as many of them as we can! We’ll also play creatively with shapes and poses inside the bowtie once we learn to create them. This workshop will be great for your brain and your body!



Early Bird Discount:
Get the special $325 early bird price if you register before March 4th!

Gina DeFreitas

18 & up (or permission of instructor)

Saturday: 12 – 3 pm & 4 – 6:30 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 1 pm & 2 – 4:30 pm

Participants should have a regular sling or fabric practice and have a good general understanding of how fabric “works” (be able to move around and execute skills without regular coach input). Students should be able to invert in the air, put on foot locks in the air, do one pull-up, and do a cross-back straddle on fabric or sling. There are a few skills where inverting in the air is required. In some entrances, it’s not required but would make it easier.


Gina DeFreitas is a dancer, choreographer, circus performer, and instructor. She has studied with Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey and Steps on Broadway, and dove into circus all over the US with coaches such as Elsie Smith of NECCA and Elena Panova of The Circus Center (San Francisco). She started Elevation Aerial and Circus Arts, also has taught at Trapeze School NY, Esh Circus Arts, Gravity Alt Movement, Manhatten Movement, and currently teaches at Circus Complex. She has performed in many theatrical and corporate productions, as well as musicals, circuses, and dance concerts at theaters from New York City to Boston and toured all over the US and internationally. She has a Master the Silks Certification from Womack and Bowman, and was featured on their Instagram page as a competition winner for her aerial silks act. Learn more about her at

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