2012 AYCO EdCon Workshop Offerings as of March 27_ 2012 2012

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					            2012 AYCO EdCon Workshop Offerings as of March 27, 2012
2012 AYCO EdCon Workshop Offerings are divided into the below categories.
Workshops are open to any and all participants unless a prerequisite is noted below the
workshop title. Please note this is not a comprehensive list. More workshops will be
announced shortly. All workshops are subject to change.
Adaptive Strand: Circus arts are perfectly positioned to serve youth with very wide
ranging needs. Workshops in this strand are focused on circus arts in collaboration with
the fields of occupational therapy, youth development, social work, education, and
more.
Safety: Workshops dedicated to addressing safety basics relating to body awareness,
rigging, circus apparatuses, social/emotional safety and more. They will also include
discussions about maintaining safe practices among our youth programs and ways to
lower insurance.
Teaching Tumbling and Partner Acrobatics: An opportunity to take advantage of our
location in one of the country’s main centers for acrobatics training. There are
workshops offerings in teaching tumbling, partner acrobatics, and trampoline to suit all
experience levels.
Play for Circus Educators: An opportunity to get moving, get creative, learn a new skill
or two, and learn from peer educators through skill based workshops.
Trainings: These may become a requirement for obtaining insurance in the near future.
We expect to attach some official significance to them at some point and are providing
them here to give people a chance to get the trainings now.
Other: A diverse assortment of workshops that don’t fit into the above categories.


Workshop Type Key
In order to assist you in understanding the nature of each workshop we have noted the
workshop format next to the title. Currently we are offering Lecture, Experiential, and
Roundtable workshops.




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Adaptive Strand:
Improving Core Competencies: Stages of Development: Lecture
Presenters: Jackie Davis, Ed.M. and Jen Agans, M.A.


AYCO has endorsed eight Core Competencies for youth circus practitioners, the first of
which reads, "A youth circus practitioner takes the stages of child and youth
development into consideration when implementing circus arts programs to enable the
acquisition of skills and performance experiences in age-appropriate ways." To support
youth circus practitioners in meeting this competency, Jackie Davis, Ed.M. and Jen
Agans, M.A. will present relevant theories and research findings and discuss
applications within youth circus settings. The workshop will introduce youth circus
practitioners to developmental theories in a lecture format, with space for conversations
around the ways different programs may use these ideas. Working toward the theme of
adaptive programming, this workshop will include a focus on theories of learning and
the importance of the unique characteristics of each student in child development.


Bio: Jackie Davis, Ed.M is a founding member of AYCO as well as the founding director
of the Hilltop Circus and the Flying Gravity Circus. She received her Masters degree
from Harvard in 2009, and is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia.
Jackie plans to study youth circus with an emphasis on the connections between
students’ physical fitness and their cognitive functioning and social and emotional health
Jen Agans, M.A. grew up in youth circus, performing with the Flying Gravity Circus, the
Hilltop Circus, and Circus Smirkus. She has been coaching at the Silver Lining Circus
Camp since 2003, and moved into the role of associate director in 2008. Jen also
directed the Hilltop Circus in 2009 and has been a member of the American Youth
Circus Organization since 2001. After graduating from Macalester College in 2010 with
a degree in psychology, Jen is now a Ph.D. student in Child Development at Tufts
University where she is studying the links between movement experiences and positive
youth development.



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Circus as an Occupational Therapy Intervention: Incorporating Adaptive
Equipment with Adaptive Instruction: Lecture/some experiential aspects
Presenters: Jill Maglio, Holistic Circus Therapy and Craig Quat, The Circus Place


Jill Maglio and Craig Quat have joined forces to bring AYCO a comprehensive
movement in adaptive circus technology and instruction. This presentation will explain
what occupational therapy is and how it uses circus as an intervention to increase
functional capacity of individuals and communities. There will be a combination of
theory, discussion, and interactive exercises for the participants to engage in. We will
explore using circus as a means of combining adaptive instruction with adaptive
equipment featuring Craig Quat and his Kinetic Skills Toys, as well as discuss practice
methods of Occupational Therapy treatment using circus as the medium.




Bios: Jill Maglio is the founder of Holistic Circus Therapy, a registered and accredited
private practice that combines Occupational Therapy with circus arts to address the
unique health and well-being needs of individuals and communities. Jill started Holistic
Circus Therapy in 2008, after three years of research and study in Melbourne, Australia
where she managed a project with Westside Circus. Upon completion of a Master of
Occupational Therapy Practice from La Trobe University in 2007, Jill continued to
investigate the effects of circus on health and well-being while working with children with
cerebral palsy at the Brain Research Institute. She is involved with circus intervention
research and is published in the Australian Journal of Occupational Therapy. In addition
to a Master of Occupational Therapy Practice degree from La Trobe University, Jill also
has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Jill
also currently works as a skilled performer, social circus educator, project manager and
program evaluator.


Craig Quat is an Adaptive Circus Equipment Innovator and founder/director of The
Circus Place in Hillsboro, NJ.



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The Circus Project: Getting Homeless and At-Risk Youth Off the Ground and Into
the Air: Lecture
Presenter: Jenn Cohen, The Circus Project


Jenn Cohen, Founder and Director of the Circus Project, will discuss the Circus
Project's unique approach to working with homeless and at-risk youth in both
recreational and intensive training environments, utilizing methodologies from Process
Oriented Psychology (and a lot of trial and error). The workshop will include video,
lecture, and discussion.


Bio: Jenn Cohen has been a circus performer for over 20 years, in the US and abroad.
Founder & artistic/executive director of the Circus Project (org. that specializes in using
circus with homeless & at-risk youth) - Recently featured in new documentary series,
"Turning Point" and TEDx Concordia, winner of the 2011 Skidmore Prize for vital work
in the nonprofit sector by individuals under 36.


Entering the Ring: When Psychology Meets the Circus World:
Lecture/Experiential
Presenter: Christine Gorigoitia, Aerial Mind/Philadelphia School of Circus Arts
This workshop will cover the psychological factors that are promoted and enhanced in
the circus skills practice- particularly aerial skills. Some basic aerial skills (Trapeze) and
mental skills training techniques will be shared and utilized as a tool to exemplify the
application of aerial arts in the development of physical and mental fitness. Individual
work will be done at the end of the program, utilizing a –“Performance Profile” as a tool
for self -development. Each individual will be able to see areas of possible growth. In
closure we will cover examples of development in youth and adults - participants and
presenter will share their experience. This workshop is particularly beneficial for those
just starting out, or from outside the circus world.


Bio: Dr. Gorigoitia completed her training in clinical psychology at Loyola College in

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Maryland. Her practice focuses on children, adolescents and families at the Center for
Integrative Psychotherapy in Allentown, P.A. Her clinical and academic expertise
include: mind and body psychology, sports psychology, CBT and play therapy. Being an
aerialist herself she promotes the circus arts in the context of physical and mental
fitness.




This Is Juggling: Experiential
Presenter: Craig Quat, The Circus Place
Outside traditional conventions of toss juggling, this workshop will showcase juggling in
its simplest and most enjoyable form: harmonic motion. Participants will be lead through
group discussions on the topic of deconstructing the meaning and value of juggling.
Following discussions, these concepts will be explored hands-on through interactions
with presenter, Craig Quat's, collection of modified props: Kinetic Skill Toys. Class will
culminate with explorative exercise in which participants utilize found objects to create
their own platforms and applied mediums.


Bio: see above


Circus for Healing: Lecture
Presenter: Carrie Heller, Circus Arts Institute


This workshop will take the participants into the setting of a therapy room and introduce
specific ways to adapt the circus environment, equipment and skill areas to each child's
needs in a group. There will be footage shown of Circus Arts Group Therapy® using
aerial and ground circus equipment; including trapeze, web, balance boards, juggling,
tight wire walking, hammocks (used for sensory regulation rather than aerial tricks) and
Craig Quat's ramps. We will discuss what is in the films, most notably the benefits;
including Social Skills and Physicality.
The children Carrie works with in the groups being filmed have a combination of one or
more of the following: different learning styles, sensory challenges, attention challenges,

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increased hyperactivity, coordination challenges, delays in development - including but
not limited to – pervasive developmental delay and aspergers (on the autistic spectrum).


Bio: Carrie Heller has been a Circus Artist for over 25 years, and LCSW for 25 years.
She is a Cirque Du Monde Trainer of Trainers, national trainer, and former performer.
Carrie currently has a private practice concentrating on working with special needs
children using Circus Arts therapeutically.


Understanding Special Needs Through Clowning, Understanding Clowning
Through Special Needs: Experiential
Presenter: Laura Geilen, BerkCirque, Nose To Nose
*Note: This workshop will take up two consecutive workshop slots.
An exploration of the opportunities inherent in trusting that those with so-called "limits"
(and that means everyone) can show us the gift of beginning right where we are, with
exactly what we have. Through games, exercises, improvisational structures, and
conversation we will aim to gain insight into holding spaces for clowning to arise
naturally and courageously out of the moment--out of letting go of our standard practice
of controlling who/how we are and what/how we are doing. This workshop is good for
people who want to learn more about working with special needs or about clowning.


Bio: Laura Geilen lives in Hillsdale, New York, and works with her special friends in
Camphill Village Copake, a community for adults with developmental differences. She is
a member of the North American Nose To Nose Clown Facilitator team under the
guidance of Vivian Gladwell, founder of Nose To Nose of the UK
(www.nosetonose.info). She collaborates with the acclaimed Walking the Dog Theater
(www.wtdtheater.org), teaches movement and circus arts (www.berkcirque.com),
Spacial Dynamics® and clowning to adults, kids and special needs populations
throughout the Berkshire-Taconic region. She also travels to bring her personal and
socially healing clowning workshops to adults and collegial groups. For more
information, email Laura at: laura@nosetonose.com



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Adapting for Physically and Developmentally Diverse Populations: Roundtable
Leader to be announced.
Frameworks and strategies for adapting circus arts for diverse populations are vast and
varied. This roundtable will discuss such issues as how do we adapt? Why do we
adapt? What resources do we use in order to meet the needs of diverse populations?
As well as how is the AYCO community working to meet the needs of their students,
and any other subjects that the participants what to address?


Therapeutic Circus Applications: Roundtable
Leader to be announced.
This roundtable will discuss systematic approaches that are being devised as a result of
awareness and expertise in a variety of clinical and community therapeutic forms. This
includes a variety of approaches for circus as therapy, including initiatives to quantify
the benefits of therapeutic circus. We will also discuss how to bridge the gap between
circus and other sectors.


What is Finnish Social Circus, Methods of Bringing Good Practices: Lecture,
question and answer session
Presenter: Piia Karkkola, European Social Fund Project or Effective Circus
We will discuss the Finnish social circus guidebook and how research team is finding
methods for measuring the effects of circus. There will be an opportunity for questions
and discussion.
Bio: Piia Karkkola is the project manager of Finnish European Social Fund Project
called Effective Circus. Effective circus project (2011-2014) is continuing the work of the
Social Circus project (2009-2011). In the first project we concentrated on piloting social
circus activities in Finland and made a handbook of “Good practices in social circus”. In
Effective circus our aims are to promote the dialogue between the funding cities and
circuses, to make successful products of social and adaptive circus projects, so that the
cities would be more eager to fund the activities and our aim is also to find out methods
to “measure” the effects of social and adaptive circus work.



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Peer Mentors and Working with Students on Autism Spectrum Disorder
Presenter: Jennifer Cripps
Description to be announced


Inclusion Workshop
Presenter: Erin Maile O’Keefe, CircusYoga
Description to be announced.


Applying Circus to a Disabled Population

Presenter: Suzanna Rappaport
Description to be announced.


Sensory Integration Issues Workshop
Presenter: Jo Montgomery, SANCA and Jennifer Cripps
Description to be announced.




Safety
Aerial Fabric: Building Blocks for Beginners: Experiential
Presenter: Elsie Smith, New England Center for Circus Arts
Prerequisite: participants must be able to execute a "cross back straddle" and invert
comfortably in the air. Please contact Elsie at traptwins@gmail.com if you have any
questions about prerequisites.


We'll explore skills that are accessible to beginner students, but also effectively train
their bodies and brains in ways that will make them more capable and knowledgeable
as they move towards more advanced material. Participants will also learn how to spot
these skills for maximum learning efficiency and safety (for students and spotters).


Bio: Elsie Smith is the artistic director of the New England Center for Circus Arts and co-
owner of Nimble Arts performance company. With her twin sister she performed duo

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swinging trapeze for Cirque du Soleil and has created numerous aerial acts on a variety
of apparatus and continues to perform all over the world. She is passionate about
teaching circus arts and directs NECCA's professional training programs. Guiding aerial
teachers to a higher level of proficiency is a current focus in her work including
developing an extensive Mentoring program for teachers.




Adv. Fabric/Corde Lisse: Teaching Rolling Drops: Experiential
Presenter: Elsie Smith, New England Center for Circus Arts
Prerequisite: participants must be able to execute a double star drop.
Please contact Elsie at traptwins@gmail.com if you have any questions about
prerequisites.


Focus will be on progressions and spotting techniques for rolling drops: double star,
beehive, cartwheel/roll down, etc.


Bio: See above


Strategies/Techniques for Flexibility: Hips and Legs: Experiential
Presenter: Adam Woolley, CircusEdge
In this workshop, not only will we cover new methods and strategies of stretching the
hips and legs, we'll talk about how to present stretching to kids in ways that they don't
hate. We'll cover basic anatomy of the hip girdle, address how to maintain stability and
strength while increasing range, and then tie it all up in a package that makes it
interesting and engaging for kids. Building flexibility doesn't have to be lame, and it
doesn't have to be for kids who are already flexible.


Bio: Adam graduated from the Professional Training program at the New England
Center for Circus Arts in 2008. He has coached and held workshops across the country,
from Vermont and San Francisco to NYC and Chicago. He has a BFA in Directing from
the North Carolina School for the Arts, and happily teaches/performs handstands, aerial

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apparatus and contortion at various locations in NYC, including his own private studio.
Check him out at www.circusedge.com for more!


Strategies/Techniques for Flexibility: Shoulders and Back: Experiential
Presenter: Adam Woolley, CircusEdge
In this workshop, not only will we cover new methods and strategies of stretching the
shoulders and back, we'll talk about how to present stretching to kids in ways that they
don't hate. We'll cover basic anatomy of the shoulder girdle and back, address how to
maintain stability and strength while increasing range, and then tie it all up in a package
that makes it interesting and engaging for kids. Building flexibility doesn't have to be
lame, and it doesn't have to be for kids who are already flexible.


Bio: see above




Creating a Culture of Safety: Roundtable
Leader: Chuck Johnson, Chair of AYCO Safety Committee, SANCA Director
In circus, safety is everyone’s job. We keep our work and play safe not just through
correct spotting techniques and the use of mats, but through creating a culture of safety
in the places we work. This round-table discussion looks at safety through a wide lens.
We will give participants a chance to share their practices, ask questions and learn from
one another. This is the place to ask any questions you have about safe practices in
your program, and to help others learn from what you do. This roundtable is designed
for anyone – we want safety to be on the mind of everyone. It may be especially helpful
for those building new programs, but veterans are encouraged to come and share!


AYCO, Standards and Teacher Certification: Lecture, question and answer
session.
Leader: Zoë Brookes, Board Member. Panel members: Chuck Johnson, AYCO Safety
Committee Chair, SANCA Director, Steven Santos, director of Simply Circus; Elsie
Smith, director of the New England Center for Circus Arts.

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This year, AYCO has been reviewing its role in guiding good practice in youth circus,
and has begun work to set guidelines for minimum qualifications for circus teachers,
and for teacher training facilities. We have also embarked on a collaboration with Simply
Circus to help our members access lower cost insurance. In this session, we’ll present
the work we’ve done so far, explain where we’re going with this, and invite participants
to give their input. Levels: all. Anyone interested in how AYCO can help shape the
future of our sector should make a point of attending.


Aerial Performer Rigging Basics: Lecture, including live demonstrations
Presenter: Jonathan Deull, Zip Zap Circus USA
In this intro session we will explore basic principles and practices of aerial performer
rigging. The session is intended for coaches, performers and others who are involved in
aerial performance. We will discuss typical and unusual rigging scenarios and look in a
practical way at the key issues, including loads, forces, attachment of structures, and
risk management techniques. We will include live demonstrations of dynamic loading
using a digital load-cell. While this workshop will not make you a qualified rigger, we will
provide tools you need to be an educated consumer. This workshop is useful for
performers, coaches, and program leaders.


Bio: Jonathan Deull has been a student of aerial performer rigging since 1996 when his
daughter began performing as a circus aerialist at the age of seven. He has designed
and executed aerial circus and dance rigging both in the US and internationally, and is
the author of the chapter on rigging for the recently published book, Aerial Dance, by
Jayne Bernasconi and Nancy Smith. A co-founder of AirBorne! DC and director of Zip
Zap Circus USA, he currently works freelance on theatre and special event production
and design projects, and teaches seminars on aerial performer rigging. He is an ETCP
Certified Theatrical Rigger and ETCP Recognized Rigging Trainer.


Aerial Performer Rigging Lab: Experiential
Presenter: Jonathan Deull, Zip Zap Circus USA

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Prerequisite: Participation in the Rigging Basics session, or other prior rigging
experience, is recommended but not required.
A direct follow-on to the Rigging Basics session, this participant-driven workshop will go
more in depth into specific issues and scenarios introduced in the Basic session. This
session will provide an opportunity to learn hands-on rigging skills and
explore/demonstrate specific scenarios in a relatively unstructured environment.


Bio: see above.


Lowering Insurance Costs: Lecture
Presenter: Steven Santos, Simply Circus
Description to be announced.


Risk Assessment and Record Keeping: Lecture
Presenter: Steven Santos, Simply Circus
Description to be announced.


Teaching Safety from the Ground Up: Including the Physical Environment,
Instruction and Proper Spotting.
Chuck Johnson, SANCA Director
Description to be announced.




Teaching Tumbling and Partner Acrobatics
Teaching Beginning and Novice Tumbling: Experiential
Presenters: Trainers from the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA)
Prerequisites to be announced.


This workshop will teach the participants how to start teaching tumbling to children (and
adults) who have little to no previous experience. We will go over spotting techniques,
with hands on spotting training. We will cover the basic progression of forward rolls, left

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and right hand cartwheels, approach and hurdle, and backward roll. We will spend
some time spotting each other as well.


Teaching Intermediate and Advanced Tumbling: Experiential
Presenters: Trainers from the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA)
Prerequisites to be announced.


This workshop takes off with the understanding that that your students know how to do
a backward roll, cartwheels both ways, handstand forward roll, and is working round off.
We will teach how to spot front handspring progressions, back handspring progressions,
and what the best mechanical technique for each is. We will be spotting each other as
well as a student from SANCA who is already able. If there is time and interest, we will
work on the progressions for back somersault.


Teaching Beginning and Novice Trampoline: Experiential
Presenters: Trainers from the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA)
Prerequisites to be announced.


Safety first! The trampoline is not a dangerous tool. It has a greater potential for a
person to do dangerous things on it. So we will show you how to make positive progress
while maintaining discipline, control and total safety on the trampoline. We will start with
safe bouncing and proper stopping. Mounting and dismounting the trampoline. Keeping
the bounce manageable, positions in space, and connecting moves. Seat drops, front
drops, back drops and twisting.


Teaching Intermediate and Advanced Trampoline: Experiential
Presenters: Trainers from the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA)
Prerequisites to be announced.


This workshop goes toward flipping in both directions, adding twisting to flipping, being
able to do the level 5, 6, 7 USAG tramp routines. We will work the progressions, both on

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the ground and on the tramp, for safely somersaulting. We will learn to spot, either with
safety lines or by hand, these things. We will also work on the ability to “see” where you
are as well as feel where you are.


Teaching Beginning and Novice Partner Acrobatics: Experiential
Presenters: Trainers from the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA)
Prerequisites to be announced.


This workshop will focus on teaching proper progressions, and proper spotting. We will
learn the basic principles of Acro, and will work with each other in basic counter
balances and holds. We will work through teaching the different “cathedral” positions,
planks, boxes, and various thigh stands.


Teaching Intermediate and Advanced Partner Acrobatics: Experiential
Presenters: Trainers from the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA)
Prerequisites to be announced.


Here we will pick up where the first workshop ended. We will work on hand to hand, low
mid and high, two high positions and dynamic movement such as pitching. We will learn
how to spot both by hand and with safety lines, and will take turns spotting each other
and SANCA students.


Strength Training for Acrobatics Bases and Porters: Experiential
Presenters: Trainers from the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA)
Prerequisites to be announced.
Description to be announced.


Teaching Hand to Hand: Experiential
Presenters to be announced.
Prerequisites to be announced.
Description to be announced.

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Play for Circus Educators:
Shadow Puppetry, Storytelling, and Collaborative Creation for Youth: Experiential
Presenter: Amy Christian, Wise Fool New Mexico
Wise Fool New Mexico has been incorporating shadow puppetry into our circus camps
for the past 7 years to great success. This art form allows youth in our programs to
access the imaginative world of puppetry and storytelling while gaining experience and
understanding of creative process, character, collaboration, and of course teamwork!
Shadow puppetry can boost the confidence of youth who have a longer journey in the
physical realms of circus and youth who are a little shy about being on stage. Drawing,
writing stories and performing behind the screen brings out amazing characters and
budding stars, not to mention being a change of pace mixed into circus training and
performances! Shadow puppetry itself is an incredibly accessible art form, can be done
anywhere with little equipment, and is rooted in traditions from across the globe. Come
learn more about shadow puppetry, how to teach it in your programs and make a
shadow puppet for you to keep!


Bio: Amy Christian is a founder and Artistic Director of Wise Fool New Mexico. It is
WFNM’s mission to ignite imagination, build community, and promote social justice
through performances and hands on experiences in the arts of circus, puppetry, and
theatre.


Finding Your Funny Bone!: Experiential
Presenter: Nancy Gold
Finding Your Funny Bone! is a how-to approach to creating physical comedy and finding
the creative comic within you. All performers, teachers, and students will discover
practical Tools to become Powerful, Energized and Spontaneous Performers. Explore
and Experience the Acting side of Clowning. Discover your clown, clown juggling as a
means to comedic relationships, paper, clown entrees, mime, masks, movement and
more. Whether you've been performing for years or just starting out, you will discover

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and expand your 'silly side".


Bio: Nancy Gold is the author of Finding Your Funny Bone! The Actor's Guide to
Physical Comedy and Characters Smith and Kraus Publishers. She is a multifaceted
performing artist, director, and teacher. She is on the faculty at the A.C.T. Young
Conservatory, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre, Marin
Theatre and also teaches at schools and universities throughout the country. She
studied physical theatre with Jacques LeCoq in Paris, mime with Claude Kipnis and
clowning with Ctibor Turba. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Mentor Teacher
Award from A.C.T Young Conservatory. She has a B.F.A from the University of Illinois
Champaign-Urbana. Nancy lives in San Francisco and performs with her partner, Lol
Levy.


Juggling Progressions: Experiential
Presenter: Viveca Gardiner, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
This workshop will cover how to teach juggling to anyone, ranging from kids too young
to juggle to adults too intimidated to look foolish. We will learn tricks for building
coordination for pre-jugglers and for setting goals and progressions beyond the three-
object cascade. The workshop will include tricks for solo and partner juggling.


Bio: Viveca Gardiner is the evangelist of juggling. She has taught hundreds of kids and
adults.


Commedia dell'Arte: the Art of Physical Comedy: Experiential
Presenter: Jean St. John, My Nose Turns Red
Experience the masked Commedia dell'Arte characters from the Italian Renaissance.
The workshop covers the masked, stock Commedia dell’Arte characters and their lazzi
(comic turns). Highly engaging workshop covers learning how the stock characters
moved and interacted with each other and how they developed their scenarios.


Bio: Jean St. John co-founded My Nose Turns Red with Steve Roenker Together; they

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toured for 15 years performing as Juice and Shootang, their clown characters, for
schools, libraries, special events, performing arts series, and conferences. Their work
included in-school residencies with the Kentucky Arts Council and professional
development for teachers. Now Jean continues to coach the advanced youth circus
students.


Hooping for Health, Wellness and Happiness: Experiential
Presenter: Joshua Williams
A step by step approach to object manipulation in regards to the hoop. This program
embraces abilities of all levels including the blind and the deaf. The approach focuses
on concepts more than physical abilities.


Bio: Joshua Williams is the cofounder of BandofJugglers and The Circus Place. He
currently works at The Circus Place and Camden County Movement Arts.


Group Games for Circus Youth: Experiential
Presenter: Amy Christian and Colleen, Wise Fool New Mexico
Games are a great way to break the ice, build trust, explore uniqueness or find
commonalities - at different times you want to calm your participants down, focus them,
build teamwork or theater skills, get their wigglies out or just plain have some fun. In this
"hands on" workshop we'll explore a wide range of games that focus on each of these
needs. What better way to learn them than to do them yourself!! A great break from
"conferencing", this workshop is designed to give all us fidgety circus instructors an
opportunity to get out of the head and back in the body, discover little known facts about
our fellow workshop participants and walk away with a stash of new games up our
sleeves. Come ready to play and if you're inspired please bring a favorite game of your
own to add to the list!


Bio: see above.


CircusYoga: Experiential

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Presenter: Erin Maile O’Keefe
Description to be announced.


Trainings
Anatomy of a Youth Circus Performer: Lecture
Presenter: Emily Sherb
This workshop will provide participants an overview of anatomy and physiology for a
greater understanding of structure, movement and function of the body.
Participants will learn about concepts related to muscle and skeletal form and function,
development, and the importance of stability and relative flexibility for proper mechanics
and prevention of injury. The class will focus on trunk musculature, an overview of the
hip and the shoulder, and how these structures affect the function of the rest of the
limbs. We will use this as a basis to discus common youth athlete injuries and some risk
factors.


Matt Fall Training: Lecture
Presenter: Steven Santos, Simply Circus
Description to be announced.




Other
Program Evaluation for Youth Circus: Methods and Practice: Lecture
Presenter: Jen Agans


This workshop will go over some basic aspects of general research (e.g., designing
measures, recruiting participants, analyzing data, etc.) with a focus on making sure that
programs are getting useful information about themselves and their operations from
their studies. Using a tool designed to assess the AYCO Core Competencies as a
concrete example, this workshop will help youth circus organizations think about their
own research and self-evaluation, and will include the opportunity for group discussion
and feedback on current research and evaluation projects being conducted at AYCO

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member organizations. This is especially helpful for anyone undergoing a circus related
research project.
Bio: See above.


Executive Director Roundtable: Roundtable
Leaders: Ed LeClair, Executive Director, Circus Smirkus, Jo Montgomery, SANCA
This session, aimed at senior administrators in circus organizations, will cover the most
pressing aspects of running a non-profit organization. The choice of topics will be made
by the participating group, but likely candidates include board development, fund
raising, succession planning and managing circus folk. Leaders, this is a rare chance to
talk about the unglamorous side of youth circus with others who know the burden you
carry. Come prepared to share your experiences and listen to others. This is particularly
helpful for senior administrators.


What is Social Circus?: Lecture
Presenter: Jessica Hentoff, Circus Harmony
Social Circus is an increasingly popular and seemingly ever-expanding term. We will
discuss what does social circus really mean? What IS social circus? What does a social
circus do? Does your circus qualify and should you care? While this workshop does not
intend to give the ultimate answers, we will certainly examine the questions and look at
a variety of social circuses around the world from Circus Harmony in America to Circo
Para Todos in Columbia to Circo della Pace in Italy to the Galilee Circus in Israel to
Flipside Circus in Australian and a myriad multitude of circuses in-between!


Bio: Jessica Hentoff is artistic/executive director of Circus Harmony, a social circus
school she founded in 2001. She has been using circus arts to motivate social change
since founding the St. Louis Arches youth circus troupe in 1989. In 2009, Ms Hentoff
was named St. Louis Arts Innovator of the Year and Outstanding Arts Educator of the
Year. She also was invited to address the World Circus Federation and European
Circus Association on the subject of Social Circus. In 2012, she served on the jury of
the International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo. She also spoke on the subject of social

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circus to at Princess Stephanie’s Circus Directors’ Luncheon and at the Budapest
Circus Festival’s Social Circus Conference. Jessica serves on the board of directors for
the American Youth Circus Organization and on Circus Fans Association of America’s
Youth Circus Committee. She has been teaching and performing circus arts for almost
40 years. Jessica's remarkable vision and use of circus arts to build character and
community has brought about ground-breaking and bridge-building programs that are
the embodiment of the organization's mission to help children "defy gravity, soar with
confidence and leap over social barriers, all at the same time."


Selling $'s for ¢'s. The Case for Giving it Away in a Terrible Economy:
Lecture/Some roundtable
Presenter: David Hunt, Prescott Circus Theatre
Prescott Circus Theatre is an after school circus arts program serving low income
children of color in Oakland public elementary schools. For the past 28 years, PCT has
never conducted fee-for-service programs. 100% of its students receive free training.
Given continual cuts in schools' budgets and available funding for arts enrichment
programs, this model is becoming less and less sustainable. However, more and more
necessary. This presentation makes the case for "giving it away" how PCT is trying to
stay true to its vision and mission.


Bio: David Hunt is the Prescott Circus Theatre Executive/Artistic Director Circus
Teaching Artist 2004-present. He is the Co-Founder of Circus Bella, a professional,
open air one ring circus based in the SF Bay Area Performer. David is also an avid
slack rope performer.


Benefits and a Brief Study of Massage Therapy for the Circus Arts Student:
Lecture/Experiential
Presenter: Panni Speirs, Flexibility Plus Institute of America
Participants will learn the benefits of Massage Therapy, brief Anatomy in relation to
Massage Therapy, and practical learning of some important strokes and applications.
Please note this is not a Certification or Licensure course.

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Bio: Panni Speirs is a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist for over 20 years, also a
contortion and acrobatics coach.


Community Circus - Achievements in Hawaii, Basic principles and Best Practice:
Roundtable
Leader: Graham Ellis, SPACE
From Reg Bolton to Seaview Performing Arts Center for Education, this workshop will
be a roundtable discussing how Social/Community circus has impacted a whole
community in Puna, Hawaii. It will cover how community circus is evolving and what are
the basic principles and best practices to be maintained. This is especially beneficial for
anyone with an interest in community circus.


Bio: Graham Ellis was an early disciple of Reg Bolton. He has 25 years of experience in
community circus and is the Founder/Director of S.P.A.C.E. (www.hawaiispace.com) He
is a community developer using circus without apology. Graham is also a member of
'Bellyacres' a 25 year old artistic eco-village founded by jugglers.


Professional Circus Schools: Application, Preparation, Logistics and
Expectations for International Training: Lecture
Presenter: Warren Bacon
This workshop will present a discussion of the application and audition process, how to
prepare your students for the auditions, what it costs, the actual process, the
immigration requirements, and dealing with the visa and study permits process. This
presentation will contain information applicable to circus schools worldwide with a focus
on the Canadian Schools in Montreal and Quebec City. The remarkable similarities in
the processes around the world allow for a discussion of preparation and expectations
of prospective students without regard to the school. The logistical portion of the
discussion will focus on the two major schools in Canada. In guiding several students
through this process in the last three years, Warren has gained insight into the entire
process that will assist others with students who might choose to continue their training

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on an international basis.


Bio: Warren Bacon has 40 years experience as performer, rigger, technical director, and
teacher for circuses, arena shows, theme parks, dinner attractions, etc.




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