Get comfortable on
your hands!

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About Sascha Bachmann

Sascha is a performing artist specialising in hand balancing and aerial straps. He had the opportunity to perform on Broadway right after his graduation from the National Circus School in Montreal. Since then, he has been performing on countless shows for companies/venues like Palazzo, Wintergarten, Cirque De Demain, Les 7 Doigts De La Main, and Cirque Du Soleil. Currently he is on tour with Cirque Du Soleil’s big top show ‘Luzia’.

Beginner handstand workshop with Sascha Bachmann

October 19th: 10:30am-12:00pm

This beginner handstand workshop focuses on the fundamentals of hand balancing with an emphasis on safety and technique. You’ll be equipped with the tools needed to feel comfortable doing a handstand at the wall, and take the first steps towards the freestanding handstand.

During this 90 minute workshop you’ll be taken through the following topics:

  • How to prepare and strengthen the body for a successful practice
  • Specific mobility & injury prevention
  • Exercises/Drills to learn and improve your straight handstand
  • Programming and how to modify exercises and drills to suit various levels

We will be focusing on drills that highlight correct technique, and go over exercises that build the endurance and strength needed to take your handstand further. This workshop is suitable for those who just want to learn how to get into and out of a handstand safely, as well as those who want to get more confident in a freestanding one. With the exercises covered, you’ll be able to keep practicing and improving by yourself at home after the event.

single workshop • $59
single workshop • $59

Thai Lam

Thai is a Bay Area aerialist who embodies versatility in his performance. With professional training at the Circus Center and with renowned aerial coaches, Thai focuses on smooth lines, clean technique, and powerful movements all the while giving the audience a taste of that Thai spice.

October 20th 10:30 – 12:00 & 1:00 – 2:30

dynamic movements & transitions

This workshop will focus on transitions through momentum, beats, and catch and release movements. Thai will break down timing for momentum, how to manipulate the speed of each transition to set up for the next sequence or trick, and understand the moment of weightlessness that momentum brings.

Prerequisites: Must be confident in grip strength, and comfortable with height and straddle climbs. Recommended for students who are working on beats, hip-key roll-ups, straight-leg inversions, and front and back balances.

spinning: the fundamentals

The spinning workshop will focus on the technique of spinning getting that perfect spin and how to move through a sequence while spinning. Body awareness and engagement will be key factors taught in the workshop. Thai will breakdown the “how-to’s” of manipulating the spin – you will be given a traditional tissu sequence, and you will workshop the timing of transitions to understand when and how to crank up and slow down your spin.

Prerequisites: Must be able to do hip keys and invert in the air, and be confident in grip strength. Should be comfortable with heights, spinning, and getting dizzy.