workshops

single 1.5hr workshop • $50+GST

handstands and flexibility with Corine Latreille

January 18th: 2:00 – 3:30

We’ll spend 90 minutes working on all things hips, splits & handstands. In the flexibility portion, we’ll go over breaking down the split to access greater and safer flexibility. Corine will share all her secrets on how to help get those hips to open!

Then we’ll go over the basic fundamentals of a two-armed handstands, including how to warm up, shoulder alignment, and proper body placement. We’ll cover progressions going from a wall handstand to free standing & beyond.

Prerequisites:
Must be comfortable inverting and able to wall walk into a stomach to wall handstand.

Ages 14+

handstands and flexibility with
Corine Latreille

January 18th: 2:00 – 3:30pm
We’ll spend 90 minutes working on all things hips, splits & handstands. In the flexibility portion, we’ll go over breaking down the split to access greater and safer flexibility. Corine will share all her secrets on how to help get those hips to open!

Then we’ll go over the basic fundamentals of a two-armed handstands, including how to warm up, shoulder alignment, and proper body placement. We’ll cover progressions going from a wall handstand to free standing & beyond.

Ages 14+

Prerequisites:
Must be comfortable inverting and able to wall walk into a stomach to wall handstand.

single 1.5hr workshop • $50+GST
single 1 hour workshop   •   $35+GST

partnering and hand
to hand with Corine Latreille

January 18th: 3:30 – 4:30pm
Learning how to lift is just as important as learning to fly! In our partnering workshop, we’ll breakdown fears & learn important techniques & hand to hand tricks. We’ll go over how to climb onto a partner as well as how to base. Teams will even have some fun with guided improvisation learning how to create new, unique tricks of their own. Corine will bring her experience to help acrobats troubleshoot and take their partner acro to the next level.

Ages 14+

Prerequisites:
Basic circus experience recommended. Bring a partner — someone you’re comfortable with, because everyone will be getting to know each other in this class!

If you don’t have a partner but are interested in this workshop, please let us know! We will help pair people up if we have people without a partner interested.

About Corine Latreille

As a little girl growing up in Victoria B.C., Corine spent most of her time in the gym training and competing as an artistic gymnast, or walking around the house on her hands. At the age of 7 when she first saw Cirque du Soleil on TV, Corine set her heart on performing in the circus when she was “grown up.” After high school, Corine became the first acrobat from Victoria to be accepted into l’Ecole nationale de cirque in Montreal. Majoring in hand to hand with a minor in handstands/flexibility, her time at school was an absolute dream come true. It was challenging beyond measure but gave her the solid foundation to have a successful, professional circus career.

Following her 3-year diploma from ENC, Corine had the opportunity to perform with the 7 Doigt de la Main in their debut show Loft, as well as alongside Avril Lavigne during the closing ceremonies of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. But her little girl dream came true when she was hired for the creation of Cirque du Soleil’s Koozå in 2006. Corine went on to perform over 2000 shows with Koozå throughout North America and Japan. Her career at Cirque included performing a feature hand to hand act with her partner Sergey, who became her husband and father to their two little boys! Corine also acted as dance captain and contortion captain on the show, organizing choreography line ups for performances and helping stretch and prep the contortionists for nightly shows.

Corine and her husband decided to retire and settle in Vancouver in 2012 to start a family. Today, Corine and Sergey are co-owners of Fitnastika Fitness, personal training studios in Yaletown and North Vancouver, where they work with athletes and general population on whole body fitness inspired by circus body movements. Corine also runs flexibility, handstand, and artistic development workshops and private training with circus performers, dancers & figure skaters.

“Every body has the potential to exceed our expectations, its our job to nurture and coax it into doing what we want it to do” ~ Corine.

partnering and hand to hand
with Corine Latreille

January 18th: 3:30 – 4:30pm


Learning how to lift is just as important as learning to fly! In our partnering workshop, we’ll breakdown fears & learn important techniques & hand to hand tricks. We’ll go over how to climb onto a partner as well as how to base. Teams will even have some fun with guided improvisation learning how to create new, unique tricks of their own. Corine will bring her experience to help acrobats troubleshoot and take their partner acro to the next level.

Ages 14+

Prerequisites:
Basic circus experience recommended. Bring a partner — someone you’re comfortable with, because everyone will be getting to know each other in this class!

If you don’t have a partner but are interested in this workshop, please let us know! We will help pair people up if we have people without a partner interested.

single 1 hour workshop   •   $35+GST

About Corine

As a little girl growing up in Victoria B.C., Corine spent most of her time in the gym training and competing as an artistic gymnast, or walking around the house on her hands. At the age of 7 when she first saw Cirque du Soleil on TV, Corine set her heart on performing in the circus when she was “grown up.” After high school, Corine became the first acrobat from Victoria to be accepted into l’Ecole nationale de cirque in Montreal. Majoring in hand to hand with a minor in handstands/flexibility, her time at school was an absolute dream come true. It was challenging beyond measure but gave her the solid foundation to have a successful, professional circus career.

Following her 3-year diploma from ENC, Corine had the opportunity to perform with the 7 Doigt de la Main in their debut show Loft, as well as alongside Avril Lavigne during the closing ceremonies of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. But her little girl dream came true when she was hired for the creation of Cirque du Soleil’s Koozå in 2006. Corine went on to perform over 2000 shows with Koozå throughout North America and Japan. Her career at Cirque included performing a feature hand to hand act with her partner Sergey, who became her husband and father to their two little boys! Corine also acted as dance captain and contortion captain on the show, organizing choreography line ups for performances and helping stretch and prep the contortionists for nightly shows.

Corine and her husband decided to retire and settle in Vancouver in 2012 to start a family. Today, Corine and Sergey are co-owners of Fitnastika Fitness, personal training studios in Yaletown and North Vancouver, where they work with athletes and general population on whole body fitness inspired by circus body movements. Corine also runs flexibility, handstand, and artistic development workshops and private training with circus performers, dancers & figure skaters.

“Every body has the potential to exceed our expectations, its our job to nurture and coax it into doing what we want it to do” ~ Corine

single 1.5hr workshop • $59+GST

flashy skills (aerial silks)
with Jenn Bruyer

March 1st: 12:30 – 2:00 pm

Level: Intermediate

We’ve all seen it… That routine that looks so show-stopping but seems so simple we can’t help but think… I can do that! And, you can.

In this workshop we will learn how to add some flash without breaking the bank. Not every jaw dropping skill has to be terrifying, impossibly painful or require some super human strength. We will explore some really accessible skills that will add some extra sparkle to your routine.

Prerequisites:
Ability to invert easily multiple times in the workshop. Ability to stay in the air for up to 2 minutes. Basic understanding of fundamental locks/orientations: hipkey, catchers, s-lock, footlocks

No minimum age, but must be able to behave in an adult manner.

single 1.5hr workshop • $59+GST

fabric witchcraft 2.0 (aerial silks) with Jenn Bruyer

March 1st: 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Level: Intermediate

Version 2.0 is the next chapter in our book of spells! Perfect if you took Witchcraft in 2019, but also totally fun on its own.

The allure of fabric is truly multi-dimensional. It’s beautiful, tactile, and confusing. It can seemingly defy physics. Wraps, shelves, and connections can appear and disappear in an instant. Complex but stable architectures are constructed out of nothing.

In this workshop we will explore some really fun examples of knots, hitches, releases, wraps and fabric theories.

Prerequisites:
Ability to invert easily, understanding of a variety of fundamental wraps (s-lock, hipkey, footlocks and tension locks), and the ability to stay in the air for up to two minutes.

No minimum age, but must be able to behave in an adult manner.