The Joy of Being an Adaptable Acrobat

Injury happens to almost all circus artists at some point in our training or career — and it’s important we learn to care for our spirits, not just our bodies, when injury strikes. Limitations can be a recipe for discouragement, frustration, isolation, and depression. But limitations can also be a source of inspiration and discovery. Below are a few stories of …

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8 Reasons You Can’t Balance a Handstand Yet

“I just don’t know why my handstands are SO bad,” an accomplished aerialist told me recently. “I know what to do, I have pretty good body awareness, but I just can’t stay balanced.” Handstand progress is usually s-l-o-w, but sometimes beginners are missing a crucial piece of info that, once put into place, allows them jump ahead in their balance …

Recent trapeze performance in Tangle’s show RetroAct!

Megan on trapeze with ensemble

(A Story of Injury and Victory, Told with the Help of My Instagram Training Journal) “Etude of Left Hand” by Megan Gendell amazes with delicate balances and intense techniques managed without using her left hand. –phindie It Began… Last month marked my third year joining inspiring Philly circus company Tangle in their spring show; this time, I performed a solo static trapeze piece in …

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How to Train Handstands by Yourself — and Keep the Joy Alive

handstand watching smartphone video

Sometimes your handstand training buddy stands you up. Sometimes you’re the only one at your gym or studio who’s excited about standing on your hands. No matter the reason, training handstands by yourself can feel lonely, impossible, or both — but there are ways to do it successfully and keep the joy alive! Years ago, on a trip to San Francisco, the …

Teaching at NECCA April 15-17

I’ll take almost any excuse to make a trip to Brattleboro, VT, so I’m delighted to be teaching workshops and private lessons at another edition of NECCA’s Circus Workshop Weekend, April 15-17. My workshop offerings are listed and linked to below; email Elsie Smith to book a private lesson with me (static trapeze, duo trapeze, handstands/handbalancing, or act development!). This workshop weekend also includes …

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7 New Ways to Visualize Handstand Alignment

handstand alignment directives

Elbows straight, shoulders open, ribs in, tail tucked … there are so many little things to keep thinking about to create a straight, aligned handstand! That’s why I’m in love with this illustration that visualizes and consolidates the efforts of a straight handstand; each arrow represents an action or energy line that leads to proper alignment. I first encountered an illustration of the body with arrows like …

Teaching at the Atlanta Aerial Arts Festival March 31-April 3

I leave for Atlanta tomorrow to teach at the inaugural Atlanta Aerial Arts Festival! I still have a couple slots left for private lessons in trapeze and handstands, and I’m offering the following trapeze workshops (register here!): Thursday, March 31, 3pm: Innovating Sequences and Transitions on Trapeze Friday, April 1, 1pm: Beginning Adventures in Duo Trapeze Saturday, April 2, 11am: Int/Adv …

Teaching at NECCA’s Fall Circus Workshop Weekend, Nov 5-8

Lauren and I had an amazing time teaching duo trapeze, solo trapeze, and handstands workshops and giving feedback to brave, inspiring performers at the Southern Fried Circus Fest in Dallas, Texas, earlier this month. Next up, a trip back to Vermont to teach some workshops at my favorite stomping grounds, NECCA! There are so many enticing events on the calendar for their upcoming Circus …

Workshops at the Southern Fried Circus Fest

Tomorrow I head to Dallas, TX to teach workshops in handstands and solo and duo trapeze at the Southern Fried Circus Fest! Check out the links below for full workshop descriptions, and visit the SFCF Mindbody site to register. The 9-day festival kicks off with workshops this coming weekend; I’m teaching one each day: