• WORKSHOPS

    Workshops are a chance to bring a diverse learning experience to your studio, no matter where you're located.

  • POLE WORKSHOPS

    Fake It Til You Make It: Strength Tricks from "The Strong Man"

    Beginner/Intermediate

    As someone who built my pole strength very, very slowly, I decided to devote myself to figuring out how to fake it. You don't have to have a leopard onesie or a foam barbell to fake-out your audience. This workshop teaches the art of fakery in handstanding, arm balancing, planching, and general power-posing on the pole.

    Save Your Shoulders in Ayeshas, Handsprings & Deadlifts

    Intermediate/Advanced

    There's hardly a poler who isn't working on going after some version of a handspring move. Unfortunately, these days, there's also hardly a poler without shoulder pain. These moves can cause some of the most damage to our shoulders when done incorrectly. In this workshop we will focus on learning these moves, but ALSO the nitty-gritty details of proper shoulder alignment, cross-training, and both pre-hab and re-hab exercises that will get your shoulders healthy and keep them way for a long, long time.

    Bang Bang: The Art of Heel Clacks

    All Levels

    Strap on your heels because it's time to WERK. This fiercely fun workshop centers around the art of the heel clack. We'll be making all kinds of noise: heel on heel, heel on floor. You'll learn many flourishes and variations, both on the floor and up the pole. Single clacks, double clacks, triple clacks. You'll leave ready to immediately turn heads anywhere you go. The higher the heel, the louder the clack - so bring your biggest, baddest platforms!

    This Is Spinal Wrap

    All Levels

    Good news: the pole is actually your friend when it comes to making space in your back. When used properly, it assists you like a good friend, lengthening the spine. This workshop discusses the fundamentals of backbending on the pole, and how to "wrap" your body around it to lengthen and deepen your shapes.

    Finding Active Pole Flexibility

    Beginner/Intermediate

    Sitting in a contorted shape on the ground doesn't mean you'll be able to show off that shape up on the pole. When you're working aerially, against gravity, you must have proper strength and muscle engagement to pull yourself into a beautiful pretzel. This workshop focuses on how to engage the necessary muscles to find your full up-the-pole active range of motion.

    Ultimate Active Pole Flexibility

    Intermediate/Advanced

    Sitting in a contorted shape on the ground doesn't mean you'll be able to show off that shape up on the pole. When you're working aerially, against gravity, you must have proper strength and muscle engagement to pull yourself into a beautiful pretzel. This workshop focuses on how to engage the necessary muscles to find your full up-the-pole active range of motion.

    Spins on Static Pole

    All Levels

    Kablam pow! This workshop will be all about making big spins happen on static pole, without killing your body. First we'll start with the principles - especially finding your scapular control to keep your shoulders safe. We'll work with floating "runs" around the pole to prepare the body, 1-arm body spirals, double cub grip spins to various shapes, big leg flares, and for those who want to work towards it, uber-power spins like Phoenix.

    Flattering Straddles

    Beginner/Intermediate

    Are you ready to spreadie like the pros? In this crotch-centric class, we'll focus on stretching into your flattest straddles yet, and activating your hip flexors to take those beautiful shapes up the pole. Skills covered include flattening your legs in choppers, shoulder mounts, box splits, and more. The same principles of straddle flexibility can then be applied to all kinds of pole moves already in your repertoire.

    Radical Straddles

    Intermeduate/Advanced

    Taking it up a notch - this class could alternately be named "Ultimate Spreadies." Come and get it, straddling fiends! We'll focus on beginning to stretch oversplits and front bending off the pole, before moving into complex contorted moves such as Spatchcock, Anarchy, big big big Body Spirals, and more. A completely flat pancake on the floor is required, as well as the ability to aerial invert.

  • YOGA & FLEXIBILITY WORKSHOPS

    Save Your Shoulders

    All Levels

    If you're a pole dancer or an aerialist, you either have a shoulder injury, or are terrified you're going to develop one because you've seen so many. I've been through all manner of shoulder rehab, prehab, physical therapy, and ultimately neck surgery. There IS a better way. This workshop teaches pre-emptive exercises for you to build your shoulders in a healthy way and correct imbalances that may have already developed. Let's all keep poling for a long, long time, and poling without pain!

    Access Your Upper Back

    All Levels

    Let's talk about one of the hardest things for pole dancers, aerialists, and basically all stressed-out adults: opening the non-cooperative Upper Back. In backbending, when the shoulders are tight, the upper back stays flat as a board. And when the upper back doesn’t move, the lower back over-compensates. Liz will teach you another way: the way of the including upper back. Are you ready to get bendier than ever, and healthier than ever?

    Access Your Splits & Oversplits

    All Levels

    Whether your goal is to get flat to the ground, or to go beyond 180 degrees and find your oversplit, I'm here for you. As with all stretching, the key is to work with your body, rather than fighting against it. In a stretching flow rooted in rhythmic gymnastics training methods, we'll get you into your best splits yet, as well as understanding the principles of how your legs will continue to unlock over time with regular practice.

    Rolling On Toys

    All Levels

    Our pole dancer bodies are a collage of knots, strains, and tight spots. Myofascial release is one of the best ways to combat this constant problem, and lord knows there is an amazing array of toys, products, and torture devices out there to try to loosen up. I'll be bringing my extensive personal collection, as well as my favorite exercises to deal with common pole tight spots. This workshop will be set up circuit-style, with each participant rotating from one toy station to the next after several minutes.

    Yoga for Pole Dancers & Aerialists

    All Levels

    If you're doing pole or aerial, you should seriously consider having a yoga practice as well. We spend most of our upper body work on climbing and pulling techniques, and neglect the muscles for pushing. Over time this leads to serious imbalances, and eventually injury. Come learn yoga in a whole new way, as an essential complement to your pole life.

    Totally Blissed Out Stretching: Flexibility Training with a Partner

    All Levels

    One of the hardest parts of deep flexibility training is learning to relax certain muscles at the same time as keeping others engaged. Partner stretching gives you both a mental and a physical break, as you suddenly have another person to assist you with balance, alignment, lengthening the body and applying resistance. This full-body stretching class will get you hitting your deepest bendy shapes.

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