Tuesday, October 25, 2011

CircEsteem-Fall Classes Begin This Week!




There's no better time than FALL to FALL in love with circus arts.    CircEsteem is growing, and they've greatly increased their class offerings for kids and adults, too.    We'll have a big photo and video filled feature from their Sunday FUNdraiser.   For now, check out their classes and discover how much fun a good laugh and a good work out can be for your mind and body.



Fall Class Registration Info Session 2: October 24 – December 18, 2011


New Classes Session 2 Did you know we offer curriculum classes on Mon/Wed afternoons? Sure do. What used to be known as Beginner/Intermediate Circus or Circus 1 / Circus 2 is now the Circus Buffet. This “Circus Sampler” is open to everyone and instruction will be given on all skill levels. For the more experienced student, we’re offering several new classes including: Chinese Pole, Clowning, Juggling, Hula Hoops, and a Tumbling & Mini-Trampoline combo.

New Pricing Structure – No fee increases, just better deals. We now have an “all-you-can-circus” option that also includes weekday curriculum classes. You’ll see it listed as “The Whole Enchilada” on our Registration Form. And, returning participants get a 10% discount when registering with a friend for a CircEsteem class. (Your friend must be new to CircEsteem. Offer valid for a class not a workshop).

Private Instruction – Available in most of the disciplines listed in this schedule. For questions or to schedule private classes, please call 312.731.4242. Rates: $60/hour Single; $30/hour/student Double; $25/hour/student Triple

New Workshops for Adults – (and kids) Not able to commit to 8 weeks of class? Like to try before you buy? Check out our Sunday Workshops. Try Foot Juggling, Chinese Pole, Hula Hoops, Clowning, Stilting.

Winter Circus SAT-SUN, December 17-18 - Times TBA. In CircEsteem’s training space at Alternatives, a weekend of shows highlighting students’ newly acquired skills. Students enrolled in the session leading up to the Winter Circus will be eligible to perform. A $25 donation is suggested but not mandatory for participants.

Class Fees & Policies
CircEsteem wants to make circus available to all students regardless of financial status. Fees for Saturday Circus Buffet class and HomeWork & CircusWork, PreTeam, CircusTeam are on a sliding scale. Families who can afford to pay the full price are asked to do so. One half of the class fee is considered a tax- deductible contribution as it will underwrite another student’s participation. Aerial, Gym Wheel, Tight Wire, Trampoline, Tumbling, and Unicycle classes and other curriculum classes are not eligible for the sliding scale. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel.

There is a 3 participant minimum for all classes. Classes are appropriate for children age 7 and up unless otherwise specified in the class description. Some classes require pre-requisites and/or instructor permission. Most classes have limited enrollment.

CircEsteem Mission
To unite youth from diverse racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds and help them build self-esteem and mutual respect through the practice of circus arts.
This guiding principle is the heart of each and every one of our classes and programs.

CircEsteem | 4730 N. Sheridan Rd. | Chicago, IL 60640 Info@CircEsteem.org | 312.731.4242 | www.CircEsteem.orgcurriculumclasses

Tumbling & Mini-Trampoline – SAT: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. $160 per session Pre-requisite: Tumbling Level 1 Skill Competency and Instructor Permission
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This class will focus primarily on tumbling. Students will continue working on somersaults, bridges, cartwheels, headstands, and body positions necessary for Mini-Trampoline, Trampoline, Partner Acrobatics. Strength and flexibility will be emphasized. Part of each lesson will include Mini-Trampoline. Instructor: Carlo Gentile

Unicycle – Beyond Beginner – SAT: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. $160 per session Pre-requisite: Ability to ride unassisted and Instructor Permission While Beginner Unicycle focuses on the fundamentals, the Beyond Beginner class will focus on mounts, hops, and idling. Trick mounts, acrobatic riding, one pedal and no pedal tricks will be introduced to more advanced riders. If you can ride across the Youth Center without a spotter, this class is for you. Instructor: Sam Sake

Aerial Arts Level 3 – SAT: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. $160 per session Pre-requisite: Aerial Arts Level 2 Skill Competency and Instructor Permission Building on the skills introduced in Aerial Arts Level 2, students in this class will focus on choreography and act creation specifically refining transitions between tricks and creating polished acts using trapeze & fabric. Instructor: Tera McBlaine

Aerial Arts Level 2 – SAT: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. $160 per session Pre-requisite: Aerial Arts Level 1 Skill Competency and Instructor Permission Building on the skills introduced in Aerial Arts Level 1, students in this class will focus on more difficult trapeze and fabric tricks, flexibility and grace along with full body strength. Instructor: Lizzy Gifford

Aerial Arts Level 1 – SAT: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. $160 per session Pre-requisite: None This class will focus on static trapeze and hanging fabric (silk). Building strength, coordination, and a basic aerialist vocabulary are its goals. Instructors: Lizzy Gifford, Tera McBlaine

Chinese Pole – SAT: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. $160 per session Pre-requisite: Tumbling Level 1 Skill Competency and Instructor Permission. Thin-soled shoes.

Unleash your inner monkey. Learn the basic climbs and static holds for Chinese pole. No rosin, no tape, no rubber, no padding. Just cold hard steel. For this introductory class, much of our focus will be on building strength and coordination. Did I forget to mention you’re going to be sore, buff, and cool? Instructor: Carlo Gentile

Tight Wire – SAT: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. $160 per session Pre-requisite: Circus Level 1 or Circus Camp and Instructor Permission. Socks. Learn wire walking fundamentals. The majority of the instruction will take place 2 feet off the ground. Focus will be on technique and form in order to build the confidence necessary to cross the wire unassisted. Instructor(s): TBA
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Unicycle SAT: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. $160 per session Pre-requisite: Circus Level 1 or Circus Camp and Instructor Permission. Closed-toe shoes. Learn to unicycle! The Free Mount, straight line, turns and idling are all possibilities for beginners. Instructors: Colvin Creveling, Sam Sake
CircEsteem | 4730 N. Sheridan Rd. | Chicago, IL 60640 Info@CircEsteem.org | 312.731.4242 | www.CircEsteem.org
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Circus Buffet – SAT: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. $160 per session Pre-requisite: None Formerly Circus 1 Circus 2 and Beginner/Intermediate Circus. The Circus Buffet focuses on the basic principles of circus: balance, coordination and clowning. Curriculum rotates. Session 2 curriculum may include juggling, spinning plates, diabolo, partner acrobatics, etc. However, tight wire will not be offered. Instructors: Anthony Courser, Carlo Gentile, Brian P. Dailey, Sam Sake

Clowning: Get Your Silly On! – SAT: 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. $160 per session Pre-requisite: Generosity. Openness. Imagination. Instructor Permission.
Through play we will discover what it is to be onstage and in performance! We will learn to embrace our inner silliness as we explore, and celebrate, our impulses: following, giving, receiving, and committing. We will begin to develop your own personal clown character and how he or she lives, and plays, in a world with other clowns! Instructor: Anthony Courser

Hula Hoops – SAT: 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. $160 per session Pre-requisite: None
This class puts a whole new spin on hula hooping! Learn the elusive art of “creeping”, moving a hoop up and down the legs and torso without the aid of your hands. Try out separations, spinning multiple hoops simultaneously and independently on different parts of the body. Get your co-ordination on with single hoop manipulations; throws, spirals, twists, and more. Hooping is great for core strength, posture, and flexibility, and most importantly, a lot of fun. Instructor: Lizzy Gifford

Juggling & Manipulation – SAT: 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. $160 per session Pre-requisite: Solid 3 ball cascade (at least 50 continuous throws-catches). Or Instructor Permission.
This class will focus on individual skill development in the toss juggling universe. Content could include Balls, Rings, Clubs, Diabolos, Cigar Boxes—basically, whatever students can “throw at” their instructor. Brian will help students set and accomplish personal goals no matter what the prop. Using good technique and finding a personal aesthetic will be stressed. Though this class will emphasize solo work, group work is definitely possible. Instructor: Brian P. Dailey

Pure Mini-Trampoline – SAT: 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. $160 per session Pre-requisite: Safely execute dive roll from mini-tramp. Instructor Permission. Socks.
Title says it all. What more do you need to know? This is not a beginner level class. Expect to flip. Expect to fly. Expect to sweat.
Instructor: Sam Sake

Stilt Walking – MON: 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. $160 per session Pre-requisite: None
Stilt-walking has been part of legends, rituals and festivals from around the world for millennia, especially in celebrations of growth and achievement. Young and old alike gravitate to a stilted character towering above the crowd. That could be you.
Recommended for children 9 and up, this class will stress good technique for peg stilts. Peg stilts are the most common stilts used by professional performers. These stilts strap on at the foot, ankle, and knee and give the walker great versatility. These lightweight stilts allow one to walk quickly, to turn suddenly, and even to jump rope or dance. The walker must keep moving at all times to keep himself from falling over. Instructor: Colin Creveling

CircEsteem | 4730 N. Sheridan Rd. | Chicago, IL 60640 Info@CircEsteem.org | 312.731.4242 | www.CircEsteem.org

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Aerial Web & Hoop WED: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. $160 per session Pre-requisite: Aerial Arts Level 1 Skill Competency and Instructor Permission Building on the foundational skills and aerialist vocabulary introduced in Aerial Arts Level 1, this class will introduce similar, but complimentary aerial equipment. As with all other Aerial Arts, flexibility, grace and full body strength will be emphasized. Instructor: Lizzy Gifford

Adult Wheel – WED: 7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. $180 per session Pre-requisite: None Hailed as one of the best workouts in Chicago, CircEsteem’s Adult Gym Wheel Class is an opportunity for grown-ups to get in on the fun. Adult Gym Wheel is a fun and energizing core workout for people of all levels of fitness.
This Beginner Level class focuses on straight-line moves and developing confidence, even when upside- down. Students will be given individualized attention and given the opportunity to move at their own pace. Instructor: Sam Sake

Performance Track
CircusTeam M/W: 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. $300 per session Pre-requisite: Invitation CircusTeam is CircEsteem’s elite performing group. Selection is a privilege bestowed upon those who demonstrate exemplary desire and work ethic indicated by attaining a high level of competency in multiple circus disciplines, both as soloists and as partners.
The purpose of CircusTeam is to create group acts, build upon the advanced circus skills learned at Saturday Circus, and create smaller acts to be used for gigs. Gigs both showcase Chicago's only social circus organization and earn income for its programming and scholarships.
Focus will be on act/show creation, working with music, movement, choreography, dance, and performance technique.
Performance opportunities will be local, regional, national and international.
Instructors: Anthony Courser, Brian P. Dailey, Carlo Gentile, Orlene Gentile, Lizzy Gifford, Sam Sake

PreTeam M/W: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. $225 per session Pre-requisite: Invitation PreTeam is a training and performing opportunity for students interested in pursuing circus arts more seriously with the goal of becoming members of the CircusTeam. PreTeam members will work closely with the CircusTeam providing opportunities for mentorship and inspiration.
The purpose of PreTeam is to build the skills and character necessary to become part of CircusTeam. Emphasis will be placed on Acrobatic and Manipulation Fundamentals as well as Clown/Character and Performance Skills. Instructors: Anthony Courser, Brian P. Dailey, Carlo Gentile, Orlene Gentile, Lizzy Gifford, Sam Sake

Sunday Workshops Foot Juggling for All – 6.NOV: 10 AM –12 PM     $50...only 6 slots

No one in the Midwest, and only a few people in North America, do (much less teach) foot juggling. Try your hand foot at this ancient Chinese art which originated as an exercise to increase soldiers’ foot speed. Orlene & Carlo learned antipodism at its source: Wuqiao, China—hailed as the Birthplace of Acrobatics. Interestingly, the Chinese government thinks that they studied foot juggling in China for 9 months because they’re spies. They escaped unscathed. 

Can’t say the same for 李庆褔, their 63-year-old, 41⁄2 -foot-tall coach who was beaten by government police. More on that and other anecdotes from time spent living life inside the World Leader of Internet Censorship for those who register. Instructors: Carlo Gentile +/o Orlene Gentile


Chinese Pole for All – 13.NOV: 10 AM –12 PM $50..................................only 8 slots Unleash your inner monkey...but just for the morning. Learn the basic climbs, techniques and poses for Chinese pole. This workshop is open to anyone brave enough to hang out at the top of the world, comfortable supporting their own body weight with their arms, and not afraid of bruising. Thin-soled shoes recommended. Calloused hands optional.

Instructors: Carlo Gentile +/o Orlene Gentile

Hula Hoops – KIDS – 20.NOV: 10A-12P ...................................................$50..................................only 8 slots Hula Hoops – ADULTS – 20.NOV: 1-3 PM .................................................$50..................................only 8 slots This workshop puts a whole new spin on hula hooping! Learn the elusive art of “creeping”, moving a hoop up and down the legs and torso without the aid of your hands. Try out separations, spinning multiple hoops simultaneously and independently on different parts of the body. Get your co-ordination on with single hoop manipulations; throws, spirals, twists, and more. Hooping is great for core strength, posture, and flexibility, and most importantly, a lot of fun.
Instructor: Lizzy Gifford

Introduction To Clowning – ADULTS – 4.DEC: 9 am-4 pm ..................$100..........................Minimum 8 slots Through play we will develop personal stage presence, openness to opportunities, and your sense of awareness on stage. We will explore who you are and how you relate to others in performance by acknowledging and celebrating impulses: following, giving, receiving, and committing. You will begin to discover and develop your own clown character and explore how they play with others in this world. Instructor: Anthony Courser

Clowning For Kids: Get Your Silly On! – 11.DEC: 9 am-12 pm ......... $60..........................Minimum 8 slots Through play we will discover what it is to be onstage and in performance! We will learn to embrace our inner silliness as we explore, and celebrate, our impulses: following, giving, receiving, and committing. We will begin to develop your own personal clown character and how he or she lives, and plays, in a world with other clowns! A condensed version of the class offered this session.
Instructor: Anthony Courser

Stilt Walking for Families – 11.DEC: 1-4 PM ........$60/INDIVIDUAL or $40/FAMILY MEMBER .............only 16 slots Stilt-walking has been part of legends, rituals and festivals from around the world for millennia, especially in celebrations of growth and achievement. Young and old alike gravitate to a stilted character towering above the crowd. That could be you. Hey, that could be your kid towering over you.
Recommended for children 7+, this Workshop will give adults and children an opportunity to play together. Allow your children to see you face new challenges. Model the behavior you expect from them when out of your comfort zone. Let them succeed at something faster than you. You will all love the role reversal.
It goes without saying, this workshop will also stress good technique for peg stilts. Peg stilts are the most common stilts used by professional performers. These stilts strap on at the foot, ankle, and knee and give the walker great versatility. These lightweight stilts allow one to walk quickly, to turn suddenly, and even to jump rope or dance. The walker must keep moving at all times to keep himself from falling over. Instructor: Colin Creveling

Check out CircEsteem's main website for registration forms and more information.   Highly recommended!


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