Chris Gatti Handstand Workshops

 

Chris Gatti was a Cirque Du Soleil Head Coach for the Volta show and Performer for the Corteo show. He also has a PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Chris’s workshops will present handbalancing principles and techniques in simple and rational terms. Individuals will be taught what their body and their mind can grasp, and will be pushed to train at the edge of their abilities, where growth happens.

There will be in depth explanations, both technical and often philosophical. Chris is Socratic in a way; he will encourage you to think, to feel, to understand, and to question, and not just to accept. He teaches technique and the physical aspects of handstands, though moreover, Chris will guide the body and mind by teaching methodology and a way to handbalancing.

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Beginner-level Workshop
Sunday 9/29
12:00 PM to 3:00PM

Intermediate-level Workshop
Sunday 9/29
4:00 PM to 7:00PM

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Beginner-level Workshop
Sunday 9/29
12:00 PM to 3:00PM
$85

This beginner workshop is an entry-level workshop that covers the fundamentals of a handstand. This workshop will cover the following topics:

  • handstand-related flexibility
  • basic body positioning and alignment
  • body position refinement
  • balancing
  • kicking to handstand
  • handstand walking

These topics break down the handstand into a manageable pieces for a beginner. Exercises and progressions will be provided for all topics, all of which will be practiced during the workshop with the intention that individuals understand the concepts sufficiently to be able to train on their own following this workshop. This 3-hour workshop moves at a very manageable pace for individuals that are generally physically active, as content is explained/demonstrated and then practiced by participants at their own pace.

Prerequisites: This workshop is suitable for individual who have spent some time exploring a handstand in some capacity but who do not have a solid freestanding handstand. Participants should be able to perform at least a 10 second handstand hold against the wall (back to the wall). A freestanding handstand is not a necessary prerequisite to participate.

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Intermediate-level Workshop
Sunday 9/29
4:00 PM to 7:00PM
$85

This intermediate-level workshop explores topics beyond the basics of a standard straight handstand that will challenge both the body and mind. The exact topics will depend on the level of the individuals but typical topics include:

  • body position refinement
  • enhancing balance proficiency
  • press handstands
  • one-arm handstand beginnings (depending on ability levels)

A variety of drills progressions will be explained, demonstrated, and practiced so that individuals can continue to train at their level and to progress on their own.

Prerequisites: Participants should have the ability to hold a freestanding (no wall, no spot) handstand for 20-30 seconds with their legs together and straight, as this is indicative of a good level of body control and comfort in balance.

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Check out what Chris has to say about  his diverse background and how he ended up joining the circus and what handstands and teaching handstands means to him.

 

Other events starting soon:

Intro to Aerial Series: Starts 9/23/19
Monday, Sep. 23

Chris Gatti Handstand Workshops
Sunday, Sep. 29

Intro to Aerial Rope Mini-Series
Monday, Oct. 7

Intro to Aerial Series: Starts 10/10/19
Thursday, Oct. 10

Aerial Chair Mini-Series
Tuesday, Oct. 22