Smile for the Camera!

Have a behind the scenes look at thursday’s photo shoot with the protrainers for their group photo and some individual photos!

Many thanks to Cole Simon Photography!

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Starting Act Creation

The showcase is looming, have a look into the Pro-Trainer’s on their apparatus as they work on their acts!

Music: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music

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Meet the Teacher: Amanda Crockett!

Meet Core Instructor Amanda Crockett.

Amanda Crockett has been passionate about laughter since she started clowning alongside her father at age 9. She created and performed a principal character and hat juggling role for Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE, won an Audience Choice Award at the Krystallpalast in Germany, and has been called a “virtuoso” by clown luminary Avner the Eccentric.

After training at Circus Smirkus and the Celebration Barn Theater, Crockett graduated from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater and went on to study circus in Australia, Chicago, and San Francisco. After 25 of years of experience onstage, she is most well-known for her uniquely skilled and hilarious fusions of comedy, trapeze, mime, and hat juggling that have made audiences around the world fall in love with her. In addition to performing, Crockett has coached circus and physical theater around the US and South America since 1999, and has taught locally at Second City, Actors Gymnasium, Aloft, CircEsteem, and as an artist in residence at Kendall Elementary. In 2015, she was Program Director of Aloft’s Full Time Training Program and became Creative Consultant for Circus Flora in St. Louis. She is a NASM certified personal trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist and is constantly seeking to learn more to enhance her own training and that of her students. Most recently, Crockett was a headlining performer at the 2016 IJA Festival, was a principal performer in Circus Flora’s 30th Anniversary show, Pastime, and was featured in the Actors Gymnasium’s Quest.

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Protraining Week 23!

Have a peek at some of the things the Protrainers were doing last week!

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Pro-Trainers Talk Aspirations!

A few of our pro-trainers talk about their goals, plans, and aspirations for after the program.

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Meet the Teacher: Krystyn Tsagarakis

Meet Core Instructor Krystyn Tsagarakis.

Krystyn Tsagarakis has been teaching empowerment and confidence to students of all levels and ages since 2010. She believes that aerial and circus arts are for everyone. Her introduction to dance began through ballet at the age of three. Her background includes five years of competitive gymnastics, seven years of performance art, and thirteen years of visual art.

Her passion for movement eventually led her to discover circus art, where she fell in love with aerial fabric. While she specializes in aerial fabric and dance trapeze, she is trained in lyra, and aerial sling & hammock. She is the co-founder of Aerial Athlete. In 2014, she completed a seven-month Artistic Residency at NECCA. She has completed aerial arts teacher trainings with NECCA, Paper Doll Militia, Born to Fly, and Urban Fertility Dancer. She is a certified group fitness instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). When Krystyn is not coaching at Actors Gymnasium, she can be found teaching workshops all over the country.

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Training in open Gym!

Pro-Trainers tell us a little bit about their Open Gym time and how they use it!

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Let’s Stretch with Myriam!

Pro-Trainer Myriam explains how to do the Half Frog stretch for your hip flexors for your Frog and Center Splits.

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Learn to Juggle with Sarah!

We heard that Nobel Prize winning physicist Frank Wilczek said he really wants to learn how to juggle! Pro-Trainer Sarah offers a few tips to get him started.

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Let’s Stretch with Curt!

Pro-trainer Curt shows us the butterfly stretch for your hips and inner thighs!

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