This Week Online

This Week Online

Adult Classes (13+)

Our classes are paid for by your donations, we are using this scheme to support independent artists and teachers during this time as they have had all other work cancelled. Please do attend the classes even if you cannot afford to donate right now, we know it’s hard right now for everyone. However if you can afford to donate more than the minimum, know you are helping keep artists fed and working.

100% of the weekly funds are divided between the teachers. We are recommending a minimum of £5/class or £25/week, more if you can afford it.

Youth Classes (7-16)

We are experimenting with a block of online youth classes this month covering different skills each week

This week’s teachers and classes

Adam O'Connor-McMahon

Adam O'Connor-McMahon

Having grown up with a background in theatre, Adam started his circus career performing in a street-theatre duo.

Graduating the National Institute of Circus Arts in 2015, Adam has performed in numerous shows for Strut & Fret, as well has debuting his solo show Drought, directed by Cirque Du Soleil’s Hayden Spencer in 2017.

Adam is currently a member of Head First Acrobats and was performing in their hit show Railed, until lockdown.

Wednesday 6pm Manipulation

Adilso Machado

Adilso Machado

Adilso is an Artistic Director and dancer who lives and works between his home nation Brazil and his adopted one, Scotland. His work is characterised by physical rigour.

After gaining his Physical Education degree, Adilso notched up 22 years in the international artistic field. As well as working in circus as a dancer and choreographer, he’s created his own dance solos, and developed pieces with visionary directors including Alejandro Ahmed of Grupo Cena 11 in Brazil, Toula Limnaios from Berlin and Hooman Sharifi from Impure Company in Norway.

Saturday Acro Dance Tricks at 2pm

Tamzen Moulding

Tamzen Moulding

Tamzen is a professional circus performer and dancer, she started her career as a gymnast competing at an International level, followed by a BA Hons degree at London Contemporary Dance School before moving into circus.

Tamzen is an amazing handbalance teacher and performer and a great all round acrobat whom we brought up to Aerial Edge many times over the years in Handbalance, acrobatics, cradle and bungee dance harness.

Circus Fitness – Monday 6pm – Includes a cardio warm up, legs and hip stability, abs and shoulders with a focus on handstands. You will need: foam roller or yoga blocks or pile of book, stretchy band or pair of stretchy tights, a nice thick scarf.

Flexibility – Monday 7:15pm – Short cardio warm up followed by a variety of stretching exercises both static and active. You will need: stretchy band or stretchy tights, a lacrosse ball or similar.

Rebecca Rennison

Rebecca Rennison

We are delighted to have Rebecca back with us. She is a highly skilled aerial artist, coming from a professional dance background, with over 10 years experience coaching all ages in the air and on the floor.

Rebecca has performed all over the world, in commercials, TV and arena shows. She combines acrobatic skill in the air with her natural movement fluidity.

From day one of the lockdown Rebecca has been translating what she does into an online format to support aerialists while they are away from their equipment and training spaces.

Photo Credit: Massimo Filippi

Thursday 7:15pm – Strength & Stability for Aerialists Including – insane abs, upperbody strength & stability, glute strength and some grip training if people can bring a pole (can be a broom/wooden spoon) and string, plus filled water bottle.

Weds 7.15pm – Active stretch & Mobility Including – small cardio warm up, then into stretch using strength exercises and movement to increase our range.

Eve Mutso

Eve Mutso

Eve Mutso is a freelance dancer & choreographer and former Principal Dancer of Scottish Ballet, Scotland’s national dance company.

In 2015 she was nominated by the Critic’s Circle for the National Dance Award for Outstanding Female Performance (Classical). She had previously been nominated for Best Female Dancer in 2005 and 2013.

Eve’s interest in aerial arts resulted in the creation of aerial solo loop, commissioned by The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh in 2018 and led to her becoming a core part of Aerial Edge’s foundation course in which she has been teaching since it began.

Photo credit: Ian Wallman

Friday 6pm Ballet fitness will have a focus on building a ballet body for aerialists and developing the body and lines needed for performance work.

The Friday 7:15pm Flexibility Will be a blend of hatha yoga and ballet flexibility training.

Suzie Q

Suzie Q

Suzie Q is an Australian aerialist, acrobat and former finalist on Australia’s Got Talent who can usually be found performing on cruise ships and at corporate events in Sydney.

She loves sharing the practices of yoga, mediation and mindfulness and is trained in Purna, Yin and Rocket Yoga as well as Yoga Nidra. She has been presented at the Byron Yoga Festival, the Utsava Maa Goddess Festival in India, Shakti Camp in Europe and Triple Shakti in Australia and has taught with Bali Silent Retreat, Shakti Academy and Flowers and Fire in Gili Air.

Wednesday & Friday Yoga for Circus-y People at 7:55am – A mix of strength and flexibility practices focussing on hand balance conditioning and splits combined with Yin yoga and mindfulness/meditation techniques that will enable you to create a feeling of calm, balance and relaxation.