Acrobat Skills by Chris

In the last week before Christmas Stopgap had the privilege to work with two acrobats, former Cie XY acrobats Miko and Caroline from Prêt-à-Porter. Chris writes about some of the tricks we learnt that week...

I learnt a lot of new things with the circus group over the last week, a lot of new challenging acrobatics, which I’ve never done before. Such as being the base and also the tuck and roll backwards was challenging but in a good way. It was very interesting and I found it difficult to do some of the acrobatics.

I liked how they explained what to do and took it step-by-step and demonstrated. That’s how you become a dancer too by learning from others and this is something that I can do in 2015.

I also liked doing the falling backwards from being up high. I fell from two stacked tables and then I took it to another level and it was incredibly fun and exciting.

Some of the other things we worked on were our handstands. We learnt to push into the floor with your hands and jump both legs up in a bent position and you also have to remember not to arch your back. And it is the same when you do headstands as well. These are things I can take away from learning acrobatics.

I’ve enjoyed working with the circus group and watching them was an inspiration. Watching their work was an example of learning something new and fresh. The hardest thing I found was the forward rolls and holding onto someone else's legs because you have to make sure that you keep the momentum going.

Thank you to Crying Out Loud for being apart of this exchange of skills. Click here to learn more about the company.

Images by Chris Parkes

4 comments

Crying Out Loud
Thu 08 Jan 2015
Thank you too!

Thanks for writing this blog Chris! Its great to have your direct feedback about the skills exchange and we look forward to seeing your progress in 2015.

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