The Phoenix Academy of Performing Arts will offer an intensive two-week workshop on aerial silks

The Phoenix Academy of Performing Arts will present a two-week workshop featuring aerial silks June 20-30. Photo provided

As part of its ongoing efforts to promote the performing arts in the Central region, the Phoenix Academy of Performing Arts of Pennsylvania will present an intensive two-week summer workshop, “Introduction to Silks”, a type of acrobatics aerial executed hanging from a fabric.

The workshop will take place June 20-30 at the academy’s home at 118 Hawbaker Industrial Drive, Patton Township.

Acclaimed performance artist Jillian St. Germain will present an introduction to the world of aerial silks. During her career as a circus performer, St. Germain fell in love with aerial fabrics, which led her and her sister device, the aerial hammock, to become her specialties.

The two-day-a-week workshop will give students the opportunity to begin to learn the primary skills, safety, strength, and flexibility needed to work with aerial silks. The goal of the workshop is to help give students the key elements and introduce an understanding of how the air tissues work, while helping them accomplish the skills taught in a positive and supportive learning environment, according to Dmitry. Myers, from the circus arts program at Phoenix Academy. and creative director.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring Jillian here for this workshop,” Myers said. “She is passionate about choreography and teaching and brings impressive experience with companies such as Ballet NY, Urban Ballet Theatre, AntiGravity Entertainment, Boston Ballet, Aerial Artistry and BodyVox.

“Jillian is a world-class talent who co-founded two multidisciplinary collaborative performance companies, most recently 3Names in 2015 with me and Brandon ‘Smooth’ Morales. We are lucky she is available to do so.

Workshops will be presented from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays for young people (6-12 years old) and from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for teenagers and adults. The cost for all four sessions is $249 per participant with a $25 discount for each additional family member. Those who register for the workshop will receive a $25 discount for the class registration fee for the 2022-2023 school year.

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Phoenix Academy opened its new facilities in November, offering children, teens and adults lessons in gymnastics, dance and, for the first time in the region, circus arts.