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Tofino Tree Dancing Workshop


Come Dance in the Trees in Tofino!

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Aeriosa invites you to join them for a unique art-in-nature experience of dancing with and in the trees in Tofino. This three day workshop has been generously subsidized with funding from the district of Tofino and the Clayoquot Trust so this opportunity can be accessible to all who wish to participate.

Aerial dance is about connecting Earth to Air. Creating shapes and formations in the air requires people to be physically connected so in dancing with the trees we experience a connection between Earth, Air, Humanity and Nature.

 

WORKSHOP FAQS

IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR ALL AGES?

There will be two workshops held over the three days. The morning workshop (10:00am - 1:00pm) is geared towards local youth living in Tofino ages 14-17yrs. Any unfilled spots will become available to Tofino guests.

The afternoon workshop (2:00pm - 5:00pm) is geared towards adults 18+ and is open to both Tofino residents and visiting guests. 

DO I NEED DANCE OR ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE?

No, you do not need to have dance experience. A certain level of fitness is required though as participants will be wearing climbing harnesses and spending time upside down doing physical movement that requires some abdominal strength. By no means though do you need to be a super athlete!

WHAT IF I AM AFRAID OF HEIGHTS?

Fear of heights is a natural reaction to keep us safe. In the beginning of the workshop there will be a safety debrief clearly explaining how to use the equipment. As comfort and confidence builds we will practice suspending low to the ground with our counterbalance partner and build from there.

WHAT TYPE OF GEAR WILL BE USED?

Aeriosa uses similar gear to what is used in rock climbing: grill-gris, carabiners, slings, harnesses, ropes. All of the gear is rated and the rigging is done by a UIAGM/IFMGA certified mountain guide with 30+ years of experience. 

HOW MANY HOURS PER DAY IS THE WORKSHOP? 

The workshop is 3 hours / day. The morning youth workshop runs from 10:00am - 1:00pm. The adult workshop runs from 2:00pm - 5:00pm. 

CAN I JUST DO ONE OR TWO DAYS OF THE WORKSHOP?

There are only 8 spots available for each workshop. Participants who register for all three days will be given priority. If there are unfilled spots, the artistic director may permit someone to attend the first day or two days of the workshop.  Because the workshop builds on learned daily skills, newcomers cannot join after the first day.  

WHAT WILL WE LEARN IN THE WORKSHOP?

  • explanation of gear and safe use of equipment
  • fundamentals of dancing in the trees with respect for nature
  • foundational body positions
  • shifting perspective
  • the principles of counterbalance
  • partner formations
  • movement sequences
  • small jumps 

WHAT IF IT RAINS?

The workshop will happen rain or shine. The rain is far lighter when under a canopy of trees. Although it's the summer, please come prepared with a rain jacket, rain pants and extra clothing...just in case.

HOW MUCH IS THE WORKSHOP?

The three day workshop is $50 / day for Tofino residents ($150 total).

The three day workshop is $75 / day for Tofino guests ($225 total).

HOW DO I RESERVE A SPOT?

Register and pay at the workshop registration page on this website. Payment in full reserves your spot and online payment options are available. Should your plans change, full refunds will be given 2 weeks prior. Cancellations after that cannot regretfully be reimbursed.

We look forward to dancing with you!

Julia Taffe, Artistic Director 

Colin Zacharias, Rigging Design and Safety Direction