1321 Watson St. Detroit   ★   Metro Detroit's Original Circus School   ★   313 674 6424

Circus Workshops at the Detroit Flyhouse



At the Detroit Flyhouse, we regularly host circus workshops and intensives on a variety of topics. From Aerial to Acro, Hooping to Fire, workshops offer a great way to augment and expand your knowledge! The workshop schedule changes regularly, so be sure to check back here or follow us on facebook to keep informed!

Please note that there are no refunds or exchanges.

Open Fly

Saturday June 15 5pm - 7pm $20

Open Fly is open gym time for current students and those with aerial experience to practice aerial and acrobatic material that they are proficient in. A teacher is present however there is no formal instruction.

Circus Kids Camp

Tuesday June 18 to Friday June 21, 2019 Ages 7-12 10am-2pm $240

Let your kids run away and join the circus! Aerial arts, ground based circus skills like hooping, magic, acro, and circus crafts will be included as kids challenge themselves in a fun, supportive learning environment.

On the final day participants will put on a performance demonstrating their new circus skills.

Space is limited. Come join the fun!

Meet Your Instructors

Jay

Jay is a formally trained gymnast that competed for 12 years nationally as an artistic Men's All around Gymnast. After leaving competition he began coaching recreational and Team level gymnastics working now 8 years as a professional coach in gymnastics. Two years ago Jay came to the Detroit Flyhouse Circus School and fell in love with the world of Circus Art, and has since been Teaching at the school for the past year. In this last year he has both taught and performed for the Detroit Flyhouse and Detroit Circus in the disciplines of Acrobatics, Hand Balance, Hoop Dance and Aerial. With his many years of experience in teaching and his passion for circus, Jay is very excited to bring exciting lessons in ground acrobatics and Aerial art to the workshops and help your kids find fun and success in there time at the circus.

Shawn

Shawn has a Master's degree in education, and has taught 4th grade in the public school system for 18 years. She's a fabulously diverse aerial teacher that has taught both children and adults in group and private classes at the Detroit Flyhouse for 10 years. Shawn is trained to teach on aerial fabric, Lyra, and hammock.

Joshua

Joshua Wilde earned his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science & Cryptography from Hampshire University and has dedicated his life to studying magic & mime, which he performs regularly with the Detroit Circus. He grew up in Amherst, MA, where he trained for hours daily to master sleight of hand and the art of illusion, which he is very happy to share with the attendees at Kids' Camp!

Laura

Laura is a teacher at the Detroit Flyhouse. She has taught children of all ages in academics, yoga, exercise, and aerial arts. She loves to laugh and find spaces for youth to express themselves creatively. She is looking forward to sharing the fun and exciting world of aerial arts at Kids Camp.

Iris

Iris is a face painter, balloon artist and craft facilitator with the Detroit Circus. Iris is delighted to share her creative spirit and inclusive teaching style with the kids at kids camp.

Open Fly

Saturday June 22 3:30pm - 5:30pm $20

Open Fly is open gym time for current students and those with aerial experience to practice aerial and acrobatic material that they are proficient in. A teacher is present however there is no formal instruction.

Intro to Aerial

Saturday June 29, 2019 1:45 - 3:15pm $30

Always wanted to try that aerial stuff but not sure how to get started? Well this workshop is for you! We'll start from scratch and go from there. This is a safe and friendly workshop designed to make the basics of aerial arts accessible to total beginners, no matter your background. What are you waiting for?

Matt Buss has been a professional circus performer, circus coach and yoga instructor for over a decade. After graduating with a degree in philosophy from Michigan State University in 2005, he became a yoga instructor in metro Detroit, and quickly became known for his fun and easygoing teaching style, as well as his advanced asana and arm-balancing and inversions workshops. Matt began his career as a circus performer shortly after, teaching and performing solo and duo aerial acrobatics, partner and stilt acrobatics, and contortion with his wife and partner Micha Adams Buss. Matt is the head coach at the Detroit Flyhouse Circus School, which he and Micha own and operate. The Flyhouse has been teaching circus arts to students of all ages and backgrounds for over a decade and is Detroit's original circus school. Matt prides himself on making circus arts fun and accessible to folks of all ages and walks of life.

Jenn Bruyer Workshop: DYNAMIC SLING

Saturday July 13, 3:15 – 4:45pm $50

Level: Intermediate / Advanced Sling

Go big or go home! ;) All the big moves, drops and totally wild transitions you can handle all on one place!

We will begin this workshop with a skills progression of dynamic movements, beats, flairs and catch locks. Students can expect to work on: beats, flairs, dynamic pathways, simple drops, hands free dives, direction changing drops, fancy transitions, rolls and releases.

Jenn has been immersed in aerial arts since 2008. She is driven by her focus on fabric (silks) and sling (hammock) but also enjoys exploring cord lisse, cloud swing, trapeze, lyra, net, rope & harness and anything else someone puts in front of her. She has coached, choreographed and performed around the world including over 30 US states, Italy, Germany, Austria, Canada and Mexico.

As an Aerial Coach, she seeks to provide the highest quality progressive instruction to aerialists of all abilities from novice to professional performer. Her mission as a human is to cultivate a warm, non-judgmental learning environment that fosters community, to build physical and emotional strength within the individuals who participate in this environment and methodically construct a vehicle by which to create art.

Jenn Bruyer Workshop: 10 THINGS I DON’T HATE ABOUT LYRA…

Saturday July 13, 5 – 6:30pm $50

Level: Intermediate

Everyone knows that I’ve never had a love affair with the Lyra. BUT… I have to admit that there are definitely some moments that are UNDENIABLY cool. Join me to find out what I think those are. Students can expect to explore new skills, sneaky transitions, techniques that are specific to this apparatus and unique aerial items of interest.

Jenn has been immersed in aerial arts since 2008. She is driven by her focus on fabric (silks) and sling (hammock) but also enjoys exploring cord lisse, cloud swing, trapeze, lyra, net, rope & harness and anything else someone puts in front of her. She has coached, choreographed and performed around the world including over 30 US states, Italy, Germany, Austria, Canada and Mexico.

As an Aerial Coach, she seeks to provide the highest quality progressive instruction to aerialists of all abilities from novice to professional performer. Her mission as a human is to cultivate a warm, non-judgmental learning environment that fosters community, to build physical and emotional strength within the individuals who participate in this environment and methodically construct a vehicle by which to create art.

Jenn Bruyer Workshop: ‘HAMMOCK OBSCUREOGRAPHY’

Saturday July 13, 6:45 – 8:15pm $50

Level: Intermediate

This is a one time opportunity to learn a unique and complete piece of Choreography made especially for your studio.

Learn more than just skills. This workshop will expose you to my personal perspective on creating a dance like effect in the air via intentional structure and a careful skill curation that lends itself to various successful movement qualities. We will explore fresh ideas in ascension, shape making and dynamics.

Jenn has been immersed in aerial arts since 2008. She is driven by her focus on fabric (silks) and sling (hammock) but also enjoys exploring cord lisse, cloud swing, trapeze, lyra, net, rope & harness and anything else someone puts in front of her. She has coached, choreographed and performed around the world including over 30 US states, Italy, Germany, Austria, Canada and Mexico.

As an Aerial Coach, she seeks to provide the highest quality progressive instruction to aerialists of all abilities from novice to professional performer. Her mission as a human is to cultivate a warm, non-judgmental learning environment that fosters community, to build physical and emotional strength within the individuals who participate in this environment and methodically construct a vehicle by which to create art.

Jenn Bruyer Workshop: FABRIC WITCHCRAFT

Sunday July 14, 1:30 – 3pm $50

Level: Intermediate or Int + on fabric

The allure of fabric is truly multi-dimensional. It’s beautiful, tactile and confusing. It can seemingly defy physics. Wraps, shelves and connections can appear and disappear in an instant. Complex but stable architectures are constructed out of nothing.

In this workshop we will explore some really fun examples of knots, hitches, releases, wraps and fabric theories that simply DO NOT SEEM POSSIBLE or are totally surprising to even an educated eye.

Jenn has been immersed in aerial arts since 2008. She is driven by her focus on fabric (silks) and sling (hammock) but also enjoys exploring cord lisse, cloud swing, trapeze, lyra, net, rope & harness and anything else someone puts in front of her. She has coached, choreographed and performed around the world including over 30 US states, Italy, Germany, Austria, Canada and Mexico.

As an Aerial Coach, she seeks to provide the highest quality progressive instruction to aerialists of all abilities from novice to professional performer. Her mission as a human is to cultivate a warm, non-judgmental learning environment that fosters community, to build physical and emotional strength within the individuals who participate in this environment and methodically construct a vehicle by which to create art.

Intro to Aerial

Saturday September 28, 2019 3:30 - 5pm $30

Always wanted to try that aerial stuff but not sure how to get started? Well this workshop is for you! We'll start from scratch and go from there. This is a safe and friendly workshop designed to make the basics of aerial arts accessible to total beginners, no matter your background. What are you waiting for?

Matt Buss has been a professional circus performer, circus coach and yoga instructor for over a decade. After graduating with a degree in philosophy from Michigan State University in 2005, he became a yoga instructor in metro Detroit, and quickly became known for his fun and easygoing teaching style, as well as his advanced asana and arm-balancing and inversions workshops. Matt began his career as a circus performer shortly after, teaching and performing solo and duo aerial acrobatics, partner and stilt acrobatics, and contortion with his wife and partner Micha Adams Buss. Matt is the head coach at the Detroit Flyhouse Circus School, which he and Micha own and operate. The Flyhouse has been teaching circus arts to students of all ages and backgrounds for over a decade and is Detroit's original circus school. Matt prides himself on making circus arts fun and accessible to folks of all ages and walks of life.

Open Fly

Saturday November 9 1:30pm - 3:30pm $20

Open Fly is open gym time for current students and those with aerial experience to practice aerial and acrobatic material that they are proficient in. A teacher is present however there is no formal instruction.

Open Fly

Saturday November 16 1:30pm - 3:30pm $20

Open Fly is open gym time for current students and those with aerial experience to practice aerial and acrobatic material that they are proficient in. A teacher is present however there is no formal instruction.

Tightwire Walking for Beginners w Erin Garber-Pearson

Saturday November 16 4-5:30pm $50

Tight Wire Walking is a traditional circus art performed on a narrow metal cable under tension. It is a challenging mental and physical activity of balance and focus. This workshop will teach various steps, poses and techniques for fluid movement on a safe 2' wire above the ground, while being spotted by an instructor. This is a class for students interested in dance, posture, balance, and aligning brain with body. Wire dancing is as much about mental calm as it is physical stability. No prerequisites, all levels are welcome. Soft soled shoes such as ballet flats are highly recommended (available at payless or online for cheaper)

Erin Garber-Pearson is an aerialist, tightwire dancer, and visual artist. Erin started training aerial in her hometown, Tucson, Arizona in 2008 and has since trained in studios across the US. In 2015 she completed the Aloft Full Time Training program in Chicago where she focused on tightwire and rope. Erin is the owner of the Birds Eye View Circus studio in Toledo, Ohio and also teaches silks and rope at the Ann Arbor Aviary.

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