Acrodance and Twisted Handstands

Additional information: NatWhittingham@hotmail.com

In this class for all movers, dancers, and acrobats, we will explore an eclectic vocabulary of acrobatic movements, handstand variations, and twisting drills.

Specific focusses will be on lots of low-level tricks that favour precise coordination over strength, direction changes, weight transfer, conditioning and alignment for acrobatics. All wrapped up a high energy workshop that will hopefully leave you with a smile on your face and some new movements and knowledge to do with as you wish!

Workshop open to all levels, but some prior experience with handstands/acrobatics, and familiarity with movement on all fours, will allow participants to get the most out of this workshop

Nat Whittingham is a Circus Artist, Acrobat and Teacher from Cambridgeshire. Originally trained as a Trampolinist before later studying Teeterboard at L’ESAC in Brussels, he is a versatile and experienced acrobat.

Picked up as an apprentice by Nofit State Circus at the age of 18, he toured internationally with their show ‘Bianco’ as well as ‘Block’ and ‘Open House’ and has worked with them ever since. After his training at ESAC in Brussels, he worked extensively in the UK and Europe, with companies such as Cirk La Putyka, Pirates of the Carabina, Ellie Dubois/Superfan, and Compagnie Bivouac, as well as R&D work with Upswing Aerial and Punchdrunk theatre.

In recent years he has focussed more on solo acrobatics, fusing traditional gymnastics, contemporary floorwork and acrobatic research. He teaches workshops internationally (with his partner Gabbie Cook) under the name Moving Through Acrobatics, as well as being a teacher at Circomedia, for 2faced dance, and Fourth Monkey Theatre School. He also runs Sneaky&Raptor, a contemporary circus company.

Acrodance and Twisted Handstands