Commonwealth Circus Center

Hips, Core, & Inversions with Emily Scherb

Join the Circus Doc herself, Dr. Emily Scherb, for a weekend of anatomy for circus arts!
Saturday only - $100
Friday and Saturday - $190. Make sure you register for the "full weekend" option on BOTH workshops!
Saturday April 20th: 9:30am-12:30pm
Hours 1 & 2: The Hips Don’t Lie - Controlling the Core in Aerial Arts
When you’re suspended in the air, the only thing you can count on is your core! This class explores the point where all of our aerial movement begins, and helps you understand the biomechanics and sequence of your trunk muscles and hip joints.
This class will help you build functional strength and flexibility, deepen your splits and straddles, invert with more ease and grace, and prevent common hip injuries and back pain.
Hour 3: Invert THIS - The Aerial Art of Turning Upside Down
Learn how your core, hips, and shoulders work together to turn your body upside down. Figuring out which muscles are working, when, and why is the goal of this course. We will answer the questions of:
When are my shoulders supposed to close?
How much should my spine round?
Why are inversions hard for me?!?
Once you understand how an inversion is supposed to work, we will discuss common mistakes and how to fix them to make everything from tuck-ups to straight-arm straddle-ups and even levers achievable.
About the instructor:
Dr. Scherb is the author of the book Applied Anatomy of Aerial Arts and works with professional and pre-professional circus artists through her positions as Resident Physical Therapist at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts and as the Company Physical Therapist for Acrobatic Conundrum, a contemporary circus company. She received her graduate training at Washington University in St. Louis where she focused on learning human movement as a system. She continues to be involved with education as a fellowship mentor and as a provider of continuing medical education. Her focus as an educator is on circus and aerial artists.

April 20, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Main Location
Spaces Left: 9 Capacity: 20
Event Prices:
$100.00 - Saturday only
$95.00 - Full weekend - Saturday