This workshop is for intermediate to advanced hoop aerialists who are interested in learning more about partner work and breaking out of the usual mold. We will explore traditional partner shapes on the lyra to establish a common language and build technique in partner vocabulary. We will then bust out into the unknown, working with strategies from other partner disciplines such as acro, swing, and contact improvisation to find new shapes and transitions on the hoop. You will emerge with some fun new duo vocabulary and a better understanding of how to share weight and come up with your own innovative partner work! This workshop works best for those with a year of lyra and/or aerial partner experience, who are comfortable holding another person’s weight. You do not have to bring a partner with you - in fact, we will be mixing and matching partners as we go so you can try the material with several different kinds of bodies!About the instructor: A dancer from age three, Mandy Hackman slid sideways from the world of contemporary dance into the world of circus. She began her aerial journey doing guerilla acrobatic dance, and has since expanded her climbing to rope, fabric, lyra, and sling. Mandy has performed and taught aerial arts, contemporary dance, and composition nationally and internationally, from Denver to Atlanta to New York to the Kennedy Center in D.C to Gujarat, India. She has performed with a broad spectrum of companies including Frequent Flyers, Control Group Productions, Upsidown Productions, Sinecdoche Dance, Mike Kelley, and others. She is currently on staff coaching aerial technique and fitness with Frequent Flyers of Colorado, where she coaches beginners all the way through students in their Professional Training Program. Mandy has a passion for anatomical efficiency and finding windows to individual expression. She is also a professor of experiential anatomy for movement artists at MSU Denver and a certified Personal Trainer.