Calling all aerialists with a solo in the works - this is a workshop for you! Bring a phrase of movement or a not-quite-finished piece - we will turn it over, look at it from other angles, scrub up its edges, and send it out ready to take over the world. Using strategies from my experience as a professional dancer and choreographer, we will tinker with the material you have using games, thought experiments, and manipulations, opening the door to gems you didn’t know you had and refining the ideas and movement that support your solo. You can come in knowing exactly what you’re trying to say or having no idea, just as long as you have a snippet of material to play with and an open mind. Through experiments, peer feedback, and movement refinement, you will leave with tools for identifying your unique intention and getting it across with texture, nuance, and presence. This workshop is intended for advanced aerialists who are ready to show their work for the first time, or aerial performers who are working on a new concept. Aerialists who take this workshop will have the opportunity to show their work in a variety show.About the instructor: A dancer from age three, Mandy Hackman slid sideways from the world of contemporary dance into the world of circus. 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 is also a professor of experiential anatomy for movement artists at MSU Denver and a certified Personal Trainer.