This year we organize a pre-festival workshop with DEBBIE COLLIS & JACOB BROWN, just before the Festival starts. They will be teaching the pre-festival and during the main festival.

Debbie Collis started taking gymnastics in her youth. Thanks to her training, she has the strength, balance, and poise to make partner acrobatics very beautiful. Debbie’s long straight legs and pointed toes are the envy of the acro world. Debbie loves the connection and flow she can find with a partner. She can forget about the whole world while flowing in complex acrobatic movements. She has a talent for teaching. Students say that she is sweet and has a good eye for form. She loves practising until she gets a move perfectly and she has made many of her own new washing machines. In 2017 Debbie became a certified Acro Revolution Teacher.

Jacob got into gymnastics when he was sixteen and ended up teaching for ten years. In 2010 a friend introduced him to acro which he fell in love with right away. He loved how all acrobatics moves are like puzzles which you work out with your friends. Jacob is known for making dozens of washing machines and for putting hundreds of videos of acrobatics on his YouTube channel. In 2014 Jacob became a certified Acro Revolution Teacher in the first-ever class of 2014 since then has helped with two more Acro Teacher Trainings. Jacob and Debbie have been doing acro together since 2012.. They have taught all over the world, from the US to South America to the Israeli Acro Convention.
They both live in Springfield, Oregon, USA.

DATE: 24-25 June 2020

SCHEDULE: 2 days – 6 hours per day = 12 hours
10.00-13.00 & 14.30-17.30

Only intermediate/advanced

Same as the festival – Parc d’Enghien, Avenue Elisabeth, 7850 Enghien.

SPOTS: limited to 40 persons.

will open in January at the same time as the festival tickets…

2 days of training divided into 4 blocks / 4 themes

1/ Washing Machines
Barrel Roll
High Barrel Roll
Ninja Star
Description: Acrobats underestimate the importance of washing machines. After all, Jacob and Debbie fell in love with acro and with each other while doing them. Through the study of these machines you build up a movement vocabulary which transfers into other areas of acro. Experienced l-basers can flow seamlessly from one pose to the next in complex acrobatic arrangements. They can create original works of acro art by communicating only through touch. In this session we will focus on machines which emphasize grace and beauty: symmetrical machines made by Jacob and Debbie.

2/ Whips
Reverse Throne Whips
Description: Whips are a more specialized and challenging type of l-base. They require sensitivity to very fine movements. They can be difficult to teach, but Debbie and Jacob have years of experience breaking down these moves and making them accessible. In this class we will go past what is usually taught–tarzans and throne whips–and move on to some twisting popping whips.

3/ Icarian
Throne Pops
Bird Pops
Throne-Bird (with hands) Pops
Bird Throne Pops
Description: Icarian is named after Icarus from the greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus. Icarus is the one who flew too close to the sun. Don’t worry. We will use spotters! Icarian is full release, meaning it is the most exciting type of acro by far. Debbie and Jacob have been doing a lot more icarian lately—meeting every weekend to train with other Icarian friends. Along the way Jacob and Debbie have learned effective ways to teach icarian to new students. We try to go beyond the usual intro to Icarian class and teach new material. You will learn the technique required to execute them confidently and safely.

4 / Standing Flow (Dance Lifts)
2 High
Partner Cartwheel
High Bird
Description: Jacob and Debbie have poured through the internet and learned from many teachers to find all the best dance lifts! This is an entirely different kind of acro. In standing acro there are a lot of static holds. The flyer moves up and down in ways similar to how a weightlifter does a power clean. Dance lifts are different because they use momentum to lift the flyer up and down in more graceful movement, similar to ballet. In this class you will first practice individual dance lifts and later put them together into a flow.