Professional aerialist Ana Prada will return to the Virgin Islands to teach a series of aerial silks intensives on St. Croix Nov. 22, 23 and 24. A series of six separate workshops will take place from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A discounted price of $160 is available for those who register for all six classes and $120 is the cost for four classes.
Drop-ins are welcome at $35 per two-hour class. The workshop weekend will take place at Villa Larimar, No. 4 Betsey’s Jewel, Kingshill, on the Northshore of St. Croix (about 20 minutes from downtown Christiansted).
The workshop is designed for the person who has always wanted to try aerial silks and also for those who have some experience. Introducing the basic technique of aerial silks, beginner students will learn climbs and basic fabric vocabularies, such as foot locks, figures and hip keys. The focus will be on proper alignment and breath, and on laying the foundation for sustainable, injury-free aerial practice.
For those with some experience in the silks, the class will use breath and connection as a foundation. While building vocabulary and technique, students will learn small phrases and connecting movements allowing them to feel the dance in the air.
About the instructor: Ana Prada was born and raised in Colombia. An aerial dancer and yoga practitioner since 1998, she also studied ballet and contemporary dance in New York City, where she started to explore aerial apparatuses like dance trapeze and rope. She then moved to Montreal, where she specialized in aerial silks and hoop.
Prada has worked with companies like Cirque du Soleil; “El despertar de la Serpiente” for the Expo 2008 in Spain; the show “Ulalena” (Maui, Hawaii) as an acrobat, dancer, and aerial coach; La Esquina Desplaza with Triknia contemporary dance company in Colombia; and many other shows and projects.
She is the co-founder of the Samadhi Aerial Dance Company in Hawaii, where she teaches workshops regularly and where Vayu Aereal Yoga was developed.
In her work, Prada is always interested in finding a deeper balance and an organic connection – aerial roots – to be grounded wherever she goes. Visit www.ana-prada.com for more information.
In June 2015 Prada provided aerial silks workshops on St. Thomas and Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
This is the first time the workshops have been offered on St. Croix. For those who are interested in taking part but live on St. Thomas, St. John, the British Virgin Islands or beyond, accommodations are available at Villa Larimar. Email Kiki at email@example.com for more information.
For those interested in attending two weekends of aerial silks workshops, Prada will be back in Tortola teaching at Frangipani Studio on Saturday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 17, before arriving on St. Croix. Contact studio owner Amanda Georges at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration information – Sign up in advance through Eventbrite or contact Katie Zaytoun directly. The event is posted on Facebook.
• More information and to sign up: Contact the organizer at Katie Zaytoun (340) 513-9361 or email@example.com
The workshop is open to anyone age 13 and up.
Parking is available at Villa Larimar. Carpooling is encouraged if you are not staying on site.
Wear leggings that are ankle or mid-calf length and cover the backs of your knees. Also, wear a shirt that covers your entire back.
Bring your refillable water bottle and a packed lunch if you want to hang by the pool between sessions at the Villa.
Call/Text 340-513-9361 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Attendees can receive refunds up to seven days before their event start date.
Please show reservation confirmation through an email or a printed ticket. Your registration fee or ticket is transferrable. It is okay if the name on your ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends.