AcroModernLab – 9 to 10 March 2019

AcroModernLab – A 2-Day Intensive Workshop

A completely new study on the fusion between dance and floor acrobatics.

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE – Only accepting 30 participants


9-10 March


Saturday 15h00-19h00 & Sunday 10h00-14h00


Five6seven8 Dance Studio


Early Bird (Until 16/2/2019) – R940pp
General Admission (After 17/2/2019) – R1300pp


Workshop Details:

The workshop is hosted by Alberto Poli, one of the acrobats in the international musical show “Notre Dame de Paris“, and along with Beatrice Zancanaro, dancer from Cirque du Soleil and Franco Dragone, and will be on tour in South Africa with their international project “AcroModernLAB“,  a workshop on the fusion between modern-contemporary dance and floor acrobatics for all levels and ages.

This workshop is addressed either to dancers, acrobats and all kinds of movement performers and athletes willing to enlarge their physical horizons.
The main goals of this project are:
  • deepening movement awareness and enriching personal creative potential;
  • multidisciplinary physical preparation;
  • mutual cultural exchange and exploration of the personal emotional baggage thanks to creative group activities from our own wealth of knowledge acquired from working with some of the largest show business companies of the world.
In fact, some of the most useful tools that the students will acquire during this workshop are not only new physical skills but also:
  • new mental approaches to training and work in a company;
  • a better focus on their specific goals and dreams and new strategies to give their best at the auditions and stress situations;
  • moreover, advanced dancers will have the chance to open their minds to the new frontier of the current dance scenario, constantly craving for more and more multitalented performers.

Workshop structure:

Each day the workshop will consist of 3 parts:

  1. Warm-up:
    “Insanity Coordination” is a very fast-paced and fun warm-up that blends rhythm with “brain and body awakening”, just what it takes to start off with full energy.
    What follows is modern-contemporary dance stretching combined with movements from Pilates, and specific pre-acrobatics workout;
  2. Floor Acrobatics Techniques and Dance Movement Research:
    The way we always aim to mix these two disciplines is utterly different from the standard “acrobatic dance”, where one simply throws some random gymnastics moves into a choreography.
    We want to treat each acrobatic movement, from basic to advanced, like a dance step with the idea that the audience must not be able to tell the difference between the two things.
    That’s why we teach combinations of flips, that can be adjusted to anybody’s level, with a profound focus on take-offs and landings in order for them to look as smooth as possible and part of the dance.
    Dance Movement Research involves the study of body’s interactions with space on a deeper scale, starting from fundamental concepts like Laban’s cubes and spheres to their application on an upside down position;
  3. Acro-Modern Choreography:
    The core of the workshop is to put into practice all that’s been learned, so we recreate all the conditions of being on a stage ready to perform in front of an audience.
    Special group activities aim to dig deep into everybody’s own emotional baggage and creativity in order to help to trigger the mechanisms that allow each performer to give their best in stressful situations (e.g. working in a company or going for an audition).
    The class is eventually split into smaller groups and taught a choreography, that each student can adapt to his or her level.

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