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2015 Summer Schedule


Saturdays, August 22 & 29 - Two Weekend Adult Aerial Trapeze Intensive Workshop


12:00 PM - 2:00 PM with Melissa Buckheit

Ages 16+

$45 (includes both weekends)

Join us for a two weekend, four hour Aerial Trapeze and Dance Intensive Workshop on two consecutive Saturdays, August 22 and 29, 2015, from 12pm-2pm in the ZUZI! Theater. Have you taken Beginning Aerial or some trapeze, but want more experience? Have no experience with Aerial Dance, but have always wanted to try it—for the fun, the freedom, the art, the exercise or the health benefits? Maybe you have dance or sports experience in other fields, and want to pick up a new dance form and practice? This two weekend, 4 hour Saturday morning/afternoon workshop will introduce you to the basics of Beginning up to Intermediate Aerial Trapeze, meeting you at your current skillset and building from there in four basic areas: Aerial Technique, Aerial Partnering, Aerial Apparatus and Aerial Choreography. If you don’t have time for a full session class, just wish to build your technique quickly, or would like to treat yourself to a fun, energizing and enlivening dance workshop, this intensive is for you. No previous experience required. Traditional modern dance clothing is recommended (no skirts); gauchos, dance/ yoga pants or leggings are recommended. A snack is suggested for a short break at the one-hour mark each weekend. Women and men and older teens welcome, 16+-Adult, no age limit. Pre-registration recommended but not required. This intensive is taught by Melissa Buckheit (see bio below), an Aerial Dancer with 9 years experience in Aerial Dance performance, teaching, & choreography, as well as a career in Modern Dance choreography and Mixed Media performance around the United States, as well as undergrad and graduate degrees/study in ballet, modern dance, choreography, improv, movement/dance therapy, therapeutic bodywork, energy techniques and developmental patterning.

Melissa Buckheit

Melissa Buckheit is a poet, dancer/choreographer, photographer, English Lecturer and professional Bodywork Therapist. Buckheit holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from Naropa University and a B.A. in English/American Literature, Dance/Theatre and French from Brandeis University. She has taught Creative Writing, Poetry, Literature, Composition at University of Arizona and Pima College since 2005, and taught Modern Dance, Choreography, Aerial Trapeze and Creative Writing for children and adults ages 3+ at ZUZI! Dance Company, through ZUZI! residencies with Paulo Friere Freedom School and Mirasol, as well as Arts for All and The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, since 2008. She has performed her original choreography in Boston, Boulder and Tucson, and as a member/in collaboration with Brandeis Dance Collective, ZUZI! Dance Company & New Articulations Dance. She is the author of Noctilucent (Shearsman Books, 2012), Arc (The Drunken Boat, 2007), and her poems, translations, photography, essays, critical interviews and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in HerKind, The VOLTA, Denver Quarterly, Tarpaulin Sky, The Drunken Boat, Sinister Wisdom, Can-Can, Bombay Gin, Cutthroat, Spiral Orb, Shearsman Magazine, Blue Fifth Review and Sonora Review, among others. Buckheit translates the poet Ioulita Iliopoulou from Modern Greek, and is a recipient of the American Poets Honorary Award, a Tucson-Pima Arts Council Dance grant, and two Pushcart Prize nominations. She is the founder and curator of the innovative, diverse Edge Reading Series for Emerging and Younger Writers, in its eighth year and newly housed & affiliated with ZUZI! at The Historic Y, as of July 2015.

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