The Actors Gymnasium
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Start your year off flexibly at the Actors Gymnasium
EVANSTON, IL - Following the New Year, The Actors Gymnasium has a special set of workshops taught by the "incomparable acrobat" from Texas, Daniel Patrick. Two workshops are available, Creativity using Flexibility and Flexibility with the Corde Lisse, with the option to take both with the visiting artist.

Staff at The Actors Gymnasium anticipate that this workshop will fill quickly, so register now! Interested students can find out more information and register here.

The first workshop provides a great foundation in active, strength- based flexibility. Students explore both solo and partner stretching while focusing on using the breath as a training tool to minimize the pressure on the body's joints and muscles. The class has a strong emphasis on form and posture while spending time working all splits (right, left, and middle), both forward and back bending, shoulder and neck mobility, as well as feet and wrist function. 

The second workshop is designed for students with a higher level of flexibility, and looks at ways to manipulate the rope to create contortion shapes in the air. Traditional tricks are explored with a focus on how to add intensive flexibility to the shape; as well, students will learn how to use contortion knowledge leading in and/or out of specific wraps and drop sets to provide options for greater transitional movements. 

About the Instructor: 
Specializing in Flexibility, Hand Balancing, and Aerial Rope, Daniel Patrick comes from the hills of New England where he began his journey of circus arts at the age of twenty-two. Spending three years in a professional development program, this silly-natured guy tested his physical capabilities by training with hand balancing and contortion coach, Sellam Ouahabi as well as Cirque du Soleil twins, Elsie and Serenity Smith, gaining a strong understanding of both aerial and ground acrobatic technique. 

Upon graduating from the New England Center for Circus Arts, Daniel has found success working for a variety of events with Nimble Arts, Cirque Imagination, and SHOW Circus Studio presenting his mysterious hand balancing routine and charismatic rope act. With the Boston Circus Guild he was a core performer in their popular Speakeasy Circus production and later was accepted to work with the Santa Fe Opera in the modern version of Carmen as an acrobatic club-goer and smuggler. 

Now working with Aerial Horizon (based in San Antonio, TX) as a teacher and performer, Daniel continues to develop his skills and choreography creating artistic performance with a contemporary style.
The Actors Gymnasium is located at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL - just off of the Noyes purple line 'L' stop. The Noyes Cultural Arts Center is owned by the City of Evanston and home to over 20 artists and arts organizations offering music, theater, and visual arts programs and studios. The galleries exhibit local artists, with exhibitions changing every two months.
Actors Gymnasium classes are taught in a 3,000 sq/ft gymnasium space that features a 1,600 sq/ft sprung floor and a fully rigged 24 foot ceiling. All aerial equipment such as the Aerial Hoop, Spanish Web, aerial silks, static trapeze and more are provided, as well as the equipment for ground skills such as unicycling, juggling, tight wire and gymnastics. Starting Fall Session 2015 additionally classes will be taught in Studio 108, a 900 sq/ft classroom space that features a floating sprung White Oak dance floor, a fully rigged 14 foot ceiling, a handstand wall, conditioning ladders, and room length 12 foot mirrors for aerial work.

About The Actors Gymnasium:
The Actors Gymnasium is dedicated to bringing a new physicality to the American Theatre. Encouraging ground-breaking theatrical exploration, The Actors Gymnasium teaches circus arts, physical theatre and multi-disciplinary performance to children and adults; produces original, daring works of circus-theatre; and serves as a talent resource, providing performance opportunities to our students and innovative professional event entertainment for a wider audience. At The Actors Gymnasium, people Learn To Fly - physically, emotionally, and creatively. For more information, please visit