These sessions will be led by the renowned Pixie Le Knot or Claudia Hughes, two of the UK's most flexible and well-known contortionists. You will learn the basics of contortion & handstands, including bridges/backbends, splits, walkovers and chest stands, while showing how best to train your body safely and effectively. This is a fantastic class to take alongside any of our other courses, as many of the techniques learnt can be transferred into aerial and floor based acrobatic disciplines.
What is Contortion?
Contortion is a performance art in which the performer (contortionist) showcases their skills of extreme physical flexibility. Contortion acts showcase one or more artists performing a choreographed set of moves or poses, often to music, which require extreme flexibility. The physical flexibility required to perform such acts requires consistent practice and training. It is the dramatic feats of seemingly inhuman flexibility that captivate audiences. In some countries, such as Russia and Mongolia, contortion holds special cultural significance.
The history of Contortion
Instructor: Pixie Le Knot / Claudia Hughes / Adrian Martel
Saturday 1:15PM - 2:45PM
Saturday 2:45PM - 5:45PM
Max number of students: 8
Min number of students: 2
£20 / £40 — Single Class Drop-In
£65 / £150 — 4 Week Course
What to wear
Wear comfy, stretchy clothing that does not restrict your movement. Close fitting items are ideal as baggy or flared bottoms and tops can get caught or tangled which can be a hazard to you and others so avoid these.
Backs of knees, elbows, wrists, backs and hips are prone to bumps and bruises when training. Wearing multiple layers helps to reduce this, along with leg warmers, leotards, long socks and gaiters/jazz boots. You also want a top that will cover your midriff without riding up, or that you can tuck in.
Please remove all jewellery and watches, and tie long hair back.