Saturday 7th of December 2019. BACKBENDING WORKSHOP.
The main focus of this workshop is back flexibility and strength. We will cover the basics of backbends, with a focus on the correct technique in order to prevent injuries while improving our flexibility, strength and control. We will start with a dynamic warm up to mobilise the whole body, with special attention to our neck, shoulders, spine and hips while we will work our core muscles to provide the needed stability and protection. We will go through a variety of active flexibility drills targeting those areas in order to build up the engagement of the surrounding, supporting muscles. Both active and passive flexibility exercises will be used to reach our maximum range of motion in the spine and extend it even more through a variety of progressions. The focus will always be on deepening our backbending practice safely. At the end we will finish with a series of relaxation exercises that focus on releasing tension from the spine.
This workshop is open to all levels and all movement backgrounds are welcome. All you need to do is to bring your beautiful body and enthusiasm backbends.
Elli Skourogianni is a circus artist based in the Netherlands, specialized in contortion/flexibility, handbalancing and aerial hoop. Started her career as a rhythmic gymnast and now has a coaching degree from the British Gymnastics Foundation. Fell in love with circus accidentally in Scotland and started her performing arts journey at CODARTS University of the Arts in Rotterdam after finishing the MA Architecture degree which she was attending at the time. Since then she has performed for various events and festivals (such as the BigDay, Korzo and Saristra festivals) and teaches her disciplines to a wide audience varying from kids to professionals.
You can see more of her work and journey by following her on instagram @ellie_skourogianni