Workshops and Events

Dr. Emily Scherb educates circus artists in how to correctly train their bodies to be strong and mobile while limiting injury. She teaches practical workshops that are accessible for recreational and performing artists, provides deeper instruction in teacher trainings, and explores the science of circus-specific movement biomechanics with medical and healthcare professionals.

In her trainings, you will learn how the body can accomplish amazing circus skills, what good form looks like, and why using good form is the best way to stay safe and build skills.

Each of these workshops is tailored to her audience and their desired outcome: gaining skills and mobility, understanding and correcting form, identifying movement pattern dysfunctions, or getting injured artists back to training.

Types of Trainings

Performing Artists

Learn how the body works and improve your exercise and training plans, while preventing injury.

  • Perform Forever – full day course
  • Save Your Shoulders
  • Finding Your Hollow Body
  • Hip something cool

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Teacher Trainings

Understanding the biomechanics and purpose of circus-specific movements and aid structuring class and schedules.

  • Aerial Shoulder – hanging
  • Aerial core and Hip – inversions

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Medical & Healthcare Professionals

Con ed credit offered/ceus

Learn about this growing patient niche and their specific needs. Speak the language of aerial artists and gain their confidence by understanding common movement faults and treatment cues.

  • Movement Analysis and treatment of Aerial Artists

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Don’t see a date or location that works for you? Contact Emily for details on setting up a course near you.

Upcoming Workshops & Events

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Aug 21, 2018 | 7-9pm

Book Release Party and Pre-Sale

Third Place Books Ravenna, Seattle

Join Emily in advance of the release of her new book and be the first to have a copy of the first anatomy book specifically for aerialists.

Sep 15, 2018

Evaluation and Treatment of Aerial Artists

Los Angeles area, TBD

Continuing education for healthcare professionals

Oct 4, 2018 | Full-day workshop

Aerial Anatomy for Circus Instructors

Sky Gym in Atlanta, GA

Oct 5, 2018

American Circus Educators Conference

Decatur, GA

Emily will be educating the educators about how to teach circus with the “body in mind” at this biennial event. She will be focusing on the anatomy and coordination specific to circus performers to ensure performance longevity and to reduce injury.

Past Workshops

Feb 25, 2018 – Fly Circus Space – A full day of learning the “WHY” of aerial arts. Understanding the why behind the form and technique used in aerial training including, hanging, hollow bodies, inversions, and high level skills. The anatomy of the body holds the answers. Broken into three sessions, hip, shoulder and injury prevention this will be one day of packed learning!

Jul 9, 2017 – Sky Gym – A six hour immersive anatomy workshop for aerial artists. Prevent injury and improve performance by understanding how your body moves. Work with your body as you uncover how the shoulders, core, and hips interact to move you through space, support your weight, and achieve greater flexibility through proper mechanics.

Apr 9, 2017 – Evaluation and Treatment of Circus Artists – A 4 hour course for physical therapists and other health practitioners during which we will analyze common movements in circus arts from hanging to inversions and skin the cat. Participants will learn to recognize compensations and ways to treat clients before these patterns turn into injuries.

Apr 8, 2017 – Esh Circus Arts – A two session course at Esh Circus Arts with a focus on injury prevention and anatomy of the hip and shoulder.

Dec 11, 2016 – Perform Forever: From Hanging to Handstands – Right here in SEATTLE! Do you swing through the air or stand on your hands? You can prevent injury and improve performance by understanding how your body moves. Work with your body as you uncover how the shoulders, core, and hips interact to move you through space, support your weight, and achieve greater flexibility through proper mechanics.

Aug 2016 – Cirque School LA – Anatomy and injury prevention education for Cirque School LA’s instructors and intensive students.

Nov 6-9, 2014 – CircusFest Vancouver – Emily will be speaking to circus performers in Vancouver about their anatomy, how it adapts to the unique stresses of circus arts, and how they can stay injury free.

Sep 2014 – Aloft Loft – Anatomy education for Aloft’s full time students and staff.

Jan 10, 2014 – Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival – Emily Scherb spoke on functional anatomy for aerialists as part of lectures organized by Circus Now.

Aug 16, 2012 – American Youth Circus Organization Educators Convention 2012 – FUNctional Anatomy: A lecture for circus educators from around the country on the anatomy of a circus performer and the relationship of anatomical form and function.