March 5 – 6

Weekend Immersion: Group Acrobatics – Toss Technique

About this Immersion

Otherwise known as “toss the flyer,” toss is a unique group acrobatic discipline involving teamwork, rhythm, coordination, and fun! Based around swinging people like human skipping ropes and passing, throwing and catching them in various positions, this skill is a great complement to many other acrobatic disciplines.

In this technique-focused intensive, we will concentrate on three fundamental movements of toss: basket tossing, natural swing, and sit swing. We’ll spend the first part of the intensive refining technique and building group connection. Once we’ve established a solid technical foundation, we will explore a range of skills based on each fundamental movement.



Early Bird Discount:
Get the special $325 early bird price if you register before February 11th!

Tim Ellis, Roger May, Ellen Waylonis

18 and up.

Saturday: 12-3 pm & 3:30 – 6 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 12:30 pm & 1:30 – 4 pm

Students registering for this intensive must have some previous experience with partner work. Experience and comfort with basic counterbalances (such as thigh stand) and two-high/standing on shoulders is required. This intensive is not appropriate for folks with current back, shoulder, or knee injuries.


After graduating from Vassar College with a degree in theatrical lighting design, Tim Ellis moved to Boston with the circus and fire arts troupe A Different Spin and quickly developed a strong relationship with the Boston circus community as a juggler, acrobat and fire arts performer. In addition to touring nationally and internationally with A Different Spin, Tim works with the Boston Circus Guild as a performer, writer, vocalist, and choreographer. He teaches partner acrobatics, juggling, and youth circus classes at Esh Circus Arts in Somerville, MA.

Roger May is a circus artist with more than a decade of experience in juggling, acrobatics, and hand balancing. He has performed on stages across the country, been featured in instructional videos, and taught workshops from Boston to California to Spain. Roger is a graduate of the New England Center for Circus Arts’ professional track program. He is a co-owner and instructor at Esh Circus Arts in Somerville, MA.

As a circus educator, Ellen Waylonis is passionate about building a culture of inclusion and consent. Her teaching draws from a diverse background in weight lifting, dance, acrobatics, physical theater, and functional anatomy. Ellen is a founding member and frequent performer with the Boston Circus Guild, and has toured nationally with Cirque Productions, the BCG, and her own company, Off the Ground Circus. In 2021 she received a LAB Grant from the Boston Foundation as part of a five-member aerial ensemble. Ellen is a graduate of the professional program at the New England Center for Circus Arts, and is a co-owner and instructor at Esh Circus Arts in Somerville, MA.

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