Expand your handstand practice in both breadth and depth with an instructor who is truly in love with the art of standing on your hands. This workshop will begin with a focus on refining foundational and essential technical aspects of the handstand. We will then explore a variety of topics including: positions and movement, handstand-related flexibility, artistic expression, restoration techniques, one arm handstands, and strengthening exercises to develop a well-rounded handstand practice. Additional topics may be included depending on the interest of the participants.
Early Bird Discount:
Get the special $325 early bird price if you register before October 15th!
18 and up.
Friday 530 – 830pm
Saturday 10am – 1pm & 2 – 4pm
Sunday 10am – 1pm
This workshop is suitable for intermediate and advanced handbalancers that regularly train handstands. Participants should be able to consistently perform a 30 second freestanding handstand (unspotted, no wall), and should have at least a 1 minute handstand against the wall.
Chris Gatti is a gymnast-turned-acrobat that likes to think. He grew up and trained as a gymnast in Massachusetts and went on to compete for the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He studied engineering and obtained a BSE in mechanical engineering, went onto grad school for an MSE in biomedical engineering, and then completed a PhD at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Following the completion of his PhD, he opted for circus over a more traditional route. He’s performed on Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo for both the big top and area tours, he’s been head coach on Cirque du Soleil’s Volta, and he’s a consultant for various circus-related projects. He currently splits his time between coaching at NECCA, academic editing, and entertaining some independent research projects.