November 5 – 7

Weekend Immersion: Hand Balancing

About this Immersion

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!

Chris Gatti

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.

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