Flying High and Acting UP!


with Amanda Durnell and Nicole Dagesse


Week 3: July 13-17 with Nicole Dagesse

Week 4: August 3-7 with Amanda Durnell

2pm - 5pm daily

$200 for the week

Limited to 12 students

Call 919-933-9642 to register your child,

or sign-up online


In this week of high flying adventure, students will learn basic aerial fabric and trapeze skills as well as improvisational and performance techniques.  Throughout the week, students will work together to create a themed performance to present at the culmination of the camp.  In the past, themes have included The Hero Myth, Bridge Building, Dreams, Elements, and Pirates.  They will develop characters, movement, and basic costumes to help bring their aerial story to life.  

No experience necessary, students will work in groups based on ability.



Movement Introductions and Warm Up

Fabric basics and conditioning

Improvise with figure 8 footlock

Brainstorm and choose theme for performance

Movement exploration based on the theme Trapeze basics with a partner

Tuesday: Team Building Warm Up

Review Trapeze partnering and continue with new material

Divide into small groups to create original choreography based on chosen characters

Fabric Technique

Knot Improvisation

Yoga and Relaxation


Conditioning Warm UP

Fabric Technique Work in small groups to continue choreography

Share what you've created with the group

Practice Trapeze Partnering

Movement Games

Thursday: Team Building Warm Up

Finish sections of choreography

Create costumes

Run finished sections

Fabric Technique

Yoga Meditation and Relaxation


Group Warm Up

Final touches

Run performance

Improvisation Games
Amanda Durnell received her education in Aerial Fabric and Static Trapeze from the New England Center for Circus Arts in Vermont. She studied with Elsie and Serenity Smith (the Trap Twins) formerly of the Cirque Du Soleil, and continues to focus on the foundations of teacher trainings in Aerial Acrobatics. In addition to her trainings at the New England Center for Circus Arts, Amanda furthered her studies in LABAN Movement under Susan Murphy, she completed Flying Trapeze School at Trapeze High in San Diego, CA, and accomplished an Master Aerial Silks program at the Orlando Circus School in FL. She has a genuine love and passion for performing, teaching children, and helping others pursue their goals in acrobatic fitness.

Nicole Dagesse has an MFA in dance, and is a 500hr RYT. She teaches a Vinyasa Yoga style class that explores physical alignment and energetic embodiment in the flow. Nicole helps students re-engage with the power of the moving body in a sustainable practice. From the beginner to the advanced practitioner, she finds great joy in witnessing the progression of her students as they navigate the weaving together of mind, body and spirit. She also has developed workshops that emphasize the chakras, as well as Wildwomen Workshops that are designed to help access the divine feminine and the wild nature of the soul, through movement, breath work, kriyas, and myth. Nicole also teaches Aerial Dance, having taught at Frequent Flyers Productions in Boulder, Co. She is especially interested in specializing in fabric foundations and technique, as well as choreography and improvisation in the air. Email Nicole and visit her website.



Nicole Dagesse, Aerial Dance Teacher