Convergence Acro Festival
June 16 & 17, 2018, London, Canada
Convergence Acro Festival is a celebration of acrobatic movement: Partner Acrobatics, AcroYoga, Cheerleading, Handbalancing, Tumbling, & more! Featuring teachers from all over the south-eastern Great Lakes area, it is an opportunity for different movement communities to converge, connect, and discover what’s possible through the sharing of skills & smiles.
WHO IS THIS FESTIVAL FOR?
Movers of all shapes, sizes, and interests welcome! This festival is for total beginners to advanced practitioners. Multiple workshops with different skill level requirements (prerequisites) will be offered simultaneously to accommodate the diversity of skill and experience. It is a safe and inclusive event for all respectful human beings.
VENUE: Power Cheer Gym: 580 Quebec St, London, Ontario
INVESTMENT (all prices in CAD $):
~ Super Early Bird (Feb 28): $120 Full Event / $75 Single Day
~ Early Bird (May 31): $140 Full Event / $85 Single Day
~ Regular Price & *At The Door: $160 Full Event / $95 Single Day
*At the Door is cash only
Each session will include multiple workshop offerings, as well as a free-training area called 'Rebel Island'. A longe/spotting belt will be available for approved users.
Saturday, June 16th
11:00 - 12:00 ~ Arrival & Registration
12:00 - 1:00 ~ Opening Ceremony
1:00 - 3:00 ~ Session 1
3:00 - 3:30 ~ Snack Break
3:30 - 5:30 ~ Session 2
5:30 - 7:15 ~ Dinner
7:15 - 9:30 ~ Acro Jam & Exchange
Sunday, June 17th
9:00 - 10:00 ~ Arrival & Registration
10:00 - 12:00 ~ Session 3
12:00 - 1:45 ~ Lunch
1:45 - 3:45 ~ Session 4
3:45 - 4:00 ~ Short Break
4:00 - 6:00 ~ Session 5
6:00 - 6:30 ~ Closing Ceremony
No partner required: Part of the magic of Acro is that we train it as community. Groups will consist of 3 or more to ensure a base, flyer, and spotter. Groups often change throughout a workshop session so you'll make many new friends to climb on.
Children: Although the Acro scene is most populated by adults, children are welcome at this event provided anyone under the age of 14 is accompanied by a supervising adult.
Parking: There is lots of parking at the gym, however, if the lot is full please find street parking around the side streets of the neighbourhood. Please consider carpooling, public transportation, or human-powered means of arrival.
Food: Located in the Old East Village, The gym is a 15-20 minute walk to several food options including restaurants and grocery stores. The intention is to also have high quality food vendors at the event - details to come.
Accommodation: Crash with a local, stay in an Airbnb OR enjoy a Convergence's group rate discount at either the Holiday Inn Express downtown or Fanshawe College residences. Information and booking here: https://app.sport-travel.com/Tournaments/HotelList_Results_sr.php?eventid=8738
What should I bring?: 1. Anyone else you think might enjoy this event! (No partner required) 2. Comfortable clothes for movement, ideally not loose/baggy. 3. A water bottle. 4. You do NOT need to being a yoga mat.
Still have Questions? BloxAcrobatics@Gmail.com
Our teachers are all highly trained, well-respected members of their local and/or the greater Acro community. See what's possible when you put your faith in them to guide you!
LONDON | Ellio Blox, known here in his home town as Ben Haffie, is the founder of Convergence Acro Festival. A full-time world-traveling teacher with his company Blox Acrobatics, he offers intelligent teaching on a deep bag of tricks. Blox is a coach at Pitch Catch Circus School of Acrobatics in Asheville, NC, is a member of the Partner Acrobatics teaching team on intensives and teacher trainings, and has performed partner acrobatics across North America and the Caribbean with his performing arts and production company, Acrodisiac. Rooted in many years of pedagogic study, acrobatics training under world-class teachers since 2010, and a commitment to health and happiness, Blox is a powerful resource for acrobatic advancement and personal growth.
DETROIT | Fascination for yoga, body mechanics, movement arts, and glitter led Veronica to begin studying aerial dance, hooping, and partner acrobatics. Trained to teach Partner Acro by Lux Sternstein and certified by Acro Revolution, her teaching style is inclusive, logical, accessible, and fun. Veronica has been teaching yoga, pilates, tae kwon do and conditioning classes for over 15 years, and her extensive study of anatomy, physics, and alignment informs her teaching style. Anthony is a circus performer, hand balancer, acrobat, juggler, tumbling coach and retired professional cheerleader. He is a recent graduate of the Pitch Catch program. Veronica and Anthony have been training, teaching, and performing together for over 5 years and are so excited to bring newly created material to the festival
KITCHENER-WATERLOO | Jen, along with her partner Mike, are Kitchener-Waterloo's first and only AcroYoga instructors. They wanted to grow a community and started teaching classes at Grand River Rocks in 2014. Jen has been teaching all sorts of yoga since 2010. She has nearly 1000 hours of training, including an Elemental and two Solar Immersions through AcroYoga International, AcroFit certification and AcroYoga360 certification.
BUFFALO | Ben was first introduced to the Buffalo circus community at a Circus skill share night - people shared their love of acroyoga, juggling, fire spinning, and hooping. He has taught acroyoga and standing acrobatics in Buffalo, Rochester, and several other cities in the northeast. He has a teaching certification from Acro Revolution and has additional trainings from New York City, Portland, Montreal, Boston, Chicago, Mexico City, and wherever good teachers can be found. | Emilee is passionate and driven in her study of yoga. A natural and inspired instructor, Emilee is eager to share her love for the wisdom of this profound healing art. Her appreciation of the teachings of hatha yoga led her to teacher training in 2014 at the Himalayan Institute where she earned her RYT-200 certification. In 2017, she completed the SeattleAcro Teacher Training where she learned the skills of growing a community and teaching students of acrobatics. She is also an active member of the AcroYoga Buffalo group, where she practices, performs, and travels to grow her skills in this playful style.
WINDSOR | Tony Vendrasco. Training primarily with James Heugh from Amherstburg (as seen on America’s Got Talent, preforming
with Acro Army), James had transferred his passion of standing acro to me. Even though James has
moved to L.A. to train full time, I’ve kept busy teaching and training around the area and visiting Ann
Arbour, Detroit, Woodstock and Waterloo region trying to better my game. Training 2-3 times a week
with various people has given me a sense of how to base most types of standing acrobatic poses but also
the opportunity to fly most poses. My passion for this form of movement is readily transferred to most
that meet me.
ANN ARBOR | Jim Gilligan wants to turn your world upside down! He Founded AcroYoga Ann Arbor in 2012 and teaches playshops across the U.S. and internationally and weekly classes locally.
GUELPH | Sam and Steve are certified yoga and Partner Acrobatics teachers, from Guelph, Ontario. With a collective background in various disciplines of movement including dance, martial arts, and competitive sports, they are passionate about delving deeper into their acro practice in strong yet fluid ways. Acro has allowed them to travel and connect with diverse communities as well as learn from some of the best worldwide. As teachers, they thrive on the opportunity to help their students accomplish things that they never imagined possible!
BARRIE | Cedar and Savannah are a dynamic mother daughter duo. Savannah has 11 years of competitive cheerleading, dance, and gymnastics experience. Cedar has a background in gymnastics and found Acro Yoga just over 6 years ago. Cedar is a YogaSlacker and VanCity Acro Teacher. Together these two love that their fused passion plays a role in their relationship and in their daily lives. The two of them travelled Canada in a Van last summer and taught workshops and at Festivals. As Savannah says Acro yoga has combined all our passions into ONE activity, it has opened up whole other world of challenges, skill and strength development, overall self growth and the opportunity to build relationships with the foundation of trust. Savannah is a lover of handstands, hugs, the occasional back flip, creative movement and living a life of GRATITUDE. Cedar is also the co-founder of the ACRO YOGA UNITY Festival in the interior of BC, a Yoga instructor, nature lover and handstand addict. They are best friends, and partners in movement. Together they are beyond stoked to be teaching together in their home province of Ontario.