Convergence Acro Festival
June 14-16, 2018, London, Canada
Convergence Acro Festival is a celebration of acrobatic movement: Partner Acrobatics, AcroYoga, Cheerleading, Handbalancing, Tumbling, & more! Featuring teachers from over 14 cities across the south-eastern Great Lakes area and beyond, 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 experience levels 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, interest, and experience. It is a safe and inclusive event for all respectful human beings.
WHAT'S NEW FROM LAST YEAR?
1) A Day-Long Intensive on Friday with Blox Acrobatics and Christine Moonbeam! Check it out HERE.
2) A Friday night Jam open to EVERYONE registered for any part of the festival!
3) Main Festival schedule has been adjusted to make space for MORE ACRO!
VENUE: Power Cheer Gym: 580 Quebec St, London, Ontario
INVESTMENT (all prices in CAD $):
SOLD OUT ~ FIRST 5 FLASH SALE ----> $150 All 3 Days* / $100 Any 2 Days
~ EARLY BIRD (APRIL 30) ----> $200 All 3 days / $130 Any 2 days/ $70 Any Single Day
~ LAZY BIRD (MAY 30) ----> $215 All 3 days / $145 Any 2 days / $80 Any Single Day
~ REGULAR PRICE** ----> $230 All 3 days / $160 Any 2 days/ $90 Any Single Day
*You MUST meet the prerequisites to take the daylong intensive, Friday June 14th.
**Paying At the Door is cash or eTransfer only (no cards)
***All refunds subject to a $10 processing fee. No refunds after June 13th.
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.
Friday, June 14th ~ Day-Long intensive
11:00 - 2:00 ~ Day-Long intensive
2:00 - 4:00 ~ Lunch
4:00-7:00 ~ Day-Long intensive continued
7:00 - 8:45 ~ Dinner
8:45 - 10:30 ~ Jam & Exchange Open to all Convergence participants.
Saturday, June 15th
9:00 - 10:00 ~ Arrival & Registration
10:00 - 11:00 ~ Opening Ceremony
11:00 - 1:00 ~ Session 1
1:00 - 2:45 ~ Lunch
2:45 - 4:45 ~ Session 2
5:00 - 7:00 ~ Session 3
7:00 - 8:45 ~ Dinner
8:45 - 10:30 ~ Jam & Exchange Open to all Convergence participants.
Sunday, June 16th
9:00 - 10:00 ~ Arrival & Registration
10:00 - 12:00 ~ Session 4
12:00 - 1:45 ~ Lunch
1:45 - 3:45 ~ Session 5
4:00 - 6:00 ~ Session 6
6:00 - 6:30 ~ Closing Ceremony
No Partner Required: Part of the magic of Acro is that we train it as a 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 mostly populated by adults, children are welcome at this event provided anyone under the age of 16 is accompanied by a supervising adult.
Parking: There is lots of parking at the gym. Please consider carpooling, public transportation, or human-powered means of arrival.
Food: Food: Petojo Food & Catering will be selling delicious and nutritious food during the event. If you prefer to venture out, the gym is a 15-20 minute walk to several food options including restaurants and grocery stores. Downtown is a short drive away.
Accommodation: Crash with a local, stay in an Airbnb, grab a hotel.
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 bring a yoga mat.
Still have Questions? BloxAcrobatics@gmail.com
TEACHERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON, THESE WERE THE 2018 TEACHERS!!!
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 | 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, preformingwith 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.
ST. THOMAS | Chloe Braun is a local to London and St.Thomas. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher teaching classes in and around London and area. She has background in Massage Therapy, Bamboo Massage and Thai Massage training. Chloe has a background in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She is a fitness instructor for the YMCA. Chloe is a certified Acrobatics Trainer as well as Acro Yoga Int. Acrofit certified. Her passion lies in helping people realize their true potential and allowing them to unlock the unwavering joy they posses within themself. Acro has become a huge part of her life over the last year after falling in love with it during YTT training. Together with her partner they created Anahata Acro and now spreads the gift of Acro through classes and workshops in the London area. | Rob Johnston better known as Acro Rob is a certified Acrobatics trainer as well as an Acro Yoga Int. Acrofit teacher. Rob has been studying fitness and nutrition for the better part of his life and after years of strength training it resulted in a debilitating injury. He turned to yoga to help mannage the chronic pain and in doing so discovered the empowering magic of acro yoga. Acro has changed Rob's perspective on traditional workouts and what the human body especially when connected with another is truly capable of. He now spends his time training acro and inversions and makes up one half of Anahata Acro. Rob shares his passion for acro in and around London offering classes and workshops with his partner Chloe.
TORONTO | Anya first discovered Acro on the Green at the Original Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, the mecca of Acro. In awe of the acrobats she watched from afar, she let herself be convinced to give it a try despite the fact that she had absolutely no experience in acrobatics or gymnastics. Placing her trust in a complete stranger, she went for her first flight and got immediately hooked right then and there. Anya has since trained with Acro Revolution and thrives to spread her love partner acrobatics. | Berkley had been searching much of his life for the right way to move, and after many misadventures, acroyoga found him. And so his pursuit turned to practice and he found himself surprised again and again by the secrets hidden within and between our bodies. Sometimes he L-bases, but mostly he likes games and challenges and thinking outside the box.
WOODSTOCK | About Arise True: Through their passion and mutual love of AcroYoga Amanda Lovie, Erin Miller and Patrick Whitehead make up th is teaching trio. Erin & Patrick have completed an elemental, two solar immersions, and the AcroFit Training through AcroYoga International. Sharing their love of practice with their friend and fellow yogi Amanda. Together, they were certified to teach through AcroYoga 360 in Toronto, ON. It is their belief AcroYoga brings people together in commUNITY, and through this practice we can uncover our limitless potential & boundless joy!
ROCHESTER | Dr. Joanne Wu is a practicing rehabilitation medicine doctor, reiki practitioner and acupuncturist who has been teaching wellness and fitness for over 15years. She was a competitive triathlete and marathoner for 5 years. Combining her health training and sports background, she has taught a variety of movement and sports including yoga, aerial yoga, acroyoga, trx, spinning, barre, pilates and more. She is passionate about inspiring a healthful movement. For Acro, she is certified with Acroyoga, Acro Revolution, and SeattleAcro. Her interests in acro teaching as a ladybasefly includes intermediate spinning washing machines, pops, and slacro. She currently resides in Rochester, NY, and is owner of Fit2bwell Health, a wellness consulting company. In addition, she is a co-owner and instructor of Up! Aerial Fitness in Buffalo, NY.
CHICAGO | Paula has been practicing and building within the AcroYoga community in Chicago since 2009. After multiple AcroYoga trainings she dove deep into the world of Therapeutics, mostly through Thai Bodywork. She is currently teaching weekly classes in the Windy City and assisting a Thai Bodywork program with her teacher. Learn more about her offerings at www.paulabui.com