Workshops

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De Leon Cirque Fest 2020 workshops:

Saturday, February 15

9:00am – 10:30am

Hammock w/Matthew Armenta – “It’s a Wrap”

Matthew Armenta is a Professional Aerial Artist/Studio Manager/Head Trainer for American Acrobats Performing Arts and Fitness. In this role, Matthew not only ensures the studio runs properly, but leads workshops and classes to clients within the studio. A big believer that circus is for anyone Matthew supports that aerial is for anybody with ANYbody. Matthew is a Highly Qualified Performer with 10 Years of training under his belt. He has performed both nationally as well as internationally. Noted performances/Clients include: NCIS Wrap Party, LA Travel Magazine, Vanessa Hudgens. Matthew Has been teaching for 6 years. Before working with AAPAF, Matthew was the head coach with Encore High School Riverside’s Circus Department.

10:30am – 12:00pm

Corde Lisse with Victor Flores

After competing in and coaching high level competitive artistic gymnastics, Victor Flores performed in various cirque-style shows, like Cirque de la Mer, Blue Horizons, and World Rhythms on Ice at Sea World San Diego. He and his wife, Nicole Flores, started an acrobatic entertainment company called De Leon Productions over 10 years ago, which has done special event entertainment all over the USA. Over 10 years ago, they began developing the De Leon Aerial Teacher Certification program, a progressive aerial program that emphasizes safe progressions from beginner to professional. They started teaching classes based on this unique program in 2010, then they opened their first stand alone location, De Leon Dynamics, in 2014. Since then, they have built extremely successful Demo and Competition Teams who boast over 70 top 3 placing wins at competitions like WCAAF and VivaFest.

12:00pm – 1:30pm

DUO Straps with Reed Kelly

Originally trained at Larkin Dance Studio, The Juilliard School, and American Ballet Theater. Reed Kelly grew up in dance competition as a USA national title winner multiple times over. His professional career has spanned twenty-two years, working professionally in Film / TV / Commercial / Circus and has worked on twelve Broadway shows. Some favorite Broadway credits include: the first four years of “Wicked”; getting to play the role of Spider-man in “Spider-man: Turn Off The Dark”, and most recently as a cast member and Dance Captain for Cirque du Soleil’s “Paramour”; which he then went on to be the Associate Director / Associate Choreographer for the recasting of Cirque du Soleil’s “Paramour -Hamburg”. He was also a fan-favorite castaway on CBS’s hit TV reality competition show, “Survivor”.

Circus has been a through-line throughout Reed’s career, initially starting out on silks, static trapeze, and harness work. He then trained straps with world renowned coaches: Victor Fomine, Yury Bozyan, Sergey Volodin and artistically with Sarah Poole and a litany of others though his artistic residency with Cirque du Soleil at IHQ; and with choreographer Kevin Maher in Strut and Fret’s production of “Blanc de Blanc Encore” at the Sydney Opera House as a straps soloist and cast member. He is also one half of the aerial straps duo originally formed by Cirque du Soleil, “Two Fathoms”, known for their high-level technique infused with innovative composition and classic lines.

Sunday, February 16

9:00am – 10:30am

Hammock with Mayzee Supak

Mayzee has placed 1st at VivaFest and West Coast Aerial Arts Festival with her phenomenal aerial hammock routines. She currently teaches aerial hammock at De Leon Dynamics from the beginner level to the advanced level and co-coaches the De Leon Dynamics Demo Team with Nicole Flores.

9:00am – 10:30am

Lyra with Jessa Mendoza

Jessa Mendoza’s years of dancing and choreographing helped her transition into the aerial, circus and pole industry with ease. Jessa has created, choreographed and directed countless winning pieces throughout her career in dance as well as the circus industry. Jessa also serves as a judge for both the dance and Pole fitness industry. Jessa continues to grow her skills by training with the top professionals in the dance, aerial and pole fields.

In 2015 Jessa opened Rok Your Assetz Fitness Aerial training center with her husband and grew the business into one of the top aerial training centers located in Orange Cty, Ca. With her love and passion for the arts, Jessa decided to sell RyA fitness in 2017 and return back to her roots in teaching kids and teenagers dance and aerial arts.

She joined South Coast Conservatory located in Orange County as the artistic director for the Aerial Arts program, as well as a master dance teacher. Jessa’s main focus is to train students from age 5- adult and help them develop training skills that will one day lead them into the professional circus industry. Jessa is the head coach for the competition team and production coordinator of all Aerial events for SCC. Jessa Mendoza specializes in pole fitness, aerial silks, hoop, hammock, cube, contortion, hand balancing, acro and acro partnering.

10:30am – 12:00pm

Contortion + Hand Balancing with Jessa Mendoza
 

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Aerial Straps with Reed Kelly

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