Workshops

De Leon Cirque Fest 2022 Workshops

Brennan Figari is an aerial artist, aerial choreographer, and trainer. He has spent over half his life captivating and entertaining millions world wide. He currently lives in Berlin and is the acrobatic coach and choreographer at Friedrichstadt-Palast, one of the largest shows in Europe.
 
As a freelance aerialist Brennan has performed for a variety of companies and events. Some of these include America’s Got Talent, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Wintergarten Varieté, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Google, Emirates Airlines, P&O Cruises, Sea World San Diego, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and many more.

For five years and over 1,000 shows, Brennan traveled with the equestrian performance company Cavalia, as an aerial hoop soloist and rotating pole specialist in their show Odysseo. Heavily involved in its creation, Brennan traveled under the largest touring big top in the world and frequently acted as a company spokesperson for media events and special tours.
 

Advanced Skills on Aerial Silks

Friday, February 18 from 3:30 – 5:15pm (please arrive 15 minutes early to warm up independently)

Brennan is a master of fun and intricate aerial silks skills – come learn intermediate and advanced level skills from one of the best!

Aerial Artistry on Mixed Apparatuses

Friday, February 18 from 5:30 – 7:15pm (please arrive 15 minutes early to warm up independently)

Bring your favorite apparatus (or use one of ours) and have fun with Brennan exploring creative artistry for aerialists.


Julie Marshall transitioned from “obnoxious kid who liked playing dress up” to “full-fledged performer” at age twelve. Getting her start in theatre, she began training circus in her late teens and has gone non-stop ever since. She has performed everywhere from equity house theatres and cruise ships to circus tents and riverboats (and a lot of places in between).

Julie received her technical training in Montreal, QC under coaches Genevieve Bassette, Irene Purscke, Sergey Volodin, and Victor Fomine. Her specialty (and continual love-hate relationship with) is aerial hoop, but has done all aerial mediums (although to be fair, not all of them well).
When she’s not haphazardly pinballing around the USA, Julie resides in Las Vegas.

Aerial Hoop Technique

This workshop focuses on proper aerial hoop skill, and the building blocks/fundamentals/cheat codes to being able to create flowing choreography and personal style. The first half will explore how to “hack” the basics in order to create fluency on the apparatus, and the second half will focus on the basics of starting spins from various points on the hoop and the ground.

Monday, February 21 from 10:00 – 11:30am (please arrive 15 minutes early to warm up independently)

Aerial Hoop Spinning

This workshop will go over the basics of starting, maintaining, and moving through mid and high speed hoop spins. Using body awareness, points of contact, and apparatus fluency, participants will learn how to move through spins in order to speed them up, slow them down, and create sequences and transitions through (instead of against) the centrifugal force of the hoop.

Monday, February 21 from 12:00 – 1:30pm (please arrive 15 minutes early to warm up independently)