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Aerial Acrobatics Workshop

Cherilynn Stone of East High School takes a turn on the lyra, or aerial hoop, as performer Lindsay Orton assists during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
East High School student Ariana Benavides, left, troupe founder and director Chris Lashua and performer Wes Hatfield participate in theatrical warmup exercises in a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall.
Erik Hill
Avery Wolfe of East High School and fellow East and UAA students participate in theatrical warmup exercises in a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall.
Erik Hill
Jesse Dryden reminds young performers to connect with the audience while performing their aerial acrobatics during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Ebenie Andujar of East High School takes a ride on the pedal-powered spin cycle during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Meta Getachew of East High School takes a ride on the pedal-powered spin cycle during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Madison McKean of Dance Contempo of East High School takes a turn on the lyra, or aerial hoop, during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
UAA dancer Maisie Stewart finds her balance on the lyra, or aerial hoop, during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Kyler Sene of East High School takes a turn on the lyra, or aerial hoop, as performer Lindsay Orton assists during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Founder and director Chris Lashua and visiting students watch trampoline artists during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. The contortionists, trapeze and trampoline wall artists perform Jan. 25 and 26.
Erik Hill
Fog fills the stage during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Founder and director Chris Lashua explains the technical components of an act as performer Lindsay Orton rests in the lyra, or aerial hoop, during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Lawrence Agosti of East High School gets airborne on the lyra, or aerial hoop, as founder and director Chris Lashua explains some stage engineering during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Troupe members demonstrate the pedal-powered spin cycle device during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. The contortionists, trapeze and trampoline wall artists perform Jan. 25 and 26.
Erik Hill
Cassandra Dale of the UAA Flight Crew aerial acrobatics club rolls across the stage in a German wheel as Cirque Mechanics founder and director Chris Lashua assists during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. The contortionists, trapeze and trampoline wall artists perform Jan. 25 and 26.
Erik Hill
Avery Wolfe of East High School strikes a pose on the lyra, or aerial hoop, during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Madison McKean of East High School achieves upside down equilibrium on the lyra, or aerial hoop, as Hannah Bobzien assists during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Ariana Benavides of East High School strikes a pose on the lyra, or aerial hoop, during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Meta Getachew of East High School rolls across the stage in a German wheel as Cirque Mechanics founder and director Chris Lashua assists during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. The contortionists, trapeze and trampoline wall artists perform Jan. 25 and 26.
Erik Hill
Avery Wolfe of East High School rolls across the stage in a German wheel as Cirque Mechanics founder and director Chris Lashua assists during a class offered by the troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act, " getting to try out the aerial hoop, the pedal-powered spin cycle, and the dizzying German wheel. The Cirque Mechanics contortionists, trapeze and trampoline wall artists perform their show "Birdhouse Factory" Jan. 25 and 26 in a show sponsored by the Anchorage Concert Association.
Erik Hill
Trampoline wall artists Cody Russell and Wes Hatfield demonstrate their skills during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. The contortionists, trapeze and trampoline wall artists perform Jan. 25 and 26.
Erik Hill
Cherilynn Stone of East High School takes a turn on the lyra, or aerial hoop, as performer Lindsay Orton assists during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
East High School student Ariana Benavides, left, troupe founder and director Chris Lashua and performer Wes Hatfield participate in theatrical warmup exercises in a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall.
Erik Hill
Avery Wolfe of East High School and fellow East and UAA students participate in theatrical warmup exercises in a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall.
Erik Hill
Jesse Dryden reminds young performers to connect with the audience while performing their aerial acrobatics during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Ebenie Andujar of East High School takes a ride on the pedal-powered spin cycle during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Meta Getachew of East High School takes a ride on the pedal-powered spin cycle during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Madison McKean of Dance Contempo of East High School takes a turn on the lyra, or aerial hoop, during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
UAA dancer Maisie Stewart finds her balance on the lyra, or aerial hoop, during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Kyler Sene of East High School takes a turn on the lyra, or aerial hoop, as performer Lindsay Orton assists during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Founder and director Chris Lashua and visiting students watch trampoline artists during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. The contortionists, trapeze and trampoline wall artists perform Jan. 25 and 26.
Erik Hill
Fog fills the stage during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Founder and director Chris Lashua explains the technical components of an act as performer Lindsay Orton rests in the lyra, or aerial hoop, during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Lawrence Agosti of East High School gets airborne on the lyra, or aerial hoop, as founder and director Chris Lashua explains some stage engineering during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Troupe members demonstrate the pedal-powered spin cycle device during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. The contortionists, trapeze and trampoline wall artists perform Jan. 25 and 26.
Erik Hill
Cassandra Dale of the UAA Flight Crew aerial acrobatics club rolls across the stage in a German wheel as Cirque Mechanics founder and director Chris Lashua assists during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. The contortionists, trapeze and trampoline wall artists perform Jan. 25 and 26.
Erik Hill
Avery Wolfe of East High School strikes a pose on the lyra, or aerial hoop, during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Madison McKean of East High School achieves upside down equilibrium on the lyra, or aerial hoop, as Hannah Bobzien assists during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Ariana Benavides of East High School strikes a pose on the lyra, or aerial hoop, during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Meta Getachew of East High School rolls across the stage in a German wheel as Cirque Mechanics founder and director Chris Lashua assists during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. The contortionists, trapeze and trampoline wall artists perform Jan. 25 and 26.
Erik Hill
Avery Wolfe of East High School rolls across the stage in a German wheel as Cirque Mechanics founder and director Chris Lashua assists during a class offered by the troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act, " getting to try out the aerial hoop, the pedal-powered spin cycle, and the dizzying German wheel. The Cirque Mechanics contortionists, trapeze and trampoline wall artists perform their show "Birdhouse Factory" Jan. 25 and 26 in a show sponsored by the Anchorage Concert Association.
Erik Hill
Trampoline wall artists Cody Russell and Wes Hatfield demonstrate their skills during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. The contortionists, trapeze and trampoline wall artists perform Jan. 25 and 26.
Erik Hill
Cherilynn Stone of East High School takes a turn on the lyra, or aerial hoop, as performer Lindsay Orton assists during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
East High School student Ariana Benavides, left, troupe founder and director Chris Lashua and performer Wes Hatfield participate in theatrical warmup exercises in a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall.
Erik Hill
Avery Wolfe of East High School and fellow East and UAA students participate in theatrical warmup exercises in a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall.
Erik Hill
Jesse Dryden reminds young performers to connect with the audience while performing their aerial acrobatics during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Ebenie Andujar of East High School takes a ride on the pedal-powered spin cycle during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Meta Getachew of East High School takes a ride on the pedal-powered spin cycle during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Madison McKean of Dance Contempo of East High School takes a turn on the lyra, or aerial hoop, during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
UAA dancer Maisie Stewart finds her balance on the lyra, or aerial hoop, during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Kyler Sene of East High School takes a turn on the lyra, or aerial hoop, as performer Lindsay Orton assists during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Founder and director Chris Lashua and visiting students watch trampoline artists during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. The contortionists, trapeze and trampoline wall artists perform Jan. 25 and 26.
Erik Hill
Fog fills the stage during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Founder and director Chris Lashua explains the technical components of an act as performer Lindsay Orton rests in the lyra, or aerial hoop, during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Lawrence Agosti of East High School gets airborne on the lyra, or aerial hoop, as founder and director Chris Lashua explains some stage engineering during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Troupe members demonstrate the pedal-powered spin cycle device during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. The contortionists, trapeze and trampoline wall artists perform Jan. 25 and 26.
Erik Hill
Cassandra Dale of the UAA Flight Crew aerial acrobatics club rolls across the stage in a German wheel as Cirque Mechanics founder and director Chris Lashua assists during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. The contortionists, trapeze and trampoline wall artists perform Jan. 25 and 26.
Erik Hill
Avery Wolfe of East High School strikes a pose on the lyra, or aerial hoop, during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Madison McKean of East High School achieves upside down equilibrium on the lyra, or aerial hoop, as Hannah Bobzien assists during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Ariana Benavides of East High School strikes a pose on the lyra, or aerial hoop, during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act."
Erik Hill
Meta Getachew of East High School rolls across the stage in a German wheel as Cirque Mechanics founder and director Chris Lashua assists during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. The contortionists, trapeze and trampoline wall artists perform Jan. 25 and 26.
Erik Hill
Avery Wolfe of East High School rolls across the stage in a German wheel as Cirque Mechanics founder and director Chris Lashua assists during a class offered by the troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. About 20 East and UAA students attended the introductory workshop on aerial acrobatics titled "Create Your Own Aerial Act, " getting to try out the aerial hoop, the pedal-powered spin cycle, and the dizzying German wheel. The Cirque Mechanics contortionists, trapeze and trampoline wall artists perform their show "Birdhouse Factory" Jan. 25 and 26 in a show sponsored by the Anchorage Concert Association.
Erik Hill
Trampoline wall artists Cody Russell and Wes Hatfield demonstrate their skills during a class offered by the Cirque Mechanics troupe Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 in Atwood Concert Hall. The contortionists, trapeze and trampoline wall artists perform Jan. 25 and 26.
Erik Hill
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