What makes Sarah an Acro SuperHero?
Sarah works hard to foster communities that support growth and empowerment through trust, exploration, inclusion, and play. Though she identifies as a small person, she enjoys pushing her boundaries by learning to fly, spot, and base. She believes in advocating for others and promoting consent-based practices.
Sarah's superpowers as an Acro Teacher:
Sarah is great at curating spaces that make people feel welcome. She believes in inclusion and making people feel heard and supported.
What type/style of Acro does Sarah teach?
Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Acro, Therapeutics, Pedagogical Trainings
Sarah's current Acro offerings:
I currently teach a beginner weekly acro class at the Boulder Circus Center in Boulder, CO, a monthly acro brunch event and I run the annual CO Acro campout. I'm also open to teaching privates and other class/ event opportunities.
What to expect from Sarah's classes:
Students can expect to push themselves while exploring trust, communication and play in a fun, silly, and inclusive classroom environment.
How does Sarah incorporate social justice themes into their Acro offerings?
Sarah invites all bodies, shapes, and sizes to try different roles in acro, regardless of traditional gender roles or societal messaging. She stands up for her students and lends an open ear. Sarah thinks it's important to modify activities for different ability levels and body capabilities. She also promotes consent-focused practices by including consent-based activities and messaging during classes and at events that she helps manage.
Having come from a family that wasn't athletic, Sarah learned to find exercise and acrobatics on her own. Not having much experience with movement and sports, Sarah didn't believe she was capable of becoming an acrobat until she one day decided to "mute the negative narrative" and try it anyways. That was the beginning of the end, and she has been in love with acroyoga, partner acrobatics, and circus ever since. One of the main things Sarah loves about acro is how accessible it can be for those who have no athletic background. She also loves the lessons in trust and communication that come along with the practice. Sarah comes from an extensive professional background in education and fuses her pedagogical expertise with her acro teacher training experience to create an inclusive, supportive classroom environment informed by tried-and-true teaching practices. She has taught and worked with children, adults, and international students, helping them to achieve their educational goals for over ten years. Sarah is also a performer and circus enthusiast. She enjoys exploring physical theater and opportunities for character play that she can integrate into her acro practice.
"The ultimate measure of a [person] is not where [they] stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where [they] stand at times of challenge and controversy." - Martin Luther King Jr.
For my acro TT project, I wanted to focus on something that could help build upon safety practices throughout our acro communities. I came to this TT with consent practices in mind, and for this project wanted to create something that could support the wider acro community. I came up with the idea to create original consent-focused posters that were appealing to the eye and not focused on sex and sex language. I did this because people often correlate consent with sex and sexual assault, however I feel that consent practices and values could be applied and proved useful in many other realms. I'm hoping that these posters could be used in movement spaces and at various businesses to help normalize non-sexualized conversations about consent, in an effort to encourage people to find strength in expressing their boundaries while respecting one another's. I made these posters to distribute for free to any and all who are interested in using them. Email me if you want one! My hope is that if we can do our small part to make consent culture/conversation the norm, then maybe one day we could get to a place where discussing consent and boundaries aren’t seen as taboo, unsexy, uncomfortable, or unimportant.
Would you like a .pdf copy to use in your community/movement space?
Sarah made this poster with the intention of having it shared and used! She would LOVE it if you could fill out this short form so that she can get an idea of which communities are using it and what kind of reception it is having.
Step 1) Fill out the form
Step 2) click the 'PDF' bottom below to download a PDF copy to your device.