February 26, 2023

Workshop: Deep Dive into Aerial Rings

About this Workshop

Continue exploring a new apparatus that is a classic traditional circus act with a new twist! (Called ‘Roman rings’, they were made famous by Dolly Jacobs.)

Students will explore the dynamic side of aerial rings, including beats and drops. We will also experiment using the space above the rings, and play with spinning and partnering.



Sophie Kaufman

16 & up or permission of instructor.

Sunday 10 am – 1 pm

Students must be comfortable with beats (any apparatus is fine). They must also be able to hold a bent arm position on a hoop, trapeze, or pull-up bar for 10 seconds. Familiarity with meathook is helpful, but not required!

CLICK HERE for info on the Intro to Aerial Rings workshop on Feb. 25.


Sophie Kaufman grew up in Brattleboro, Vermont where she discovered the New England Center for Circus Arts at a young age. She spent much of her childhood in the air, and enjoyed performing with NECCA each summer. Upon moving to Boston to attend Suffolk University, she continued her training at Esh Circus Arts, and began her journey as an instructor there. She has been teaching at Esh for nine years, and is now a Senior Coach. Sophie credits circus with her ability to express herself openly and creatively, and believes that it is the best way in which to meet incredible and diverse people. Sophie has also taught at Commonwealth Circus Center, Circus Smirkus, and NECCA.

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