February 25, 2023

Intro to Aerial Rings

About this Workshop

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

Aerial students will learn ways to find familiar shapes below, on, and above the rings. We will explore ways to bring your current aerial practice to a new apparatus, weaving sequences as we go. Discover how versatile rings are—we will draw on moves from silks, trapeze, hoop, and straps!



Sophie Kaufman

16 & up or permission of instructor

Saturday 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Students must be able to invert and come to sitting on a trapeze or hoop without guidance. They must also be able to sit up straight in a least a 90-degree straddle position.

CLICK HERE for info on the Deep Dive into Aerial Rings workshop on Feb. 26.


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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