Come Dance in the Trees of Tofino

Festival is postponed until further due to COVID-19. The workshops will not take place on the dates below. Check back soon for updates.

Join Aeriosa for a unique art-in-nature experience, dancing in Tofino’s tree canopy with Aeriosa company dancers and safety team. We start the workshop with a fun beach warm up followed by a safety briefing and introduction to the rope and harness equipment. Then its time to learn fundamental tree dance movements and techniques for traveling between the forest floor and the canopy. Finally, we bring everything together by practicing a choreographed sequence connecting mind, body and spirit with the trees. No previous dance experience is required – however, this workshop is recommended for participants who are familiar with physical activities including stretching, strengthening and core training.

Workshop Dates:
Youth Workshop (ages 14-17) 1pm-5pm Sunday May 24th
Adult Workshop: (ages 18+) 9am-1pm Monday May 25th
Adult Workshop: (ages 18+) 9am-1pm Tuesday May 26th
Adult Workshop: (ages 18+) 9am-1pm Wednesday May 27th

Note: Youth pairs may be accepted info the adult workshops.
Conditions apply, please Contact Us

Workshop Fee: $125 +5% gst: $131.25
Pair Discount: $200 +5% gst: $210 (register with a friend and save)

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WORKSHOP FAQS
IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR ALL AGES?

There will be 4 workshops held over the three days. The first workshop on the 24th is geared towards local youth living in Tofino ages 14-17yrs. 

The rest is geared towards adults 18+ and is open to both Tofino residents and visiting guests.

DO I NEED DANCE OR ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE?

No, you do not need to have dance experience. A certain level of fitness is required though as participants will be wearing climbing harnesses and spending time upside down doing physical movement that requires some abdominal strength. By no means though do you need to be a super athlete!

WHAT IF I AM AFRAID OF HEIGHTS?

Fear of heights is a natural reaction to keep us safe. In the beginning of the workshop there will be a safety debrief clearly explaining how to use the equipment. As comfort and confidence builds we will practice suspending low to the ground with our counterbalance partner and build from there.

WHAT TYPE OF GEAR WILL BE USED?

Aeriosa uses similar gear to what is used in rock climbing: Petzl Rig, carabiners, slings, harnesses, ropes. All of the gear is rated and the rigging is done by a UIAGM/IFMGA certified mountain guide with 30+ years of experience.

HOW MANY HOURS PER DAY IS THE WORKSHOP?

The workshop is 4 hours / day.

WHAT WILL WE LEARN IN THE WORKSHOP?

explanation of gear and safe use of equipment
fundamentals of dancing in the trees with respect for nature
foundational body positions
shifting perspective
the principles of counterbalance
partner formations
movement sequences
small jumps

WHAT IF IT RAINS?

The workshop will happen rain or shine. The rain is far lighter when under a canopy of trees. Although it’s the summer, please come prepared with a rain jacket, rain pants and extra clothing…just in case.

HOW DO I RESERVE A SPOT?

Register and pay at the workshop registration page on this website. Payment in full reserves your spot and online payment options are available. Should your plans change, full refunds will be given 2 weeks prior. Cancellations after that cannot regretfully be reimbursed.

We look forward to dancing with you!

Julia Taffe, Artistic Director

Colin Zacharias, Rigging Design and Safety Direction