Workshops & Retreats

Intensify your Knowledge

Workshops are a fantastic way to offer new or unique perspectives to aerial students at any level and any location. These opportunities allow students and professionals alike to hone their craft, explore different pathways, and create connections between their skills and an audience. Contact Jen to schedule workshops at your studio. She is available for travel nationally and internationally. Private and semi-private sessions could be offered as well.


Aerial & Burlesque Retreat

"Mile High Flip & Tease"
April 25-29, 2024
Prescott, AZ
A truly unique location for infusing your creative self with energy, knowledge and beauty. Here’s what is included:
Please tell us more about yourself and we will be in touch soon!

"Mile High Flip & Tease" instructors

Jen Martin

As a performing arts professional, Jen has spent most of her career in New York City. Her choreography and performance credits span all areas of the entertainment world including stage, film, television, music videos, web-based productions, and industrials. Jen’s credits are numerous, and include work for ABC’s Good Morning America, Pepsi, Johnnie Walker, Armani, and Broadway Cares. After years of performing, Jen found her niche in aerial dance. She is a founder and choreographer of AERA Dance, a past Board Member of the U.S. Aerial Championships, the creator of the “Red Velvet” aerial dance class for Crunch Fitness, and the former Director of Aerial Programming for New York City’s Body & Pole. Jen has authored aerial hoop and hammock instructor training programs, and has choreographed and performed with the performance duo, Lyracle. She loves working with both traditional and custom aerial apparatus, and finds that a background in dance helps to uniquely position her to combine and meld dance, aerial and acrobatics throughout the industry. Recent projects include co-creation of the Forbidden Garden Experience, a variety show that includes aerial, burlesque, live music and projection mapping, in addition to creating solo acts for a variety of shows within Arizona.

Monica Alexandra

Monica started her career in Phoenix, AZ, performing and co-choreographing for the WNBA’s PHX Mercury hip hop squad. After her season with the hip hop squad, Monica was selected to model and perform in a state sponsored anti-tobacco campaign and commercial, and was hired as a performer for the Legends show held at Casino Arizona. She then moved to Los Angeles to continue pursuing her modeling and dance career. While there, she performed on a promotional commercial for Nip Tuck, modeled and performed for Paul Mitchell Paris and New York fashion shows, and performed numerous shows for Spanish-American actress, comedian, and flamenco guitarist, Charo. After a couple of years in Los Angeles, Monica moved to Las Vegas and performed at Planet Hollywood in a show produced by Emmy Award winning Broadway director, Jerry Mitchell. She continued to develop her career working with artists like Pitbull and Marc Anthony. She has been able to grace the stage of the world renowned burlesque show, Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce, and has continued to excel her burlesque career here in Arizona and around the country.

Retreat FAQ

Tell me more about Burlesque offerings?

Additional workshops on the schedule include:

  • “Feathers, Fans, and Femme Fatales”
  • “The Tease and Please Chronicles”
  • “Shimmy and Strut Soirée”
Tell me more about Aerial offerings?

Here are some potential workshops on schedule

  • Floor2Air Fluidity – Aerial Dance
  • Lyra Exploration (lyra)
  • Criss Cross Sling Sauce (hammock)
  • Pole Burlesque (pole)
  • Silky Smooth (silks)
What is the pricing?

We are trying to make this super accessible!  Here are the pricing options:

  • King Bed: $1,550
  • Queen Bed: $1,500
  • Twin Bed: $1,450
  • Retreat local or find your own housing $1150
What does the price include?

The price includes:

Downtown Victorian Accommodation (king, queen and twin bed options)

  • Daily Burlesque Workshops
  • Daily Aerial Workshops
  • Bonus class opportunities (think pole, chair, heels, posing)
  • Photo Shoot
  • Welcome Party
  • Local hiking excursions

* Travel, transportation and food are to be purchased separately by you, though we are researching healthy prepaid food options.

I'm flying into PHX. Is there shuttle service to Prescott?

We can recommend shuttle transportation and shared rental cars for those arriving/departing the airport at similar times.  Prescott is a 1.5-2 hr drive from PHX.

What does the schedule look like?

The tentative schedule is as follows:

Thursday 4/25
— 4pm Arrival and welcome party

Friday 4/26
— 8-10am Aerial session
— 11am-1pm Sexy session
— 1-3pm Lunch/Explore
— 3-5pm Burlesque session
— 6-8pm Sunset picnic

Saturday 4/27
— 8-10am Aerial session
— 11am-1pm Sexy session
— 1-3pm Lunch/Explore
— 3-5pm Burlesque session
— Evening opportunity to enjoy nightlife in downtown Prescott

Sunday 4/28
morning hike / lake
— 9-11am Burlesque session
— 11am-4pm outdoor photo shoot
— 5-7 aerial session/ performance party

Monday 4/29
— Early hike
— Potential morning aerial session


Aerial Dance

Aka Floor2Air. Utilizing an aerial sling (hammock) apparatus, you will integrate classical dance technique with movement specific to suspended elements and learn floor and air sequencing that is fluid and exciting with level changes and use of the floor and air.

Aerial Silks

Discover new skills, new pathways and new ways to think about your relationship with aerial silks.

Aerial Lyra

Lyra technique and sequencing workshop to explore skills and pathways with the hoop.

Aerial Sling Pathways

Aka Slingwayz, aka Criss Cross Sling Sauce. Break down aerial sling pathways to open up opportunity for shape variations and sequencing creation. The workshop will conclude by learning a choreographed sequence with the challenge added to either deconstruct or add more elements to make the choreography unique for you.

Let’s Get Twisted

A Double Sling workshop. Maybe you have one, maybe you don’t. Come explore and play on this fun apparatus. You will use both open and closed fabric positions comparable to hammock skills. Bonus: skills can transfer to aerial chains, spans and straps.

Sling Choreography

Using aerial hammock sling, learn two to three sequences that you can mix and match to combine for a full choreographed performance.

Floor2Air Fluidity

Are you confident on your apparatus but have trouble with the floor work? Have entrances and exits lost their excitement? Do you feel like you have two left feet when partnering with your apparatus on the floor? This workshop covers some techniques and “tricks” to make the transitions clean, fluid and more exciting for the audience and the performer.

Eye Candy

Aka Posing for Photos. You NEED or WANT great photos to show off your talent. Maybe you are flexible, maybe you aren’t. What works on camera? A little bit of knowledge and practice. Use this workshop before a planned photo shoot so you come prepared and ready to look FIERCE.

Performance Prep

Engage your…Audience! All those muscles too 😉 Make your act memorable by including those that are watching in your creative vision. How? Let’s talk, explore, and create.
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