Teaching since 2007 I made my way around the World as a circus instructor.
I work with several youth and children circus schools, give workshops and masterclasses at international juggling conventions and work with children and adults in the areas of circus, juggling and performance.

no matter if social circus with refugees in turkey, masterclass in israel, children birthday party in germany or a business course about the importance of body language and performance in your work environment...

 

...I can offer the perfect workshop for you!

Workshops

  • General circus training for all ages

  • Juggling Workshops for beginners

  • advanced juggling workshop

  • Club juggling and manipulation for everyone

  • Movement/Dance in juggling

  • Partner/Group juggling: Passing, take-outs and creative research with more people

  • Stage presence and performance training

  • Performance training in your daily life and in your job

 

general circus training

for all ages

No matter if juggling, tight wire, acrobatics or one of the numerous aerial disciplines – the key to every circus discipline is patience and fun.


You don’t have to become the next circus star – but who doesn’t dream once in a while to run away with the circus?


Take the chance to breath in some circus air… And find out what kind of circus artist is hidden inside of you!

 

 Juggling Workshops

for beginners

Everyone knows someone who can juggle three balls. And everyone already said to himself “Ah, how hard can it be?” and picked up three apples, oranges or tennis balls – just to realize very quickly that there is more to it than it seemed.


Approach juggling in a different way and learn the basic patterns and first tricks through professional guidance, playful exercises and a fun balance between technical training and creative ideas.


Get introduced to the different juggling objects and different juggling techniques and you will notice – juggling is not only possible for each and everyone of you, but also opens up a whole new world of challenges.

 

Advanced juggling 

Workshops

Juggling is a never ending story, and every step on the way requires new training impulses, new hours of training, throwing and dropping.
In my advanced juggling workshops I offer a variety of focus points.


Starting with a new viewing point of the very basics we will rework our body posture and connection between floor, body and juggling objects. The more advanced our juggling level gets the more we tend to forget about the body, which is attached to every juggling pattern and which can be a big help talking about stability and esthetics of the juggling patterns.


Another part of the workshop is the focus on the technical and numbers juggling, where I will work as an outside eye and give you feedback on little flaws and mistakes which each juggler integrate unconsciously into their juggling patterns.


The last part of the workshop is about individual and creative research in juggling.
What is your personal juggling style and how can you research and develop sequences? We will work on creating sequences, using creative tools to think outside the box and learn how to give each other constructive feedback.

 

Club juggling and

manipulation for everyone

As club juggling is my main discipline in the world of juggling, I also offer “club juggling only” workshops.
These workshops are divided into three parts.

The first part is a purely technical part, which deals with the correct body posture, hand and arm posture and the technical advantages a good posture and a “perfect throw” can give you in your juggling.

The second part is about club manipulation and body rolls/throws, which are quite club specific.
I will introduce you to several manipulation techniques in which we not only use our hand to juggle, but the whole body to manipulate the club. Body rolls, balances and knee catches are only a part of it.

The third part is about your own individual juggling style. I will show some creative research methods which help you to develop your juggling further into a more personal and individual juggling style.

 

Movement/Dance

in juggling

Often juggling is described as a very static and “standing” circus discipline. Logic, you might think, as juggling is mainly done with the arms and hands and requires a stable standing position.
But it does not necessarily have to be like this.

Juggling offers a lot of possibilities to work with movement and dance elements, and in my workshop I want to introduce you to some of them.

We will work with the elements of “weight”, “impulses” and “natural movement patterns”, to understand where juggling and throws offer us “natural forces”, which we can use to make our body move without the perception of forced and artificial movements.

We will improvise and create little sequences and work with constructive feedback within the group.

 

Partner/Group juggling:

Passing, take-outs and

creative research

with more people

For this workshop it is necessary to at least be able to juggle three objects. A basic knowledge about passing would be useful.
In this workshop I will teach passing patterns on different levels, depending on the level of the participants.

Passing can be divided into purely technical juggling, in which simply the number of the objects, or the difficulty level of the throws increases. But it can also be seen as a more creative approach, in which different throws, different amount of people or a variety of these two aspects get combined.

I will introduce different patterns of both categories, so that the participants can pick the patterns they want to work on.
Take-outs can be defined as the interaction between two (or more) people with only one juggling pattern. I will show a variety of basic take-outs and variations of them.
A combination between passing and take-outs is also possible.

Next to already existing passing and take-out patterns we will also focus on the creative research between different people. No matter if passing, take-outs, object manipulation or a mixture of some of them – juggling always offer a lot of space to “play around” and get creative by creating new elements or sequences.

 

Stage presence and

performance training

Being on stage and performing often goes along with stage fright, anxiety and insecurities.
In this workshop I want to help you feel more comfortable on stage or in the center of the attention of people.


We will use different exercises from the background of improv theater to stimulate a performing situation and find ways to react in such.


We will work on breathing exercises, body posture and the connection to the ground to help our body feel comfortable and take away the stress symptoms our body sends out in uncomfortable situations.
Working on our mindset we will find out the visual difference between someone who “owns the stage” and wants to be here, and someone who feels uncomfortable and is trying to hide.


Everybody can be a performer and rock the stage – and with the help of some simple exercises we will get you there!

 

Performance training

in your daily life and in your job

In our daily life we encounter a high number of situations in which we are being put into spotlight, forced to defend our opinions and values, explain our point of views and stand up against other people.
This can happen in your job environment, on the street or amongst family and friends.

The challenge in those situations is to know how to react, to stay strong in an argument and not let yourself get intimidated by big words, intimidating gestures and body language or even insults.

In this workshop we will work on exactly this – what does your body language say about you and how to make it say “I am not afraid, and I will not let you intimidate me!”?
We will use different exercises from the background of improv theater to stimulate different confrontational situations and find ways to react in such.

We will work on breathing exercises, body posture and the connection to the ground to help our body feel comfortable and take away the stress symptoms our body sends out in uncomfortable situations.
Working on our mindset we will find out the visual difference between someone who “owns a conflict”, and someone who feels uncomfortable and is trying to hide.

There are ways for everyone to be strong, self-confident and comfortable in confrontational situations – and in this workshop we will find yours!

Sophia Oltmanns - Juggler In Movement

Email: contact@jugglerinmovement.com  

Phone: (+49) 015166945960

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