Aerial Silks & Poi Workshops -

Aerial Silks & Poi Workshops

June 6th, 2014 by Kelsey

Aerial Silks Workshop

DATES:  February 14 – 21, 2015

PRICE:  $225 for each 6 day workshop, OR a combination package for $295 of 6 aerial classes & 6 poi classes (does not include meals, accommodations, or any yoga packages)

WORKSHOP LEADERS:  Alexandra Nikolova will teach Aerial Silks, and Eli Monte Zuma will teach Poi

AVAILABLY:  Aerial Silks – Limited to 9 beginner and 9 advanced intermediate students. Poi – Limited to a max of 10 students only.

Aerial Silks Workshop Description

Take a break from the winter cold to join us for 7 days in paradise with this aerial silks acrobatics workshop hosted by movement artist Alexandra Nikolova. During the week you will learn the fundamental and advanced wraps, drops, and movements of this beautiful art form, condition and strengthen the body with dynamic acrobatic exercises, improve on technique and fluidity with the use of new transitions, tips on proper form for injury prevention and performance, and more. No prior experience is necessary. Just bring your curiosity and a desire to learn something new! Additional private instruction is also available upon request to fulfill any other individual needs. These must be booked prior to arrival of the retreat.

We welcome adults of all physical abilities in these workshops. Beginner through advanced intermediate students are invited to participate. The class environment will be fun, safe, and encouraging and appropriate instruction will be given based on the level of the student. Whether you are looking to invite new hobbies into your life or you would like to further your knowledge and skills in the air, this retreat will accommodate you.

What to Expect:
Students are encouraged to bring their own aerial equipment. Training will last one and a half hours per day to traverse and explore your body in the air. All classes are included in the price of the workshops. The rest of your day will be free to enjoy the rich diverse nature of Costa Rica with activities such as canopy tours, yoga, waterfall hiking, surfing, horseback riding, rock climbing, and much more.

Fitness Requirements:
Relatively good health. No previous experience is required, but activities such as yoga and other strength-building exercises are helpful for easier transition into the air. These workshops are focused on the beginner through advanced intermediate level. You do not need to be an aerialist to attend.

Alexandra Nikolova

Alex Nikolov Alexandra Nikolova was born in Bulgaria and immigrated to the United Staes as a young child. She received her BA in Nutrition and Fitness from Colorado State University, was a devout gymnast for 8 years, is an avid yoga practitioner since 2008, and began training circus arts in 2009. She has performed both nationally and internationally alongside artists and companies such as Elephant Revival, Lunar Fire, Plantrae, Future Simple Project, Fractal Tribe, Visindi Circus, Illuminated Arts Entertainment and Borrillo Entertainment.

In 2010 Alexandra made her first visit to Montezuma, CR where she instantly fell in love with the exotic scenery and artistic culture. Over the last four years she has made Montezuma her second home with regular seasonal visits twice a year. It is here where she established her company, AnikolovArts, to provide aerial silks instruction to both adults and children of the surrounding areas. In addition, she became the primary seasonal aerial silks instructor and performer at Anamaya Resort and Retreat Center.


Special Message from Alexandra

Poi Workshop Description

Join us to learn the ancient dance of the Maori tribe with an added modern twist! Poi is a unique form of dance and object manipulation in which you swing tethered weights around your body in rhythmic and geometric patterns. In this special workshop you will become familiar with the foundational and more complex movements of poi, learn how to maintain correct planes, variation on forward/backward weaves and butterfly, hyper-looping, anti-spinning techniques, transition tips for enhanced fluidity, and original invented tricks.

All levels are welcome! Instruction will be tailored tot he level of each student. This workshop is perfect for anyone looking to improve their hand-eye coordination as well as their left and right brain synchronicity. The classes will be relaxed, supportive, and lively. Sessions will run 90 min and will be split into two groups of beginner and intermediate/advanced students. Prior experience is not necessary to attend.

Eli Monte Zuma

Poi with Eli Monte Zuma copy

Eli Ocampo, better known as Eli Monte Zuma, began his performance career at a young age when his parents enrolled him in dance and theater classes. He then spent several years augmenting his skills and talents studying martial arts, juggling and mastering the unicycle. After years of hard work and training, Eli’s skills crossed over to the fire arts when he joined the Costa Rican performance troupe Fuego Tribal. The group criss-crossed Costa Rica several times over, stunning crowds with their high energy shows using poi, clubs, staff, devil sticks and other eye-catching toys.

Eli’s desire to reinvent and create new movements exudes in his unique and original style. This got him featured in Costa Rica’s largest music festival event of the year, Envision, with the performance troupes Pyrodanza and Fractal Tribe. Today, you can find Eli burning up the streets of Montezuma with his weekly town fire shows or at La Escuela Del Sol, where he is the poi instructor for the locals and tourists.

A Message and Demonstration from Eli

By Kelsey

Kelsey, one of the founders and co-owner of Anamaya Resort, is also an actress, model, and mom, living in Toronto, Canada. More information about Kelsey and her projects can be found at