DAYF Sizzling Summer 2023 Teachersdutch acroyoga festival
Tom the Acrobat (DE)
Tom is a professional circus artist and teachers who started training Dutch acrobatics, upgraded it with Ukrainian technique, refined his work under tutelage of various experienced coaches and incorporated elements of dance and martial arts in his movement.
Some of his teachers are: Jim and Det, Wybren Wouda (ACAPA; Codarts), Slava Kukuskin (Kiev; Moscow; ESAC), Chris Murawski (German & Polish Sport acrobat with more than 20 national and international titles)
Tom was born as the only German who is not on time, in Bavaria (Germany). After trying almost every sport he got hooked to acrobatics at the age of 18.
During his chemical engineering studies he started performing in various groups, duos, trios all over Europe.
After an “early-life-crisis” in 2014 he decided to quit his studies, (which made his parents really happy) and went as a guest student to the circus school ACAPA in Tilburg where he graduated together with Ayla Moes who is currently one of his acrobatic partners.
Since then, he has been performing in various festivals, theatres, operas, circuses and dance shows amongst others.
The last years he also joined WIRWAR Company, and teamed up with Friedi Kohring with whom he works since march 2020.
His combined lack of discipline, natural ability to avoid hard work, love for comedy series, excessive sun bathing and awesome hair style, have created the performer and teacher he is today.
Mati & Coni (CL)
We are Coni and Matias, acroyoga teachers from Chile. We have been doing acroyoga since approximately 2016 and for a year we have been teaching classes together, where we have had the opportunity to share our knowledge and nurture communities from different places. Together we do group classes, Matias is a certified acroyoga teacher in Chile and also works doing personalized acroyoga classes. Coni is also a psychologist dedicated to group interventions. We really like whipops and icarians, and fans of finding smoothness and height in movements through technique
Agus,Gonza and Mati (AR)
Hi we are Agus,Gonza and Mati and together are the company “Medio Giro Más”
•Mati: Im 27 years and im acrobat since 12 years.
I practice Parkour,tricking,tramplone,acro duo,and other acrobatics diciplines.
Im started with the icarians since 2 years.
•Agus:Hi I am 26 years old and im a passionate of the movement
I started with gimnastic to my 4 years and after go to the circus style, I do contortion, floor acrobatics,acro duo and other diciplines. I met since a few years ago the world of icarian and i live it.
•Gonza: Im 28 years old and i am a icarian lover.
I started with the acroyoga and circus activity since 8 years ago.
When i met the icarians i focuced in this dicipline, in the acrobatics and the pedagogical.
We are a trío specialized in icarians, travel together since Argentina, and we was in Europe,México and we are come back to Europe to share that we are learn 🔥
We are oganizer of the ICARIAN FESTIVAL and the intensive ICARIAN SCHOOL
we are excited of can share with all of you
Medio Giro Mas
Amir and Yska (IR)
Amir and Yska, both graduated from different circus schools. They acquired most of the abilities and knowledge from practicing independently, mostly by attending workshops or jams and through exploring theirs bodies and learning to flow together.
As long as our connection is getting deeper, we find new ways to explore more moves without words, and we discover methods how to put less effort and get better results.
Acro for us is much more than just a physical practice. It is also a great opportunity to meet new amazing people. From time to time it happens that the people we practice with, become a big part of our lives. On the other side, acro is also a space where we can deal with our fears, insecurities, and self judgement. When we connect with our bodies for a practice it’s almost impossible to hide our feelings, therefore we have no other option but to stay sincere with each other.
Our approach for practice itself is to try to use our bodies’ natural gifts. We believe this what makes the practice more authentic and fluent. Each of us has a one unique body of his, with special features and very different needs. We want to listen to those needs and work with them.
We are inspired by various methods of bodywork and movement such as Acrodance, Ido Portal Method and classic acrobatics. We like to combine it to our practice, to make it more holistic to the body and soul.
Evan Josef Cohn (USA)
Evan is an international acro teacher who’s certified through Acroyoga Montreal as well as Partner Acrobatics and eventually joined the PA team as a coach. Evan recently moved to Cologne Germany after 7 years of traveling the world teaching, training and doing what he loves. He has completed over 20 weeks of studies with Pitch Catch Circus School of Acrobatics and specializes in teaching H2h, F2h and lots of standing dynamic tricks. With a background of music and a bachelor’s degree in dance and performing arts, Evan teaches with a passion for movement, improvisation and self expression. He’s a strong believer that values such as trust, communication and supporting one another are among the building blocks of this practice. This man’s enthusiasm for acrobatics and the community is contagious and will inspire you to dive into this practice with an open heart and a ready mind.
Duo Nu ( Lisa & Korneel (BE))
Through partner acrobatics, Duo-NU winks to lyrical attraction and repulsion. From their joy of life, they bring a variety of surprises to the delight of the young and old alike.
– Energetic and fearless
– Altijd ‘aan’ en buitengewoon
– Always thinking about … the next step
– Full of tools and talents
– Self-conscious and super normal
– Always thinking about… the next meal
Amitai & Adi (IR)
Lennert and Yvonne (NL)
Yoga & AcroYoga Teachers
Lennert and Yvonne met in 2017 and they played some acroyoga the first time. They’re both quite new to the practice, but both got an active background in sports and yoga. Ever since that day, they’re highly addicted to the practice. You’ll find them often at festivals, conventions and workshops to improve their skills, connect with others, and get inspired for their own classes and workshops. In 2018 they both graduated from the AcroYoga Teacher Training (AYI). They have a huge love for flowy washing machines, whips, whippops and of course icarians.
Besides teaching at festivals and teaching regular classes and workshops, they’re the founders of Dutch AcroYoga Festival, which is held since 2019 in different Dutch cities, several times a year. For the local community, they created AcroYoga Moves, active mainly in The Hague and Leiden.
Recently they got their own AcroYoga temple, a beautiful space in the centre of Leiden where they will organise regular classes, jams, and workshops by both themselves and guest teachers as soon as it’s allowed again!
AcroYoga Moves (Lennert & Yvonne)
Caspian & Laura (ID)
Caspian (UK) & Laura (NL) from AcroSpirit in Bali (ID).
Caspian and Laura are passionate and playful Acroyoga practitioners and teachers. Caspian founded AcroSpirit @acrospirit in Bali to share the AcroSpirit philosophies and teachings, with the aim to help more people discover the beautiful aspects of Acroyoga.
What makes their teaching and the AcroSpirit philosophy unique is that they place a lot of emphasis on the non-physical aspects of the practice. Caspian and Laura believe that to be a truly skilled acroyogi, you must be skilled in communication, safety, trust, empathy, respect, support and much more.
With AcroSpirit in Bali they run jams, classes, events, trainings and an acro festival!
They love icarians, hand to hands, smooth flows, standing acro, hands free skills, and… each other 😉
Originally from England and with a mixed Singaporean heritage, Caspian quit his job as an Aerospace Engineer and fell in love with yoga and acroyoga on his travels in Asia, before settling down in Bali. He comes from a traditional martial arts background with a black belt in Karate and a wide range of competitive sports. He teaches many styles of movement practices; from mobility, to yoga, to fly high, to thai yoga massage, and of course acro!
Originally an educational teacher from Holland, Laura combines her love for sharing knowledge and skills with her passion for movement. Laura practiced many sports, has an extensive background in martial arts (Judo, Aikido, Boxing and Kickboxing) and has been a yoga, handstand and AcroYoga practitioner for many years. She has travelled to many countries and lived in Jakarta, Nairobi and Paris before making Bali her home. She teaches many styles of yoga, including handstands and acro.
Karel & Veronica (NL/BE)
Karel Salet is a dedicated acrobat and has been teaching over the last 6 years in weekly classes, national and international conventions.
Veronica is a passionated mover enchanted by body practices with an artist’s soul. Dedicated to sharing her practices by workshops, classes, personal coachings, and artistic performances.
She’s a former professional contemporary dancer and choreographer that fell in love with aerial arts such as Aerial Hoop, Pole dance and Acroyoga.
Certified Yoga Teacher by NowHereYoga and Simon-Borg Olivier. Also certified Acroyoga Teacher. Master & Post-master in Performing arts.
Paying attention to detail, pedagogy and progressions to make these disciplines approachable for everyone. It has been already 13 years of experience teaching regular classes, workshops, and international festivals.
From the beginning of acroyoga movement in Belgium, she has been an active community builder. Her main project “Every Body Can Fly” offers yoga, acroyoga, pole dance, aerial silks, aerial hoop and the joy of living fully in your own body while building a kind community through physical practices.
Clara & Lidiya (ES)
Clara and Lidiya have been teaching weekly Acroyoga classes and workshops together in Barcelona since 2017. They specialize in fun and challenging Acroyoga flows and washing machines that include creative elements. As a same size duo they utilize technique to execute challenging flows and share this knowledge with their students to make demanding flows feasible for both beginner and intermediate practitioners. They are patient and supportive teachers who are dedicated to sharing their passion for Acroyoga in a safe manner. They also run an Acroyoga studio in Barcelona, as well as organize the AcroCat Festival.
Clara likes to switch roles and practices both as a base and flyer, which allows her to master the techniques of both and makes her a very knowledgeable teacher. In 2017 she completed the Partner Acrobatics training and later the Family Acroyoga training.
Lidiya started practicing Acroyoga in her thirties without previous gymnastics or yoga experience and excels at helping adults get started and grow in their Acroyoga practice. She completed an Acroyoga teacher training with Partner Acrobatics in 2016 and with VanCity Acro in 2018. Her goal is to help other people find the same happiness and self-empowerment that she has experienced through this practice.
Sebastian Debels (BE)
Thai Massage Teacher
Sebastian Debels spontaneously came into contact with AcroYoga at a festival a few years ago. Since then, a new world has opened up for him. AcroYoga became an integral part of his life. He was inspired by intensive training, classes and workshops and became intrigued by the artistic style of ‘AcroYoga Montreal’.He decided to follow a teacher training with them and now teaches in Antwerp at AYA.
Besides AcroYoga, Sebastian is a professional Thai masseur at Flow Therapeutics and has a great interest in healthy living and everything around it.
“Movement is central and should be nourished by healthy eating habits”. After a few years of sports activities with running and cycling, he later focused more on weight training. Later, he came into contact with Hatha yoga, Tai Chi and Thai massage, which, in addition to his sporting activities, also led him to walk the energetic path.
Moran & Navot (IR)
We are a pair of acro teachers who really enjoy teaching, both the little details of hand to hand technique and the silly little tricks. We have a lot of respect and passion for the basics of “proper” standing acro, and also tremendous enthusiasm for all sorts of unrelated tricks that just look nice or funny.
We have been practicing and performing acro for over a decade. For us, the most valuable lesson has been to keep the training relationship above the tricks, and do our best to create a playful, pleasant, and honest atmosphere. We try to be sensitive not only to what our partners need but also to what will leave them smiling and excited to keep training.
Pacome is a jack of all trade! He explored various dance disciplines and movements, was coached by many mentors spread on different continents during more than a decade. These fantastic and blooming experiences led him to pilates, posturology and functional movement analyses. Always wanting to go further, he followed his passion stepping into the Acro world in combination of his other knowledge and kept sharing his passion and skills investing thousands of hours around the globe.
A couple of years ago he became a recognized
instructor at the national circus center in Lille.
Susann Mayer (ES)
Yoga & Thai Massage
Born and raised in Hamburg, Susann started as a jazz and streetdance trainer, studying literature and film history and later script writing at Berlin where she discovered and delevoped her passion for yoga to cope with the stress in the media industry. After travelling through Latin America and Asia, she moved to Madrid, Spain where she currently teaches Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, AcroYoga, Thai Massage and offers Ayurveda nutritional coaching.
Bernike & Alex (NL)
BERNIKE: Together with Yan Kei, she builds the Acroyoga community in Zwolle, NL.
And where ever she can, she guides beginners/going to intermediates in Acroyoga.
You can do so much more than you think!
With a practice in Yoga and background in gymnastics, AcroYoga was a life changing discovery for her 6 years ago.
Moving in awareness is a common thread in her workshops, a great tool wich helps you to enjoy the ride towards your goal.
Alexandros regularly (co-)hosts acro-jams in Utrecht for acrobatics-association Op-de-Kop. In the past decade he was involved in various movement communities like rock-climbing and highlining. The last 5 years he focussed more on practising partner acrobatics, and informally teaching what he knows to beginners. His work as a teacher in pedagogics and educational sciences inspire him to put theory into (acro)-practice!
DUO: When Alex and Bernike teach together you will get a fusion of L-base & S-base, we both love to make it accessible for you. Also, we find it very important that you feel comfortable and safe during the practice.
Jos is a dutch acro-teacher certified by different schools (AYI, AY Montreal and PartnerAcrobatics) and started teaching in 2018
His connection with different types of movement started at a young age.
He likes doing handstands and practised sports like skating, surfing and slacklining
While travelling through latin America he discovered acro and was hooked ever since. He did all three trainings in latin America
and even though he is now based in the Netherlands he likes to travel and teaches workshops abroad.
In the beginning of his practise he taught mostly flows and washing-machines but in the last few years he trains more handstand, handtohand,
whippops and icarians and likes to combine them all. Apart from acro he likes to freedive and learning new languages.
Jos has an eye for detail and teaches with humor. Being a hybrid practitioner helps him to have a good idea of the technique of both roles.
Sharing his passion with students/friends brings him lots of joy.
<< Connecting with people through acro, meeting people from different parts of the world and being able to play and teach together
makes me feel like I am travelling even when I am not. At the same time it often makes me feel at home when I’am travelling.
I hope to be able to return the warm family-feeling that I received through acro. >>
Embodied Vinyasa – Brain Based Yoga
Micol’s professional roots can be traced between Florence and the sunny island of Sicily, in Italy, where she was born and first moved into the yoga universe. Her learning is rooted in her Progressive Ashtanga original practice, but integrated with all the wisdom and the improvements brought by the most recent scientific discoveries.
She firmly believes in the importance of function over form. Her style can be playful and challenging, but always respectful of everyone’s unique process. She strongly believes that the ultimate teacher lies within and her classes are designed to help listen to this guidance.
She is also an acroyoga teacher with Partner Acrobatics and a Reiki Master with a background in art and music. When not on the yoga mat she loves to learn about anatomy and neuroscience and play on her harmonium.
Kizzy & Conitrini (UK/CL)
In life, Constanza Trinidad has always enjoyed moving, playing sports, dancing, and everything related to body language. National team of rhythmic gymnastics (2000-2010) traveled representing her country to different countries in Latin America. She decided to study Theater, where she focused her research on bodily and audiovisual experimentation.
She is a teacher of Integral Yoga, Flowback Fitness (animal flow) and is currently dedicated to Acroyoga, looking for new knowledge in Europe to share in Chile. re handle He likes to be at the service of others and fly with everyone Characteristics: she likes to share, very motivated and energetic, proactive, with an energy to always play. He likes the show and aesthetics in acrobatics Deconstruct the movement loving the Icarians, the standing and dance lifts Think that acroyoga ultimately creates a connection with the other.
Kizzy comes from a symbiotic movement background of dance, performing arts, gymnastics and circus arts. She has over 10 years experience working in the creative industry and is a certified teacher of Partner Acrobatics, Acro Yoga Montreal and teacher and performer at Up Rising Acrobatic Yoga. She has travelled and trained with a diversity of movement practitioners such as Pilobolus Dance Theatre (USA) and Polichinelo Circus (UK). She is one of the head tutors at Drillaz Circus School and is former Performing Arts and Dance Lead for Primary Schools across Norfolk, England.
She is so passionate about the power of play and strives to enrich her students through a combination of movement patterns, shapes, forms and technical cues to bring out her students own unique “voice” and physical expression. Her classegs are supportive, connective, fun and delivered from the heart.
Luca & Lidya (IT / ES)
Luca was born in Italy and started practicing Acroyoga while living in Barcelona 7 years ago. In 2018 he completed an Acroyoga teacher training with VanCityAcro. His practice includes various Acroyoga styles, but he especially loves dynamic skills like whip-pops, icarians and foot juggling. His nomadic lifestyle gave him the opportunity to connect to various Acro communities and participate in festivals from around the world. He is excited to share what he has learned with others and finds greatest fulfillment in seeing the excitement on people’s faces when they’re able to perform a new skill!
Lidiya started practicing Acroyoga in her thirties without previous gymnastics, yoga, or movement experience and loves helping adults excel at this beautiful practice. She has been teaching Acroyoga since 2017 and runs an Acroyoga & Movement studio with Clara Valls in Barcelona. She completed an Acroyoga teacher training with Partner Acrobatics in 2016, VanCity Acro in 2018, and Vinyasa Yoga in 2023. Her goal is to help other people find the same happiness and self-empowerment that she has experienced through this practice. Lidiya was born in Ukraine, grew up in the United States, and currently lives in Barcelona.
Sanneke & Julian (NL / UK)
Julian and Sanneke from The Art of Flying, focus their classes on fundamental elements like safety, trust, communication and connection.
Since 2018 they’ve been teaching acroyoga classes in the north of Holland and the south of Spain.
Passionate about mindfull movement, personal development and natural health, they provide their workshops as a playground for growth on all levels.
Otto & Charlie (NL)
We discovered Acroyoga around the same time in 2017 and it has had a role in our lives ever since.
Otto has become an Acroyoga International instructor in 2019, and Charlie has a long circus history.
We both love the inclusiveness of acroyoga and the playfulness that you share with other beautiful unique humans.
Paulina & Kuba (PL)
Paulina & Kuba met over 6 years ago as a judoka and a judo coach. They discovered acro-yoga and Icarian games together, and fell in love with them from the very first training session. Their favorite tricks are the dynamic ones for example from/to F2F but they also do standing acro. For some time they also danced rock n roll. Now they mix their partner acro practice with trampolines, tumbling, tricking and aerial hoop.