Aerial Acrobatic Dance
Aerial acrobatic dance gives to the body the chance to move freely on all three dimensions with a feeling of freedom and well-being, psychological upliftment and healing. Through the alignment of poses the practitioner acquires harmonious movement, strengthening of the body and quietness of mind. The lightness, the inversions and the harmonization of movements, set us free from passive weight.
Aerial dance reminds us of our body as children; the body which climbed, which went upside down, which moved freely and unexpectedly. Dancing with the fabric strips hanging from the ceiling, we enjoy the sensation of height, the rapidity of unfolding and the beauty of the image of the body in the air.
The physical preparation –before climbing on the fabric strips– includes muscle strengthening, flexibility exercises and toning the physical condition through techniques taken from yoga, gymnastics as well as Traditional Thai Yoga Massage.
The class takes place in the largest hall in Shantom, near the garden, with a ceiling 5,5 m high and a professional, high-security bar, for an enjoyable and safe practice. You will be taught various ways of climbing on the fabric sheets, feet binds, poses and falls, as well as choreographies.
The class is meant for people who are young and have a good physical condition.
Christina Zanni has studied acting and yoga, which she perfected at the Mysore Mandala school in Mysore, South India. In Thailand she trained in Thai Healing Massage. In 2007 she travelled in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied at the circus schools La Arena, Club de Trapezistas and Circo Criollo. She specialized in aerial acrobatics (sheets, trapeze, rings and flying rope) as well as floor contortionism exercises. She has attended aerial contemporary dance workshops with the groups Brenda Angiel and De la Guarda.
Since 2006 she works as a professional acrobat, on the ground and air. At the same time, she continued practicing contemporary dance and gymnastics. Since 2010 she started her serious involvement with the classical North-Indian classical dance Kathak, which she learned in Varanasi and in Allahabad, India.
She has performed in Greece and Cyprus with the group Magic Happens and with the aerial acrobatic company she formed with Chrysa Traikopoulou. She took part in various theatrical performances, as an acrobat and as an actress. She has given many classical Indian dance performances with the Shri Saraswati dance company, the first one in Greece to present performances accompanied by live classical Indian music.