Trapeze and aerial artist Jess O'Connor to teach a series of circus workshops in Limerick in May

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Jess O'Connor, aerialist & trapeze artist. (Pic: Bertil Nilsson)

Limerick Trapeze and Aerial Artist Jess O'Connor is back in her hometown to teach a series of circus workshops in Trapeze, Rope, Silks and Aerial hoop at the Irish Aerial Creation Centre, Limerick from the 26th to 27th May.

Workshops are open to a variety of levels, whether your an absolute beginner or a seasoned pro, there's something for everyone.

Jess is an Irish aerialist and acrobat. Born and bred in Limerick she trained at the Limerick City Gymnastics Club. She studied at The National Centre for Circus Arts in London on the full-time degree programme where she specialised in swinging trapeze. She has also undertaken extensive training in a range of other circus skills, including aerial hoop, silk, rope, static trapeze, Spanish web & acrobatics.

Jess has performed all over the world, from New York to Hong Kong and all over Europe, as both a soloist and as part of an ensemble. She has worked with companies like NoFit State Circus & LUXe Landscape Theatre, and on productions for Tommy Hilfiger, Deezer/Fitbit and the Chinese New Year Night Parade, Hong Kong. An experienced tutor in a multitude of aerial and acrobatic disciplines, she has shared her knowledge with people of all ages.

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Jess will be running 3 workshops over the weekend as well as offering private tuition. On May 26th & 27th from 10am - 1pm she will be running a mixed aerial intensive course. This is open to everyone (aged 16+) and there is no prior experience necessary. During this workshop Jess will take you through a series of tricks and combos on trapeze, aerial rope and silk, and also aerial hoop. You'll get to hang, spin and swing on the equipment and learn to fly through the air with the greatest of ease.

The second workshop will be a masterclass in aerial rope on Saturday 26th May, 2pm - 5pm. This workshop is suitable for people with prior experience in rope (aged 16+). You will run through some static poses as well as some drops and combos. There are some prerequisites to this class, you must be able to climb comfortably and confidently, invert and know basic locks like foot lock and hip lock. It'll be a bit of a challenge but every level of experience will be catered for.

The final workshop is a masterclass in aerial hoop on Sunday 27th May, 2pm - 5pm. Again this workshop is suitable for people with prior experience in aerial hoop (aged 16+). You will work on a variety of different static tricks which can be incorporated into a spinning sequence and also on some more dynamic drops, beats and rolls. There are some prerequisites to this class, you must be able to mount & dismount the hoop comfortably and confidently, invert and be comfortable in a hox (hanging by your knees).

Private bookings are also available and for more information click here.

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