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Aerial Dance Retreat April 11-15, 2018

Join Susan Murphy and Andrea Burkholder in a Marsh Studio Retreat that equally emphasizes the inspiring world around you and the aerial art you create. In this 4-day retreat, we will immerse you in the tidal marsh ecosystems and histories that surround Marsh Studio through high-tide kayaking, boat rides through the lagoon, bike rides, and a trip to Sapelo Island. After internalizing these and other moments, in the studio, we’ll guide you through lessons and structures which allow those marsh/island experiences to influence your aerial dancing and creating.

As always, dinner is served each night, to end the day breaking bread together.

Where: The Marsh Studio, 1258 Blue Heron Lane, Darien, Georgia


When: April 11-April 15 (arrival Wednesday, April 11 in the pm, departure Sunday night, April 15 or Monday am, April 16).

Schedule: Varies depending on outdoor experiences, plus 3-4 hours studio class time

Cost: $625 which includes: Supper Wednesday- Saturday, lodging, hot tubs, kayaks, bikes, class instruction, 1/2 hour private lessons, ferry ride and tour of Sapelo Island.

Registration:  Please send a deposit of $300 by check to Susan Murphy 1258 Blue Heron Ln., SE, Darien, GA 31305 or via PayPal.  The balance will be paid when you get here. Because I will be away for the first week in Oct., e-mail/text Andrea at 301-237-9666 that you have sent your deposit to register.

Additional hour-long private lessons may be scheduled with Andrea or Susan once the retreat has begun.

Hope you will join us.



In 2002, Susan and her husband Don Carson envisioned and built Canopy Studio, a community aerial arts center in Athens, GA. Susan served as Executive Director of Canopy until she moved to the coast of GA in 2009, where she and Don have built a state-of-the-art aerial dance studio by the marsh where she is now holding weekend retreats. Having been Certified as a Movement Analyst (CMA) from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York City, Susan has been integrating the principles of Shape and Effort analysis in her teaching and performing. She has also been teaching workshops and doing private coaching at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro, VT for the past 8 years.
In 2003, Andrea co-founded DC’s Arachne Aerial Arts which sparked the growth of the area’s aerial arts scene.  Have created over 30 unique works, Arachne performed in museums, theaters, pavilions, and backyards for over 10 years.  Andrea, a highly regarded teacher of Pilates, aerial arts, and choreography, has created her own somatic based aerial technique classes, which she has taught through Elevate Studios and Movement Arts in Maryland and at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.  She has also choreographed and consulted for numerous theater companies wishing to bring aerial work into their productions.

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