Acro-Sense

TEACHERS

Check out our amazing teacher team for Acro-Sense Spring 2024!

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Matias Barrera & Coni Borboleta

Yes, they are joining us again at the end of their european tour and we are super happy that they will come to Germany again to teach at Acrosensefestival in spring! Two of the most advanced chilenian Acroyogis: Matias & Coni! Matias Barrera (aka Acroyogibear) got to know Acroyoga in 2015 and Coni in 2017. For both, it was love at first flight. Since then, each one learned to fly on their own and with different people, until 2019 when the Acroyoga community in Chile grew enough for them to get to know each other. From that moment, they met in the air, to later get to know each other as a couple, so that love was also born there. In their practice, they love to explore different tricks and movements, enjoying Whips, Whipops, Icarians, Flows, Standing acro and whatever their creativity allows. In 2022 they had the opportunity to cross the Atlantic to give classes at workshops and festivals in Europe, getting to know this continent for the first time; and since then they dream of living traveling, visiting places, being in nature and of course enjoying Acroyoga and getting to know the communities in different parts of the world. So win-win: for us, it’s a dream to have them with us, and for them, being part of Acrosensefestival is part of living their dream. They are fans of smoothness and height in their movements, always trying to find art, technique and tranquility in a trick. Both dedicate their lives to helping other people's welfare. Matias is also dedicated to doing relaxation, decontracting and Thaimassage; and Coni does psychological therapies also with Bach Flowers. Together, they do acroyoga classes, under the name of AcroConCiencia, a new project that seeks to continue sharing the magic of acro.

Tania & Ales

Tanja Urankar & Aleš Hren are „The Slovenian Acro Couple“. They are teaching classes and retreats worldwide and are the founders of the Slovenian Acrofestival SAFE. For both the essential part about Acro is building up trust, doing the most challenging tricks in the most effortless way and having lots of fun. They are highly experienced in l-basing and standing H2H and F2H, but they also love crazy washing machines, whips, pops and Icarian. Teaching together, they focus on adapting to their students levels and help them to increase their acro skills. Giving small but important details on the complex movements and encouraging people to take new challenges by respecting their own body and individual level, is their speciality. We are super happy to have these friends with us again, cause besides lots of fun they also bring bring lots of family atmosphere in.

Kiljan & Kat

Coming from athletics, mountain biking and rock climbing Kiljan Kaffenberger is almost exclusively into teaching, performing and playing acro all over the world in the past years. Achieving new skills lets us all feel empowered – and Kiljan really loves to be part of the movement in which people surprise themselves accomplishing a new skill that seemed to be out of reach. Together with Katrijn De Wilde he will bring some of those skills, especially icarians, to Acro-Sense-Festival. Kat is a passionate acrobat from Belgium that has a hard time choosing between handstands, icarian, whip-pops and standing acro. She started gymnastics at the age of 6 in a small town club ‘De Greves’ in Hamme. Following her passion, she obtained her Masters degree in Sports and Movement Sciences as well as her teaching degree in 2016 at the University of Leuven. Afterwards she rolled into the circusworld and has been traveling, teaching and performing around Europe.

Marek Petráček & Nikol Kopácová

Marek has been into acro since 2013. He got excited about the practice and soon went for Acroyoga International teachers training. He started teaching and sharing Acro in Prague and Czech Republic. Later on he has been to Acroyoga Montreal teachers training to deepen the practice and explore different style. Eventually he has found the passion for standing acro and went for 3 months at Pitch Catch Circus. For the last two years he is part of a new circus company called Losers Cirque Company and he is performing in multiple shows as an acrobat. Apart from acro, he loves training handstands and movement, enjoys good food & chocolate, and loves to play with his cats and dog. At Acrosensefestival he will teach together with Nikol Kopáková, who is also an acrobat in the czech new circus company The Losers. Nikol is specialized in pair and group acrobatics. She was doing artistic gymnastics until she became 18 and now she is coaching others in gymnastics. Also Nikol is a yoga and fitness teacher.

Pacome Coulibaly

*** UPDATE***: Unfortunately Pacome will not be able to join the Acrosense festival in spring. At the moment we are organizing some great alternatives for you. And we are already looking forward to meet Pac at one of our next festivals!!*** Pacôme is a professional circus teacher with a love for acro and dance. He started his journey through movement with modern jazz. He got addicted to dance and tried to take classes of every dance style he could. He traveled a lot in America and Europe to take dance classes with the best teachers he could find. He also got interested in pilates, posturology and AFCMD (functional and corporal analysis of dance movement) to master his body and understand how it works. During Xtreme Convention in Antwerpen, he did his first h2h, he decided to dedicate himself to acro. Since then he took around 1000+ hours of acro classes with many renowned teachers. In 2019 Pac stopped working in regular jobs to join the circus life. He took a 2000h formation on pedagogy specialized in circus arts and acro. Now he is a professional artist and works in circus schools in Lille (CRAC and CBM) as a performer and an acro teacher.

Olli & Frieda

Olli (Mugge Badscher) started his acro journey in 2016 and really dug into it in 2017, when he started to travel around Europe to different festivals and even more communities. He loves to makes people fly and see the sparkles in their eyes, when they for the first time feel like a bird and the inner child comes out. He loves the playfulness, the communication and the trust you have to share in Acroyoga. Mostly you can find him on the ground doing all kind of different washing machines, playing with whip-pops and icarians but he also likes to fly from time to time or do handstands. Furthermore he likes to spot stuff, where you have to be quick and use ninja-spotting. The workshops he likes to give are mostly spiked with a good mix between sweaty exercises and funny games. Creating a safe and supportive environment is a key element for him. Since 2019 he organizes together with a friend his own festival, the Timeout Acro Festival. Frieda is often to be found balancing herself upside-down, wrapped around a poledancing pole or just cart-wheeling outdoors. She discovered Acroyoga in 2017 and with it the joy of movement. What she most treasures of acroyoga is the playfulness, spontaneity, community feeling and the laughs, when a pose does not look or feel as cool as you’d think. For her it is never time to stop flying, but she really enjoys stubbornly practicing her basing skills.

Jann & Keiko

Keiko and Jann are passionate acrobats from the heart. As an emotional couple they love to bring beauty and expression into their acro flows. Keiko is a fiery "Latina" and originally comes from dancing. She discovered acroyoga in 2017. Jann was working as a yoga teacher, when he discovered acroyoga at a yoga event in Bulgaria in 2015. During this time, he did not yet have direct access to an acro community and instead studied videos of his favorite acroyogis day and night on Youtube. Since 2019 Keiko and Jann have been working together as a duo. A few months later, they fell in love. They currently teach nationally and internationally at various acro festivals. In their hometown "Wiesbaden, Germany" they teach enthusiastic acroyogis as part of "personal acro". Their local brand is called "Flying Friends“.

Matthias Nowak

Addicted – this is the right word to describe Matthias’ relationship to Acro. Since he fell in love with Acro, he doesn’t want to miss the practice anymore. It’s the connective and joyful moments, the creating and exploring together instead of moving on alone, what he enjoys the most. Matthias came a typical way with an untypical result: Like many of us he was – and still is – very active in the Yogascene before he discovered Acroyoga. Today, besides his favourite of lifting other people, he also loves to lift stones or even trees! How this happened? Practicing and teaching Yoga very seriously he stepped in one of Sabines Acroyoga classes in Nürnberg in 2016. Curious about different styles of Yoga, he was immediately fascinated by Acro. Over the years he became an expert in washingmachines and flows, which he loved to practice almost nonstop. Today he is more and more into Icarian and Whippops and also Standing Acro. And this is the reason why his training changed tremendously. To build up more strength and prevent injuries, he started cross fit and he also trains with strength athletes for the strong man camp. Since he stepped into his first Acroyoga class he gained ten kilos pure muscle weight. By the way this provides positive evidence again, that it is possible to build up muscles with a vegan diet. This understanding of movement with the combination of strength and technique is, what es he loves to pass on to his students today. In his workshops you can feel a special supportive atmosphere, which probably comes from his own attitude: „Everybody is individual and needs an individual support. But together we can do it!“.

Sabine Winkler

You could say, she was an Acroyogi before Acroyoga even was known. Long before the connection of Acrobatics and Yoga became famous as Acroyoga, Sabine was practicing both passionately in her daily life besides her former work as theatre and event-engineer. Since seven years now she is passing on her experiences in a fulltime job. Sabines acro-crush has held up for 23 years now, a long time to learn many moves and tricks. That's why she has so many little details up her sleeve for every trick. Handstands are her favourites, but of course there is a lot more she loves to pass on to her students. In spite of her size, she loves basing and samesize acro and of course – always and a lot – H2H, wether as a flyer or base. Based in Nürnberg she is teaching Yoga, Handstands and Acroyoga, organizing her own events and retreats, like now she is co-organizing the Acro-Sense-Festival. Her teaching skills include one secret: Sabine never stopped being a student herself. After her Yoga education and Acro Yoga International teacher training, she is building up her knowledge about movement and alignment in many further educations like sound-therapy, meditation, thaimassage or Acroyoga for social inclusion, just to name a few. And if she is not teaching or learning, you may see her playing around – Acro of course – or dragonstaff, which she also loves to put on fire.

Isi Vogler

Standing still is literally not part of Isi's life: exercise, training and sport are a large and integral part of her life. Gymnastics was part of her program from an early age, which she incorporates into her teachings. After a long phase in semi-professional soccer and a few years of volleyball, she found the love for capoeira. The music and the powerful and elegant nature of the sport kept her there until 2017. In the same year this was replaced by yoga, acro yoga and partner acrobatics with Sabine. Since then, she never stopped to train and play. Over the years, various workshops, conventions and festivals have been added, both as a participant, part-time base and as a teacher. Isi's specialty is everything that happens on her hands or figures that make her fly through the air: L-Base/Standing H2H + high level skills and various Icarians. When it comes to training, conferences or snacks, she's there straight away – preferably with nice people, a lot of laughter and a good dose of adrenaline.

Lucia Ballmann

She is a certified Acroyoga teacher, Yoga teacher, aerialist, musician and psychotherapist: Lucia grew up on the Canary Islands with her three sisters, a yoga teacher as a mom and a painter as a dad. At the age of 10 she discovered her passion for Acroyoga, many years before it became famous as Acroyoga. Together with her sisters, she taught herself Acroyoga by looking at the pictures of a book and copying them, failing and laughing, and later creating flows and doing small performances. Today she is based in Koblenz, works as psychotherapist and teaches Yoga, Acroyoga, Thaiyoga Massage, Handstands and Aerial silks. Besides that, she loves to dance and laugh, nature, sun and water! She loves seeing the joy and playfulness when doing and teaching Acro. Her focus lies in mindfulness, trust and communication, in creating a safe space for everybody and empowering all to believe in their own strengths.

Marcus Baierlein

Wherever Acroyoga is lived and loved, he is usually not far away: Marcus is always available for a round of flying or letting others fly. He is looking back on 20 years of experience as a Kung Fu teacher which made up the connection to Contact Improvisation. Combining lightness, technique and pure joy in movement made him teaching both, until he finally fell in love with Acroyoga. Today Kung Fu, Contact Impro and Acroyoga are a main part of his life and Marcus loves to share his passion for movement, mainly on his festivals and retreats such as Acronyx. At Acrosensefestival he will also offer an evening of contact impro dance.