Alex Mizzen

Hand Balance (Advanced), Movement Acro

Focused on both the functional & creative aspects of hand balancing, we will cover alignment, pathway, presses, one arms & creative choices within handstands. (Pre-requisite: ability to hold a 45sec – 1min handstand, tuck, straddle pathway, press beneficial but not required)

We will discover & explore the non-linear pathways that enable a softness in the body, a sense of flow, awareness & broader movement language: giving rise to greater possibility during improvisation. Pre-requisite: f/d roll, b/d roll, cartwheel, bridge walking, handstand

Alex Mizzen’s background has left a wonderful imprint on the artist we find today. As a trained gymnast and a graduate from the National Theatre Ballet, Alex worked as a contemporary dancer, honing both her physical and performance skill before turning her eye to circus. Now as an established circus artist with specialties in both hand balance and aerial chair Alex has worked with some of the leading Australian & international companies: Les 7Doigts de la Main, Company 2, Cantina, CIRCA, Legs on the Wall, La Soirée, Tanssiteatteri Hurjaruuth & Le Grand Cirque. Alex’s work is heavily influenced by this rich movement background and so ensues a particular style which has been recognized across a range of platforms since 2010. This was acknowledged in 2015 when Alex was awarded an Arts Queensland grant to further research her unique intersection of dance and circus. In conjunction with 15 years teaching experience in dance, yoga and circus Alex is currently working with The Flying Fruit Fly Circus & CIRCA Zoo, facilitating emerging artists in this very same process of uncovering their own creative voice.