“What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.” ― Karl A. Menninger
Over the last year, we have interviewed and spoken with many amazing teachers interested in joining us here at Acro Enso. After listening to the valuable insights of each of these community leaders, we’ve learned that a true teacher is defined by much more than what he or she is able to teach. A true teacher is defined by the ethical model he or she represents and cultivates within our community.
The Ethical Teacher understands the responsibility of shaping and growing our community from the ground up. This responsibility requires these teachers to invest daily in themselves and in their students in order to create and maintain a safe container and thriving learning environment. They must set the example by leading the conversation around respect, communication, and proper conduct within our community. A commitment like this is undertaken by passionate teachers who care about what they’re teaching and how their teaching is received. These teachers will utilize all of the tools available to them to support the healthy growth of their community.
At Acro Enso we require all of our teachers to read and sign the Ethical Teacher Agreement which illustrates a standard code of conduct for all teachers. Simply agreeing to this document will not be enough, however. We expect all of our teachers to lead by example and to take action by upholding the principles of the Ethical Teacher. Here at Acro Enso, we aim to set the standard for quality and excellence in everything we do.
The Acro Enso Ethical Teacher Agreement
As a teacher at Acro Enso, I ______________________ accept that I am a respected leader of my community and that my role is to establish and maintain a safe and nurturing container in which all students may grow and learn. To rise to the role expected of me, I will abide, to the best of my ability, by the ethical teacher agreement as follows:
- Am passionate about what I do
- Am responsible for myself, for my class, and for my students
- Accommodate and respect the needs and boundaries of every student
- Lead by example for healthy and honest communication
- Invest in my studentship and in my practice to provide quality instruction
- Maintain my integrity by treating all people equal
- Practice and teach consent at every opportunity
- Am responsible for resolving any inappropriate or dangerous misconduct in my class
- Uphold a professional relationship with my students
- Am accountable for my mistakes
- Adhere to my sobriety leading up to and during my class
- Practice gender neutral, non-sexual, and non-violent communication
- Respect power differentials and the vulnerability of the student teacher relationship
- Give credit to my lineage and strive to foster my own ingenuity in my practice
- Strive to speak positively of others
- Motivate and encourage every student, especially the shy and timid
- Provide constructive and concise feedback to all my students
- Take care of my physical and mental presentation during class
Happy Tuesday everyone!! We hope the first few weeks of this new year have been treating you well and have brought you many new insights. If you’ve made a resolution this year to add more movement into your life, then this blog is made just for you! If not, keep reading anyways to learn how we celebrate and cherish the movement (a.k.a exercise) in our life here at Acro Enso. Too often in our culture we overshadow the glory of exercise, when we think we need to do it just to burn off last night’s dessert or because we have to for the sake of our health. If exercise is viewed as something we must endure, like a shot at the doctor’s office, it easily morphs into this burden of necessity; when in reality it could be quite the opposite. If approached in a genuine way, movement has the potential of being a desirable and celebrated part of your life.
At Acro Enso, we follow and encourage one simple rule that allows us to embrace and enjoy the glory of movement: If you’re not having fun doing what you’re doing, then do something different that is worth celebrating! If you wish to fully utilize the amazing tool of exercise to support your physical and mental well-being in the best way possible, then we suggest you seek out the kinds of movement that speak to your heart and unique individuality. If your motivation to exercise comes from a place of genuine passion it will no longer seem like a burden that you must endure; instead you will crave and celebrate the movement in your life because it makes you happy, and the health you gain from it will become a wonderful bonus.
At Acro Enso we’ll be offering a diverse range of fun disciplines for you to choose from to help you find your passion in movement. Join us this year to discover more ways that move you by trying classes like cyr wheel, juggling, acrobatics, dance, yoga, conditioning, martial arts, and more. Come and find your play at Acro Enso once we open our doors! For more information or if you have any questions please feel free to contact us at our website or visit our social media anytime. We hope you enjoyed this blog and we’re excited to play with you soon!
“If you want to go fast you go alone; but if you want to go far you go together.”
In the spirit of the holidays, a time for friends and family to come close and appreciate one another, this week’s blog is inspired by our love and gratitude for our community. One of our primary motivations for creating Acro Enso is to provide a home in which our community may lay down its roots, grow, and thrive. We believe that one of the greatest rewards in life is to sincerely connect with those whom we love. This is why we have signed a seven year lease which will allow us to build a community hub where all shades of people are welcome to play, learn, and connect with each other.
Without our community, Acro Enso would not be as close to becoming a reality as it is today. We are so grateful for the genuine support from all of the people who have been with us from the very beginning. Each person, from the wonderful teachers with whom we’ve had the pleasure of speaking and working to the excited movers who are ready for us to open our doors, has given us nothing but encouragement for the hope and potential of this project. With the love of this community Acro Enso is becoming a living, breathing dream molded by the people it serves. Just as the community evolves and grows, so will Acro Enso, because its life depends on the people who believe in it.
Thank you, to each and every one of you who have shared your support, as well as to all of the people we hope to meet and grow with from here on. You are the true heart of Acro Enso. Your vision for this community hub is important to us because this project is all about you. So please reach out to us through our website, or social media to learn more, and to let us know your desires and wishes for Acro Enso. Thank you for reading and happy holidays!!
Welcome back, if you missed part one of this blog featuring Cyrus, the man who dreamed up Acro Enso then check out our previous post to meet this awesome clown! If this is the first time you’re hearing of our new gym for partner acrobatics, dance, and cyr wheel opening in Reno then visit our website for more info! Now, let’s complete our founder’s introduction.
Hi :) My name is Keisha and I’m a biochemist who fell for the circus. Coming from a place of poverty, I decided at a young age to devote myself to academics to earn a better life. My family couldn’t afford much so I worked diligently to earn a seat in college. I enjoyed science so I studied for a biochem degree… Now that I’ve finished school I’m trading in my lab coat and goggles for a tutu and clown nose and here’s why.
My first introduction to the circus world occurred in my second year of college. I discovered the partner acrobatics community in Reno while visiting an earth day event in the park. A group of people from the Reno Tahoe AcroYoga Kula were basing and flying each other out on the grass and I was quickly drawn in by their warm welcome. After my first flight on a stranger’s feet I fell in love with partner acro. From that moment on I was always looking for someone to play with on campus, at parks, or at the climbing gym I worked at. I loved the unique challenge of partner acrobatics and more so I loved sharing the connection and joy of this hobby with genuine like-minded people. The Kula is a playful family that holds each other up and they gave me a safe space to explore a whole new a way of life.
My circus education continued to grow thanks to this awesome community. I learned skills like fire spinning, high-lining and juggling from this talented group and I loved it all! Not long after, the universe introduced me to some professional circus artists from a traveling show called Spectra. Performers from the show came to the gym to climb while I was on shift and we ended up sharing our passions with each other. Their amazing contortion, aerial, and hand balancing skills were mind blowing! We played until their contract was up and before they left they asked if I wanted to come with them to Berlin to train acrobatics! I was astonished and completely torn because a part of me truly desired to leave everything and join them, yet the other part of me knew that I should stay and finish the last year of my undergrad. I reluctantly declined and Spectra moved on, but a burning fire for circus was lit inside me.
I was grateful for my degree when I finished school, but my heart had learned a new calling along the way. So I decided to not head off to graduate school right away, and instead I focused on my passions like acrobatics. This is when Cyrus, a climber I knew from the gym, approached me with a deal. He wondered if I would trade acrobatic training with him for cyr wheel lessons. I’d seen him spinning on the polished floors of the climbing gym before and I’d always been interested so I eagerly accepted his trade. Little did I know, this handshake deal would be the start of a beautiful partnership in life, play, and business. Before I knew it, I was slipping on a bright red nose and climbing onto Cyrus’s shoulders to embrace a way of life that my heart has always desired. Now here we are!
We’ve made it to the end of this blog but we’re merely at the beginning of this journey. We’re thrilled to open our doors and to encourage others to discover their inner play just like we did. We’re looking forward to growing a wonderful relationship with a community built on love, health, and happiness. We’re so excited to play with you all soon at Acro Enso!! Check in next week for more and as we say in Reno,