Stage Combat

Our Stage Combat program has been temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Thank you for your understanding!

In-class action during Stage Combat

Come explore the unique field of storytelling through violence! Our stage combat program brings together the unique skills and perspectives of Sylvie La Riviere (Cry Havoc Fight Choreography), Mike Kovac (certified instructor, Fight Directors Canada), Ryan McNeill Bolton (Fight Directors Canada), and Chelsea Thompson. You’ll learn how to combine historical or fantasy fighting styles with safe techniques to create exciting scenes.

Each week’s class is taught by a different pair of instructors, each with a variety of specialties, ranging from consent and intimacy direction to pro wrestling. Some of the styles we will be exploring will include smallsword, longsword, unarmed brawling, rapier and companion, and fantasy fighting. Whether you’re interesting in acting, directing writing, or choreographing, this class will have something for you. No experience is necessary, and students of all levels are welcome to join!

Drop in weekly at our sliding scale rates ($15/$30/$45), or sign up for an unlimited package or punchcard to save money and get access to the rest of Valkyrie WMAA’s programming, including ongoing martial arts classes.

Class topics will be announced each week on the Valkyrie WMAA and Cry Havoc Fight Choreography Facebook pages.

Previous class topics include:

  • Unarmed barroom brawl
  • Consent
  • Cruelty in choreography
  • Smallsword
  • Quarterstaff
  • Adaptability in choreography
  • Rapier and dagger
  • Staging challenges
  • Sword and shield
  • Torture

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