Deborah Eppstein Interview, AAU Community Member

Deborah Eppstein on lyra
With Becky Barra, Deborah Eppstein and Aerial Arts of Utah at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Flight of Fancy 2016

What is your favorite apparatus(es)?
That’s hard to answer! Probably silks, but trapeze is very close behind, as well as lyra.

How did you get interested in aerial arts?
How I became interested was seeing a troupe from NYC perform both silks and lyra at Burning Man in 2008, hanging form a 60 ft dome. I especially was mesmerized by the red silks, there were 5 performers in sync, and I immediately knew that I wanted to do that! This actually led to the beginnings of AAofU, because when Annie and I came back to SLC we took lessons for a year with Julianna Hane at Revolve Aerial Dance, and then agreed to take over the business when she moved away after a year.

What do you love about aerial arts?
Its beautiful, athletic, skillful, creative, liberating and FUN!