Elizabeth Stich Interview, AAU Community Member

Elizabeth Stich
Elizabeth Stich, Flight of Fancy 2014

What is your favorite apparatus(es)?
Fabric, Rope, and Static Trapeze

How did you get interested in aerial arts?
I had the opportunity to learn aerial fabrics from Elsie Smith as a dancer in college. I wasn’t very strong then and it was in Georgia (super humid and sweaty) so I was always sticking to the fabrics and getting frustrated. Years later when I moved to Utah for graduate school, Julianna Hane had just started Revolve Aerial Dance, so I gave it another try and somehow it just clicked.

What do you love about aerial arts?
I love training and teaching aerial arts because it is empowering and gratifying to see tangible progress in myself and my students. In dance, it’s not always so simple to recognize and celebrate achievements. But in aerial work, the difference between not being able to do a certain skill and then attaining it is very clear!

What are you currently working on?
I just finished choreographing the group trapeze piece for the Spring Repertory show, which was exciting because it’s the first time I’ve choreographed for an ensemble with an advanced skill set all on the same apparatus. Next up, I’m working on material for the Santa Barbara Floor to Air Festival, where I’ll be teaching and performing in May.