Jamie Mackintosh Interview, AAU Community Member

Jamie Mackintosh - AAofuU 2018
Jamie Mackintosh on Lyra, Aerial Arts of Utah

What is your favorite apparatus(es)?
I really love Lyra, however Trapeze is quickly stealing my heart.

How did you get interested in aerial arts?
Funny story, I was at the Utah Arts Festival and had the pleasure of seeing Aerial Arts of Utah perform and was mesmerized by the strength, grace and courage of the Aerialists.

I knew this was something I had to do. I was terrified to take the initiative of signing up for my first class. I have no background in dance or gymnastics, I am afraid of heights, have very little grace…in short: Im a bit of spaz.

I signed up for my first class over a year ago and have never looked back. I love being a part of such an amazing community that is very supportive of one another.

What do you love about aerial arts?
EVERYTHING! I am passionate about many things, but aerial arts holds a very special place in my heart. I have always been fond of outlets that allow me to express my creativity. Iā€™m physical by nature and have always enjoyed an active lifestyle. I love the human body and the many beautiful endeavors it is capable of. I love that aerial challenges me daily, I love how it has allowed me to find myself again, I love how it keeps me in check when my ego thinks I can do that intricate move I saw on instagram ( no girl…sit down ). Aerial summons me physically, emotionally, artistically, spiritually and I am so grateful for it.

My motto in life is if your scared of something, DO IT! Fear is a reminder that you’re about to do something really brave.

What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on choreography for my first solo lyra performance, we will be working on a group piece as well. I am enrolled in Performance Lab with the amazing and talented Nancy and Steel with the sweet and fabulous Diana. Loving every minute of it!