What is your favorite apparatus(es)?
My favorite apparatus is aerial hoop or lyra, but I really enjoy working on invented apparatus and duo work as well. I’ve recently be re-introduced to the fabric sling through Rebekah Leach, and her take on sling is incredibly interesting and complex.
How did you get interested in aerial arts?
I first saw Cirque du Soleil at Disney World my senior year of high school and loved it! As a sophomore in college I was invited to perform in a “vertical dance” piece in rope and harness at Winthrop University. It was a natural fit – the air just made sense to me, and I was hooked.
What do you love about aerial arts?
I love the way it offers an extension of a stage. Seeing bodies fly through the air is so thrilling to watch, and even more fun to do! It challenges the body in both strength and proprioception, so I never get bored. I also love the creative process, and getting to build shows with fellow aerialists, musicians, actors, etc. I recently joined a performance group in Boulder called Flight Collaborative, directed by April Moore Skelton and Megan Cattau. I’ll be working on a new piece soon, probably an invented apparatus.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently growing the Born to Fly™ Aerial Teacher Training and Certificate Program, and teaching with Rebekah Leach at AerialWorks in Castle Rock, CO. I recently trained teachers in Calgary, Canada. I’m also helping Rebekah develop more curriculum resources for AerialDancing.com.
Teachers: Castle Rock has a whole summer of teacher trainings available:http://www.borntoflyaerial.com/