Meredith Peebles Interview, AAU Community Member

Meredith Peebles on silks
Meredith Peebles on silks at AAoU

What is your favorite apparatus(es)?
My favorite apparatus is aerial silks, and have concentrated on that apparatus so far in my aerial training.

How did you get interested in aerial arts?
My sister introduced me to aerial silks a couple of years ago when I went to visit her out of state. I had a private lesson with her and one of her instructors. When I got back to Utah a few days later, I googled studios and Aerial Arts of Utah popped up. I took the Friday class and then registered for intro to aerials and have been taking classes at Aerial Arts of Utah since.

What do you love about aerial arts?
I love aerial arts because it combines strength and artistry in a different way from other dance forms. I trained in studio dance (ballet, modern, jazz, character) throughout my childhood and into college, but hadn’t done any studio dance in years when I started aerials. It was a great way to get back in shape and use my body in a completely different way from dance on the floor. The shapes that can be made in the air range from just easy and amazingly fun to more challenging ones, which require some problem solving to do correctly and then become great fun once solved. I enjoy that there is such a range of skills.

What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on perfecting a solo piece that I choreographed during this summer’s performance lab. I’m also in the student performing company and we are rehearsing a group piece for the upcoming Flight of Fancy show on October 20 and 21!