Need to get out the cold and into the air? Aerial Arts of Utah is there for you to warm up while learning fun aerial classes that will elevate your mind, body and spirit! New classes begin the week of February 25- so register now! https://shop.aerialartsofutah.com/
We are very excited to offer our Performance Lab! Students get to choreograph their own solo and group act- plus perform in our annual student show Aerial Rendezvous. FYI, instructor Nancy Carter recently won Repertory Dance Theater’s Choreography Competition!
Our new 7 week session classes run Jan 7- Feb 24, 2019. We are offering a full slate of aerial classes for all levels- Aerial Kids, Aerial Fabric, Rope and Hammock, Trapeze & Lyra along with Flexibility Class. Come fly with us!
Winter Session 2019 dates:
January 7- February 24, 2019 (7 weeks)
(No classes will be held on Presidents Day Monday, Feb 18, 2019)
Aerial Arts of Utah presents Flight of Fancy Cinematic November 16th & 17th, 2018 Leona Wagner Black Box Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center Salt Lake City, Utah.
Inspired by the silver screen, high-flying aerial dancers display beauty & strength as they utilize aerial fabric, trapeze, lyra, rope and more. Audiences will be transported to a world that defies gravity and sparks the imagination!
Summer is almost over and we look forward to Fall! We are offering a full slate of aerial classes for all levels- Aerial Kids, Aerial Fabric, Rope and Hammock, Trapeze & Lyra along with Flexibility Class- and Performance Lab. Come fly with us!
Fall Session Dates:
September 4- October 21, 2018 (7 weeks)
(No classes will be held on Labor Day Monday, September 3)
You are cordially invited to step back in time for a glamorous evening like no other!
Come be a part of an intimate aerial speakeasy – where the dances are hot and performers fly high. We’ll have sizzling aerial acts on a variety of apparatuses to dazzle and tease all senses. Leave your cares behind and immerse yourself in a night of glitz and glamour!
You have been hand selected to attend this private event. Please reserve your seat and the date you’ll attend in advance – only those on the guest list will be allowed inside.
Your circus student will get to fly on aerial fabric, hoop & trapeze. Spin, swing and play! Explore and create and have fun! Week long half day & full day summer camps available June-August- plus a Teen Intensive! Camps are for students ages 6-up.
What is your favorite apparatus(es)?
My favorite apparatus is a bit of a toss up right now between trapeze and lyra. Trapeze has always been what I imagine when I think of the circus, and being up on the bar feels like a wild cross between a jungle gym and a swing (the best playground toys). There’s something about hanging around upside down that is an instant connection to playtime, even when we’re doing something a little terrifying. Lyra adds grace, dance, and power of motion to the parts of trapeze that I already love. Floating and spinning are like flying, and learning to contort in and around the hoop shows me strength and flexibility that I didn’t realize was in me.
How did you get interested in aerial arts?
I first became interested in aerial arts as a kid when I saw my older sister do a dance to song from a Cirque Du Soleil show. When I looked Cirque up, I was fascinated. Next was a tv show that I became obsessed with in middle school following a group of kids training for the youth circus, Circus Smirkus. I wanted to try it myself, but there were no schools anywhere in the state. I let the dream go for a while once I became too old to ever be in Circus Smirkus myself. After I graduated from college, the theatre department I’d just left did a production of Midsummer Night’s Dream with a guest teacher to train Puck and some of the fairies on corde lisse for the show. It was a student only production and I was sooooo frustrated that they were doing this after I’d gone and I wouldn’t have the opportunity to try it! was irked enough to look up training programs again and, low and behold, now there was a school called Aerial Arts of Utah in Salt Lake City! Just an hour and a half (not states) away!
What do you love about aerial arts?
I love the excitement and beauty of aerial arts. I love that it’s so different from any other activity in my life and that there are still moments where I remember what I’m doing is something really cool and weird. The people I have met are all so open-hearted, talented, and supportive of each other. No one is trying to beat anyone down and the competition is just you against yourself. Aerial has also helped me medically. I was diagnosed with an extreme case of Grave’s Disease, which is an overactive thyroid. Your thyroid affects how fast and hard your heart beats, the lubrication and fluidity of your muscles, memory and concentration, your body’s ability to regulate temperature, and so much more. At the time I was diagnosed, I couldn’t run anymore and had trouble walking up or down stairs when the muscles in my legs would stiffen up and stop responding to me. I would suddenly find myself on the ground because my legs had just given out. I couldn’t even brush my hair without my arm shaking from the effort. My resting heart rate was at 150 and I had trouble remembering names of friends I’d know for years. There’s no cure, but I had radiation therapy and now have a low thyroid condition instead that I will be treating my whole life. The best physical and emotional therapy I have found for my condition has been aerial arts. The skills we work on have helped me to feel out my body and discover its new normal. Aerial stretches and strengthens every muscle down to fingers and toes, there’s no floor to roll my ankles on, and I can switch between arms and legs when something gets tired. Best of all, is that class constantly reminds me that I have no idea what I am capable of, but it is so much more than I tell myself.
What are you currently working on?
Currently, I’m learning partnering skills in doubles trapeze, which has resulted in some awesome photos, a lot of laughing until I cry and some exciting new bruises. In lyra class, I’m working on my pullups, inversions, and the cursed straddle up and pull over (without cheating) that I WILL master eventually.