Song: I Follow Rivers by Marika Hackman
How old were you when you first started training aerial silks and where did you practice?
I was about 22 when I got the notion to try an aerial silks class. I started my practice at Hollywood Aerial Arts in Los Angeles, but also attended classes at other studios in the Orange County area soon after.
How long after starting aerial silks did you do your first solo performance?
I trained for almost two years before having an opportunity to do a solo performance at Hollywood Aerial Arts student showcase in 2013.
Do you get nervous on stage? If so how do you manage those feelings?
Every time. I recall how rushed my movement felt in my first performance! My hands were physically shaking from nerves as I approached the fabric. Before performances, I like to have a bit of time to myself to settle into the mood of my act and visualize my routine.
Were you always flexible or did you develop it through aerial silks?
Several years of my childhood were spent training in gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and ballet. My body managed to retain some of its natural flexibility over the years, but aerial silks has certainly motivated me to dedicate attention to my flexibility and my strength.
What advice do you have for beginner aerialists who are interested in performing one day?
A performance does not need to be overflowing with dramatic "tricks." Find a couple of skills/combinations that you love and expand on them. Focus your attention on simplifying, refining, and adding intention to your movement - from your wrists/fingertips to your toes. My favorite way to expand my movement vocabulary is to see how much time I can fill within a single song on a single skill. It allows me to focus more attention to detail and feel fulfillment through creative expression.
Performer Application (August 2019)
Now taking applications for our summer showcase, which will take place sometime between August 15-30. The location of this showcase will be in the studio unless an outdoor location is secured. Application is due by June 20th.
Acts should be 5 minutes or less.
Intermediate-advanced aerialists only.
15' ceilings, actual height available depends on apparatus/rigging.
Perform among welcoming and friendly students and professionals in a beautiful mountain town (yes we have hot springs).
Free cookies :)
Aerial Choreography Worksheet
$15.00 - $120.00
If you are looking for guidance in creating aerial choreography, this is for you. This worksheet includes 6 pages of 8 assignments to get your creative juices flowing and to get your ideas organized.
The feedback option includes a response to every assignment and two video analyses by Sara Kaiser. BEST suited for aerial silks students.
You will receive the worksheet shortly after you complete your purchase.