“Acrobacía de Aérea” was the first class listed on the brochure I perused. I had originally intended on taking a tango class, after all I was studying abroad in Buenos Aires. But when my eyes fell on this class listing (translated to aerial acrobatics) I threw away my dreams of becoming a tango prodigy and replaced them with high-flying fantasies of Cirque du Soliel. I took my first aerial silks class in Argentina in March 2012 and have been addicted ever since. As all of my aerialist friends know, once you are hooked, aerial is a way of life.
One year ago, I began a new profession for which I travel all around the United States and occasionally Canada. What I thought would be a major obstacle in my aerial lifestyle has turned into a tremendous opportunity. In the last year, I have been able to go to studios from Toronto to Dallas and many places in between. These studios have ranged from a couple silks hung in a community gym to parkour studios. And while being a full-time business traveler can be lonely, every time that I find a silk, I find amazing aerialists who share my love for aerial arts and I am uplifted (literally and figuratively).
The purpose of my blog is to share my adventures as a traveling aerialist, to bring light to the amazing people and studios around the country, and perhaps, world. I want to share my experiences to help connect the aerial community at large and hopefully, introduce more people to this creative, athletic, and ever challenging art form. I will try new classes and apparatuses to expand my own horizons as an aerialist and encourage readers to do the same.
Why am I the right person for this job? I am about to finish my third year practicing aerial silks and I am just entering the realm of professional performances. This makes me experienced enough to understand and write about the world of aerial arts, yet I will still write from a student’s perspective. I also travel frequently around the country and annually around the world; I have a trip to Brazil and Argentina planned this February. I hope that writing from my unique perspective will help aerialists, beginners to experts, in seeking out studios in new places and building our aerial community as a whole.
If I have learned anything in the last year, it is that aerial studios are popping up in unexpected places. Circus arts are sweeping the nation and I intend on witnessing and supporting aerial enthusiasts and entrepreneurs everywhere.