Purpose of AerialDancing.com
Rebekah Leach started brainstorming ideas for AerialDancing.com in June 2009. As the physical location of her aerial dance studio sadly dissolved, getting online was a way to connect to past students, and in time, new ones as well. The vision of AerialDancing.com has grown and molded into providing resources for aerialists everywhere.
During the past decade, Rebekah has been deligently working on documenting aerial moves through pictures, words and video. So far, she has written 8 manuals. Many more are planned and being written as you read this. Paying members of the site gain access to a full Video Library that demonstrates the moves described in the manuals. The videos and manuals are designed to go hand in hand.
As it stands currently, the Video Library (accessible to paying members) includes over 550 videos:
Curious to view a sample video?
The new version of this site launched in September 2013. Since then, we've had 1,000 members register and counting! This is a place where members can post events and get listed in a worldwide studio directory - Make sure to get your listings as well as keep them updated. While most of our members are in the United States, this site has a huge audience around the globe. We are honored to say that among our members, currently over 50 countries are represented!
We hope that you will find aerial happiness in this site. There is a lot of depth in teaching and learning the aerial arts, and we are here to help you dive deeper into both.
Rebekah Leach is an aerial dancer who is very passionate about creating aerial dance art, as well as teaching and promoting creativity in others. She has been teaching ever since she knew something to teach, and has been dancing ever since she could walk. Here's a small taste of the movement forms she has enjoyed studying at some point in her life: modern dance, ballet, tap, hip hop, breakdancing, yoga, ballet, Pilates, salsa, baton twirling, rhythmic gymnastics (specialty: ribbon), hula hooping, stunt-focused cheerleading, and even some pop 'n lock learned from street artists.
Rebekah has taken advantage of all performing opportunities she could get her hands on since she had enough skills to put together a piece. She has performed everywhere from benefits with Grammy winners to symphony orchestras, to mega-church celebrations. She has also enjoyed many a tour with Aerial Experience Productions. She has also enjoyed working with Rina van de Kamp with the Daughter of Zion Aerial Dance Company in Santa Ynez, California, where she fell in love with the creative, collaborative process involved in putting together works of art. She appreciates work that evokes the whole range of human emotion, has depth of expression, has social commentary, laughter, inspiration and brings together a community. Rebekah has a background in many traditional dance styles, as well as some not-so-traditional, which come together in a unique blend to influence the way in which she approaches the aerial arts.
Rebekah started teaching aerial fabric dance in San Luis Obispo, California, in 2006. She developed a unique curriculum to teach beginning students who were having trouble with the upper body strength required for advanced movement. After moving to Ojai, CA, Rebekah opened a studio where she taught all forms of aerial dance, and fostered the creativity of students of all ages. On the move once more, Rebekah continues to take her love of aerial dance along the way as she works on writing more aerial instructional manuals and developing this site. You can also find out more about Rebekah's aerial dance pursuits at her personal website: www.rebekahleach.com.
Matthew is Rebekah's other half and a huge reason why Rebekah is able to do what she does. If you send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, you are most likely to hear back from Matthew. While Rebekah creates the content, Matthew manages the content once it is made. He does all of the hard work of administration, bookkeeping, customer service, etc. He makes sure books are shipped out on time, everyone gets their downloads, etc. Matthew is a high school physics teacher, and the best dad in the world to a beautiful 5 year old girl (who is a total daddy's girl) and a 1 year old son.