Before you found aerial arts, who were you? How did the discovery change your life path?
Before I found aerial arts, I was primarily a rock climber. But, more to the point, I was someone to pushed my own personal limits with my chosen activities until I burned out and moved on… over ten years later… I’m still loving every minute of my air time in this circus life. Finding aerial changed my life in every imaginable way. It’s my work, my life and my love. It gives me a venue for creative expression and also satisfies my need for physicality… the two things my body and brain crave most.
What are your pre-performance habits/routines? How do you get “in the zone”?
I usually don’t do much… unless you consider the incredible amount of prep work that goes into creating something that you really feel is ready to present. Other than that… I tend to just show up and try to be the best version of myself I can be that day.
What motivates you to train? When do you feel the most creative?
I’m motivated by the need to solve problems and answer the question: what’s next!?!
What skill is your nemesis?
Trapeze – Pull over to ankles. I mean, what’s wrong with my butt?!?
What is your favorite trait to discover in a new student?The willingness to accept change.
“One day, whether you are 14, 28 or 65,
you will stumble upon someone who will start a fire in you that cannot die.
However, the saddest, most awful truth you will ever come to find––
is they are not always with whom we spend our lives.”
― Beau Taplin