Behind the Scenes with Jenn Bruyer

Jenn Bruyer in crossback miracle splits
We recently had the pleasure of hosting Jenn Bruyer as a guest artist this past month. She taught local workshops and performed in our local show (that was broadcast on Facebook live– hopefully you got to see it!), but the real work was done when she got behind the camera for 10 grueling hours of filming. She was the first guest artist to cover three apparatuses! We took photos and video of her on fabric, sling and trapeze. These videos are now in the editing queue and will hit the video library as soon as we get them done. We hope that you can get to know the artist behind the camera as we did. She’s a joy to be around. :) 
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.
Below is the trapeze piece that she debuted while she was here at our Born to Fly Curriculum headquarters. The following quote sums up the intent behind the dance:

“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

And below is an example of one the videos that just got released in our video library from Jenn. This combination puts together moves from our Born to Fly Sling Curriculum. She has given us lots of new sling things to inspire and explore!

Look for more fun things from Jenn in the months to come in our video library!
Jenn is driven by her focus on fabric and sling (hammock) but also enjoys exploring cord lisse, cloud swing, trapeze, lyra, net and rope & harness. She has coached, choreographed and performed across the US from New York to Alaska. And has recently resettled in Seattle, WA after completing a 5 month 25 city workshop teaching tour, which you may have met her on! You can learn more about on her website:



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