What do you consider Aerial Dance to be?
My bare bones definition of aerial dance is currently a movement and performance art form that utilizes suspended apparatus for performance in the air. This now-popular form is as varied as modern and post modern dance.
How do I make a trapeze? How do I rig?
I've always made my own trapezes, but the truth is, because of insurance issues, I no longer give these instructions to other people. You can buy circus trapezes, or have trapezes custom-made, at places like Trapeze Arts in Oakland, California.
To some extent I've done my own rigging, but for more complex needs I hire a professional. If you don't have aerial companies in your area, you might ask local theater companies for professional rigging referrals.
How can I train to be an aerial dancer?
For the serious student, I recommend study in any or all of these areas: ballet or modern dance, gymnastics, yoga, circus trapeze (flying and/or static), and a personal trainer in Pilates, Alexander, or Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement.
Can I study with you?
I'm retired from ongoing teaching. However, I do offer workshops in the Bay Area! Check my Current Events page. I can also be commissioned to give workshops and performances outside of the Bay Area.
Should I pursue a career in aerial dance?
If your heart is in it, you'll do it. Find as many auditions as you can, or make your own work. I suggest you always have a second job to support yourself, because it's not a very lucrative career to choose, but there are people who make their careers teaching aerial dance.
Do you have DVDs of your work?
I have personal archives, some of which are available for purchase on a limited basis. You can e-mail me for more information.