1. How did you get started with Aerial sports?I grew up loving dance and gymnastics. When I was studying dance in college, I saw a picture of a dancer in ropes. That picture planted something in me that grew to a huge desire! I had the unique opportunity to fly across the country to take a workshop in aerial dance at the Aerial Dance Festival held in Boulder, Colorado, where I fell in love with everything that I learned in just one week. From there, I started exploring what I could. This was back in the time before there were any aerial fabric videos on the internet which was actually a real blessing to me in a way. It meant I had only my own sense of creative power to work with, and that opened up world’s that I don’t think I would have found had the internet been feeding (or stifling) my creative powers like it does today.
2. You mentioned you have a math background. How did you discover your passion for math and do you think your math background contributed to your current aerial dancing work?Yes! I love math! I am still discovering the gems of numbers. I love finding patterns in exponential numbers and sequences such as the Fibonacci sequence. My grandpa instilled this love when I was in about 3rd grade. He would also quiz me on my squares, and I remember one day there was a math challenge at school to find all the squares hidden on a checkboard. I quickly saw that the solution involved adding up square numbers because there was 1 big square (8x8), 4 7x7 squares, 9 6x6 squares, etc. I was the only one in class who found the solution and I won my team lots of extra points. Those moments can really define you, and it sure did for me! My math background continues to inform my love for pattern hunting on the silks. I use combinatorics to find the number of entries into certain wraps. In general, I feel the very same part of my brain that loves math at work when I lay out my aerial curriculum, and there’s something that feeds my soul in that.
3. How do you currently spend your days? Do you have something new coming up for the Aerial scene?
Well, I just finished up the Aerial Fabric Manual Volume 2, which covers Level 2 (intermediate) fabric. I completely threw out the old books I had previously written on the subject as I now have years of research and input from other aerialists making the curriculum find satisfying completion in its new state. I am excited for the release of this book. It will likely be the biggest book I’ll ever release and it’s the material that most interests me (of course overlapping with what’s coming in Volume 3!). On the coming horizon, I also have the Aerial Sling Manual Volume 2 nearing completion in the outline of the book. I am still conducting research on my students, who--I must say-- love being test subjects for the material! :)