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  • Storytelling in aerial dance

    Every new dance piece requires discovery. Telling a story with the body is the essence of dance. With aerial work, we add the wonderful complication of the space above our heads. For…

  • The aerialist and the attractive tree

    Recently, one of my students from my aerial class asked me how to rig aerial silks on a tree.  She wants to train, and naturally take some pictures of her performing aerial…

  • Graciela Newsam dancing

    MY FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH AERIAL DANCE

    When a student recently asked me how it was that I began to work in aerial dance, my first thought wasn’t about the feeling of freedom, or the elegance which an aerial…

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    Hollow position: aerialist’s best friend

    How does a mini-movement become an aerialist’s best friend? Once Monica and I were teaching a spectacular drop which requires lots of height (8m !!), to a group of well trained dancers. …

  • Aerial dance and costumes design

    My mother was a seamstress, and a good one.  She sewed many of our costumes, not only when we were children, but later when we became professional dancers. Somehow I took it…

  • Drops! where the dancers masters the relationship between gravity, body and weight

    A fancy statement for a fancy movement. Like pirouettes in ballet , drops in aerial dance are an essential element which must be mastered in order to enhance the choreography.  There are …

  • Within the Adventure: Part 2

    In my country, religious processions are a real art form. They require concentration, practice, and a great deal of determination.  And they are fun!  Once the statue of the saint is raised…

  • Within The Adventure

    Four minds focus for twelve months on six dancers and a flying boat made of three hundred seventy four pounds of pure steel.  At our production meetings, there was no question about…

  • Foot-locks: Keys to enjoy heaven

    “Limited in his nature, infinite in his desires, Man is a fallen god who remembers heaven”. Alphonse de Lamartine.  “L’homme” addressed to Byron, 1819. I don’t know if man can remember heaven.…

  • Dance Through the Decades

    I was asked to give a talk entitled “Dance Through the Decades.” Funnily enough, as an aerial dancer, It’s difficult do that! Unlike other disciplines such as ballet, modern or contemporary dance,…