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  • Why the Single Point Trapeze?

    So many people spend much of their later lives trying to recapture their youth. For dancers, the discovery of aerial dancing does just that. No other form of aerial dancing brings us…

  • 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.…