100 Colorado Creatives: Nancy Smith of Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance

David Andrews
Nancy Smith dangling in a sphere.
#74: Nancy Smith
The sky's not the limit for Frequent Flyers founder and director Nancy Smith, who literally hangs around most days at her Boulder aerial-dance studio: teaching, choreographing, visualizing, directing and dancing, sometimes in an upside-down position. It's a rare profession, with one hand reaching clear up into the stratosphere, and if you want to learn more about it here in Colorado, you'll want to fly up and see Smith.

See also:
- It's a circus out there: Frequent Flyers brings Cirque de Minuet to The Dairy
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- Best Flight School, 2010: Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Studio

Nancy Smith: "Perennially looking up and holding a carabiner. Classic!"
Smith's Frequent Flyers troupe has been wowing regional audiences for 25 years with such perennial seasonal favorites as Ratcracker and Theatre of the Vampires, and the studio attracts aerial dancers from around the world each summer for its intensive International Aerial Dance Festival.

Who is Nancy Smith? She's a woman of action and few words, married to her work even when it's dangling by a thread. No stranger to the art of fundraising, she's currently working hard to throw a benefit that befits Frequent Flyers' silver celebration: Cirque de Minuit (The Midnite Circus) Experience, a glitzy party featuring an informal reprise of last year's elegant Cirque de Minuit performances at the Dairy Center in Boulder. Featuring live music by Jesse Manno and graceful aerial acrobatics, the entertainment is just one element of an evening that also includes nibbles and a cash bar while you wander informally under and around the dancers.

The party goes down at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Studio Loft at the Ellie in Denver. Purchase tickets, $65, at Brown Paper Tickets or visit Frequent Flyers online.

Because we wanted to know what makes Nancy Smith tick, both on the ground and up in the air, we asked her to answer our 100CC questionnaire; read on to find out what in the world sends Nancy Smith over the moon, in Colorado and beyond.

Location Info


Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Studio

3022 E. Sterling Circle, Boulder, CO

Category: General

Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver, CO

Category: Music

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