Five People to Watch at the International Aerial Dance Festival 2014
You see aerial dance in circuses and burlesque shows, at gymnastics meets and even on the formal dance stage -- but it wasn't always so. And as Nancy Smith of Boulder's Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance will attest, aerial dance has not only grown in stature in this country, but it's part of an international community that could become the next big thing in performance.
Photo Courtesy of Frequent Flyers® Aerial Dance Festival Cyr wheel master Sam Tribble, running circles around the stage.
Each year, Smith invites the best of the best in the field to Colorado for the Aerial Dance Festival, two weeks of instruction, networking and public shows. "You won't be able to see these performances anywhere else," she says. "This group of artists might be blocked together in performances only one time."
We asked Smith for her list of the fest's heaviest hitters; following is a rundown of the top five.
Photo Courtesy of Frequent Flyers® Aerial Dance Festival Ana Prada hangs by a string.
Columbian aerial dancer Ana Prada comes to Boulder with an international pedigree that includes stints with Cirque du Soleil and other cirque-style companies and a second career as a traveling yoga and Pilates instructor. She'll be teaching and performing on aerial silk trapeze and lyra, a suspended, trapeze-like hoop during the festival.
Continue reading for more stars of the Aerial Dance Festival.