Jenn Bruyer: Dabbling in all sorts of dance since the age of 5 including: ballet, latin, pole, western, hiphop and contemporary, Jenn found her true passion and has been immersed in aerial dance since 2008. She is driven by her focus on fabric (silks), sling (hammock) and her first love: dance trapeze. She also enjoys exploring cord lisse, cloud swing, lyra, net, rope & harness and anything else someone puts in front of her. She has coached, choreographed and performed around the world including over 30 US states, Italy, Germany, Austria, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico. As an Aerial Coach, she seeks to provide the highest quality progressive instruction to aerialists of all abilities from novice to professional performer. Her mission as a human is to cultivate a warm, non-judgmental learning environment that fosters community, to build physical and emotional strength within the individuals who participate in this environment and methodically construct a vehicle by which to create art.
Megan Cattau met her first love, the low-flying trapeze, at Canopy Studio in Athens, GA in 2002. Since then, she has choreographed, performed, and taught extensively in the US and abroad, working principally under the aerial dance project Flight Collaborative, of which she is a co-founder and co-director. Megan is interested in how aerial dance choreography and visual art can be used to tell stories that are content-rich and emotionally compelling. At Canopy Studio, Megan trained primarily under Susan Murphy, who remains a deep inspiration. Megan was a member of the Repertory Company, served as the business manager and then assistant director, was part of the core teaching staff, and helped to develop Canopy’s teacher training. In 2008, Megan founded the aerial dance program at Durham School for Ballet and the Performing Arts (formerly Legacy Studios) in Durham, NC. She moved to NYC in 2010 and became an aerial dance instructor at Circus Warehouse as well as a core member of Constellation Moving Company. Megan’s first exposure to Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance was in 2005 when she was awarded the Glenn P. Davis emerging aerial choreographer’s scholarship to attend the Aerial Dance Festival, which was a formative experience for her aerial work. Since moving to Boulder, Megan has been thrilled to re-engage with the Frequent Flyers community as a teacher, the Student Company Director, and member of the Professional Company, and she is delighted to teach at ADF this year! Megan is also a forest ecologist, working in the tropical peat-swamp forests of Indonesia as well as the subalpine forests of the Rocky Mountains, and her mind is always on the trees.
Terry Crane surrendered to restless urges that led him to walk calmly away with the circus at the tender age of 20. With a degree in dance from Oberlin College, his circus journey led him to the San Francisco Circus Center, the Montreal National Circus School, and the Beijing International Acrobatics School. A veteran of the big top and the stage, he has performed in countless countries for various companies, including Teatro Zinzanni, les 7 Doigts de la Main, and Circus Monti. Terry is delighted to share his love of rope technique, circus creation, and collaboration via workshops across the globe. As a director, Terry is on a relentless quest to tell true fictions, contradict human isolation, and portray paradoz.
Danielle Garrison has worked as a multi-faceted artist for Aerial Dance Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet, the Colorado Ballet, Frequent Flyers® and the Paloma Project, and has even interned with Oprah Winfrey. Danielle has performed and/or taught as an independent artist at the Berlin Circus Festival/Berlin; Frequent Flyers® Aerial Dance Festival/Boulder, Colorado; Santa Barbara Floor to Air Festival/Santa Barbara; Aerial Greece/Athens, Greece; the San Francisco Aerial Dance/California; and Les Rencontres de Danse Aérienne/Nantes, France. Danielle is the second MFA Candidate with an emphasis in aerial dance and somatics at the University of Colorado Boulder. During 2017-2018, Danielle was a Fulbright France Scholar with an affiliation at La Grainerie in Toulouse, where she worked on her multi-disciplinary project MAPS (Multicultural Aerial Performance Stories), which explored the topics of grief and news media through interactive performance. Recently, Danielle taught transdisciplinary artistic collaboration at the renowned Berlin Circus Festival. As an artist in residency at Nils Obstrat in Paris, she collaborated with Leslie Levi and Laura Desimages on a VR/360/3D/drone film that was commissioned by the Commission Franco-Américaine. Danielle was also invited to participate in the Circus Dialogues Project, facilitated by Belgian Professor Bauke Lievens in Avallon at the Château de Monthelon. Additionally, Tethered, a dance film on the topic of suicide Danielle made in France through collaboration with an art photographer and experimental filmmaker, David Allen and Franck Gonnaud, respectively, was screened at the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema.
Delbert Hall is Professor Emeritus of Theatre and Dance at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Hall earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida, and an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is an ETCP Certified Rigger and an ETCP Recognized Trainer. He is a member of IATSE Local 699 and a Safety Consultant for the American Circus Educator. Delbert is an expert in performer flying, having flown performers in over 400 productions nationally, including productions at many of the major regional theatre companies in the US. He has worked with internationally known directors, such as Debbie Allen and Christopher Renshaw, and flown major performers and celebrities such as the Backstreet Boys. Dr. Hall has published numerous articles on aerial rigging, regularly teaches aerial rigging workshops in the US and Canada. He is also a consultant for Rock Exotica and a trainer/sale representative for their Butterfly Lift system. He is also the author of several books on rigging, including Rigging Math Made Simple (currently in its fifth edition) and is the co-author of The Rigging Math Made Simple Workbook, The Arena Riggers’ Handbook and The Theatre Riggers’ Handbook.
Danielle Hendricks spent her childhood climbing fences, trees, balance beams and rooftops in Fresno, California. She earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Kinesiology and Dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she graduated in 1999. Danielle is a nationally certified Pilates Instructor and has been teaching Pilates for almost two decades, mostly at Cara Reeser’s “Pilates Aligned” studio in Denver. She encountered Frequent Flyers in 1997, began Low Flying trapeze classes with Nancy Smith in 1998, performed in her first FF show in 2000, and officially joined the company a couple years later. Danielle trained in the art of bungee dance with the “the grandmother of aerial dance/motivity,” Terry Sendgraff, and has been teaching bungee dance at the Aerial Dance Festival since 2005. In addition to teaching Pilates and aerial dance, “Dani” currently dances professionally with Boulder based 3rd Law Dance/Theater. She also performs regularly in Denver with “L’estrange Menagerie” and other burlesque revues as her acrobatic, stilt-dancing alter ego, Alexis Scissorlegs.
Valerie Morris has had the pleasure to be a teacher, choreographer, and performer with Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance in Boulder Colorado since 1996. She has also performed with Movement Laboratories, Lancaster Ballet, CU Dance Department, Boulder Ballet, Wellington Circus Trust, AeroTerra Aerial Dance, Empress Stiltdance and Borrillo Entertainment. Her secret life as a geochemist keeps her very busy during the day, using stable isotopes in ice cores to unlock the secrets of global climate change. She incorporates her scientific approach into her aerial teaching pedagogy. Her ballet background strongly influences her aesthetic and she is enthusiastic about sharing her love of aerial dance.
Elsie Smith has performed with many well known companies including Cirque du Soleil, and received a Special Award at the China Wuqiau International Circus Festival in 2007 and the Bronze Medal at the 1st International Festival de Circo en Albacete, Spain in 2008. She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the New England Center for Circus Arts and runs a performing company, Nimble Arts, with her aerial partner and twin sister, Serenity Smith. She is a certified trampoline and german wheel teacher, and co-created the NA Aerial Teacher Certification Program, and consults in aerial safety matters with the American Youth Circus Organization/American Circus Educators Organization. In 2016 she and her sister won the American Circus Educator’s Award for Excellence in Education and the Walter Cerf Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts from the Vermont Arts Council.
Nancy Smith originally wanted to be an astronaut or a racecar driver and instead became the founder and artistic director of Frequent Flyers® Productions since its inception in 1988 and the Aerial Dance Festival since 1999. She teaches Aerial Release Technique (A.R.T.) around the US with over 30 years aerial teaching experience. She has created over 100 original works / evening-length choreography. Her work with Frequent Flyers has been seen in Boston, California, Louisiana, Virginia, Montreal, the Bahamas, Washington, D.C. and throughout Colorado. Nancy has received numerous awards including “Living Legend of Dance in Colorado,” “Women Who Light the Community”, “Cutting Edge” Award, the “Pacesetters Award” for Arts and Entertainment, a Neodata Endowment Fellowship in Dance, and the “Arts Innovation Award.” She also is an instructor at Univ. of Colorado’s Dance Dept. spreading the joy of Aerial Dance. Along with co-author, Jayne Bernasconi, she wrote the first book on the history / theory of Aerial Dance.
Yuki Tsuji has been a multi-disciplined teacher for the last 15 years in yoga, acrobatics, AcroYoga, Thai massage, skydiving and bodyflight. She is a licensed massage therapist and practices Thai Massage in Boulder when she’s not teaching locally or traveling to teach. Her passion is helping her students to achieve physical and emotional balance and wellness, offering them opportunities to connect with their bodies and others, mindfully and playfully. Her other passion is being in the mountains. She can be often found rock climbing, skiing and trail running. Website: yogayuki.com Facebook: Yuki Tsuji Yogayuki