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, China, Italy, Germany, Austria, Ireland, Scotland, 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. Learn More
A lifelong climber, Terry Crane surrendered to restless urges that led him to walk away with the circus at the tender age of twenty. Now a veteran acrobatic performer, he has climbed ropes hung from the truss arches of big tops across the globe and the lofty grids of countless proscenium theaters, as well as the shoulders of many a fellow saltimbanque. He is the director of Acrobatic Conundrum, a contemporary circus company based in Seattle since 2012. Terry delights in sharing his love of aerial technique, circus creation, and collaboration via workshops and performances. He is an alumnus of the National Circus School of Montreal, Oberlin College, and a dozen circus companies. As a director, Terry is on a relentless quest to tell true fictions, contradict human isolation, and portray paradox. Learn More
Cosmo Dudley, a native of Denver, Colorado, has been an acrobat since 2008. He has spent that time teaching and exploring: circus acrobatics including tumbling, martial arts tricking, handbalancing, aerial straps, Chinese pole, parkour, and trampoline/trampwall. Cosmo has trained extensively across Canada, China, and Europe learning from many great circus and movement instructors.
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.
Jill Katzenberger enjoys flying, flipping, and frolicking in the air…also eating Swedish fish…but not always at the same time. She has been teaching aerial fabric for over 10 years. Jill is a science geek at heart who makes her living creating hands-on learning experiences in science, engineering, and art. She approaches everything from a place of discovery and conceptual understanding.
Madison McBurney has been teaching hoop classes for 8 years and is originally from Houston, TX. She owns a hula hoop after-school program called Mad About Hoops and hosted a hula hoop flash mob at Sonic Bloom. She’s excited to bring her skills to this event!
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.
T Lawrence-Simon has been studying and performing aerials since 2007, and has been teaching movement in many forms since 2002. During college, he started learning aerials at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, where he eventually started assistant teaching. Meanwhile, T was spending every summer working at Circus Smirkus in Vermont. Focusing on the aerial hoop, T attended the New England Center for Circus Arts in their Professional Training Program from 2010-2012. While at NECCA, T was hired to lead their aerial hoop program, curating the hoop curriculum into carefully thought out levels and sequences. Since then, he has been an advanced coach at Versatile Arts and SANCA in Seattle, and currently is the Senior Coach at ESH Circus Arts in Somerville, MA. T has toured the world with his workshops and classes, bringing his depth of knowledge, precision technique, and absolute safety to all the students and teachers he’s mentored. Learn More
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