Congratulations to our Aerial Dance Festival 2020 scholarship recipients!
Terry Sendgraff Memorial Scholarship: Mykelle Walton
This scholarship is made possible by the love and generosity of Terry, her family and friends.
Mykelle Walton is an aerial artist & event specialist based in Boise, Idaho. She has been an acrobat for over 25 years and has always been addicted to hanging from anything that she can get her hands on. After her career as a level 10 gymnast, Mykelle picked up aerial arts as a full-time passion and has performed professionally since 2015. She is the founder and president of Boise Circus Guild, a non-profit circus organization committed to supporting circus arts and artists in Idaho.
Mykelle has graced the stage around the world at AIDA Cruises and at events including Moisture Festival in Seattle, Tourettes without Regrets in San Francisco, Nuit De Contes in Toronto. and TEDxBoise. She is also the poster girl for the revolutionary Butterfly Lift produced by Rock Exotica, and she currently holds the aerial champion title at the Reno AerialFest. She spends some of her time teaching workshops in her hometown and across North America, she likes to encourage young aerialists grow by judging competitions in Mexico and the US.
Her circus dream would be to create an all-female contemporary circus company and create and tour shows about philosophic concepts.
Glenn P. Davis Scholarship: Val Russell
This scholarship is made possible by the love and generosity of Glenn Davis’ family.
My name is Val Russell. I am the owner and founder of Alpine Aerial Acrobatics. Before this company, I owned Push Pilates for 15 years, Memphis Aerial Arts for 10 years and had a performance troupe, Valeria’s Wings for 9 years. I have Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Masters of Fine Arts from The San Francisco Arts Institute. I have spent my adult life creating art and studying movement both for health and creativity. I have been working with creative and healthy movement for three decades both volunteering and running for profit businesses that support both!
Val’s sense of adventure and deep understanding of core control as well as a love of nature and the mountains inspires a unique brand of teaching. When not instructing, Val is a full time mommy to Porter and two dogs Scout and Creek. These three can be found on weekends climbing rocks and flying on bridges.
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