Professional Company, Faculty, Kids Who Fly Coordinator
Angela is a 1995 graduate of The Ohio University School of Dance. After receiving a BFA in performance and choreography, she traveled to Italy to continue her studies in dance. It was there that she experienced her first explorations with aerial movement. Upon returning she moved to Colorado to become a massage therapist and immerse herself in the dance community here in Boulder. After viewing a Frequent Flyer rehearsal in 1997, it was love at first sight. Angela has been dancing, performing, choreographing, and teaching with the company for 16 years. Currently, Angela also has her own after school dance program for kids called The Nederland Mountain Movers.
Cosmo, a native of Denver, Colorado, has been an acrobat since 2008. Cosmo is a student teacher at the Boulder Movement Collective, a professional photographer, and coach at MOTH Contemporary Circus Center. In addition to thousands of hours of personal reading, research, practice, and teaching; Cosmo has trained extensively across the world learning from other great Movement instructors including Ido Portal, Jim Bathurst (BeastSkills.com), handbalancer Yuval Ayalon, circus coach Jean-Luc Martin, Yuri Marmerstein, and Rafe Kelley. Cosmo has trained acrobatics all over the world with several communities across the United States, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, and China. Cosmo has experience teaching circus acrobatics including tumbling, martial arts tricking, handbalancing, aerial straps, Chinese pole, parkour, and trampoline.
Professional Company, Faculty
Angela has found joy in motion since she was very small, and has always been involved in some form of movement, including dance, martial arts, and aerial arts. She completed Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Professional Training Program in 2016 and is thrilled to be teaching and performing with Frequent Flyers. Angela has a B.S. in mathematics with a minor in physics, and when she’s not dancing or hanging upside-down, she works as a web developer.
Danielle Garrison (1984) is a U.S.-based international aerial artist whose work intersects various fields including aerial dance, cirque, and new media as well as classical, contemporary, modern, post-modern, somatic, and experimental movement practices through live performance, interactive installation, biometrics, film, and art photography. Her projects are grounded in transdisciplinary and international collaboration and focus on experimental and interactive aerial dance performance practices that merge aerial arts and media to re-find the embodied communication in a post-body era. Danielle is an MFA dance graduate with emphases in aerial dance and somatics from the University of Colorado (May 2019). During 2017-2018, Danielle was a Fulbright France Scholar and a Resident Artist at La Grainerie in Toulouse, where she worked on her multi-disciplinary project MAPS (Multicultural Aerial Performance Stories), resulting in four performance installations that explored the topics of grief, response and empathy within the intersection of embodied performance and media. In 2018, Tethered, a dance film on suicide Danielle made with Franck Gonnaud and David Allen, was screened at the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema. Recently, Danielle was a resident artist at Nils Obstrat (Paris), where she collaborated on a VR/360/3D/drone film that blurred the binary between human and drone. In Athens, Danielle collaborated on a sound and sculptural installation performance for artist Rebecca Deutsch. In Berlin, Danielle taught transdisciplinary artistic collaboration at the renowned Berlin Circus Festival. In Avallon, Danielle was invited to do a residency at Le Château de Monthelon to participate in the Circus Dialogues Project, facilitated by Belgian Professor Bauke Lievens. Furthermore, Danielle has worked as a multi-faceted artist for Aerial Dance Chicago, Cirque du Soleil, the Joffrey Ballet, the Colorado Ballet and Frequent Flyers® and has performed and/or taught at the Frequent Flyers® Aerial Dance Festival/Boulder, Colorado; Berlin Circus Festival/Berlin; Santa Barbara Floor to Air Festival/California; Aerial Greece/Athens, Greece; the San Francisco Aerial Dance/California; and Les Rencontres de Danse Aérienne/Nantes, France.
Professional Company, Faculty, Community Programming Manager
Born in Ontario, Canada, Sarah could always be found dancing and singing in the living room, the yard, and the grocery store. It wasn’t until age 7 that she began her formal dance training upon moving to Silver Spring, MD. Sarah went on to major in Dance Performance, minor in Environmental Science, and receive her K-12 Dance Teaching Certification from Towson University. During her time at Towson she had the pleasure of taking Jayne Bernasconi’s low flying trapeze class, igniting her passion for aerial dance. Sarah has had the pleasure of dancing with DEVIATED THEATER, Baltimore Aerial Dance, Olney Ballet Theatre, and Ballet ADI. In 2014, Sarah received her 200 hour yoga teaching certification, as well as her Aerial Yoga Bernasconi Technique certification. Sarah is a graduate of the Frequent Flyers Professional Training Program. She could not be more excited to be teaching and performing with Frequent Flyers!
A Colorado native, Natalie was introduced to aerial arts in 2009 at the Aerial Dance Festival. Already training in modern dance and ballet she began studying aerial dance regularly, driving to Denver whenever she could to learn. During her junior year of high school, she completed her first national tour with The Thorn, as well as performing in cabaret shows in Colorado Springs. After high school, Natalie toured with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, continued performing and started to learn the art of teaching. She went on to complete a degree specializing in aerial sling from The National Centre for Circus Arts in London, as well as teach aerial internationally; after which she returned to Colorado. Natalie is thankful for the opportunity to learn from artists like Fred Deb, Leo Hedman, Will Fields, Rita VanOppseland, Elsie and Serenity Smith. Currently, Natalie works as a professional company member at Iluminar Aerial, The Clocktower Cabaret and occasionally with Rainbow Militia . Outside of aerial, Natalie works as the Children, Family and Youth Director at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Broomfield. Photo: Annabelle Denmark.
Faculty, Professional Company
Jessie began dancing at the age of two in a Northern Minnesota town. She pursed her dream and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN where she trained with Julie Kerr Berry, Daniel Stark and Paul Finnochiaro, primarily. During her junior year of college, she signed up for a summer abroad at the National Institute of Circus Arts in Australia and fell in love with all things aerial. Jessie spent two years supporting the start up of a Michigan based Gymnastics center and helped initiate an aerial arts program there before moving to Boulder in the Fall of 2014. She joined the Frequent Flyers’ Professional Company in 2016, which feels like a dream come true!
Professional Company, Faculty
Valerie has been a dancer since 1980 and became an aerial dancer in 1996 with Frequent Flyers. She has had the pleasure of performing with Movement Laboratories, Lancaster Ballet, Boston Ballet, CU Dance Department, Boulder Ballet, Frequent Flyers Productions, Wellingon Circus Trust (faculty and board member, NZ), AeroTerra (director, NZ), and Empress Stiltdance (NZ). She has happily returned to Frequent Flyers Productions after a four-year hiatus in New Zealand. Her secret life as a scientist keeps her busy during the day, using stable isotopes to
unlock the secrets of global climate change.
Education Director, Professional Company, Faculty
Alysha hails from Lake Tahoe, NV where she grew up dancing, tumbling, and skiing. She continued her training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in contemporary dance. Alysha moved to Boulder in 2013 and completed FFP’s Aerial Dance Professional Training Program. Upon completion, she joined FFP in June 2015 to serve as the Assistant Education Director, teach, and perform in the professional company. Alysha loves to bounce in the bungee most of all and specializes in teaching trapeze, stilts, and modern dance. Alysha continues to pursue her passions of studying all styles of movement and inspiring her students to believe they can achieve the seemingly impossible!
Previously dancing in NYC and working in an Environmental Science laboratory, Nicole moved to Boulder to complete an MFA in Dance/Interdisciplinary Performance with a focus in Alexander Technique. She has danced with a variety of companies around the country, as well as performed choreography by Susan Marshall, Robert Battle, Joe Goode, Rhonda Miller and Ginger Thatcher, among others. Ever since wandering in a FFP Low-Flying Trapeze class in 2005, she’s been hooked on flying! Nicole is currently the co-coordinator of the Dance Major at MSU Denver.
Jocelynn Rudig is a certified Aerial Fabric, Aerial Yoga, Yoga and GYROKINESIS® Instructor. She has been teaching Aerial Arts for over 10 years. Jocelynn began her training at the San Francisco Circus Center and continues to train in Boulder, CO and around the world with fellow flyers. She has been performing Aerial Dance, Modern and Ballet for over 18 years, specializing in Aerial Fabric, Lyra, Dance Trapeze, Rope, Sling and Invented Apparatus. In San Francisco, she performed with Liss Fain Dance, Capacitor and Deborah Slater Dance Theater. Currently, she works with Frequent Flyers, Fractal Tribe and SpectrixX. Jocelynn teaches workshops across the nation in studios and at Aerial Dance Festivals. Internationally, she has taught in Central America, Mexico, Thailand, France and India. In addition to teaching and performing in the air, Jocelynn is a Clinical Herbalist and Wellness Consultant.
Founder, Artistic Director
Nancy is the founder and artistic director of Boulder, Colorado, based Frequent Flyers Productions since its inception in 1988. Based in Boulder since 1985, she has taught low–flying trapeze and releasing technique around the US. Over her 31 years of studying and teaching aerial work, she has developed the Aerial Release Technique (A.R.T.) and works with all levels of aerialists to refine their technique for fluidity, effortlessness, and lines in the body. Her work with Frequent Flyers Productions has been seen at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., at Cirque du Soleil in Montreal, in Boston, Virginia, New Orleans, Utah, San Francisco, the Bahamas, and throughout Colorado. She has received numerous awards and honors including the Living Legend of Dance in Colorado award, Women Who Light the Community, Cutting Edge Award from the Colorado Dance Alliance, the Boulder County Pacesetters Award for Arts and Entertainment, a Neodata Endowment Fellowship in Dance, and the Arts Innovation Award from the Colorado Federation of the Arts. She co-authored the first book on Aerial Dance and dreams of a prehensile tail….
Anastasia first discovered aerial in college. At first aerial was great fitness but quickly became an outlet for creativity and a passion. Anastasia’s movement style comes from a background in martial arts. It is dark and dramatic, a mixture of slow hypnotic movement and fast dynamic sequences. Her emphasis is on fascinating shapes and clean lines all while upholding the illusion of defying gravity. She approaches teaching skills through the incremental progressions of a martial artist, informed by kinesthetics and anatomy. Her coaching has been described as approachable, encouraging, and quirky with emphasis on proper technique and anatomical safety. Anastasia has been training since 2011 and has been performing since 2013. Anastasia enjoys all forms of aerial including rope, silks, sling, trapeze, invented apparatus, and lyra. She completed the Aerial Teacher Training Program at Aerial Fit in Charleston, SC in January of 2016 and since has been working as a coach to help others discover the joy of aerial and their potential to fly. She hopes that she can help achieve each student’s individual goals, help them find their own artistic voice and influences, and hone their abilities.