Now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 program!
Final Application Deadline: May 1, 2023
Our program is a transformative 9 month journey for aerial dancers aspiring to a professional career in this unique and creative field. We provide the well-rounded training and skills students need to pursue a variety of career paths and to be highly marketable in this ever growing and competitive arena.
Our graduates are able to perform on a myriad of aerial apparatus, choreograph compelling work, and contribute to the next generation of aerial dance innovation!
* Jump start your career *
* Become a versatile aerial dance artist *
* Expand your creative potential *
The ideal candidate is not only passionate about the discipline of aerial dance, but also is open to a wide variety of movement approaches and desires to be artistically and technically challenged. Successful candidates already possess a solid foundation in a dance or movement discipline and have studied more than one aerial apparatus.
Candidates that come motivated to put their full energy into this program and to establish their career direction tend to achieve the most success. We do not recommend this program to candidates that desire to specialize in one specific apparatus, as our curriculum is designed to create versatile performers that possess a high level of skill on many apparatus.
Over the course of the 9 month program, each student will create a solo and other original work for the culminating showcase, performed for the public in May. The performance will take place in a professional theater setting at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, CO. Students will receive professional photos and video of their work that can be used for self-promotion and marketing to jump start their careers!
Our well-rounded curriculum prepares aerial dance artists for a wide variety of aerial career trajectories, expands their creative potential, and provides them with the tools to keep their bodies healthy and flying!
- Aerial Dance Technique: Fabric, Lyra, Low Flying Trapeze, Rope, Sling, Static Trapeze, and more!
- Aerial Dance Creation: Performance, Choreography, Improvisation, Invention
- Career Preparation: Portfolio Building, Marketing, Rigging, Budgeting, Career Pathways, and more!
- Health & Wellness: Kinesiology, Individual Body Assessments, Conditioning, Flexibility, Somatic Practices, Injury Prevention, and more!
- Independent Study: Open Gym with dedicated space and equipment for each student to work towards their individual goals
Why train with Frequent Flyers®?
Frequent Flyers® has pioneered Aerial Dance since 1988 in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. Our training technique goes beyond aerial skill acquisition—we focus on the process of transforming aerial skills into an artistic expression that integrates ground-based movement and aerials. All of our teachers, also accomplished aerial artists, will offer you strong training with safety, technique and creativity in mind. Couple our teachers’ aerial training with their diverse backgrounds in a wide variety of disciplines including somatic practices, traditional circus, and many types of dance, and you are sure to leave Frequent Flyers® with a wealth of knowledge pertinent to a variety of aerial pursuits.
Frequent Flyers® is the FIRST aerial dance school approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Board.
- Performer with La Reve in Las Vegas
- Performers and instructors with Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance
- Professional gig artists performing nationally and internationally at events, music festivals, competitions, and more
- Founders, directors, and managers of aerial schools and companies
- Nationally touring aerial instructors
- Aerial choreographers
- Successful fitness industry leaders
Artistic Director: Nancy Smith
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How many students do you accept in to the program each year?
We accept a maximum of 12 students per year.
What age must I be to qualify for the program?
We require that students are at least 18 years old prior to the start of the program. There is no maximum age limit. The average age of our student base tends to be early to mid-20s.
What are the Frequent Flyers studios like and what equipment will I have access to?
Frequent Flyers maintains 2 studio spaces with vinyl-covered, sprung dance floors and state of the art rigging grids at 21’ and 23’ high. Each studio has panel mats and crash pads, and one studio has a release mat. We maintain an inventory of fabrics, slings, ropes, dance trapezes, static trapezes, and lyras in both studios. We also have straps, bungee, rope and harness, stilts, and a wide variety of invented apparatus including a moon, ladder, cube, and umbrella!
Do you offer housing?
We do not offer housing through the program. We are happy to assist you with your search and may be able to connect you to other incoming students looking for housing. Although Boulder is bus and bike friendly, we do recommend students have access to a car, particularly during the winter months.
Do you offer financial aid or scholarships?
We do not currently offer financial aid or scholarships for the Aerial Dance Professional Training Program. We do offer the option to pay tuition by semester or monthly through our online auto-pay system.
Can I work a part-time job while enrolled in the program?
Yes! Many of our past students have held part-time jobs during the program. We recommend flexible jobs in which you can set your own schedule, work from home, or have schedules that do not conflict with the hours of the program. Many past students worked early morning jobs at coffee shops, gyms, or fitness studios or later evening/weekend jobs such as bartending, waiting tables, or catering.
How do I adjust to the altitude in Boulder?
If you are coming from a lower elevation than Boulder (5,328ft), we highly recommend arriving at least 1 week prior to the start of the program to acclimate. Eat and rest well and drink A LOT more water than you think you need. The program is very physically intense, and you will want be at your best when you start!
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