I spent a large part of my childhood living on a small sailing vessel with my parents, climbing the mast and swinging from the rigging. When I was ten, we went back to Colorado and I started circus because my parents didn’t know what else to do with me.
I started with flying trapeze and aerial acrobatics in Colorado and then performed with Le Petit Cirque in California while I finished school. At 17, I spent a year completing the full-time protrack program at the New England Center of Circus Arts in Vermont. Then, I was accepted to the National Centre for Circus Arts in London where I also performed with Stufish productions in SOHO and CIRCA in Depart.
I am inspired by people and their stories. When I was 13, I wrote a play about the women suffrage movement and performed it at the National Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Seneca Falls, New York. I have sometimes brought this work into my aerial practice by drawing inspiration from real people’s stories and transferring them onto my rope. One piece was loosely based on Marilynn Monroe and explored the dangers of anxiety. I feel that everyone has much to learn from their own history as well as that of others.
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