Photos By: Lenore Erickson
Flying high. How did you get into aerial skill performing.
I started aerial silks about three years ago. I had been taking gymnastics but just didn't feel like it was the right fit for me. That's when I met an amazing woman from my church, who turned out to be a local aerial silks instructor! I started taking classes and instantly feel in love with the sport. However, that doesn't mean it's been easy! Many of the movements and muscles used in silks are rarely exercised in normal life, because of the unique nature of the circus art. Being upside down and backwards tangled in fabrics can lead to some interesting situations! The most challenging aspect of silks for me has not just been physical, but mental. I'm an extroverted person and very outgoing, but finding a way to express myself is sometimes difficult. When I first started silks, I was very insecure and anxious about getting everything right. Aerials has pushed me to go out of my comfort zone and grow as a much more confident performer and person! Every time I choreograph a new solo for a show, I try to do something new and uncomfortable. I'm currently preparing for a performance at a local festival, and am experimenting with music and movement that I've never done before! I'm definitely nervous, but can already see myself growing and learning more about myself and my art.
Tell us more about yourself.
A few things that I am hopelessly passionate about are God, my family and friends, silks and creative writing. I love using what I've experienced and seen to help others and encourage those around me. As far as how I see myself in the world, I think it can be summed up in my life motto: I'm here to love God and love people. Everything else is a bonus. I believe that as long as I'm doing those two things, all the rest will work out. We only have one life, so we may as well enjoy it! Nothing brings me more joy then spending quality time with people. There's no substitute for genuine relationships and a good time. :)
I'm a senior in highschool and equally nervous and excited to be graduating! After I graduate, I plan to attend college and get my RN. From there, I will work in either the ICU or ER while furthering my education to become a CRNA (certified registered nurse anesthetist). The medical field has always been an area I'm passionate about, and I know that a CRNA would be the perfect fit for me. As someone working that job, I would get to care for people and connect with them in one of the most stressful and scary times in their lives. I'm excited to see what the next years of my life hold!