Part of the reason I keep doing aerial dance (producing, choreographing and teaching) is because so many intrepid people are attracted to it. These are not your run-of-the mill movers; they like pushing past barriers about fear and strength and going past comfort zones and doing new things.
Imagine a ballet dancer who has trained all her life to master control (of her movement, her weight, her style) and then she switches to doing lyra. Lyra hangs from a single point and anything that hangs from just one point takes a very delicate balance - one inch to the right and you have lost control. Having an aerial apparatus as a partner is like choosing the most unreliable male dancer ever. So it is unusual to have a ballet dancer take herself in the direction of aerial dance. Yet in our upcoming NYC Aerial Dance Festival, Carol Knopf will be there in point shoes, dancing with her lyra. She is like the ultimate feminist ballerina - who needs a male dancer to get in the air when you can do it yourself?