When people see aerial dance they often comment about how easy it
looks. Well good, we did our job as dancers. We made the difficult
look effortless. Many don’t realize the hours and months that went
into creating that effortlessness. The choreography is figured out,
repeated, reworked, and repeated over and over and over again. We
figure out ways to defy and manipulate gravity, and move through space.
Aerial dance brings other obstacles with it: the sometimes
uncooperative partner (the trapeze), dizziness, nausea, rope burns,
scrapes, and cuts. Of course we wear these abrasions as badges of
The kinks and awkwardness have been worked out. No one witnesses us
struggling to figure out a move or the moment of someone else’s body
parts in awkward places. But of course through the sweat, dizziness,
rope burns, and sore muscles we have a few laughs along the way.
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-Alissa Kaplan Soto, rehearsal director