Featuring Performances by:
Sarah Elizabeth Milosch
April Moore Skelton
and Kim Zmolek
Join The Experience
Thank you all for being a part of the first Apogee Aerial Dance Festival, Seattle’s only aerial dance festival.
It’s been an amazing week of aerial workshops, multi-day intensives, panel discussions, performances, and more.
And yes, we’ll be back next year for another amazing festival week. Follow us on Facebook for all the latest updates as we start planning for next year’s event!
AADF Performance Showcase
Tickets are on sale now for the AADF Performance Showcase at the Broadway Performance Hall on December 16th.
Featuring Performances by:
and Kim Zmolek
Interested in Performing in the AADF Performance Showcase?
Head over to the showcase application page and complete the application form to submit your act for jury consideration.
Submissions are being accepted on a rolling basis until the remaining slots in the show are filled.
Want to be in the AADF Student Show?
Either take Act Creation with Julianna Hane or Creative Performance Development Toolbox with Sarah Milosch and you are welcome to participate in the Student Show.
Or send a link to an audition video to firstname.lastname@example.org to submit an act for the show.
Thank You To Our Sponsors
If you are interested in sponsoring AADF, please email Jenna at email@example.com for more details about our sponsorships levels.
Registration is Open
Registration is Open!
All workshops, workshops for teens, panels, performances, and special events that we’ll be offering during the festival week have been added to our calendar.
Check out the selections on offer including Dance Trapeze, Hoop, Silks, Hammock, Cyr Wheel, Strap Loops, Rope, Spanish Web, Cloud Swing, Dance, Contortion, Floor Movement, Act Creation, and so much more.
And don’t miss out on these special events:
- Kickstarter Backer Party at Apex on Saturday Dec. 9th (please RSVP)
- a special After Hours Meet-up at Capitol Cider on Wednesday Dec 13th
- AADF Student Show at Apex on Friday Dec. 15th (tickets on sale now)
- Opening night of A Fig Tree Waltzes at 12th Ave Arts on Friday Dec. 15th (tickets on sale now)
- Apogee Performance Showcase at Broadway Performance Hall on Saturday Dec. 16th (tickets on sale now)
- Apogee Wrap Party at Apex on Saturday Dec. 16th (please RSVP)
What is an Aerial Dance Festival?
December 9th, 2017 will be the first day of Seattle’s first aerial dance festival hosted by Apex Aerial Arts in collaboration with Versatile Arts. Apogee Aerial Dance Festival will bring together innovative performers and instructors in aerial dance, dance, and circus arts from across the country to bring new voices to the thriving circus community that already exists in Seattle. And will provide performances to showcase our amazing local talent as well as our visiting artists.
This week of workshops, classes, act development, panel discussions and creative dialogue will expand, enrich, and inspire the local circus community while building connections with the wider global circus community and give us all an opportunity to learn, create, play, and explore together.
Aerial Hoop & Dance Trapeze
Dream Frohe is an aerialist with a passion for thoughtful, dynamic movement and makes a practice of joyfully hoisting herself into improbable positions for the sake of honest expression.
Using her background as a gymnast, in addition to a life long interest in dance and other art forms, she brings strong technique and a fresh style into her work as a performer, instructor and choreographer.
She has been teaching and performing aerial dance throughout the northwest for over 10 years and is a founding member of the Bellingham Circus Guild, where she currently teaches and trains.
Aerial Hammock & Silks
Jenn has been immersed in aerial arts since 2008. She is driven by her focus on silks and sling (hammock) but also enjoys exploring cord lisse, trapeze, lyra, net and rope & harness. She has coached, choreographed and performed across the US from New York to Alaska. And has recently resettled in Seattle, WA after completing a 5 month 25 city workshop tour.
As an Aerial Coach, she seeks to provide the highest quality progressive instruction to aerialists of all abilities from novice to professional performer. Her mission as a human is to cultivate a warm, non-judgmental learning environment that fosters community, to build personal physical and emotional strength within the individuals who participate in this environment and methodically construct a vehicle by which to create art.
Learn more about her at heelhang.com or follow her on instagram @heelhang
Dance Trapeze & Silks
April Skelton is an aerialist, educator, and dance trapeze evangelist based in Colorado. She is the Education Director at Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance in Boulder. April has been working in aerial arts since 2005, after beginning her own training at Canopy Studio in Athens, Ga., under the direction of Susan Murphy. Out of that community of Southern artists, April adopted and helped develop the particular dialect of dance trapeze she speaks most fluently: a merging of vertical skills borrowed from aerial fabric and sling with the dynamic precision of static trapeze. She is honored to teach and perform at Seattle’s inaugural Apogee Aerial Dance Festival.
Hammock, Strap Loops, Silks, Lyra
Sarah is an aerialist and instructor based out of Chicago, Illinois. With a passion for hammock, silks, lyra and strap loops she enjoys the constant shift in perspective you can only achieve from the air.
A life long background in dance has inspired her to become a fluid and dynamic performer with an attention to detail. As an instructor she strives to encourage and influence her students through an emphasis on understanding proper technique, alignment, body awareness and articulate movement choices.
In 2016 Sarah became the part owner and founding member of the aerial dance performance company Methos Aerial. She is both honored and excited to be a part of Apogee Aerial Dance Festival.
Kari Jay Hunter
Kari Jay Hunter currently makes her circus home at the Circus Project in Portland, Oregon, and has taught classes, workshops, and private lessons in Seattle (SANCA, Versatile Arts, and Emerald City Trapeze), as well as along the west coast, including the Circus Guild in Bellingham, the Aviary in Olympia, Le Cirque Centre in Ashland, Oregon, and the Circus Center in San Francisco. Additionally, she has coached workshops at NECCA and instructed aspiring circus artists at Theater for the New City in Manhattan.
She has performed with numerous companies including Circus Contraption, the Aerialistas, Seattle Opera, Animate Objects Physical Theater, EnJoy Productions, Teatro ZinZanni in Seattle and San Francisco, the Moisture Festival, UMO Ensemble, Friedrichsbau Variety and Pallazzo Variety in Germany.
PJ Perry has been performing aerial since 2008. She only found the corde-lisse as her primary apparatus in 2013. She added Spanish web to her repetoire in 2014. Her performance focus is to utilize momentum and capitalize on the innate simplicity of the rope itself instead of complicated wraps and multiple-step drops, and she treats the rope as a flexible pole more often than a tangle. PJ is also currently expanding her horizons into the world of handbalancing and group choreography. Her performance history, local and international, includes time with the Dream Science Circus, the Aerialistas, the Bellingham Circus Guild, Moisture Festival, the Vancouver Circus Festival, the Denver Aerial and Acrobatic Arts Festival. She will be heading to the Western Australia Circus Festival in January, to perform and teach workshops.
As an instructor and coach, PJ has been teaching movement since 2001 and integrates her background as a master Pilates instructor with her experience teaching collegiate kinesiology and related subjects in both the university and trade school environs. She holds a Master’s degree in Kinesiology, multiple Pilates certifications, a massage therapy license, and a level 2 Neurokinetic Therapy certificate. PJ first and foremost wishes to meet each student exactly where they are at in the learning process so that safety, proper biomechanics, skill acquisition, and creative exploration can be achieved along with a healthy dose of FUN!
More info at www.pjaerial.com
Courtney Giannone is a professional dancer, choreographer and movement instructor. She earned her BFA in dance from Fordham University and the Ailey School, New York City.
Courtney has performed professionally with Queen of the Night, Neil Patrick Harris, Company XIV, Quixotic Fusion, Buglisi Dance Theater, Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, Pascal Rioult, STREB Extreme Action, Diavolo, Martha Graham, and Alvin Ailey.
Courtney is world champion in competitive wheel gymnastics for Team USA, She is currently the director of Cyr wheel, as well as Dance Director and resident choreographer, at San Diego Circus Center. Courtney instructs Cyr wheel, GYROKINESIS ®, GYROTONIC ®, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Dance Partnering, Dance Composition, Conditioning, Flexibility. She is also the instructor and choreographer for Cyr wheel at Circus Juventas.
Courtney’s choreographic productions merge dance, circus and comedy. Her choreography has been performed at San Diego Circus Center, Circus Juventas, Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, BEAT BROOKLYN, Galapagos Arts Space, Dixon Place, STREB (funded by NY Arts Council), Carborro Arts Center in North Carolina, California State University of Long Beach, Cornish College of the Arts, and The Ailey School. Her nominations, awards and affiliations include Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, the Rolex Mentor Protege Arts Initiative, Gold medal pianist of Carnegie Hall, scholarships to schools such as American Ballet Theater, Kirov Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Studio Maestro, Joffrey Ballet, STREB Extreme Action, Diavolo Dance Theater, Buglisi Dance Theater, Pascal Rioult Dance Theater, contest winner of the Dance Magazine video competition, recipient of the STREB EmergingArtist Commission, recipient of the Bindlestiff First of May Award 2013, and an artist in residence at Spaceworks NYC and Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, California.
Xochitl Sosa is an Oakland based aerial performer and instructor. She is a graduate of the New England Center for Circus Arts’ (NECCA) Pro-Track Program, with a concentration in dance and duo trapeze. In addition to NECCA, she has trained in Montreal with renowned coaches from Cirque du Soleil and the National Circus School.
She performs her unique style of dance trapeze around the US and Mexico in festivals, cabarets, and is approaching two years working with contemporary circus company, Acrobatic Conundrum. Xochitl has contributed to the evolution of American circus by helping to establish Sky Candy, an aerial school in Austin, Texas. She is an enthusiastic teacher; selected teaching experiences include: Kinetic Arts (Oakland, CA); San Francisco Circus Center (San Francisco, CA); the North American Circus Educators Conference; and Camp Winnarainbow, where she first fell in love with circus.