Hello there everyone my name is Brionna Walker. I am 23 years old and have been dancing since I was 5 years old. My styles ranges are contemporary, hip hop, bollywood, belly dance, choreography, waltz, paso doble, samba, merengue, bachata, salsa, irish tap, jazz choreography, tutting, pop and locking, breaking, and ballet. I am a proud performer/dancer for Mandyland Entertainment. I've been with them for three years now and love everything about what we bring to our shows. You can see pictures from photoshoots and shows on my facebook which is www.facebook.com/Valachia.
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Amelia Rate has a passion for introducing people to the hoop and growing the flow arts community in Augusta, Georgia, and beyond. She performs hoop burlesque with Dirty South Burlesque and Cabaret and organizes hoop and flow art events within her local community.
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For more than half of her life, dance music has been April Lowe’s heart, soul, and the blood in her veins. Countless nights on the dance floor, endless listening, and being surrounded by DJs and writers of electronic music built a solid foundation of knowledge that is continuously expanding now that she has immersed and devoted herself to the music that gives her life.
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In over three years of aerial training, Christine has learned that her favorite moves are drops, drops, and drops. She absolutely hates writing bios. When she's not flying, she's probably swimming.
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Emma started her aerial training with Aerial CLT in North Carolina, which began her love of aerial hoop. Now living in Atlanta, GA she continues to train at The Space. Having a strong background in classical ballet, and contemporary dance she tries to emulate floor choreography in the air. Along with aerial hoop, Emma is also trained in aerial silks and trapeze.
Joshira has been practicing Aerial arts for about 3 years with AerialCLT, and has almost a year of Trapeze practice. She has only done a couple of performances before; to her, performing is about challenge herself outside of her comfort zone, telling a story, and portraying a character that she wants to explore. The arts have always attracted Joshira; she enjoys writing, drawing, and costume design. Bloom is an event that always enchanted her, so Joshira is excited to finally have an opportunity to participate as a perform this year!
Picture cred: DanielClarkCunninghamphoto (silks photo on the right and bottom left)
Social Media: aerial_amazon (instagram)
Julia Shockley was raised on a farm in Snow Hill, Maryland and trained in classical ballet at Salisbury Academy of Dance and Eastern Shore Ballet Theater. After high school, she pursued her love for the art of dancing at East Carolina University in Greenville, where she discovered a new love for modern dance as well as choreographing. During her time at ECU she performed in numerous faculty and student works. Julia earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance performance. Upon graduating in 2014, she moved to Charlotte, NC and began dancing with Kinetic Works. While with the company she has performed in various works throughout North and South Carolina and at The Mint Museum, The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture, and the Bechtler Museum. She has also been a member of the Kinetyx Ensemble, which performs shows and leads workshops for school children of all ages. Julia started dancing with THE MARK Dance Company in 2015. She also performs in Loose Leaves Showcase, Charlotte Dance Festival, Charlotte New Music Festival, as well as several other festivals and small groups in Charlotte.
Photo by Dick Costa.
Katalin Lightner is a professional circus artist. She trained wire walking and object manipulation at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts in Seattle, and with circus professionals throughout North America. She has performed in theatrical circus shows, festivals, and for special events across the United States, and has appeared in television and film. Her passion is in creating performances that tell stories using physical storytelling, designing unique circus equipment, and incorporating technology into live performance. In 2015, her project “Lit” won “When Technology Meets Creativity,” a National contest put on by Cirque du
Soleil that examined the intersections of technology and creativity. “Lit” explored projection mapping onto a fabric slackwire/slackfabric with wire walking. In 2016, Katalin founded Dream Rippled Productions LLC, an art and entertainment company based in South Carolina that specializes in
creating one of a kind experiences, and developing technology for live performance. She is also one of the co-founders of Soda City Cirque, a performance art company based out of Columbia, SC that blends circus, dance, and theater in full-length theatrical circus shows.
instagram: @katalinlightner and @dreamrippled
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Kelly is a level 4 student in Meaghann Lynne's HSSB Certification program, She is a member of Raqs Malaika. She was one of the founders of Mystic Tribal, she was also a part of Raqs Layali with Mahsati Janan.
Photo by Gary Imel.
Malayka's aerial journey began with Aerial CLT in 2014. She began her journey with aerial silks and continued to expand her knowledge of other aerial apparatuses ultimately finding a great passion for Lyra. Under the great guidance and encouragement from her peers and instructors she continues to train, teach, and has found an immense passion to share what confidence and strength she has gained through her aerial journey with the world.
Photo by Daniel Clark Cunningham
Mandy was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. She began taking Dance lessons Ballet, Pointe, Tap and Jazz at the age of 6 and continued into her teens. Mandy found her passion for the Aerial Arts in January 2012 and has been training, teaching and performing since.
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Not so long ago there was a little girl who grew up never abandoning her love for magic, fantasy and the fairy tales we grew up with. Her mind would wander and dream until eventually she turned the inspirations of her imagination into the physical masterpieces renowned in Charlotte. Mira Bella has always embraced the world of dance with an unprecedented fashion with over Two decades of experience, with eight of those years dedicated to the beautiful art of belly dance. 2017 marks the year where she will unveil her new pursuits as a dance instructor in the Huntersville, NC area with times and locations being announced this Fall. It’s an exciting time for Mira Bella’s world since her feet first graced the dance floor at the age of 13. Her repertoire has covered everything from ballet, to belly dance, and more recently ballroom and the art of pole dancing. When she isn’t dancing she operates under the moniker The Costume Designer bringing to life the most dazzling pieces of art from dance and pole wear, to custom character costumes embraced by the cosplay community.
Mirlo is an aerial performer and life long dancer. She has trained at AerialCLT for over two years in silks and delights in combining cosplay and choreography. In every performance she seeks to portray a character close to her heart and looks forward to sharing her storytelling in this year's Bloom!
I have been practicing aerial silks for about a year and a half now. I fell in love immediately. Flying makes me feel confident, strong, and most of all, free. When I began to take silks to the next level through performance, I discovered an enjoyment and desire for eliciting feeling and connection from the audience. I hope to create a performance that will draw you in and hold you until the last second, when you suddenly remember where you are. If I have made even one person feel what I am portraying, then I have been successful.
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Satya is a multi dimensional performer, based in Charlotte, NC. Starting her dance journey in the early part of her life and covering a bit of hip hop, ballet, jazz, lyrical and tap, she found her true movement passion in 2003 with belly dance. In the following years came her love of the fire arts and upon moving to Charlotte from Phoenix in 2011, she started taking classes at Aerial CLT for silks. Since then, she has begun teaching silks and heading the lyra program at Aerial CLT.
Her dance style is heavily influenced by electronic music and intricacies of movement that it provides the stage for. Focusing on the theatrical side of performance, her hope is to inspire new or transformed thoughts and emotions in her audience.
Photo by Jim McGuire Photography
Sera is an award winning professional bellydancer who brings her charisma, extensive dance training, contagiously bubbly personality, and polished persona with her every time she takes the stage. Sera discovered bellydance in 2009 and has been obsessed ever since. Sera is also the founder and troupe leader of Browncoat Bellydance, a bellydance and variety show featuring Sci Fi and Anime themed choreographies who perform at Comic Cons and other geek-related events.
Sera is a member of Blue Star Turkish Folkloric Dance Troupe and has traveled internationally to perform at Turkish Festivals. She has performed representing Turkey at a NATO luncheon. Sera’s love and representation of the Turkish Folk dances has been highly praised by those she has danced for. Sera regularly dances at the Mirage in Knoxville, TN. Sera teaches at her studio in Canton, NC.
Fire Magic. From the first mesmerizing glow I knew I had to become a practitioner. I love balancing a flaming scimitar on my body, an allegory for my relationship with fire. Danger. Balance. Co-existance. An elemental journey of control, desire and sensuality.
Besides fire, my other creative expressions include being an aerialist and writer.
Born in Coney Island, New York...
And raised down south to become "Charlotte's Hardest Working Fire Clown".
Sparkplug Burns is an explosive performer that combines clown gags, stand up style humor, traditional sideshow stunts, and inhuman fire manipulation to mesmerize and entertain his audiences.
Sparkplug has performed his funny & fiery antics on sidewalks and stages up and down the east coast, and he was recently chosen to represent Charlotte, NC in breaking a world record (or two?) in Netherlands this August!
Be certain to catch this rising star!!!
Photo by Scott Moulton