Alexis discovered aerial silks 4 years ago at AerialCLT, where she fell in love with it and the community. She's performed in many student showcases, at past Blooms, and this past February at Airborne Arts in Costa Rica! During working hours, her creativity is focused in Excel as an accountant in Huntersville, NC.
Growing up, Alyssa Zayak was the child everyone expected to run away and join the circus. As a former dancer she took to the air as the Lyra was a natural transition in exploration of movement and emotion. Alyssa's journey in the aerial arts began just shy of three years ago and ignited a passion and love for this art form and community.
Instagram account: @missalyssamae_
Photo by Daniel Clark Cunningham
I was a gymnast for 13 years and after a long hiatus decided to reignite my passion of performance and athleticism by giving aerial a try. I fell in love and have been a part of AerialClt for 2 years now. I love all the apparatus but my heart will always be with lyra!
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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Andee is a native Charlottean and has been a hair stylist and makeup artist in the Charlotte area for more than a decade. She has been practicing aerial arts for three years and loves taking her theater background into the air. Andee enjoys spending time with her husband and her four legged dog daughter, spending time outdoors gardening, hiking, and facing any adventures life throws her way.
Photo by Daniel Clark Cunningham
Annie Vereen is the owner and instructor of AFV Exotic Arts, a jewel box exotic dance studio that's five years strong and a haven for creativity and confidence building. When Annie isn't teaching she's performing burlesque, exploring antique malls, snuggling with her cat, Professor, or rocking out on electric violin.
Hanging on a wall in the studio you will find a painting of Gustav Klimt's "Nuda Veritas" and a poem by Schiller that reads, "if you cannot please the many with your actions and your art, then please the few, for it is bad to please the many." This scarlet pole performance is about loving yourself even though you might be perceived differently.
Photo by Tim O'Brien
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.
Photo courtesy of SIC Images.
Darby Florian's love for movement began when she was a little girl watching a gymnastics competition on TV. She fell in love with the strength, flexibility, and grace the sport exuded. Learning gymnastics and competing for many years was an exciting time and taught her valuable lessons about performing. As an adult, she learned latin dances, and about 3 years ago she was introduced to aerial. During the day, she teaches middle school and by night she is a bendy circus performer.
Geeky Transcen-Dance was born from the love two people shared for dance and all things geeky. Mira Bella and Lou De Rah first discovered their passion for dancing with one another when they were preparing for their fantasy wedding in 2016. Mira Bella, has been dancing for over two decades, 8 of which has been spent training in the art of belly dance. She then entered the world of cosplaying after meeting her beloved in 2012. Lou De Rah, who had been cosplaying for many years before and had been a member of the royal ball court with the Miami Renaissance Festival in Vizcaya, easily adapted to the various ball room styles of dance, with passions leaning toward The Tango and Swing. Together they bring to life your favorite characters on stage with a delightful twist full of lust, excitement, enchantment and desire. Geeky Transcen-Dance brings it to you all, combining ballroom, belly dance and cosplay into one grand performance.
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The Goddess Posse is Satya's amazing student troupe, ranging in experience from 2 to 9 years. The troupe is comprised of very versatile and beautiful dancers including Amber, Dana, Taylor and Satya. They can bring you smiles, they can bring you tears. These women come at you from the heart and the soul and you can see it in their dance.
Iona is currently one of the founding members of Spirit of the Lotus Dance Company, is the Lead Instructor for Lotus Bellydance, directs Amani Lotus Student Troupe and has taught various bellydance workshops and group lessons. While her primary style of dance learned was Egyptian Cabaret belly dance, she has a big love for fusion belly dance. She is a graduate of the Rachel Brice's first class of 8 Elements of Bellydance Approach Phase 4: Transmission, and is the 1st certified 8 Elements Datura Style Instructor in North Carolina. Learn more about her and Lotus at www.lotus-studios.com
Jaclyn is a Charlotte based Graphic Designer who takes classes at Aerial CLT. Her gateway apparatus was pole, but she now practices on silks, lyra, rope, and trapeze as well. She spends all day just about every day creating things for other people, so performance pieces are the things she creates for herself. Jaclyn likes to travel the world, stopping at every cheesy roadside attraction along the way, as well as take pictures and craft.
Jadara has been belly dancing since 2006 and has been taking exotic dance classes with Annie Vereen at AFV Exotic Arts for over a year. Her Bloom piece signifies an internal battle of resisting the self doubt produced by the constant bombardment of photoshopped magazine covers, beauty advertisements, Instagram filters, etc that tell us that what we see in the mirror isn't pretty enough or skinny enough to meet society's artificial standards. RESIST and love yourself!
I was lured in to my journey with fire arts through my love of dance, and bellydance. I started bellydancing in 2004, after dancing all my life. The fire drew me in from the beginning, and then was escalated when I met a beautiful girl named Jenn who became my mentor in the arts, and one of my closest friends. Now I am performing professionally alongside an amazing community of dancers, fire artists, and circus performers in Phoenix, AZ.
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Julia Rae Stewart is recent graduate of Furman University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music as well as Philosophy. Growing up she was active in school sports and has always emphasized personal health and fitness in her day-to-day life. Julia began taking aerial classes in January of 2015 and has continued ever since. She enjoys the challenge, the beauty of the art, and seeing what she, as well as her peers, are capable of achieving when they respect and use their bodies to their full potential. Julia has been training with Kelly Vanleeuwen of Maya Movement Arts since her start in 2015, and has gone through a 6 month intensive teacher training with Kelly. As she strives to continue her aerial education and practice, she has gotten a 35 hour aerial yoga teaching certification through Levity Aerial Yoga, has gone through a 30 hour silks teacher training with Paper Doll Militia, a 30 hour level 1 aerial sling teacher training through Circus Arts Institute, and is always looking for more opportunities to enrich her aerial experiences. Julia continues to train with Kelly Vanleeuwen on sling and mixed apparatuses, and is training with Constance Palmer of The Space in Atlanta to grow in her silks knowledge.
As a pioneer in the early days of the pole fitness movement, which gained momentum mainly on YouTube, Karol gained popularity by sharing her training progress through her own videos as well as inspiring and encouraging others to find their own pole prowess. Karol’s pole dancing obsession began in 2006 when she purchased an X-Pole and began self teaching herself and helping others through videos on YouTube. She started competing in 2008 and currently holds the titles of Charlotte’s Poleapalooza 2008, USPDF East Coast Champ 2009, USPDF Miss Sexy 2010, and 3rd Place in USPDF 2012 Pro Championships. Now as an official X-Pole sponsored athlete, Brand Director of the Pole Fit line by Bad Kitty, and a Master Instructor at Inner Diva Fitness in Charlotte, NC, Karol loves being able to travel around the world and connect with her fans, performing in some of the most amazing Pole showcases, and visiting countless studios teaching others to find confidence and strength through the art of pole dance.
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Laura Myers has always had a lot of little health problems, but has tried her best to live her life to the fullest regardless. Laura began training aerial arts in August 2013, two months after being diagnosed with late-stage Lyme disease. Studying aerial silks has helped Laura to develop strength when she had none, to see her beauty when she lost sight of it, and to find a tribe that helped her navigate the darkest times of her life. Laura is thrilled to share a a very heartfelt piece during Bloom V.
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Meaghann Lynne is excited to once again have the opportunity to perform at Bloom. Both her Masters in Performance Studies and her Masters in Teaching inform her work as a dancer, teacher, and performer. She began studying movement and dance in 1996, discovered bellydance in 2004, and began training as a bellydancer in 2009. Meaghann is now co-owner and instructor with Waynesville Bellydance at Raqs Beledi. She is the director of the award wining theatrical troupe, The RaqShuraka Dance Company and Raqs Malaik, a Collaborative Improvisational Style troupe. She is also the founder of the Hathor Sisterhood School of Bellydance curriculum. Meaghann is a dancer with Waynesville Bellydance's professional troupe and Mahsati Janan’s Qamari Dance Collective. Her mission in dance for herself is to free her heart, soul, and body. For her community of dancers, Meaghann aims to create a healthy, compassionate, and supportive place for folks to come together and share in dance and friendship.
Michele Henn is excited to be a first time participant in Bloom! She has been an aerial student and performer for three years and loves the way it allows her to express, dance and be in the air. Thank you to everyone who entertains her desires to show videos and pictures of her aerial exportation with. Hope you enjoy this piece!
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, poler and bellydancer.
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