Deciding to fulfill childhood fascination with the aerialists in Cirque du Soleil, Sarah began training with Wise Fool New Mexico in 2014. A relocation to Asheville, NC introduced her to Empyrean Arts and it’s been a heavenly match since. Sarah loves performing on a variety of apparatuses including aerial silks, rope and sling as well as static and dance trapeze. For her, there is something particularly special about bringing vertical skills to a trapeze. A lifelong love of science and its importance in human movement has created a deep adoration for bio mechanically-informed aesthetic performance. This has also encouraged Sarah to begin a doctoral program in physical therapy where she gets to geek out about arthrokinematics and aerialists simultaneously!
An aerialist born and raised in Athens, Georgia, Kat Saxon has been a dance trapeze artist for 10 years, and has been an instructor for 3 years with teacher training under Nimble Arts. Thanks to her start at Canopy Studio, Kat’s choreography and instruction is very much built upon modern dance and “story telling”. Circus performance, to her, is all about not being afraid to use your voice, and showing audiences complex trick progressions while also expressing yourself through organic movement. She is currently teaching weekly at Challenge Aerial in Atlanta, Georgia, where she has lived for five years.
instagram handle: @acrokat
Danielle Nichole, also known as SunFLOWer, is an experienced flow artist with multiple props including fire manipulation, based out of Charlotte, NC. SunFLOWer is a part of two flow troupes in North Carolina. She is the founder of Metamorphosis Movement located in Charlotte, North Carolina and is a performing artist for The FlowGrowth located in Asheville, NC. SunFLOWer has performed for artist such as: Yheti, Toadface, Mt Analogue, Kirby Bright, Zeplinn, The Trifinity, has done events with Satarah, The FlowGrowth, Metamorphosis Movement, and is doing an event with The Pagan Path located at Reidsville, NC for Beltane. SunFLOWer is sponsored by WowSoZen, Utopia Artistry, and GloFX festival wear and flow props. She specializes in fire manipulation, hula hoops, silk fans, dance, and pixel / GloFX whip. The years of her flow journey have made her performance style unique, creative, and always ready for new things.
This will be Starrmoon’s 4th Bloom performance. After taking some time off she has been able to renew her love for the Lyra that she once had. Lyra was her first passion in aerial 7 years ago. She is very happy to have the passion and love to perform on it again.
Laura has been practicing aerial arts for 8 years. While most of that time has been on silks, Laura found her spirit apparatus as soon as she tried sling for the first time, feeling at once at home and in love. Laura teaches Foundations classes at Bloom Movement Artistry and is thrilled to help students find strength, comfort, and joy in the air. When she’s not at the studio, Laura enjoys crochet, DIY projects, getting out on the greenway, and spending time with her rescued toy poodle. In this piece, Laura celebrates her commitment to being her truest self regardless of others’ expectations or demands. Laura can’t wait to share this piece of her heart with you at Bloom.
Harmony has been training aerial arts since 2017. She first fell in love with aerial silks and added Lyra into her training in 2018. She has performed a handful of times in student showcases and in Bloom Movement Artistry’s Critters and Tea production. When not in the air Harmony is spending time with her husband and children and works as an RN.
Tanya found a love of performance and the arts at an early age. While she is most often found behind the keyboard, writing books that will ultimately end up on dusty, university library shelves, she sometimes likes to step into the spotlight. Typically, that is on the lyra bringing some of her favorite characters to life. Sometimes, we humor her and put her behind the microphone as the emcee since someone regrettably informed her that she was funny. This will be her first performance on aerial loops after she realized that seatbelt material was the perfect apparatus if you were a certain kind of person with no real sense of self preservation.
My name is Gigi Paonessa and I am a Charlotte native. I started my aerial journey 2 years ago and would not trade it for the world. The circus community has helped mold me in so many ways. I have become comfortable in my own skin, and comfortable being me. I have met so many people along the way that have helped me become the person I am today. Without the circus community, I would be lost. I wouldn’t have a creative outlet or be able to express my emotions. I think it is important for everyone to find their own creative outlet.
Circus is for everyone.
Instagram – @gianna_paonessa
Just a kid who does circus for fun.
The niad dance company student troupe is a dedicated group of advanced student dancers under the direction of Jaidra DuRant. Niad strives to honor the roots of MENAHT dance while seeking artistic wings through transnational and theatrical fusion.
Troupe dances are choreographed by Jaidra and developed for the stage with a focus on artistic, creative, and fun performance pieces. The troupe performs a variety of numbers in a wide range of styles, from folkloric fusion to sword dance, character based 20’s homage dances to veil and skirt group pieces, throw in a drum solo, and it’s a dance show anyone will love to watch. Niad dancers balance baskets and trays, swing swords and canes, spin skirts and silk veils, and are always excited to dance for a crowd. The student troupe performs locally, throughout the upstate, for community events, haflas, and festivals.