Working on something you’re bad at

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I like to think I’m pretty graceful in the air, but on the ground I’m awkward as hell. My students have been working on handstands lately and now I’ve gotten the itch to try, but it’s difficult working on something you’re terrible at. Looks like I’m really good though, right?? I can flip up against […]

Aerial as Art

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We performed at a benefit for a local art museum last week. We were off to the side of the main event space in a crazy-colored room. It was a quickie show and a little different than what we usually do. The music and the space made it feel like we were living, moving art. […]

Theatre Bizarre 2013: Bearded Ladies

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This is my favorite act we’ve put together so far. I loved getting to do the little chair dance in addition to working on a triple routine on lyra. Plus we got to be a little sexy (my request for this year) and totally weird. I think I look pretty good with a beard! Here […]

Latest circus show photos

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Just got back some beautiful photos from the last show I did. Yes, these are from a circus wrestling show, but I was positioned just right to get studio-like pictures! Thank you to the fantastic Red Riding Photography for making me look so good :)

Sideshow Shenanigans in Roxbury, NY

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I’m currently recovering from a medication trying to murder me (horribly annoying, but I’m fine) so I thought I’d share a few photos from our last show as I get my energy and motivation back. We performed in a teeny-tiny town in the mountains where we stayed in an itty bitty motel with only one […]

International Circus

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My internet went out Thursday night so you get a post on Saturday! Here are a few photos from last weekend’s show in Windsor. We hopped the border for a two hour show with ten other performers doing acro, juggling, and contortion. Watching the contortionists move so easily into back bends and stretch their legs […]

Clown Croquet

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For her birthday my friend Anny hosted Clown Croquet. We dressed up, met downtown and spent over 6 hours running around the city. We croqueted down Woodward, surprised a couple having a picnic on the grass, rode the people mover and greeted riders with horns and bubbles (I can only imagine their surprised when a […]

Photoshoot in the Park

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Yesterday we set the rig up in a park to shoot new promo photos. It was super hot and I got myself a wicked sunburn, but the photos (shot by Cheryl of course) turned out so good! Now to find time in my schedule to update our site…

Where to buy aerial equipment & apparatuses

SillyGrrl.com // Where to buy aerial apparatuses and rigging equipment

For all you budding aerialists, I know when the circus bug bites it really bites, so it won’t be long before you’re thinking about buying your own silks or trapeze. Today I’m sharing where we buy our equipment and what to look for in each piece. Spansets or slings are what you wrap around a […]

Aerial Exercise: The Lazy Splits

SillyGrrl.com // The Lazy Splits

Here’s a super simple, lazy way of working on your middle splits. Lay on the ground, scoot you butt all the way up to a wall and let your legs fall open. Gravity will do all the work. Come out of this one slowly – you might even have to use your hands to move […]

That time we pushed it real good

The Weird Sisters Circus with Salt-n-Pepa

I completely missed Game of Thrones last night because I was doing one of the very few things cool enough to miss it for…performing at a halftime show with Salt-n-Pepa! I love finding the video online after because with all the spinning I can’t see anything during the show.

Aerial Abs: Side Plank Push-Up

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I’ve been noticing the tiny shadow of a six-pack starting to form on my stomach and I’m attributing it to lots of planking. The back/chest/tricep P90X workout is one of my favorites and this move is easy, but powerful. Start in plank, do a push-up then roll to your right side, left arm in the […]

Aerial Exercise: Tips for Straddling-Up

SillyGrrl.com // Tips for straddling-up

Scully said, “I’m completely frustrated at my inability to get inverted from straddle back. Do you have any tips?” Yes ma’am! A straddle back or straddle-up as we call it, is when you flip upside down with your legs in a wide V. This can be one of the most challenging things when you’re starting […]

Creating an aerial routine for performance

SillyGrrl.com // Creating an aerial routine for performance

Photo by Spilt Sugar Paola said, “I love your aerial posts! I’ve been taking an aerial fabrics class for about 8 months now and I’m seriously considering performing for the first time. Could you write about your process for putting together a performance (choreography, costumes, etc.)?” Thanks for your question! I’m happy to share some […]