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Sun, Apr 18


Upside Aerial Arts & Fitness

Aerial Creativity Performance Workshop

Interested in learning how to take your next aerial performance from “doing” aerial skills to “performing” aerial dance? This workshop is for you!

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Aerial Creativity Performance Workshop
Aerial Creativity Performance Workshop

Time & Location

Apr 18, 2021, 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Upside Aerial Arts & Fitness, 2241 Hanford Rd #103, Burlington, NC 27215, USA


About the event

About the Workshop:

You’ve gotten the bones of an aerial performance put together, but how do you really make it grow and expand? How do you take your performance from “doing” aerial skills to “performing” aerial dance? In this workshop we’ll focus on generating creative, meaningful movement to be worked into your piece and how to connect with the audience.

Kaity and Jamie, our workshop instructors, will contact each participant prior to the workshop to get a little information about your piece and help you come up with themes, words, or prompts for creating gestures that we will then explore during the workshop. Be prepared to perform all (or at least part) of your piece during the workshop...and expect lots of helpful feedback from your instructors and peers to take your performance to the next level!

Space is limited to 7 participants. All COVID-19 Safety Procedures will be in place. Be sure to bring your own aerial apparatus (or you can rent one from the studio here). 

About the Instructors:

Kaity Granda is a mother, wife, dancer, choreographer and physician assistant. She has danced all of her life. Kaity's professional dance career began in Philadelphia where she danced and choreographed both as an independent artist and with several modern dance companies touring both nationally and internationally. With the help of a choreographic grant from the American Dance Festival, she moved to the Triangle in 1996. She began studying aerial dance with Rebecca Drake in 2009, and has brought her knowledge and love of movement up and into the air. Kaity continues to dance on the ground  as well, and is a performing member of "The Big Red Dance Project", a company of mature dancers in Durham, NC.  During the pandemic, she has been collaborating with Allan Friedman, a Durham based musician and composer.  Her next project will be dancing in a film directed by Ellen Hemphill, artistic director of Achipelago Theater Company. 

Jamie Ramirez started her aerial journey in 2015 and has studied aerial silks at several different studios as she’s moved around. A dancer at heart, Jamie loves performing on the ground and in the air! She was a member of NC State’s Panoramic Dance Project while a student there and dabbled in a multitude of styles under world-renowned dancers. Jamie is in the process of completing her Aerial Silks Teaching Certification through Upside and when done, hopes to introduce silks to a lot more people so they can share in the beautiful empowerment that she has come to find in aerial.


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