I have performed aerial dance for community events and gatherings in Alaska and Santa Fe, New Mexico. When I have access to a studio I will train 3-4 hours per day, six days a week. In Alaska, it’s a challenge to train because there are no aerial studios or circus communities in Juneau or Anchorage yet. My goal is to change that. Every few months I travel to San Francisco, Seattle, or Santa Fe to train in the circus arts for professionals.
Growing up in Fairbanks, I studied ballet, dance, and theater. I always loved to see circus performers on television. I didn’t believe that I would be capable or able to do aerials in Alaska. I use to image that I would be an aerial dancer in my next life!
After I completed college, I spent the next year studying aerial silks and immediately fell in love with it.
As an aerialist, dancer, storyteller, and artist, I use my hands to create lines and form. I am constantly searching for the links between my aerial dance and my art. When climbing the silks I practice various types of wraps and drops that have parallels to weaving. The silks are the warp and my body is the weft, when intertwined my body and the silks create a weaving that unravels. — Crystal Kaakee’yaa Worl