Silky skills on offer at aerial class
South West dancers, aerialists and gymnasts will have the rare opportunity of elite aerial silks training at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, a skill often only taught to this level in cities such as New York.
Pioneering UK aerial artist Michele Jenkins, of Viva Aerial Dance, has taken up residence at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.
Viva Aerial Dance was founded in London in 1999, with Dr Jenkins providing aerial acrobatics performance, consultancy and show rigging for high profile events, theatre, film and television.
Her professional career has seen her perform in events around the world and as a stunt artist in Hollywood’s film industry.
Since relocating to WA in 2016 with her husband Darren Jenkins, Viva’s show rigger, the company has been searching for a training space.
“Indeed it is not where you would think of developing aerial silks, it would be more like London, New York or Paris — somewhere which has a bigger reputation to do that — but why not bring it to Bunbury?” Dr Jenkins said.
“Viva’s Aerial Dancers are from all backgrounds such as dance, gymnastics or recreational aerial.
“The classes focus on aerial silks, strength work and technique, musicality and synchronised group work as well as many technical aspects such as safety, risk assessment and rigging basics.”
Dr Jenkins said training would focus predominantly on silks, but would diversify in areas including hoop, harness flying, acrobatics and stilt walking.
“We are extremely passionate about introducing Bunbury to the wonderful world of aerial performance,” she said.
“Our aim is to develop our next generation of Viva aerial artists through training, public performance and possibly leading students to a successful career in aerial performance.”
“What better place to do this than BREC’s Cube Theatre in the heart of Bunbury’s CBD.”
Anyone aged 14 to 30 years of age with a background in gymnastics, acrobatics, dance or aerial can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0467 991 882 to apply for a place in the program.
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