24 Feb 2022

Aeriosa Dance Society


Current/Dance Community

Aeriosa welcomes long time dancer Julia Carr into a new position as Assistant Artistic Director starting February 28, 2022.

Julia Carr has always been a delight to work with and anyone who knows her is aware she’s a dedicated and beautiful dancer. 

We are so excited to have her bring her talents as a creator, director, administrator and choreographer to Aeriosa’s leadership team.

Look for the next Spring Quarterly Newsletter where you will be able to read more about her in the Special Connections section.
Photo credit Pattie Mackenzie


Bravo, toi toi toi! Our friend and peer, vertical dance artist Suzanne Gallo recently wowed San Francisco Bay Area audiences in Love, a state of grace presented by Zaccho Dance Theatre and Grace Cathedral.
 Images by Cherie Carson

We are so thrilled to share that Aeriosa’s multi-talented Guest Teacher, Suzanne Gallo, was a part of a moving and gorgeous new vertical dance performance this month!

Presented by Zaccho Dance Theatre and Grace Cathedral, “Love, a state of grace” was a four-day performance installation from February 11 to February 18, 2022, at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral. With over 100-foot ceilings, stained glass, and multiple chambers, Grace Cathedral provided a multifaceted platform of many vantage points for the audience.

Choreographed and directed by Joanna Haigood, “Love, a state of grace” featured six of the Bay Areas most talented aerial dancers interacting with original props created by collaborating designers Wayne Campbell and Sean Riley. These props included an anchored 90-foot ladder and 70-foot swinging pendulum, each a unique response to the rhythms and height of Grace Cathedrals Gothic design.

Composer Walter Kitundu’s sound score incorporated recorded material, the activation of live acoustic instruments within the space, the Cathedral's massive pipe organ, and voices of a small choir, all in conversation with the Cathedrals cavernous interior space and prolonged reverberation. Theologians Yohana Junker  and Claudío Cavalhaes designed a series of meditations and small rituals that the audience engaged throughout the Cathedral.

Live Audio Description and Haptic Access Tour by Gravity Access Services for visually impaired audience members were provided with support from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.
Watch Suzanne launch an awe inspiring giant swing during the performance
Love, a state of grace


Aeriosa’s Mobile Production Facility
Our new van will be arriving in Victoria, BC soon so we will be ready for touring this summer. We have been looking forward to having the ability to transport and store our equipment for a long time and are so excited to put it into action this year! We are still playing with ideas for the design on the outside of the van. Jump onto social media posts and share your comments.
Aeriosa is often inspired by nature. When dancing outdoors, we regularly encounter other species. This next column is dedicated to learning about our friends in flight. 
Featured Friends in Flight

Ceanothus silkmoth 
Hyalophora euryalus (Boisduval, 1855)

Hyalophora euryalus, the ceanothus silkmoth, is a moth of the family Saturniidae. It is found in the dry intermontane valleys and interior of British Columbia, Canada, south to Baja California in Mexico. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

Range: British Columbia east to western Montana, south through Washington, western Oregon, and California to Baja California Sur.
Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Saturniinae
Identification: Wings are red to brownish red. Areas outside the narrow white postmedian lines are also red to brownish red, but may have black overscaling. Cell spot on the hindwing is shaped like an elongated comma and touches or breaks the postmedian line.

This moth's wingspan can reach up to 13 cm!
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