24 Feb 2024

Gravity & Levity


What's the best antidote to a wet and grey February?

Exciting things in the diary, that's what! ðŸ’ƒ

And fortunately for you, my aerial friends, we have LOTS to get excited about...

Dissecting Aerial 2024 takes place in just 4 weeks (squeal!) and we can't wait to share some of the incredible speakers who'll be joining us for this amazing symposium in Brighton.

Keep reading to meet four of our world-class presenters and get a taste of what's coming our way...

And a quick reminder - early bird tickets are currently on sale at 20% off the full price - but ONLY until 1st March! So just one more week to secure these lower prices. Go on go on...we'd love to see you there ðŸ˜

#DA2024 - Speaker Spotlight

Aisling Ní Cheallaigh

Topic: The Art of Spinning

On Day 1 of DA2024 the stunning Irish aerialist Aisling (above left) will be talking about their speciality, 'The Art of Spinning', and taking us on a deep dive into their research on the science behind the spin. Part-lecture and part-practical, this spin-poseium (see what they've done there?) will attempt to illuminate the physics and body mechanics behind the art of the spin. ðŸ’«

(NB. The practical element is not compulsory but if you want to join in, maybe pop some ginger or other antiemetics in your bag! ðŸ¤­)

Get inspired: @aislingcheallaigh

Photo credit: Jean-Francois Savaria

Erin Ball

Topic: Relaxed Spaces & Access Notes within the Circus Industry

International circus artist Erin Ball (above right) will be rounding off Day 1 with this important disability-led session for everyone with an interest in inclusion and equity in circus arts.

Erin will be exploring:

  • how to prioritise our own access needs for sustainability
  • what a relaxed space is and why it is beneficial in circus classes & shows
  • what accessibility notes are
Get inspired: @erinballcircus

Janelle Peters

Topic: When The Rope Frays

Joining us on Day 2, circus professional Janelle will be presenting the topic 'When the rope frays', on Burnout and Compassion Fatigue - an important issue that threatens the mental health of people across many fields. 

Janelle says: "This workshop provides an opportunity for reflection and self-assessment, as well as tools and frameworks to help prevent, mitigate and heal from Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in our work as circus humans."

Get inspired: @janelledinosaurs

Charlie Holland

Topic: Aerial Innovation in the 19th Century

Ever wondered how trapeze artists took to new heights, or how the first human cannonball took off? ðŸ’£

Professional juggler Charlie Holland will be taking us on a whirlwind tour of 19th century aerial performance, exploring the death-defying stunts, technological marvels and cultural shifts that shaped this thrilling era! ðŸ’«

We can't wait to uncover the stories of the trailblazing performers who defied gravity and pushed the boundaries of what was possible!
Dissecting Aerial 2024 - Need To Know:

📆 Dates: 23-24 March 2024
📍 Location: Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton
🎟️ Timetable, Info & Tickets: Visit website
Shh... Sneak Preview Below...

European Aerial Dance Festival 2024

5-16 August

You know when something's too good to keep to yourself? ðŸ¤­

We've just reviewed the draft timetable for the EADF 2024 and we're very VERY excited by the line-up of teaching talent coming our way in August!

Sooo excited that it wasn't fair to hide it from you any longer...

So, just for you, here's a SNEAK PREVIEW ðŸ‘€ of the proposed timetable for this spectacular event taking place 5th-16th August in Worthing!


Yes, we KNOW you want to get tickets ðŸ¤— and you don't have long to wait!

👉 Ticket sales will open on 11th March, so put a note in your diary and watch this space!


📷  Photo credit for EADF: Mark Morreau 

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