It’s an escape, a passion and a painful art – and I keep on loving aerial dance. It is truly movement in three dimensions and has become a part of who I am.
While I love writing, finding the latest scoop, and singing pop songs with friends (looking at you, Ashley Wiebe); twisting, turning, dropping and rolling from 30 feet in the air using nothing but a piece of fabric is just awesome.
Sunday, April 29 is international dance day and to celebrate, Monica’s Danz Gym is hosting the Aer Time Cabaret show at its 25 Scurfield Avenue studio. Momentum Aerial and Acrobatic performance troupe will be there – I was fortunate enough to dance with them in Lausanne, Switzerland in the summer of 2011, as well as in Dornbirn, Austria; Ottawa, Canada and Boulder, Colorado years before.
The talented Jennifer Roy, my personal friend and incredible acrobatic artist will perform, as well as senior aerial instructor Liz Cooper. Jordan Dock, who auditioned for Canada’s Got Talent judges, will also showcase his work.
I’m honoured to be a part of this event presenting my work in progress These are my hands performed to the Across the Universe version of the Beatle’s classic, I want to hold your hand.
These are my hands refers to the opposite of what the song impresses: holding someone else’s hand. Instead I’ve decided to reclaim and hold my own hand; forgiving myself and reaching out to my own hopes and dreams.
Far too often we reach out to others around us,taxing relationships and falling prey to life’s many demands – often to the detriment of our own health and happiness.
It’s with such generous extension we forget where our hands – where we – are.
So please come by Monica’s Danz Gym, 25 Scurfield Blvd, and celebrate international dance day on Sunday April 29 at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door.