Frequent Flyers Productions, Inc.

Who We Are

Frequent Flyers® Productions is a non-profit founded in 1988 -- pioneering the art form of aerial dance through teaching and performance for over 28 years. Our performers venture indoors and out, blending aerial work seamlessly with dance. Vampires, a period Swing piece, comic book heroes, hanging from buildings, and even holiday travel take place on all manner of flying apparatus, ensuring Frequent Flyers Productions' a vibrant place in your memory. Education encompasses aerial classes for the community 11-months each year for ages 5+, a 9 mos. professional training program, our international Aerial Dance Festival, private lessons, team building, and outreach for schools and youth-at-risk. Our dedicated facility opened in 2010 and we then expanded in August, 2015 into a 2nd studio.

Frequent Flyers® Productions, Inc. (FFP) was founded in 1988 by artistic director Nancy Smith. Ms. Smith and her work with FFP have received top honors in Colorado: "Living Legend of Dance", Women Who Light the Community, The Colorado Dance Alliance "Cutting Edge Award"; the Glenwood Springs Dance Festival's Choreographer's Project Award, theNeodata Choreographer's Fellowship, the Pacesetter's Award for Arts & Entertainment and the Arts Innovation Award for Excellence in Dance, as well as numerous grants from corporations, foundations, and government agencies. FFP is one of fewer than 30 professional aerial dance companies in the US. The company produces the first and largest Aerial Dance Festival of its kind in the world, now in its 18th year.

What We Do

We have delighted over 180,000 people with our performances since our inception. We produced the first international Aerial Dance Festival, now in its 18th year. We serve the community through a variety of outreach programs, including Kids Who Fly, Aerial Sci-Arts, discussion - demonstrations for youth, and community classes. We have taught nearly 18,000 people from all walks of life the joy of flying. Our 9-month, Aerial Dance Professional Training Program is unique in the country. In January, 2010, we opened our dedicated Aerial Dance Studio and expanded in August, 2015. We also have performed for Cirque du Soleil and at the Democratic National Convention's media event, as well as for many private events. You dream it, we can do it!

"I felt free for a moment and I forgot about all my problems and thought about taking advantage of opportunities that life gives me and value them." —Kids Who Fly student


FFP's mission is to create and promote the magic of aerial dance through performance and education.

Our vision is to help people to see the world from a new perspective through experiencing the upside-down realm of aerial dance. We believe this expanded consciousness helps people to maximize their creative potential.

Our Organization

Frequent Flyers Productions is managed by Artistic Director, Nancy Smith; Education Director, April Skelton; and Office Administrator/Registrar, Jessie Loisel with a very dedicated board. Our volunteer group, the Friends of Frequent Flyers, is also an invaluable asset. And, our company of talented dancers, choreographers, and teachers is the heart and soul of what we do. Get Involved

Our Supporters

As a non-profit, Frequent Flyers® is supported by individual donors, corporate partners, and by the Boulder County Cultural Council of the SCFD, Colorado Creative Industries, Boulder Arts Commission, NEA, Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau, Daily Camera, and The Community Foundation of Boulder County.


Nancy Smith
Founder & Artistic Director
Jessie Loisel
Office Administrator/Registrar
April Skelton
Education Director
Alysha Perrin
Assistant Education Program Mgr.

Board of Directors

Melissa Mullin
Jess Jones
Vice-Chair, Senior Director, Huron Consulting Group
Nancy Smith
(Artistic/Managing Director & C.O.O./ FFP),
Sherisse Hawkins, CEO and Co-founder, Beneath the Ink
Judy Hendricks
(retired), Secretary
Cathy Lee
Treasurer, Parent Liaison
Angela Andersen
Lisa McClellan
Valerie Morris

For more information about Board Membership, click here

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