Professional Company, Faculty, Marketing Coordinator
Laura grew up climbing trails and chasing fairies in the Appalachians of East Tennessee. She earned her BFA in Dance Performance from the University of Georgia where she ascended her first fabric and fell in love with moving in the air. While earning her degree, Laura was fortunate to study with Bala Sarasvati, Elsie Smith, Matt and Emily Kent, and Wendy Hesketh, among many others. After graduating, she co-created the Wing Project and traveled the Southeast performing, as well as worked with Go! Contemporary Dance Works, Dragonfly Aerial Arts, and Circle Modern Dance. Laura is a graduate of the Frequent Flyers Professional Training Program and is excited to fly with the company!
Professional Company, Faculty, Kids Who Fly Coordinator
Angela is a 1995 graduate of The Ohio University School of Dance. After receiving a BFA in performance and choreography, she travelled to Italy to continue her studies in dance. It was there that she experienced her first explorations with aerial movement. Upon returning she moved to Colorado to become a massage therapist and immerse herself in the dance community here in Boulder. After viewing a Frequent Flyer rehearsal in 1997, it was love at first sight. Angela has been dancing, performing, choreographing, and teaching with the company for 16 years. Currently, Angela also has her own after school dance program for kids called The Nederland Mountain Movers.
Professional Company, Student Company Coordinator
Danielle is a Cum Laude and High Distinction graduate of the University of Illinois, with a B.A. in Philosophy and a Concentration in Dance. While in college, she founded and directed a dance company at the University of Illinois called "DARforPEACE", which raised money that was donated to Genocide Intervention Network. Danielle has been a Teaching Artist for the Joffrey Ballet since 2008, under the direction of Pierre Lockett. Danielle has danced, choreographed and taught for Aerial Dance Chicago, under the direction of Chloe Jensen, from 2007-2012. In 2009, she became Artistic Director of ADC's apprentice company, ADC2, and Assistant Director of the main company in 2010. Since 2013, Danielle has been dancing with Frequent Flyers Productions and teaching for Colorado Ballet. She is thrilled to continue her professional career and soar to new heights in Colorado!
Professional Company, Faculty
Mandy is a climber, puddle-jumper, fancydancer, and all around mover. She studied contemporary dance under Mary Cochran at Barnard College and under Sarah Rudner at Sarah Lawrence College. Mandy is a transplant from NYC, where she danced with companies including SINecdoche Dance Company, The Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, and SAWtooth Dancers, and appeared in works by Donna Uchizono, Jon Kinzel, and Mike Kelley. She has taught and performed aerial with Upsidown Productions, Helium Aerial Dance, and the Gowanus Circus. As a traveling teacher/performer, Mandy has been a guest of 888 Monkeys in the Bay Area, Chattanooga Aerials, and Darpana Theater in Ahmedabad, India. She has made and toured her own work as Tree Project, a collaborative site-specific climbing dance group, and has been a collaborator for Industrial Gardens in Pittsburgh and Submerge theater in NYC. Most recently, she graduated from the Frequent Flyers Professional Training Program and is thrilled to join the FFP family. Mandy's curiosities include spiral dances, in-flight physics, and dancing in unusual spaces.
Professional Company, Faculty
Danielle spent her childhood climbing fences, trees, balance beams and rooftops in Fresno, California. She earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Kinesiology and Dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she graduated in 1999. Danielle is a nationally certified Pilates Instructor and teaches at Pilates Aligned, Inc. in Denver, CO. She is fortunate enough to have studied and performed with David Dorfman Dance, Gabriel Masson, Boulder Ballet, Helander Dance/Theatre, Evolving Doors Dance, Hannah Kahn Dance, Kim Olson/Sweetedge Dance, and Jennifer Fagan Archer/Ascential Dance. She currently dances/performs with 3rd Law Dance Theater (since 2005), and performs regularly in the historic Denver May D&F tower at The Cloctower Cabaret in "L'estrange Menagerie: A Circus," and other burlesque revues. She's been dancing, choreographing, and teaching with Frequent Flyers since 2002 and is looking forward to many more years!
Office Administrator, Registrar, Faculty, Professional Company
Jessie began dancing at the age of two in a Northern Minnesota town. She pursed her dream and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN where she trained with Julie Kerr Berry, Daniel Stark and Paul Finnochiaro, primarily. During her junior year of college, she signed up for a summer abroad at the National Institute of Circus Arts in Australia and fell in love with all things aerial. Jessie spent two years supporting the start up of a Michigan based Gymnastics center and helped initiate an aerial arts program there before moving to Boulder in the Fall of 2014. She joined the Frequent Flyers' Professional Company in 2016, which feels like a dream come true!
Professional Company, Faculty
Valerie has been a dancer since 1980 and became an aerial dancer in 1996 with Frequent Flyers. She has had the pleasure of performing with Movement Laboratories, Lancaster Ballet, Boston Ballet, CU Dance Department, Boulder Ballet, Frequent Flyers Productions, Wellingon Circus Trust (faculty and board member, NZ), AeroTerra (director, NZ), and Empress Stiltdance (NZ). She has happily returned to Frequent Flyers Productions after a four-year hiatus in New Zealand. Her secret life as a scientist keeps her busy during the day, using stable isotopes to unlock the secrets of global climate change.
Professional Company, Faculty, Assistant Education Program Manager
Alysha hails from Lake Tahoe, NV where she grew up dancing, tumbling, and skiing. She continued her training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in contemporary dance. She had the privilege of dancing works by Larry Keigwin, Twyla Tharp, Alwin Nikolais, Doug Elkins, Helen Simoneau, Jose Limon, and many more. After experiencing small tastes of aerial throughout her training, she immersed herself in FFPs Aerial Dance Professional Training Program. Upon completion, she joined the company in June 2015. Alysha continues to pursue her passion for aerial, acrobalance, contact improvisation, stilts and any style of dance she can find!
Growing up in Southern California, Annie spent time as a gymnast, ballerina, pole vaulter, swing dancer and rock climber. In 2010 she discovered the joy of aerial dance while attending trapeze class at FFP. She went on to become a member of the professional company and teaching faculty. Annie spent 2015/2016 traveling, and trained at Fly Circus Space in NoLa and Cirque School LA. She is delighted to have returned to CO and teach at FFP this spring. Annie has a Masters degree from Harvard University, where she took choreography classes from Liz Lerman and Peter Pucci. During the week Annie can be found at CU Boulder where she supports graduate students career development and is a dedicated social justice advocate.
Previously dancing in NYC and working in an Environmental Science laboratory, Nicole moved to Boulder to complete an MFA in Dance/Interdisciplinary Performance. She has danced with Interweave Dance Theater, Fred Benjamin Dance Company, Steps on Broadway Scholarship Ensemble, Liss Fain Dance, Moving Arts Dance Collective, as well as performed choreography by Susan Marshall, Robert Battle, Joe Goode, Rhonda Miller and Ginger Thatcher, among others. Ever since wandering in a FFP Low-Flying Trapeze class in 2005, she's been hooked on flying!
Josh Rigo fell in love with aerial when his high school took on the musical Barnum his sophomore year. Josh continued his training at the New England Center for Circus Arts, graduating from the Professional Training Program in 2010. When not in the air, Josh can be found performing in theatre productions across Denver, writing music, or traveling the world - 40 countries and counting!
Education Director, Faculty
Born and raised in the land where Appalachia melts into the Deep South, April Skelton has been performing and teaching aerial arts since 2005, after beginning her own training at Canopy Studio in Athens, Ga., under the direction of Susan Murphy and later, Melissa Roberts. As a member of Canopy's Repertory Company, April has written and performed works on aerial silks, bungee harness, invented apparatus, static trapeze, pole, and lyra, but her favorite work is on the single-point trapeze. As a longtime aerial instructor, April co-taught Canopy's advanced adult aerial program in trapeze and bar-based apparatus with executive director Melissa Roberts from 2010-2014. She has co-directed and produced five full-length shows featuring Canopy's advanced students and Repertory Company, and more recently performed with Asheville Aerial Arts, and as a cast member of the production "Currents," based out of Charleston, SC. April is a licensed physical therapist assistant and uses her knowledge of biomechanics to inform her instruction. Among others, she has studied under Aimee Hancock, Elsie Smith, and Serenity Smith Forchion of NECCA, Rain Anya of Paper Doll Militia, and her mentor Susan Murphy, at whose Marsh Studio April has also taught. After completing a residency at NECCA in 2015, April relocated to Colorado's Front Range, but brings with her a fondness for the strange and grotesquely beautiful that only a Southern Gothic heart could love.
Founder, Artistic Director
Nancy is the founder and artistic director of Boulder, Colorado, based Frequent Flyers Productions since its inception in 1988. Based in Boulder since 1985, she has taught low–flying trapeze and releasing technique around the US. Over her 28 years of studying and teaching aerial work, she has developed the Aerial Release Technique (A.R.T.) and works with all levels of aerialists to refine their technique for fluidity, effortlessness, and lines in the body. Her work with Frequent Flyers Productions has been seen in Boston, New Orleans, Utah, San Francisco, Montreal, the Bahamas, and throughout Colorado. She has received numerous awards and honors including the Living Legend of Dance in Colorado award, Women Who Light the Community, Cutting Edge Award from the Colorado Dance Alliance, the Boulder County Pacesetters Award for Arts and Entertainment, a Neodata Endowment Fellowship in Dance, and the Arts Innovation Award from the Colorado Federation of the Arts. Along with co-author, Jayne Bernasconi, she wrote the first book on Aerial Dance. She dreams of a prehensile tail....