ABOUT

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What

ONE in New York is a first time, one-hour experience of moving sculpture comprised of human bodies for mass public viewing. Conceived, created and choreographed by Aly Rose, it consists of over 100 performers dancing while suspended 150 feet in the air within multiple inverted catenary structures erected inside Bryant Park.

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Where & When

Where:
Bryant Park, New York
Dates:
October 2015
Time:
7:30 PM and 9:30 PM
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Why

Made to symbolize the magnificence of man and the oneness of humanity, the art symbolizes our collective and individual plights and interdependence on one another. This monumental masterpiece celebrates the power of community. Creating a platform for diversity, shared innovation, appreciation of beauty and art, this installation uprights and inspires not only New Yorkers, but the thousands of tourists and expats visiting as well.

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Who

ONE in New York is the collaboration of over 300 of the most talented performers, designers, engineers and production crew from across the globe. Our diverse team hails from the United States, China, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Australia, and France.

The 100

Learn more about each performer by clicking on their photo.

Senn
Scotland, United Kingdom

I was born in the highlands of Scotland, and bread on the Canadian prairie. My life changed midway through an undergraduate degree in literature when I read Nietzsche’s phrase, “I would only believe in a God who could dance.” My whole sense of self distilled around my passion for dance, movement exploration, and, eventually, aerial circus arts. A fortuitous move to Montreal to pursue a degree in dance led me to this hotbed of circus culture, which has nurtured me for the last decade of my professional life.

The challenges I have faced along the way – I think immediately of injuries sustained and recovered from, but ultimately the failure of my relationship with my partner. Over the years I have always attempted to explore the meeting point between dance and circus. I am interested in participating in the project ONE, because it is an ideal playground for this exploration.

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Juliet
New York, New York

My family was very fortunate to have the finances to support my siblings and my many extra curricular activities, but after my mother became very sick and lost her job and my parents battled through their marital problems we were not so fortuitous with wealth. Dance had always been such a magnificent outlet for me as a child, and as a teenager I understood that I had a divine passion to perform and connect with others.

These passions lead me to find dance again in high school. This experience paved a limitless road of opportunity. Without the communities that I was brought up in, I would have never continued to pursue and my lifelong journey of dance. ONE creates the understanding that community is universal, that being one of a whole is just as important as being individual, and that each and everyone of us is affected by a movement.

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Sara
New York, New York

I was born and raised on the New England coast by parents who were a chemist and a mechanical engineer. At a young age, I was deeply involved in the arts, but never thought of it as a career option. Despite entering college pre-med, I eventually listened to my inner artist resonating “I’m only young once”- graduated and moved to NYC to perform on a whim.

My passion for aerial work began when my college dance professor wanted to fill the space above the dancers. I had done gymnastics so I took to the different apparatus very quickly and was hooked! Years later I am still performing in NYC and meeting fantastically interesting people through different shows and artistic endeavors. I am excited to meet 100 new artists and hear how they made their way to ONE in NYC. This is a monumental collaboration and I believe people will remember it for many years to come.

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Alexandra
East Slovakia, The Slovak Republic

I was born and raised in East Slovakia with my 2 sisters Miriam and Lucia. I started her rhythmic gymnastics sport career at the age of 8 and became a multiple all-around rhythmic gymnastics champion. Inspired by my father who was a former gymnast and a talented musician, my coaches and I discovered I had an innate passion for performing in front of an audience. In 1994, inspired by western artists such as Michael Jackson, and films like “Flashdance” and “Dirty Dancing”, I immigrated to the United States to pursue my dreams with the support of my father Alexander, who told me to “do it with your heart and keep the child in you “.

Along the way, I was blessed to collaborate with my early heroes and inspirations, Kenny Ortega (Director of Dirty Dancing) and Michael Jackson in the “This is it” project until his untimely passing. ONE is important for me because I would like to share with the world the beauty of the human body, the sense on unity/humanity though movement, and to help innovate through performance art.

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David
New York, New York

I was born in Syracuse, NY and spent most of my childhood practicing martial arts and acrobatics. My training led to multiple world championships in martial arts and tricking, jobs working for the Boston Celtics, the power rangers, and currently, for Spider-Man on Broadway.

I flew for the first time at my first of many, many auditions for Spider-Man about two years ago. This sparked an incredible interest and I am so grateful that I was ultimately hired as a main flyer at Spider-Man. The wirework I do nightly is far different from what I experience at my ONE audition, and I am now very eager to expand my skill-set in the air. Being a part of ONE will give me a chance to become great at another style of flying.

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Heather
Richmond, Virginia

I am the founder of Host of Sparrows Aerial Dance in Richmond, VA. After years of training in other states, I pioneered a grassroots movement to create the first aerial dance troupe in Virginia by hosting out-of town teachers for adult aerial classes and teacher training. From this program, the troupe was formed.

As a kinetic learner, finding dance later in life, her greatest joys are seeing adults dance for the first time, and presumed “at-risk” young people embracing their kinetic learning style. I am absolutely elated to be collaborating with so many kinetic artists at once, and to bring home new skills and experiences to share with a Host of Sparrows.

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Julia
Montréal, Canada

I am an emerging contemporary dance artist from Montreal. I first began to dance at Saint-Laurent College and continued my formation at University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), obtaining my Bachelors with honorable mention.

Following my formation, I got to dance as an interpreter for the company Manon fait de la danse, and also developed my own choreographic work at Tangente, a space for contemporary dance presentation and public development in Montreal. Outside of the dance world, I also enriched my career path by collaborating with circus and theatre artists, which brought me to perform in Mexico with the circus collective Las Güeras, where we were invited artists to the 15e Festival de Mayo, in Guadalajara.

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KD
New York, New York

I grew up in the sun, in the ocean, and always dancing on the southern coast of North Carolina, USA. In 2000, while training and performing in 1st generation Dunham Technique I was told that I was “supposed to be an aerialist, because I had strength like no other dancer, and that no one was dancing in the air, that I would be the one to bring this missing element…”

I stayed in love with my life grounded and elevated in Dunham Technique and Motherhood, rather than flying with my feet off the ground. While expecting our first child I was told, “It’s nice to know you are human.” My physical life shifted from disciplined to nurture; I began flying to nurture myself, to get back into my body (literally), to be greater to myself and others, and it is now a discipline that I nurture.

Working on ONE is a part of this journey and example I set for my children. I fully believe in life’s limitless possibilities and the common threads in humanity. I believe that ONE will bring people together that know this or need to remember…

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Katherine
St. Johnsbury, Vermont

I spent my childhood wandering through the barns, fields, hills, and streams of my family’s farm in the backwoods of New England. Watching the skies and seasons pass, I found myself witness to the web of relationships spun across the land, to the cycles of life and death, and to the curiosities of my own heart. Visual art served as an early window to express my dreams, which were so often about movement and connection.

My paintings and woodblock prints are intricate scenes of gardens, woods, oceans—all with aerialists interwoven and cascading across the canvas landscapes. When I moved to New York City and discovered pole and aerial dance, I felt like I had finally come home to myself. As I strive to be a source of resilience, kindness, love, and support for those around me, my soul finds its strength and purpose through flight. ONE is an unparalleled feeling of wondrous possibility and connection with others. ONE is a realization of the immense power of imagination, artistry, community, and collaboration.

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Michael
Heibronn, Germany

At the age of 9, my family immigrated to the state of Montana from our home in Germany. I began dancing at the age of 25 at the University of Montana after having changed majors several times. Through the support of teachers, mentors and peers, I flourished as an artist, individual and human being.

While in school, Holly Rollins, an inspiring aerial performer, cast me in a lyra (hoop) piece where I began my training and found my love for aerial dance. In 2012 I moved to NYC to pursue my dancing. All of the experiences–good and bad–have made me a stronger person, helping shape me into the artist I am today. ONE presents the opportunity to go on an incredible journey with like-minded individuals and ultimately share this journey of exploration and discovery with the world.

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Nicole
North Central Washington State, Washington State

I was born into an artistic household in North Central Washington State where I was lovingly encouraged to study a wide range of arts mediums from a young age. As an eager dancer, pianist, singer and songwriter, I grew up enamored, -nearly obsessed-, with artistic potential and versatility.

From West Coast to NYC, despite inevitable roadblocks of injuries and isolation innate with creative development, I have found myself continually rewarded to be surrounded by such multi-faceted, graciously collaborative artists from the Broadway musical stage to humble open-mic bars to here: the open airwaves of one of New York’s iconic parks. ONE resonates so deeply with me because it symbolizes the human artistic potential while embracing the desire for collaborative unity. It redefines “performance” and offers it as a quiet gift to society. I am dumbfounded by this unique opportunity to literally soar to new artistic heights.

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Robin
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Finding your place in the world and deciding how you will respond to life’s challenges is a daunting task. Every one of us has to overcome our fears, discover our strengths, and find balance in what we do. For me, the ONE is a metaphor for this very human process – finding what inspires us, working with our physical selves, each other, and our collective resources to build what we envision, gladly facing the unknown.

The past 10 years have been this type of journey for me, as I worked to transform my body and my life to pursue a second career in aerial arts. What I once thought impossible has truly freed my mind and proven a rare blessing. My participation in ONE is confirmation of its message – that there isn’t just “one” type of person who can soar; we all can.

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Chiara
Perth, Australian

I grew up in Perth, Western Australia. After 10 years of representing my state and country in competitive rhythmic gymnastics, my love of utilizing my body and performing took me to the other side of Australia at 18 to study and train at the National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne.

I fell in love with aerials, specializing in tissu (aerial fabric), aerial hoop, net and both solo and duo straps. Since graduating my career has taken me all over the world to see amazing places such as Singapore, India, UK, Europe, the South Pacific Islands and of course all over Australia. To be a part of a project like ONE, would be inspiring to work with such a vast number of artists from all over the world, in such an iconic location. ONE looks like a beautiful, unique project that I’m incredibly proud to be a part of.

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Eliane
Montréal, Canada

To be who I am, and do what I do now, I had to find my way around pre-fab patterns acting against my true path. The experience of freedom is not an easy quest, challenged by society, doubt, boredom, stress, and other modern limitations.
As a kid, I was feeling like an alien; later, I met other shining rebels, got on the road with nothing, no money, just myself: travelled lots, took lots of risks, running eyes closed just following my heart.

Now in circus, I still challenge conventions, no matter the judgment of others, the complicated process of dealing in collective projects, the emotional adventure of sensing myself and the world, no matter cash insecurity, mistakes, black feelings, feeling of being lost and alone: real life is always worth the groove of all senses. Suspended in the air, some simple moments of being is a state of grace in itself.

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Cassandra
Point Pleasant, New Jersey

I was born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey and began dancing as a toddler at the Spring Lake School of Dance. I attended Temple University as an honors modern dance performance major with a concentration in ballet. One thing I witnessed, but never got to try, was aerial work.

I can honestly say that the day of the audition, I quite nearly died when they first said we would be put in a harness and flown in the air. But then I realized, how on earth could I turn that chance down just because I was a little bit afraid that I’d never done it before and was about to try it out for the first time in an audition?The freedom and magnitude of possibilities that I found flying through the air that day was incredible and I am beyond excited for the chance to continue exploring with ONE!

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Brenna
Chicago, Illinois

As someone who was born in Houston and raised in Chicago, who has traveled to and performed in many different states and countries, and who has lived in cities ranging from Los Angeles to Fargo, I am so happy to be able to call New York City my home. I realized that my path as a performing artist was destined for the world of aerial arts as I sat in the gorgeous theatre in the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, experiencing Cirque du Soleil’s “Love”. The feelings that I experienced that night seem to be exactly what ONE endeavors to provide to its audience members – pure amazement, awe, wonder, and joy.

Since I didn’t find my passion for aerial arts until my mid-twenties, I have had to work very diligently and spend countless hours training to become the silk artist that I am today. I hope together we can all bring the world of aerial and non-traditional performance art and space to the public of New York!

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Elena
Los Angeles, California

I would like to believe that I am a passionate performer bringing graceful, charismatic choreography infused with strength. In tune with the human experience, I embellish my deeply emotive, lyrical acts with character-based narratives, often designing accompanying music and costume myself.

I’m particularly interested in linking pride, ecstasy, despondence, ardor, and vulnerability to movement; distilling intangibles to their essences, and imparting emotions in artful, fantastical dance.

From wide-eyed, frolicking circus-type performances to dark, somber routines to ethereal nymph-like acts, I am well-versed and elastic, currently maintaining versatile works as a aerialist and explosive energy as a Cossack rider.

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Autumn
Saint Petersburg, Florida

I move to celebrate the human body. I dance to explore the shapes within my own body and express emotions as I encounter them. My background is classical and contemporary dance, and I developed a passion for aerial and circus in searching for new and more ways to connect with my audience. Live performance is an experience for both the viewer and the artist, and with circus I found a more complete experience. Aerial acrobatics truly is a death defying experience and taking on that risk to create a singular memory or a breath taking moment in someone’s life is one of the greatest gifts I can offer.

ONE will be a unique and inspiring experience for me and I am looking forward to meeting many talented artists and athletes.

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Stacey
Saint Louis, Missouri

I was born in St. Louis, MO where for as long as I can remember I was exposed to and involved in dance and the arts. My desire to perform in the air has always been there. I recall visualizing pieces in the air, dreaming of creations. I just never knew how to get there. It was a slow progression but once I did make it in the air I kept on going. My biggest challenge I would say was not having the exposure to the circus world at an earlier stage in my life, nor the funds to send me anywhere else for training if I had found it.

When I saw the information about ONE in New York I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Aside from the concept of being an individual doing a common thing, there can be a beauty to uniformity, which brings out the individual. I also see it like cells in the human body, a living piece to a puzzle…each of us contributing to its breath—air, to its heart beat—rhythm.

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Damian
Columbus, Georgia

I was born in Columbus, Georgia. My brother and I were adopted at a young age and raised together by our new family: a family that opened my eyes to music and the arts. My father was a passionate jazz fan, my mother, and an all around music lover. I sang in choirs throughout school, which eventually led to performing in musicals, and studying to act. That soon led to dancing, tumbling, and eventually aerial work! The challenges I’ve faced thus far are the same challenges any passionate artist faces, fighting for a chance to do what I love to impact the lives of the people around me.

Having traveled the world and lived alongside over 90 different cultures, ONE represents that unity and peaceful coexistence that I’ve experienced firsthand. Nothing’s more beautiful and unique than unity, and ONE captures just that. I am thrilled to be a part of ONE!

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Karel
Montréal, Canada

I started ballet at a very young age and took dance lessons during all of my school years. At nineteen I moved to New York city and studied in modern dance at the Alvin Ailey school. At the end of my training I was offered a contract with BJM_Dance (Ballet Jazz of Montreal) where I danced for a few years.

Unfortunately I later injured my knees and had to eventually quit dancing. That was a very big deception for myself and I had to look for an alternative discipline. For the past few years I’ve been working on using my dance background into developing an aerial vocabulary and organic movements. ONE in New York, being a fusion of dance in its natural environment, represents where I want to be as an artist at the moment. The idea of dancing in the air is to me where dance finally takes place as an entire entity; it is then complete since it knows how to defy but yet also embrace gravity all at once.

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Bailey
Alberta, Canada

Born in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada my life has revolved around my passion and desire for movement. My movement vocabulary began with artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, and has expanded to include dance and circus. Studying modern dance and ballet at York University (Toronto), and contemporary dance and choreography at Concordia University (Montreal), I have picked up breakdance and parkour along the way.

I also studied at the National Circus School (Montreal), with a particular focus in dance trapeze, contortion, and Chinese Pole. I dream to choreograph and perform with a company of my own that creates movement and discussion inspired by dance, acrobatics, and artistic insight, challenging performance space and performance itself. ONE matches so many elements of my artistic and performativity values and interests, that being a part of this project is a gift both nurturing and inspiring to my personal aspirations.

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Geneviève
Montréal, Canada
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Airin
South Arlington, Washington D.C.

I grew up in the Washington DC area, South Arlington to be exact and grew up some more in Richmond VA. As a child, I explored everyday life for joy, something I refuse to grow out of. My perpetual search for joy led me to dance, to performing- it pulled me into the air and I haven’t come down since. My challenge with aerial is the loneliness. I move with my apparatus but not with people. I believe moving in a group and dancing with others creates something sacred and impactful.

This project is a rare chance to experience the sky as birds’ do- waving, soaring, and floating as one flock. Following my heart has led me to this project. Everyday I get to wake up excited because I know people will be looking up to the sky as we all share the story of ONE. And I’m a part of that.

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Marie-Eve
Québec City, Canada

Born in Québec, Canada, I started ballet dancing at an early age. My passion of movement brought me to the EDQ, the national dance school of Québec City where I got a degree in Contemporary dance. After graduating in 2001, I worked and studied with many renowned dance companies and choreographers such as David Earle and Kenny Pearl.

As a recipient of a fellowship, I traveled to Vancouver to work with the choreographer Martha Carter in urban dance. My career made a turn when I discovered aerial acrobatics while working on the creation and as an artist of the mega production Omaterra in 2010. I also worked for the Montreal Complètement Cirque Festival as a dancer and aerial. Finally, I’ve spent the last summer touring the province of Québec with the company Fleuve Espace Danse.

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Catherine
Montréal, Canada

I was born in Montréal surrounded by artists. At a very young age, I was brought along with my family to travel the world.

The life of circus happened upon me at the age of 11, and it was obvious to me that it was the best tool for me to communicate and reflect about our world—helping me to express my bursting creativity. After hearing about ONE in New York, I knew instantaneously that this was the type of project I would want to explore. To gather so many artists in a celebration of beauty is a project I am proud to take part in.

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Pamela
Brooklyn, New York

I grew up in Brooklyn, NY and Southern California. My performance journey began with competitive gymnastics and dance. Later, while studying Anthropology at Stanford University I received a grant to explore aerial arts in San Francisco. I have always loved the feeling of flying so aerial arts felt natural.

Working as a performer and an artist in a commercial environment is always challenging, especially when you don’t fit the stereotype; however, I feel these challenges have only made me more creative. ONE is inspiring because it symbolizes our connection with our environment and with each other- moving as one like birds in migration.

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Kristin
Memphis, Tennessee

I grew up in a dancing, gymnastics, and cheerleading kind of world. I started dancing at an early age, and eventually became a competitive gymnast at Monarchs Gymnastics. I started doing competitive cheerleading in high school and then received a cheerleading scholarship to the University of Memphis. I then later toured with the National Tour of Bring It On the Musical, and am now a USA Cheer Staff Instructor.

My love and experience as a performer has grown exceptionally over the years and I’m more than thrilled to be selected as a performer for ONE. I can’t wait to be a part of this amazing production!

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Elizabeth
Montréal, Canada

I was one of the first students at the circus school of Quebec in 1992. In 1998, I was chosen by Cirque Eos for the creation of the show Imaginaire. I’ve participated in various corporate event, and has over the 14 years, performed over 2000 times in several countries: USA, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, UAE and Japan. My greatest talent is as a contortionist and was recognized at the Startissimo Festival of 2009.

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Nadia
Montréal, Canada

My name is Nadia and I was born in a small city outside of Quebec City. I first fell in love with dance as a child when my dad brought me to see The Nutcracker, that even though I came to dance later in life and even though I ended up working as a psychological counselor. About 4 and half years ago I discovered pole and I just felt at home with that discipline.

I started doing competitions, teaching and performing. Two 2 years ago, interested in the mechanics of movement and healing of injuries I began studying osteopathy. When the opportunity arose I decided to embark on the journey of ONE. Being a part of this event feels like realizing a dream, like a last chance to experience something bigger and amazing, to be part of a community of artists, share my passion, and contribute to the world of creation.

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Jen
Toronto, Canada

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, I am a former competitive gymnast and current principal acrobat for Zero Gravity Circus. Specializing in the aerial disciplines, I have performed in big top shows all over the world, including the Spiegel Show, as well as innumerable corporate functions. I was choreographer and acrobat for the 2010 Winter Olympics Torch Relay Tour. I spend half of every week in Montreal, honing my swinging trapeze skills with Victor Fomine of Cirque du Soleil.

I am the owner and director of The Circus Academy, twice voted best Circus School by Toronto Life Magazine I work in film and television as a stunt woman and have completed a degree in Kinesiology. Inspired by the beauty of the dance fused with the architecture that ONE envisions, I am honoured that I was chosen to help bring to life the creative vision of Aly and her team.

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Ezra
Long Island, New York

My name is Ezra and I am from Long Island, NY. From an early childhood I knew that I wanted to travel the world and dance. I worked very hard, trained at the top schools, and made it into a professional company where I extensively toured internationally for over a decade. But now I am setting my dreams higher and I am looking for new experiences to challenge me.

I recently moved to New York from Connecticut and am finding out that it is very hard to survive here. But when I found ONE I knew I had found my next adventure. I truly feel that I have much to offer to bring the vision of ONE to a higher place. To be able to take my training and passion into the air would be a blessing and I hope you will choose me to be a part of this fantastic journey.

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Alissa
Hinsdale, Illinois

My childhood near Chicago was spent throwing myself out of my playpen, climbing any tree I could find, dancing, flipping, and walking on my hands. For my BFA thesis I painted expansive oil paintings of the constructed and deconstructed landscape. Exploring the constant flux of our shared landscape and our place in these repeated cycles of digging, building, tearing down, and reemerging. I felt constrained by traditional art materials and exhibition space and had an instinctive urge toward movement. I was first interested in circus arts because of the relationships I made through music and acrobatics that transcended the barriers of language while backpacking in South America.

When I committed to developing as an acrobat and aerialist; I met fear, vulnerability, and empowerment. I spent four months performing aerial harness at the Worlds Expo in South Korea learning a new language of collaboration. One day I was hiking and stumbled upon a Buddhist temple. I was welcomed, fed, and offered a room to sleep and the next day I spotted the monks in the audience while flying over them. To me the essence of ONE was captured in that moment and I hope to be part of the unlimited potential of this collaboration.

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Dalijah
Warren, Ohio

For the past 20 years, I’ve been training in tap, ballet, jazz and gymnastics. After graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in Nutrition I moved NYC to pursue my dancing career! Before I knew it, I fell into pole dancing when a friend of mine asked me to take an intro pole class. It was love at first site!

Since then, I have grown as a dancer and has competed in competitions, performed in many shows and been a principle aerialist dancer in New York City’s aerial dance Company AERA. Currently, I love to teach pole and gymnastics at Body and Pole in NYC. I absolutely love the freedom and endless possibilities with being an aerialist as well as the confident and strength I have gained along the way!

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Alisan
Roxbury, New Hampshire

I began dancing when I began walking. Amazing and influential teachers kindled my passion for choreography; but I began to seek more vertical dimensions of expression. And then: a gift. Watching French circus, I rediscovered a reason to perform, to create and new ways to communicate with an audience. We drew the audience in, dancing in air; we were able to capture their emotions, to re-inspire their awe.

I began with Fly-By-Night, the San Francisco Circus Center, and then to Quebec City and Montreal where I diversified my techniques, my experiences, and deepened my love of aerials. I realized I am at home spinning in the air, following the forms, using the joy of centrifugal force to send my heart through space. From the moment I heard about this project, I have wanted to be involved with the scale, the interconnectedness, the individuality and the joyful spinning.

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Sarah
Palo Alto, California

I was born in Palo Alto, California, and spent the better part of my life living in Northern California. I grew up performing in local dance and theater productions, and in high school I discovered aerial arts. I moved to Portland, OR when I graduated to pursue a higher level of training with Pendulum Aerial Arts, and to attend Portland State University for a Bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts.

There were two main challenges in my work towards becoming a full-time aerial artist: making time to complete the Pendulum apprentice program, and two years in their professional company while also finishing college with high honors, and more recently: learning to be a self-employed artist. I was drawn to work on ONE because of the humanity of the project – because it is such a large-scale collaborative, to show what people can do when they work together.

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Kenneth
Rockwall, Texas

Texan born, my mother encouraged me from the beginning to follow my heart. This led me immediately to the stage at 6 years of age. Nine years later I began to dance professionally, touring across the country traveling to 48 states, Europe, Japan and eventually to New York. Here I was able to finally able to actively train in the aerial arts that I discovered so many years ago at performance of ‘Quidam’.

Being a part of a project like ONE would be an experience like no other. It would allow me to fulfill a dream of being able to fly. Being in the third dimension feels completely natural and does not scare me. The hardest part of training thus far has been learning how to maintain a sense of fluidity and effortlessness whilst being airborne. Acting independently apart of this greater collection hundreds of feet off the ground is so magically symbolic of our global community and I hope inspires the individual to recognize his own interconnected nature with those around him.

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Madeline
Worcester, Massachussets

I didn’t see this coming. When I started flying seven years ago here in NYC I had no foresight that this work would become my passion, my full-fledged career, and a constant source of artistic joy. I moved to New York after a year of touring, and the first phone call I made to my mom was to tell her I had an apprenticeship with a circus company.

It has been years of fighting between things I love and searching for my path as an artist. Recently, I decided to commit to all aerial all the time (with a healthy peppering of dance classes and performances to keep that corner off my heart happy). It was the right choice. I’m happiest when in flight seeking the mechanical solutions to working with the human body in a truly three-dimensional space. Who knew a girl from Worcester, MA would be flying in the Big Apple? Being part of ONE would be an affirming moment. This is who I am. This is the community I love. This is the art I want to be making.

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Caitlin
Seoul, South Korea

I didn’t spend any time in the air until four years ago. I was past 30, had already stopped dreaming about a career in the arts, and was settling for a “reasonable” job. I had almost forgotten how valuable art and expression are to the human experience. I would never have believed my first timid spin in a casual pole fitness class would lead to a career as an aerial pole performer and teacher.

When I auditioned for ONE, people asked if I’d be scared to dance 150 feet in the air, and I told them I was scared I wouldn’t get the chance to. This opportunity means I am fortunate enough to finally be living – flying – beyond my wildest dreams. I dedicate this journey to my late parents, who probably would not have understood my aerial pole dancing, but who would have been proud to see this adventure.

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Mackanzie
New York, New York

I come from a multicultural, supportive, active, and artistic family. My twin sister and I were exposed to literature, theater, music, dance, visual arts, and sports, so it is not surprising that we both love creativity and athleticism. I performed in an aerial piece while at the conservatory, and I was immediately hooked. In NYC, I pursued aerial training, which renders my utmost respect, fear, determination, and need to explore.

As in all things, I strive to do it well. I enjoy integrating, creating, working, and applying my art and life experiences in performance. I look forward to working with others who experience the joy and dedication that goes into performing this art. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in this amazing and inspiring project of a community of artists who connect as a whole within the community of New York City.

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Heather
New York, New York

I began performing in Grade ONE as ‘Happy’ in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. I became ONE of the founding members of Ballet Ouest de Montreal in my late teens, rising quickly from demi- to full soloist. I thought I could only have ONE career, so I quit dancing in my fourth year of pharmacy school to become a pharmacist. I stumbled upon a flying trapeze class, but they wouldn’t let me take just ONE, so I had to sign up for a session – fun!

After graduating from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre (as ONE co-recipient of the Leadership Award) I met THE ONE, a New Yorker visiting Toronto. Six years ago, I got my O-ONE visa and moved to New York to be with her. I was the ONE chosen to coach and add new aerial choreography to Monkey: Journey to the West at Lincoln Center this past summer. Now, I run Heliummm Aerial Dance & Entertainment, aerial lessons and performance.

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Aimee
Salem, Massachusetts

I was born and raised in the Salem, Massachusetts. At 6 I began studying violin and competing in gymnastics, unknowingly preparing myself to be in the air. The awareness, strength and physical intelligence I honed in the gym and the musicality, rhythm and understanding of group dynamics I soaked up in the orchestras have enabled me to travel with globe with world-renowned circus companies.

My body loves to fly, swing, spin, flip, twirl and dive. It was all…. challenging, physically and mentally intense – and at times painful and nauseating -passionate work!! Live movement performance is so special; it’s an important way for people to connect, for the artists and the audience alike. ONE is such a massive vision, people and experiences gathered from all over will come together to make a living sculpture 10 stories overhead. At last, the sky is not the limit but it is our stage!!

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Satomi
Yamaguchi, Japan

I was raised in Yamaguchi, Japan where I started ballet training. I came to the US to continue my dance education and graduated from Utah Valley University with a BFA in dance. Right after I moved to the city, I found about ONE in New York. As soon as I saw the website, statements, and videos, my mind was caught to ONE.

ONE is such a new performing art form to me, and I was just impressed by the thoughts behind it as well as the performing. I am thrilled to be a part of the performance because it would open a new window as a performer. This is going to be a big challenge for me, but I am grateful for this special opportunity, and I cannot wait to share the experience with amazing people in NYC.

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Djassi
New York, New York

I was born swiftly and gained the nickname Black Butterfly. I have been in flight ever since. Soaring between experiences, across countries and languages through the gift of dance. On break from boarding school in New England, I would audition at schools around the city and go wherever I received a scholarship. My first company experience was in Brazil, where I was the only American. Later, I joined Momix, which was the most informative and challenging professional experience: traveling the world as an Anthropologist, connecting with people through my art.

My first aerial experiences were in several Momix ballets. I would use those skills again years later for collaborations while living in Italy. ONE allows me to once again experience art and movement in its highest form: a collective of individual sparks coming together to light the night sky, touching performers and spectators alike in a radical visual collective.

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Trevor
New York, New York

I was born and first raised only one block south of Central Park in New York City. To the surprise of many, as a kid I struggled most with the following things: heights, comfort with strangers, physical exercise, and self-consciousness.

After being inspired by the artists of Cirque du Soleil, I grew attached to aerial arts, for I found that it granted me strength in all of the ways I saw myself as weak. The practice granted self-trust, comfort, and challenge to my inhibitions.
For these reasons, I attribute so much of my current self to this movement-based expression. It grants me freedom, mental capacity, physical awareness, and salvaged a lot in me. It is now the only way to be. Performing in ONE serves personal reaffirmation that we cannot master life without first mastering ourselves.

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Zoe
Boston, Massachusetts

My name is Zoe Kantor and I was born in Boston Massachusetts. I became an accidental aerialist while living in Korea two years ago. I have a background in dance and was looking for a studio to train at, however everything was in Korean so I was having trouble. The one studio I found that had anything in English was a Pole Dance studio, so I went. I instantly fell in love.

I certainly faced challenges learning from people who spoke minimal English, but I knew that I had found my true art form. Upon moving to New York City I began training at Body and Pole, and soon after they hired me to be a work-study. Ever since I have fully committed my life to becoming the best aerialist I can be. Being a part of ONE would be an amazing opportunity for me to become part of the aerial community, and share my love of this newfound artistry.

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Kristin
Chicago, Illinois

In 2002, I was the United States Rhythmic Gymnastics Junior National Champion — but a year later, at age 15, an eating disorder forced me out of the sport and into treatment. After a spiritual awakening eight years ago and learning to live for a higher Christian purpose, I was able to overcome anorexia and return to the sport, becoming a member of the 2009 US Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships Group Team.

I now have a degree in psychology, and I am a speaker for eating disorder awareness, body image, and self esteem. I have found performing to be a way I can inspire others to appreciate their uniqueness and see the inner beauty in everyone. I am excited to be part of ONE in New York, which celebrates the strength of one in harmony with others and the natural world around them.

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Shaunna
Portland, Oregon

I was born in Portland , Oregon and moved around much of my life starting as a trained ballet dancer and then ended up in a painful back injury which led me to go to school to become a Licensed Massage Therapist. In loving the work of helping others with their pain both physical and mental my heart needed something for me again, which meant performing, I needed to make art again.

My desire to return to dance was not strong enough and so I discovered aerial, dancing in the air. Aerial arts for me are everything that fits my life and who I am as a person and what I believe in for this life…”All in or all out.” I am thankful every day to be able to live this gift and share my heart with others in such a special way. It will mean the world to me to be a part of ONE in the city that lifted me up to who I am today after I came with literally nothing 11 years ago.

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Jennifer
Bloomfield, New Jersey

I was born in Bloomfield, NJ. I was originally a dancer and I discovered aerial a few years after I had knee surgery. I found it easier on my knee and began to really enjoy being in the air. Eventually, I switched from making dance the major focus of my career to making aerial my main focus.

Although, I still take dance class occasionally and do random dance projects here and there, I am now a full time professional aerialist, teaching classes during the day and performing in the evening. I am interested in ONE for a few reasons but mainly because I enjoy two-point harness and don’t get the opportunity to do it so often. Also, I think it is really exciting to safely be 150 feet up in the air.

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Angelica
Boston, Massachussets

I was born in Boston, MA and grew up in Minneapolis, MN. My dream of flying started at a young age, I used to run up and down my front lawn with an umbrella hoping I would take off. I aspired to be an astronaut, planning to join the air force to fly fighter jets, as I was told that was the ticket to flying in space. But my creative streak and desire for world peace–and the fact that I was too short to join the airforce–all put a wrench in that plan. I found hang gliding, learned how to fly and teach on the same sand dunes that the Wright bothers took their first flight. But art was still missing from my flying. My journeys lead me to New York, where I discovered harness work, perfection, flying and art combined!!!

ONE is a mile stone project that will radically change the way people think about public art and the urban landscape. I am excited too see what the energy of so many people who love to fly will create!

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Summer
New York, New York

I was born in New York. During college I began training as an aerialist after a lifetime of gymnastics and dance. It quickly became a passion, and I became an instructor in addition to performing all over the United States. One of my biggest challenges was performing in front of a national television audience on last year’s “America’s Got Talent.” Live audiences were no problem, but the idea of broader exposure was daunting. Ultimately I won the praise of the audience, the judges, and even the other competitors! It was a great feeling.

For me, ONE is an amazing opportunity to be involved with a large project that will capture the hearts and imaginations of so many people. Performing as part of this grandiose living sculpture will be my chance to contribute to the vibrant arts culture of New York, my lifelong home.

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Myriam
Quebec City, Canada

Born in Quebec City I have always been attracted by performing arts and the love of challenge. I started attending the Quebec City Circus School while very young. There, I discovered a truly fascinating world, which became mine. I quickly realized that my place was in the air: I was twelve when I created my first act, an aerial hoop duo. Always at ease high up in the air, I was hooked!

I continued training for several years, focusing on aerials. Since my departure from the Quebec City Circus School in 2008, I have had the opportunity to work for numerous organizations and to appear in various events around the world. Recently, I created a new solo, a poetic and acrobatic aerial hoop act. Seeking challenges, aiming higher and better, I thrive on teamwork and collaborating closely in new projects. ONE in New York City represents for me a great opportunity for new aerial adventures.

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Laura
Chicago, Illinois

As a child, I played many sports, but dance and gymnastics took turns being my main focus. After graduating from a performing arts high school with a dance major, I went to school for welding, then for interior architecture, which helped me realize I was not made to be sitting all day.

I dropped out of school, moved to France as a nanny to learn French, and on my return decided to take circus more seriously as I had dabbled in it since I was 18. Being interested in so many things made it difficult to decide what I wanted to do for a career, so I had a little bit of a late start in the circus world. I feel this project is a beautiful opportunity that will add to my strength as a performer and truly brings my personal past, present, and future together as “ONE.”

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Marina
New York, New York

The public library, a stone structure from the early French settlers, housed my first taste of flight in a book called, The Catcher by Mia Wolf. It’s the story of a small-town girl who joins the circus, after being transcended into a world of possibility by shadowy figures soaring overhead.

Growing up in a wealthy college town in Upstate New York, I didn’t know I was poor until age fifteen; when your jeans are more important than your talents and character. Somehow, my Mother, a single parent, provided me with training in the performing arts. I witnessed my Papa, a Mexican immigrant, struggle to survive, leaving behind his homeland and career. My parent’s sacrificed dreams have motived me in the pursuit of mine.

I’m excited to be a part of ONE because it redefines the boundaries of dance and like my journey, has persevered through the odds to bring its vision to fruition.

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Rebecca
Washington D.C.

I am originally from Washington DC where I was trained in dance starting at the age of 6. Four years ago my close friend and mentor introduced me to some of the creators of AiRealisitc, and I couldn’t get enough of being in the air. For the remainder of the time, I spent all of my free time in class and was quickly asked to be apart of their new show, Breaking Surface. For the past four years I have been working with them and other companies on shows around the city.

Aerial dance was what I was missing in life and ONE has many different meanings to me. Not only will it be an amazing experience and educational for myself, but also for all of those who I care for.

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Karl
New York, New York

In my professional career I have been very fortunate to find work. One of my challenges has been to continually find meaning. I have struggled with my own motivation – with the temptation to sometimes become jaded with shows that are only designed to make quick buck.

I’m excited to be part of ONE because it is stunningly brilliant spectacles that will make passersby literally stop in their tracks and marvel. More importantly I love what it expresses: oneness, unity, beauty, peace… dozens of beautiful bodies moving as a whole being. I’m proud to be part of ONE because I believe it brings a powerful message that will make a positive and lasting impact on millions of people.

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Meghan
Santa Cruz, California

I was born in the coastal California town of Santa Cruz. At six, my body, mind, and character found their match in gymnastics. It was a thrill I couldn’t quit, playing with the forces of the universe as they acted on my body, flying me high and then knocking me back down under the thumb of gravity. I devoted the greater part of my days and years to the sport.

At the end of my competitive career, I was left with the feeling that I still held this finely tuned instrument that could at last be played with abandon. I signed my whole soul to the circus, trusting it to make beautiful use my skill. As an aerialist, I am often inspired by an image (umbrellas swept up by the wind, a feather’s random fall-path) and I perform to share these inspirations with everyone.

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Aisha
Houston, Texas

As the daughter of a dancer, having grown up in the studio, dance has always been in my heart. I thought I knew what kind of dancer I wanted to be, until a friend urged me to come to aerial practice with her. I felt a world open up, but rehearsals with the Alvin Ailey Company seemed to dominate my time. In 2010 I tore my ACL.

During eight months of rehabilitation I started taking Lyra (hoop) class, though I was apprehensive about my physical limitations. I fell in love with flying all over again. I needed it to be a part of my life. When I saw the post for ONE I felt uplifted, hopeful and renewed. I want to be a part of this because it’s in my heart to dance and soar, and together we can be uplifted and all fly as one.

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Geneviève
St-Jerôme, Canada

I was born in St-Jerôme, a town near Montreal city, that’s where I started practicing gymnastic and dance at a young age. When I got old enough, I moved to Montreal to study contemporary dance, graduated, and when to the National circus school of Montreal to continue my artistic formation as a circus artist as an acrobat. My first touch with aerialist performance was with the show “Traces” from Les 7 doigts de la main. I had two months to learn and put together an aerial strap solo act. Since then, I pushed my aerial performances into a duo strap with another woman. Being elegant and fluid in the air is so different from the floor.

My biggest challenge was to take part of the show “Traces” as one of five acrobats, being the only female artist on stage–had to learn to be a multidisciplinary circus artist in a few months, learned new disciplines, skills and acrobatic lifts. Touring the world with that show brought me so much experience on how to be myself on stage and to push away the fear. I really have this project, ONE, at hearth cause it combines the way I’m use to work with my body with a completely different way of staging that what I’m use to.

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Jade
St-Jerôme, Canada

I decided when I was young about what I wanted to do with my life. When I was three years old I decided to become a trapezist – and that is exactly what happened. I remember being inspired by a Cirque Du Soleil show at a very young age. At the age of 18, I decided to pack my bags and follow my dream of travelling and working in the industry. I’ve always been interested in new experiences and expressing my art in different contexts. Reaching out to people using my passion, as a vector has always been important for me – which are why I have participated in various social projects around the world.

Two years ago I suffered a severe back injury and spent 15 months in rehabilitation. Being away from my passion caused me to discover in myself a strong will to overcome adversity. Working with ONE would be my first time working as part of such a big project involving so many artists and accessible to so many people. Let’s take our art to the streets! It is our duty to share poetry and passion for beauty and make life extraordinary.

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Sara
Berkshire County, Massachusetts

I was born and raised in the farm hills of Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Always being the black sheep in my family, it was clear that my life would not follow the same path as most of my peers. From a young age I was extremely competitive in the tenacious sport of gymnastics.

I always loved tumbling, soaring in the air and throwing myself around as I completed tricks. After executing a tumbling pass, I would often ask my parents and coaches, “How high did I get in the air that time?”. At the sensitive age of 15 I sustained a serious neck injury and began to dance as a form of rehabilitation. I just loved how free I could be with my body and how performing brought out an entirely new expressive part of my soul.

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Marissa
New York, New York

My growing up was very nomadic – constantly moving and never feeling tied down to one place. Maybe because of that, the expression of flight seemed to find me and made so much sense for my body. It does something magical and wondrous for the spirit. With family hardship, post-college confusion, aerial became the outlet that grounded me and uplifted my sense of self. In this culture, it becomes harder and harder to see outside our bubble, to see the bigger picture.

A project like ONE is reminding us of a larger vision that’s possible, that is necessary for this world. When I have the opportunity to fly for ONE, I will harness all of that creative vitality and energy and allow it to hammock all the aerialists as we take our moment of departure. Sometimes, to see the world in a refreshing way, you need to change your perspective.

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Jen
Prescott, Arizona

I have been choreographing, performing and living in New York since 2002. I was raised in Prescott, Arizona and earned my bachelors degree from Washington University in St. Louis. After pursuing dance for years, I found inspiration, motivation and a new path when I discovered the aerial world. Merging aerial and dance through performance, choreography and business has given me an intense amount of joy, love and renewed passion for expression through movement.

I am inspired by all of the talent surrounding myself on a daily basis and constantly strives to create positive experiences out of every opportunity. I am excited and honored to be a part of this amazing project – here’s to ONE!

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Nicole
Miami, Florida

I was born Sept 11, 1987 in Miami Fl, inconveniently, the same day Pope John Paul II was visiting the city. Aside from a creative mad dash to the hospital weaving around millions in the streets, it was a blessed day for both my parents, and the city of Miami. Since that Sunday morning in 87′ my life has continued to jolt me into challenging situations, forced me to think creatively both out of intrigue and out of necessity, and lastly, has surrounded me with people and opportunities that I believe to be small blessings. Unfortunately, on that same day, 14 years later, terrorists on a grand scale that left the island of Manhattan in ruins, both physically and mentally, attacked New York City.

Though time did a remarkable job mending this city, there is still fear and heartbreak in hidden corners on this metropolis. And that is why I believe art is important- because it lifts people out of those natural traps. When I hear of projects like ONE, I become instantly inspired and marvel at how this human evolving sculpture will transport hundreds of onlookers daily, and in turn, inspire them.

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Lisa
Denver, Colorado

I was born in Denver, CO. and moved to Metarie, LA. when she was 3yrs old. My first tooth was lost on Bourbon Street, but I acquired a love for costumes, glitter, and sequins, a sign of things to come. Uprooted again at 11 to St Louis, MO where I attended the Visual and Performing Arts High School, my journey would prompt more moves over the next few years, including the University of Iowa for a B.A in dance, NYC for the certificate program at Alvin Ailey, San Francisco and Hungry Horse, MO., where I worked at a diner near Glacier National Park, and back to NYC where I have remained for 13 years.

I teach at Circus Warehouse and perform around town at various venues including Galapagos Art Space, Gowanus Ballroom, Slipper Room, and Dixon Place. Personally, I found aerial while soul-searching to find new ways to move and communicate with the world around me.

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Daniel
Boulder, Colorado

From an early age I’ve always been passionate about the arts and ways of expression. I’ve trained in a variety of art forms but didn’t fall in love until Frequent Flyers Productions in Boulder, CO introduced me to aerial dance. The exhilarating combination of dance, theater, physicality, music, and wonder has made aerial arts my addiction.

Since then I went on to train and perform with FFP for 3 years, attended The New England for Circus Arts professional programs in Vermont, and have become a core company member of Iluminar Aerial in Broomfield, CO. I dream of continuing to work my passion to a variety of audiences and place upon them a sense of wonder!

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Brooke
New York, New York

As a performer, I have toured the US as a rhythmic gymnast and served as dance captain with Cirque Ingenieux. I’ve danced in and choreographed industrial pieces for Emittime Productions, and performed in the acclaimed off-Broadway show De La Guarda in New York. As a choreographer and directeor, I created the Pulse Project with guest artist Natasha Wang, wowed the audiences at the 2012 United States Pole Dance Competition at Symphony Space in New York City.

I’ve earned my BFA in Dance at the University Of California-Irvine and received her MFA from the Tisch School of the Arts, where I was honored with the Dean’s Scholarship.

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Emily
Rochester, New York

I was born in Rochester, NY in a birthing room just after midnight on the day of May 28th, 1983 with a full head of red hair. By the age of 3 my mom had already put me in ballet class and I loved wearing pink, being graceful, and expressing myself through movement. I continued ballet and jazz and went to LaGuardia HS for music and the performing arts followed by Juilliard for a BFA. Before graduation I auditioned and was accepted to Cirque du Soleil’s newest creation in 2005 called “Love” which consisted of all Beatles music.

Just after I started to perform the rope act, my father was killed in a cycling accident and for a while after I was terrified to do anything, especially the rope act. I didn’t let the fear overpower me though and instead saw each performance as another accomplishment that my dad would be so proud of. It would be an honor to perform in ONE and be able to fly again, knowing that my father will be right there flying with me.

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Marlyn
New York, New York

My journey to working with ONE!? Well, first off I want to thank my amazing friends, Gwyn Larsen and William Mullholand who told me about the project and who I’ve had the pleasure of working with in De La Guarda and Fuerza Bruta.

I started my aerial journey in 2000 and it has been life changing. After watching the promo video for ONE in New York I was amazed. It is such a mind-blowing idea that has not been done in the past! I look forward to working and collaborating with ONE. Having a blessed and successful career in the arts I hope to share my experience and also learn from everyone involved. This is going to be an inspiring project!! Lets FLY!

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Caterina
San Lucido, Italy

I’m from South of Italy, from a very small place called San Lucido (CS) a piece of heaven: A place where buildings don’t exist, where there is space for the pink sky and between mountains and sea you dream to fly. A place that seems drawn by Caravaggio where, as my father says, God has posed. Strong sensations and emotions keep me alive. Who doesn’t dream to fly? Who doesn’t think how life can be in the sky? Almost unconsciously these thoughts came to life.

Draw into air the dove of peace for the Inaugural Ceremony of the XX Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy and to explode and surrender in the sky like a flower with the kitonb Extreme Theatre. Very challenging and at that time I swore it would be the last time. I got so high that I had to close my eyes.

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Jenny
Freeport, Texas

So I was born in Freeport, Texas, raised in Skaneateles, NY till I was 16, and then moved to the west coast from there to finish school and college. While I was growing up, I always loved dancing. It was always a way for me to express myself in ways that words could not touch upon, but also as I was growing up, I always had dreams of being able to float through the air and flying over landscapes and soaring over large masses of water. I never knew any of these things were even remotely possible, that is until I saw my very first circus performance, put on by Cirque du Soleil.

It was Quidam, in the very ending scene, I saw the girl soar through the silks, to me it literally looked like she was diving through the silks back and forth so effortlessly and with such grace. When I started learning aerial and training, I knew it would be hard, but I was ready for the tough work and from my background I knew it I stayed dedicated to what I love and to what felt right, that I would be doing no wrong.

So I stuck to my dreams, faced a lot of fears and learning to trust, and learned so much about myself in the process, I always am.

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Rian
New York, New York

When I am not studying applied economics, I’m training in various mediums of aerial arts. Somewhere in between my obsession with dance and economic models I became passionate for this intriguing private sector of the arts. Throughout high school I danced in Georgio’s American Dance Company and performed with companies such as Orlando Ballet, Russian Academy of Ballet (Orlando, FL), and Momentum Live. Within her first two years of college I founded Seminole State Dance Company and performed with Yow Dance.

I am currently obtaining my BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics while simultaneously broadening my training experience and resources here in NYC. Within the past three years my training emphasis has shifted to both training and teaching pole fitness. My vested interest in developing the best learning environment possible is in direct correlation to my ultimate goals of captivating audiences, communicating effectively, and developing movement awareness/intention.

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Cody
Brooklyn, New York

I was raised in Brooklyn, NY. My love of flying started when I was 8 years old on a trip to club med where they had a flying trapeze. But, it wasn’t until I was 20 and recovering from a 4-year battle with anorexia and depression that I got to pursue my childhood dream. Being back in the air reconnected me with loving my body and wanting to feel healthy and strong, enabling me to finally make a full recovery and live life with passion and joy. Eventually, aerials became not only my passion, but also my career.

I think ONE has the ability to bring a large community of people together in a positive, awe-inspiring way and is honored to be a part of that. Coming together with other performers and working hard for a common goal is an amazing expression of “Oneness”, something I believe in spiritually and continually strive to understand on a deeper level.

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Amy
Oceanside, New York

Born and raised in Oceanside, I’m no stranger to the New York art scene and hold a degree in Dance and Urban Design from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Always aware of my calling in life (to understand and implement movement), I became a personal trainer after graduation. My dreams were put on hold for nearly three years due to a devastating injury: a dislocated ankle after trying to do a back flip.

Now physically and mentally stronger than ever, I am determined to see my dreams of becoming an aerialist come to fruition. ONE embodies every element that I am drawn to: unison, independence, movement, breath, power, teamwork, strength, and grace. I am excited to be a part of this project, one that I believe is a true reflection of all that is a good, hopeful and promising in our world.

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Danielle
Jersey City, New Jersey

I was born to two artists in the suburbs of New Jersey, and began my dance training at the age of three. As years passed, I tried hard to keep up with the demands of formal dance training growing up, but due to certain limitations, I soon gave up on my dreams of dancing professionally. Seven years ago I found pole dancing as a means to an end. But, upon unleashing all the pent up energy from years of feeling inadequate, not graceful, or too big on stage, I found my work in the air transforming my life on the ground. I had found new purpose through the aerial arts.

With no job after graduating the School of Visual Arts and a looming recession, I decided to sink every last bit of energy into my work on the pole.
Today, I can eat and sleep comfortably from these efforts: this art form has saved my life. Although people still struggle to understand what it is I do, I find it a welcoming challenge to help shape people’s perception of the aerial arts in a positive, groundbreaking, and inspirational matter. By becoming a part of ONE, I will finally be proud of that little girl inside who never stopped trying; who danced to the beat of her own heart; and who has finally found a family that will teach her to fly.

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Emily
Portland, Oregon

I grew up competing in Irish dance in Southern California, addicted to its rhythm and spirit. I craved taking my dance into, literally, higher, and more expressive realms. I moved to Portland, OR in January 2012, supporting myself as an independent Pilates instructor, building my student base while working and training at Ecdysiast, an aerial pole studio. I strive to bring the same rhythm, spirit, and dedication to my aerial dance that I did to my step dancing.

After a coworker showed me the video and audition notice for ONE, I knew it was a project I needed to be a part of. I was thrilled when I made the auditions and got to make my first trip to NYC. The sheer energy of NY is unbelievable and I’m excited to bring my own energy ONE in New York!

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Hugues
Québec City, Canada

Why wasn’t I born in Damascus, Bamako or Kaboul?

I was raised “where the river narrows”, Québec city. Rich, French, American.

Safe.

I have the luxury luck to willingly take some risks.

Risk making art

Risk using my body to do so.

It’s in me, for others.

I take people out of their daily grind for beautiful journeys.

My biggest challenge as a circus artist was to perform 800 times at 80 feet in the air for the show Kà.

Dancing at a hundred feet in the air in a groundbreaking art form with a hundred of fellow artists above thousands

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Xochitl
Berkeley, California

Born to a Mexican father and an American mother I grew up in Berkeley, CA. I began my relationship with aerials at age eight, first experiencing it at a circus arts camp in CA. There were few affordable aerial classes in the Bay area and because of this I was fairly self-taught until my early twenties. At age 21 while attending University of Texas and teaching full time at an aerials studio I realized I wanted to make aerial arts a full time profession. This decision led me to attend New England Center for Circus Art’s Professional Track program.

Aerial dance is truly where I am happiest and where my mind and body have found a refreshing co-existence. For me ONE is this similar idea of co-existence, it is that feeling of kinetic energy of human existence projected in the air.

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Hilary
Boston, Massachussets

I was born with a birth defect…at 4lbs, premature, my legs and feet were completely turned in. The doctors had to break my legs to reset them so I could walk. Of course, at 5 years old I wanted to be a ballet dancer, completely ignoring the fact that I would not physically be capable of the perfect turnout that is required to succeed. Even still, I devoted my life to the study of ballet, but I with never quite fit the mold. When I discovered aerial, I found my calling. It was the first time in my life that I didn’t have to fit the mold…I could make my own mold. And so I did. I have made a career out of fusing my ballet training and love for classical music, with aerial.

However, I miss the communal and collaborative experience that being part of a dance company brings, as aerial is comparatively a solitary activity. That is why ONE excites me so much…it offers the rare, if not only, opportunity to unite otherwise solo aerialists into a single body of living art.

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Émilie
Montréal, Canada

My name it’s Émilie. I started gymnastics at the age of 4 years old. I have developed a passion to be really high in the air. After my gymnastic carrier, I dove in the circus world, where I found my ideal discipline: The acrobatic bungee. I did 11 years of bungee performing and I still love it. I did a lot of harness since 2 years. Every time I’m working on harness act, I see a huge universe to discover.

ONE in New York truly inspires me, I just think it’s going to be great fun to share with others and evolve together. This project is really made of everything I love and I think I can give to it a lot with my art, heart, skills and passion. I think so far, that perform as an aerial artist, keep me alive with all challenge this carrier give you.

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Christi
San Antonio, Texas

I was born and raised in south Texas. After performing in musicals and shows most of my life, a trip to Vegas allowed me to see Cirque du Soleil live for the first time and I was mesmerized and wanted to fly too. A few months’ later classes started where I was living. One class had me hooked and 3 months of hard work later I submitted and was accepted to one of NECCA’s (New England Center for Circus Arts) professional programs.

I quit my job, packed up my car, and drove to Vermont where I soaked up all the aerial skills I could, especially in fabric and lyra (hoop) which were my major and minor. After NECCA I moved to NYC, where I now live, teach, and fly. Being a part of ONE for me is like being part of a beautiful orchestra of the skies.

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Christi
San Antonio, Texas

I was born in Boston, Massachusetts. I was drawn to the aerial arts after I had been dancing professionally for over a decade. I fell in love with it. I immersed myself in every class I could find, on almost every apparatus I had heard of or could see. Sometimes I miss those years because since working professionally as an aerialist, I have found, like so many things, the challenges of working can sometimes overshadow the initial passion that brought me to the art form.

Alas, when I look back at the various jobs I’ve been lucky to have as an aerialist, it is all still so worth it. There is nothing like performing in the air. It is it’s own magical, indescribable joyous experience. To be a part of ONE would be something to connect me, not just to my other fellow aerialists, but to a city and community of people I treasure.

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Vincent
Québec City, Canada

Born in Quebec city, I started as a dancer student at École de danse de Québec,while training in circus at École de Cirque de Québec. After few years of performance as a dancer and a circus artist, I meet Ghislain Turcotte who brought me to harness work. I was then able to combine both passions into one great universe: aerial dance. From Cirque du Soleil to Robert Lepage I got the chance to prove myself as a good artist, coordinator and coach in the aerial harness art. Then came this audition in Montreal. ONE was looking for harness artists.

What a great experience it was to finally get in touch with people who share that same passion. Being part of ONE would be a life changing experience, giving me the chance to fly with so many others and be part of that “once in a life time” event.

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Marina
St. Petersburg, Russia

Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, I started dancing at the age of 6. After 9 years of ballet and ballroom dance training I quit in order to enter a prestigious school and pursue a career in Business. I rediscovered my passion for dance a little over 2 years ago when I tried a pole dancing class and immediately fell in love with aerial arts. Started with pole dancing I soon enriched my training with flexibility, aerial fabrics, acrobatics and hand balancing, and was blown away with what my (or anyone’s) body is capable of. I strive to become a professional dancer and cherish every opportunity to perform: I recently won my first pole competition and getting ready for the next.

ONE for me is a symbol of harmony and connections we have to one another; as well as an ode to beauty, passion, inspiration, diversity, creativity and talent.

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Anouk
Montréal, Canada

Always enthusiastic about the arts, I was born in Montréal, Canada, in 1983, began by studying dance and gymnastic before entering the world of the circus. I trained tree years at the National Circus School of Montreal where they push to be multi-disciplinary. I specialized in the aerial disciplines, mainly aerial silk and hoop. After obtaining my Circus Art Diplomas in 2003, I began to travel over the world to present my art with different acts and teach circus.

In duo and solos, I have performed for many Circus companies (Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize, Cirque Fantastic Concept, etc.), cruise ship, casinos, equestrian-circus shows, festivals, various shows, special events and galas in many country like Canada, United-States, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Belgium, England, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Japan and many others European country.

In addition, I help many circus acts on the whole creation and the technique, teach group circus class and private class for all levels since 2002.

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Natalie
Humboldt, California

I was born and raised in Humboldt County, California, where I took ballet since I was very young. Leaping was always my favorite thing–I’ve always aimed for the air! My first taste of the sky was parasailing with my Dad—the ONE audition reminded me a lot of that seamless transition from the ground to the air. My challenge in the “dance world” so far has been not feeling like I fit in, not being truly excited by what I’ve seen.

On a selfish level, that is why I am so excited about ONE in New York—I had a tingly feeling come over me at the audition. On a bigger level, it holds meaning for me as art for the people. I imagine all types of people coming to the park, looking toward the sky together, and feeling a sense of wonder at the power of human unity.

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Jessica
Melbourne, Australia

I have had a love for dance and acrobatics since I could walk. During my childhood, I trained in dance and gymnastics and later moved in to Acrobatic Gymnastics where I went on to compete in World Championships in 2004 and 2006. At 19, I gave up my full time job as a flight attendant to pursue a career as a circus performer. Since then, I’ve graduated from the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) with specialist skills in aerial hoop, hand balancing and tissu.

Throughout the years I’ve performed with Miley Cyrus, Eminem, Future Entertainment as well as many other companies and productions.In 2012 I made my debut on the international stage in Abu Dhabi where I was selected to perform Silks for Ferrari World’s acrobatic stunt show.

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Allison
Houston, Texas

Originally from Houston, Texas, I knew at a young age I was meant to dance. I studied ballet intensively from age 6 on, training with prominent ballet companies around the world. I attended The University of Texas at Austin, where I began training in contemporary dance, and upon receiving my B.F.A. in Dance in 2010, I moved to NYC to pursue a professional career.

Somehow, amid performing with contemporary companies around the city and acquiring my M.A. in Dance Education from NYU, I fell in love with aerial dance. From pole to lyra, I found my passion for flying and haven’t stopped! Since then I have become a part of a mixed aerial dance company, AERA, and enjoy teaching ballet, flexibility, and aerial classes at Body & Pole in NYC.

I look forward to being a part of ONE and sharing with the world what aerial dance can be!

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Emily
Schenectady, NY

Raised in a small town in upstate New York, I grew up literally dancing in my sister’s footsteps. I spent over a decade performing classical ballet before I even graduated high school. At 17 I struggled with a minor back injury, stopped dancing, and began University. After two years lost in college, the hole that dance had left in my heart had not yet been filled. An unexpected and serendipitous chain of events introduced me to the world of contemporary circus. I met performers that could dance in the air. So I did what any responsible young adult would, I dropped out of college and moved to a different state to pursue my new dream.

As they say, the rest is history. To me aerial work is a perfect combination of unique physical challenges, the thrill of stage performance, the beauty of dance, and the magic of circus. This is what makes ONE such an exciting project to be involved with

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Allison
Orange County, California

Born in Southern California, I trained as a dancer and gymnast since the age of 3. I attended OCHSA and received a BFA from The Juilliard School. After, I joined Cirque Du Soleil where I was introduced to aerial work. I trained harness, hoops, silks and pole. Since, deciding to leave Cirque, I have continued training in aerial but have not had the opportunity to perform it. I am so happy to be a part of ONE because this is my opportunity to get back in the air and perform for an audience! The one major challenge I’ve faced this far is my severe scoliosis.

I was diagnosed with this in middle school and had to wear a brace. Through dance, I was able to teach myself how to correct my alignment. It is still a challenge in my everyday life and career path, but I am happy to have gained the knowledge needed to help the problem. In my opinion, ONE is a very important project to be presented to the public because of the collaboration and the venue chosen to produce it. ONE will open the eyes of many onlookers that know nothing about what we do. Being a part of something so brilliant and creatively advanced is an honor for me.

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Sarah
Austin, Texas

Ballet was my escape and my obsession growing up, and I began dancing in earnest at the age of 5. In college, I continued to dance but began to focus my attention on visual art as well as costume design. It was when I moved to Vermont that I saw my first circus show and totally fell in love with aerials. Here was the perfect interweaving of my seemingly disjointed passions!

The strength required to achieve what I choreographed in my mind enticed me, and becoming a strong person in my physical body has translated into an internal transformation for me as well, including finally overcoming an eating disorder that I had for many years. When I am in the air, I lose myself in the movement, lost in my art, and I can’t think of anything I would rather devote my heart to than that feeling.

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Destiny
Boston, Massachussets

My first airborne performance was as a rambunctious kid in 1988 who, after watching the winter Olympics, was convinced she could complete a perfect triple sal-chow in snow boots on ice-covered tennis courts. After recovering from that concussion, I focused my energy on the less concussive pursuits of theater and art. In my senior year of undergrad in Interdisciplinary Art, I fused visual and performing arts by placing my body in suspended sculptural environments. This led me to research and try aerial silks– it changed my life’s direction.

I have since co-founded two aerial companies, trained full time at the National Institute of Circus Arts (Australia), started a recreational aerial program, completed the professional program at the New England Center for Circus Arts (Vermont), joined the core staff at NECCA, and began traveling the world to teach and perform aerials.

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Sarah
Baraboo, Wisconsin

I was born in a small town in the Midwest where, Ringling Bros. set up a permanent circus in the 1800′s and put Baraboo, Wisconsin on the map. I was not “born into” performing in the circus, rather one lucky day when I was about 13, I was asked to learn the Spanish Web and join my hometown one ring show. Since then, I have performed in Madison Square Garden, an Italian monastery, music videos, 9 stories off Opera buildings, tree branches and formal theatres. Currently, I teach aerial yoga, aerial dance, silks and other movement modalities, as well as, choreographing my own work.

Dancing and aerial arts has taught me resilience and to have the courage to follow my dreams despite challenges I have faced along the way, ranging from near death experiences, to the true test in life of a broken heart. Thru the art of aerial dance, we can find inspiration and healing, which can be life changing for people. “ONE” will be a long ripple, of a larger force of unique individuals coming together as a whole, that can change lives through beauty and divine nature.

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Patricia
Lima, Peru

I was born in Peru, I have 2 black Pomeranian puppies, 3 brothers, a strict mother and a happy go lucky dad who have been married for 40 years. As a kid in Lima I was always climbing my grandma’s orange trees, I was the best climber in the neighborhood. Maybe that’s also why performing in the air feels so natural to me. I’m literally uplifted and I want to share that emotion with other people.

That emotion helps me to face my personal challenge, which is that I’m shy, which is also why I started dancing. Dancing allows me to be part of something so much bigger than myself and it takes me outside myself. To me ONE represents the artistic energy; unity, beauty and diversity of the city that I left my home for, the city that made me re-imagine what the world could be all about.

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Kristin
Brooklyn, New York

As an aerial artist, choreographer, and teacher based in Brooklyn, I am absolutely excited to be a part of ONE. Previously, I have performed with Cirque du Soleil’s LOVE, Lisa’s Bright Ideas, ImaginAerial, Cirque Productions, Imagination Entertainment, Cirque le Masque, Helium Aerial Dance, Stephan Koplowitz, and Noemie Lafrance, among others.

In New York City, I have performed aerial works at Brooklyn Lyceum, Cantina Royal, Monkeytown, Galapagos Arts Space, ‘Above the Belt’ at the Zipper Factory and the Tank, Capitale, Cipriani, Webster Hall, and NYC Aerial Dance Festivals. I premiered MIGRATIONS, my first full-length aerial quartet, in 2013. I also co-founded Aerial Arts NYC, where I teach weekly aerial classes.

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Anthony
Aix-en-provence, France

Hello my name is Anthony. I was born during the summer 1988 in Aix-en-provence, France. I first started dance and performing on stage when I was 4 years old. One day, I saw the circus on TV. One thing was sticking in my mind: the flying trapeze.

7 years old, here I am in a circus school doing my first steps in the air. Only 3 years after, I knew that I wanted to be a trapeze artist, knew that I wanted to fly and share my experience with an audience. From there, did a pre-professional circus school in France, then the National Circus School of Montreal. 4 years later, I started performing around the world and going through challenges like performing at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris.

For me, ONE means a whole new level of aerial performance and a form of expression completely unique and original, letting the artists and the audience gets taken in a surreal aerial journey.

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Sadie
Portland, Oregon

I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon where I attended a performing arts high school. The director of the dance program Steve Gonzales was incredibly influential in shaping my performance career. He introduced me to contemporary dance, aerial arts, and New York City. With his guidance and the support of my parents, I moved to New York to get my Bachelors of Fine Arts at Fordham University and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. I was immersed in the arts and eventually drawn to training and performing solely as an aerialist.

My journey as a performer has since given me the opportunity to travel internationally and perform on some of the world’s biggest stages. It has also allowed me to fulfill a desire of mine; getting to share my passion and artistry with audiences worldwide.

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Susie
Cincinnati, Ohio

I grew up in Cincinnati and went to college at Northwestern University. I majored in theater, not so much because I wanted to be an actor, but because I loved the rehearsal process. At the time, I really wasn’t driven to perform; I just knew I needed my life to include creating live art in some way. Shortly after college, I was introduced to aerial when I worked on a play in London that used a static trapeze as a set piece.

Years later, through a lot of training and discipline: I am proud to have a career as an aerial performer, instructor and choreographer. I’m so thrilled to be involved in ONE. To have this opportunity to do what I love, with so many people, on such a massive scale, is really incredible.

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Janine
Switzerland

I began my dance training at the age of 6, with ballet, contemporary, & jazz. In 2010 I studied dance for one year in NYC and performed for Tracie Stanfield and Brice Mousset. I started Aerial Silks, which I instantly fell in love with. In Switzerland I worked for the company Deep Emotions, the Opera the Flying Dutch and made it to the Swiss Got Talent Finals. In 2012 I granted my artist visa for the USA and performed as a dancer or aerialist at Capitale, Secret Theater NYC, Gowanus Ballroom, Aerial Arts NYC and Dixon Place. I was also part of the Yamulee Salsa Dance Company and taught aerial at the Muse in Brooklyn.

Currently, I am a dancer and aerialist for Royal Caribbean International Productions. It has always been my dream to perform in an outdoors location in NYC and I am excited to work with so many talented people.

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Heidi
England, United Kingdom

My journey started the moment I went to see the circus for the first time age 3. I instantly wanted to join the circus and knew I was going to be a performer.

I started ballet classes and still remember my first stage performance age 5. I climbed my first rope age 5 at a circus day at the Barbican Centre and have spent a great deal of my life in the air ever since. Training at the Circus Space, London, from a young age I specialised in Aerial disciplines including solo and doubles static trapeze and flying trapeze, as well as dance, acrobatics and theatre.

I joined the London Youth Circus and began taking extra classes in Aerial Rope, Spanish Web and Silks, before specialising in Rope for my BA Honours Degree in Circus Arts. My passion for performance blossomed, freeing my body and mind to be able to create, improvise and devise on the floor and in the air. I have always enjoyed performing, using my body to express myself, and love the feeling of dancing in the air. I have spent many years developing my skills, working with different companies and challenging myself. Working with ONE is something I am really looking forward to, and think it will be an amazing experience to be a part of, bringing together many bodies to create one beauty in the sky.

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Aly Rose

Aly Rose has conceived, launched, and successfully produced, directed, and choreographed large-scale projects for the US State Department, the Ministry of Culture in China, the Ludwig Foundation in Cuba, New York University, and the United Arab Emirates University. She produced the only US-China artistic collaboration seen at the Shanghai Expo 2010. She is the Head of the Dance Minor at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She frequently collaborates with national academies and independent artists around the world. In addition to performing at the United Nations, her work has been featured in New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Havana, and Abu Dhabi. Aly is fluent in spoken and written Mandarin, having studied, trained, and worked in China for more than 12 years.

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TAIT

TAIT designs and builds the finest live equipment in the world. They are the only organization to specialize in staging, scenic design, LED integration, show control and automated rigging. TAIT are the suppliers of the stage sets for the top ten grossing shows of all time, the creators of the world’s largest landscape video screen and the people who partnered with NASA to put the lyrics of U2’s Beautiful Day into orbit. In addition, they’ve worked with numerous artists such as Justin Timberlake, Bon Jovi, Beyonce, and many more.

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McLaren Engineering Group

As McLaren Engineering Group’s Entertain Division Chief, Mr. Bill Gorlin acts as the driving force behind the firm. He is responsible for engineering design, manual and computerized analysis, project development and coordinator, and specifications writing in addition to day-to-day management of the Entertainment Division. Through his 26-year career, he has engineered and overseen thousands of projects involving show action equipment, stage sets, theatrical rigging, entertainment venues, roller coasters and other amusements and architectural theming. Among these are the complex heavy stage equipment for the Superbowl, Spider-Man, U2, LiveNation, Tommy Hilfiger, Cirque Du Soleil, and the Rolling Stones.

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Steve Colley

Steve Colley is currently Head of Automation and Riggin at The Royal National Theatre. For over 2 years, Steve was the Head Aerial Technician of “The Millennium Dome Show” but he New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC). Following his work with NMEC, he went on as Head of Special Projects with ESG for over 7 years. After NMEC, Steve worked with the Franco Dragone Entertainment Group as Production Head of Rigging and Automation and Technical Director for “The House of Dancing Water”, produced in Macau SAR China. In addition to Steve’s many functions as Designer, Director, and Head of Automation and Rigging, his largest client is the Olympic Games. In 2012, Steve was hired as the Aerial Performance Consultant for the London Olympic Games Ceremonies and in 2014 for the Sochi Olympic Games Ceremonies.

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Jo Marshall

Jo Marshall is currently Technical Director at HQ Creative in Dubai. With a dedicated team of project managers, experienced designers, engineers, strong administration and production staff and established relationships with reliable sub-contractors and fabrications, they have been offering a complete serve throughout all areas of design, production, operations and management. Jo Marshall oversaw building the 2,000 capacity Open Air Theatre serving as the main hub in 2010 for the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.

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Jen Douglas

Jen has more than 18 years combined experience in live events, which included handling day-to-day accounting for Live Nation New York, their largest market as well as hands on project management experience and experiential marketing productions and logistics. As the Director of Accounting for the North East Region, while overseeing all accounting policies and procedures, she also helped to set up and settle over 1000 shows over various size venues. A few examples are The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival, The Bamboozle Festival, Gavin Friday Event at Carnegie Hall, and the Lady Gaga HBO special show.

She has extensive experience with Ticketmaster (ticketing) and Oracle (accounting) systems. Successful in mastering logistical operations, client management and city permitting in a wide range of events demos such as charitable galas, one day street permits, multi-city event activations and concerts for Stuart Weissman Productions for three years. Some notable events are the multi-year, multi-block CBGB Festival in Times Square, Old Navy Fashion show in Bryant Park (with a live performance with the Backstreet Boys), Amnesty Concert in Barclays Arena, Operation Smile Gala and Red Dress Awards.

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Gillian Hu

Gillian Hu works in marketing strategy, support and execution. Formerly based at a New York international consulting firm, she offers comprehensive support for overseas expansion into the USA. She assists well-known Chinese and Japanese multinational organizations with market research, social media marketing, advertising and event planning.

Previous projects include 2014 Times Square countdown event, competitive analysis of the five largest competitors of a Fortune 500 client in South Asia and the USA, recruitment and development for high-performance cross-border teams; event planning and art Direction for 3 annual culture ceremonies held by the State Council of China.

Ms. Hu graduated from Guangzhou Jinan University, China with highest honors and majored in Economics and Finance. She earned her Masters in Human Resource Management from Rutgers University. She is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and conversational Japanese.

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