Dance Magazine

Learning to Fly: College Aerial Programs Take Flight

Lately, aerial dance has become a major genre--take a look at productions of Cirque du Soleil or on Broadway, and you'll see dancers high overhead, engulfed in swaths of fabric or bounding gracefully off the walls. And dedicated aerial dance companies are popping up all over the country. As techniques evolve, more universities are incorporating it into their dance programs. "Aerial demands breadth of training in a variety of apparatuses," says Nada Diachenko, dance professor at University of Colorado, Boulder. "It takes a lot of body conditioning, and safety issues are huge." Here are three programs with extensive aerial dance offerings.


Degrees offered: BA in theater with an option in dance; dance minor

Program description: Ballet, pointe, tap, jazz and aerial arts make up the core curriculum, as well as courses in pedagogy, composition, dance history and choreography. …

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