Read her thoughts on our inaugural Aerial Expo as well as what she's most looking forward to this year.
Q: What was your involvement with the 2014 Aerial Expo?
A: During the 2014 Aerial Expo I was a featured instructor and performer. I taught workshops in several disciplines including aerial silks, aerial mini cube, and pole. I performed on the aerial mini cube and took several workshops from some of the master instructors!
Q: What insights, inspiration, or ideas did you take away from the 2014 Aerial Expo?
A: One really helpful seminar was the Performing as a Profession seminar. It was great to have a dialogue about industry standards as a professional aerialist/performer. I also loved watching the competitions because everyone brought such a different style of aerial dance to the stage, it was neat to see each performer's uniqueness and originality.
Q: What are you most looking forward to for the 2015 Aerial Expo?
A: I'm most looking forward to judging some of the competitions, but really I'm looking forward to all of it! The community and networking with other industry professionals is always something to look forward to. I love traveling to teach workshops as well so I'm really excited about reaching out to a broad spectrum of aerial students. The master instructors this year are really amazing so I can't wait to train with them. I spent an entire week this past winter in New York City training with Sarah Romanowsky and took away SO MUCH knowledge - I can't wait to learn from her again!
Q. When did you take your first aerial class and what was your initial impression like?
A: My first aerial class was in 2010 and I fell instantly in love with flying!
Q. What advice would you give to someone who is brand new to Aerial Expo?
A: I would say make sure to bring ALL kinds of workout gear because once you get there you will want to take all of the different workshops!
Be sure to watch for Jessica's Aerial Expo workshops August 21-23 in Des Moines, Iowa - and stay tuned for more installments in our "Five Questions" series!