Alison found trapeze in her late thirties and discovered a love of exercise, performance and act creation she never knew she had. “Trapeze was hard and painful. But it spoke to my inner weirdo who felt like an awkward loner, marginalized by conventional team sports, and I kept coming back. I want anyone who has felt like they could never be an athlete, anyone who has ever felt body shamed or that they weren’t fit for sport, to know that they’re welcome in the aerial community and that THEY CAN DO THIS.” At Bumbershoot Aerial Arts in St. Louis, Alison produced and performed in 3 successful aerial student showcases. She has received aerial teacher training from Born to Fly™ Aerial Teacher Training and is working on her ACE personal trainer certification.
Always looking to innovate and find new outlets for her creative energy, April paired her love of circus with her building experience to become the head rigger for Bumbershoot Aerial Arts, where she also worked as a coach, sharing her love of circus. “Aerial Arts feed all parts of my soul, from the physical and mental challenges of doing the art, to the joy of creating and storytelling with circus bodies in my choreography, to the satisfaction of imparting my passion to others,” she says.
Along her journey she has been a ringmaster, a public speaker, a youth coach, and a monthly circus show producer. She is hands on in all her endeavors, and you are likely to find her in the air, at work and at play.
She has trained in silks, rope, hoop, trapeze and slings. Although she has a strong background of trapeze, slings quickly became her main aerial focus. She believes it combines the best of all the apparatuses and anything is possible on a sling.
A comprehensively certified Pilates instructor by day, she loves the strength, confidence, and movement that aerial provides and also how it forces her out of her comfort zone on a regular basis. But most importantly, it’s a lot of fun! She has added aerial yoga/Pilates to her repertoire and is really excited about teaching it to kids and adults of all ages. She also stays up to date on the latest research on fascia and its role in movement and attends as many workshops and lectures on the subject as possible.
A mother of five, including two bonus kids, she spends her off time trying to keep up with her rambunctious little people.
- Bumbershoot Aerial Arts Beginner/Level 1 teacher training fabric/trapeze.
- Lead Coach Silks Intro, Silks 1, Kid’s and Tween classes. (Trapeze, Silks, and slings.)
- Level 1 Aerial Yoga certification at Aircat Aerial Yoga Boulder Circus Center, Boulder, Co.
- Nimble Arts beginner fabric teacher training.
- Born To Fly Youth Aerial/Aerial Yoga teacher training