We hosted a benefit dinner at Sanctuary Bistro to support local Dance troupe Upswing Aerial Dance Company. They shared a beautiful dance and music with us. Make sure that you support our amazing local arts, education and community as it is the crux of society. Cherie Carson, a compassionate vegan, and the troupe director shared a little about the dance troupe.
I have been creating aerial dances since I arrived here in the Bay Area in 2000. The dancers I worked with inspired me to form a Company and it has worked really well. I am very happy I did.
Cherie Carson’s Background
Art for Healing and Personal Growth
I have personally witnessed how our art form has helped young girls and adults overcome fears, find their own personal empowerment and learn how to work with each other in a positive way. In our youth program, we offer Girls Who Fly and Teens Who Fly classes. They often stay from the ages of 9 through 18 in the after school classes. It is beautiful to watch these young girls mature with self confidence and grace and have the ability to describe these emotions and experiences to each other and publicly.
History of Aerial Dance
Aerial Dance was born out of a modern dance/contemporary dance genre in the 70’s. Another early influence on aerial modern dance, Terry Sendgraff, is credited with inventing the “motivity” trapeze. Terry Sendgraff actively performed, choreographed and taught in the San Francisco Bay Area from the early 1970s, until announcing her retirement in 2005, at the age of 70. I took over her business and began Studio 12 Flys which became UpSwing Aerial Dance Company in 2011. The motivity trapeze came about as a result of an exploration on a low-hung circus trapeze. The ropes twisted together, causing the apparatus to spin. By formalizing this, hooking both ropes to a single point of attachment the apparatus can spin, twist, as well as fly in a straight line and in a circle.
Check out Upswing at their next preformance
Our next performance is Dec 19-21, 2015 at Studio 12, 2525 Eighth St, Berkeley It is a celebration of the return of the Sun, “Solstice!” A great holiday alternative. Tix at www.upswingaerialdance.org
Donate to UPSWING
If you would like to make a direct contribution you can donate via PAYPAL (firstname.lastname@example.org) or write your check & mail to: Cherie Carson, 426 Orange Street Oakland, CA 94610
For a tax deductable donation, write your check to our fiscal sponsor, Dancers’ Group (put UpSwing PC in the check memo section), and mail to me in the envelope provided
Or by PayPal online to Dancers’ Group: http://dancersgroup.org/
Thank you, Sanctuary Bistro, for your support and activism in this community. I followed and supported your kickstarter for your space and am so happy that you have created Sanctuary Bistro. As a vegan myself, I find it becoming more and more an important statement of who I am and my politics. I am an advocate for organic foods and animal rights. Thank you for bringing these two together. -Cherie