Sarah Dawn

Aerial Performer and Educator • Fabric, Corde Lisse, Cube

Lucidity Festival, Santa Barbara, CA 2014

Lucidity Festival, Santa Barbara, CA 2014

Sarah discovered the wonderful world of circus 11 years ago, when a good friend made her her first hula-hoop.  That started a lovely journey down the rabbit hole of flow arts, fire dancing, circus, and aerials, which continue to engulf her life with a passionate presence.  What once were hobbies are now a lifestyle, as Sarah has become enamored with the aerial arts, as well as the strength, conditioning, flexibility, nutrition, Pilates, yoga, dance, acrobatics, and other elements that she feels complete a well-rounded aerial program.  

Over the past 5 years, Sarah has studied aerials under several renowned instructors in the Bay Area, including Xochitl Sosa and Kayleigh Stack, and at prestigious schools such as Kinetic Arts and Circus Center.  In 2016, she relocated to Boulder, Colorado to attend the Professional Training Program at Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Studio.  Sarah is also continually traveling around the US and internationally to further her education at retreats, workshops, and skill shares. She loves cross-pollinating the world with aerial knowledge and passion, inspiring others and sharing all she’s learned.  Sarah considers herself a 'vertical girl'...her main focus of training has been on fabric and corde lisse. That being the case, she also has a special place in her heart for the aerial cube, through which her creativity and confidence in the air first blossomed. When it comes to partnering, Sarah has traditionally considered herself a strong base, though recently she's been finding freedom and confidence as a flyer as well.

In the air, Sarah's work can be quite captivating...she presents her art with grace, passion, strength, and a truly emotive presence.  However, though she’s had experience performing at multiple festivals and on stage with various well-known DJs, Sarah’s main passion lies in teaching.  Her favorite moments are when students light up learning a new move, master an elusive skill, or talk about how their life is healthier and happier because of aerial arts.  She taught out of her own studio in West Oakland for three years before her relocation, as well as at others throughout the Bay and at retreats and festivals around the country and abroad.

With a Master’s Degree of Science in Nursing and 10 years of experience as an Emergency Medicine Registered Nurse, Sarah also has a deep understanding of health and wellness, injury assessment and prevention, advanced first aid, and knows how to keep her cool in just about any circumstance.  She is interested in not just the artistic side of circus, but also the unique mental and physical effects it has on the body.  Health, fluidity, and longevity are her goals in training, and she aims to scientifically incorporate her medical knowledge and experience to achieve these.  Additionally, these traits translate well to her aerial teachings, and it is clear to see her care, concern, and confidence while working with students.

 
Lucidity Festival, Santa Barbara, 2014

Lucidity Festival, Santa Barbara, 2014

"There is freedom waiting for you on the breezes of the sky.  And you ask, 'what if I fall?' Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?" EH