Aeriosa is a dance company that melds artistic practice, athletic discipline and thoughtful risk management. Aeriosa creates unexpected experiences of dance by allowing dancers to inhabit public space and create choreography in relation to architecture and landscape thereby exploring wild environments as dramatic stages for live dance.
Dance, on earth, in air
Dance as essential communication; all of us moving and being moved.
Choreographer Julia Taffe combines art, environment and adventure, making dances for buildings, mountains, neighbourhoods, theatres and trees, finding new movement perspectives in the realm of suspension.
Julia is the artistic director of Aeriosa, a Vancouver-based vertical dance company. She has choreographed over 25 works on location including: Stawamus Chief Mountain in Squamish BC, Taipei City Hall, Cirque du Soleil Headquarters, Vancouver Library Square, Banff Centre, Scotiabank Dance Centre and Toronto’s 58-storey L Tower.
Prior to founding Aeriosa, Julia performed across Canada with Ruth Cansfield, and around the world with Bandaloop. Julia attained ACMG Rock Guide certification in 1997. She has worked as a co-producer, choreographer, cast member, stunt performer, mountain safety rigger and creative movement consultant on various film and television productions in Canada and abroad.
Colin has been a certified Mountain and Ski Guide (IFMGA, ACMG) for the past 20 years. Besides rigging for Aeriosa, Colin has rigged for film sets, stunts and the EcoChallenge Race in Morocco, Borneo, Fiji and Argentina.
Colin specializes in mountain and avalanche safety and enjoys working with Aeriosa’s dancers both on the mountain cliffs or in the dance studio. Colin’s company Quixotic Adventures offers guided adventures to exotic destinations around the world.
Alex Tam is a Vancouver-based transdisciplinary artist. Since 2014 he has been studying Fine Arts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Hons.). He also received a pre-professional dance education at Arts Umbrella and is an alumnus (2015) of Modus Operandi’s four-year contemporary dance training program. Over the years, he has performed works by: Company 605, Aeriosa, Crystal Pite, Deanna Peters, Hong Kong Exile, Joe Laughlin, Kinesis Dance, Mascall Dance, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Serge Bennathan, Shay Kuebler Radical System Art, Wen Wei Dance, and others. Alex has toured and performed at international dance festivals in Canada, United States of America and South America.
Since 2009 Thoenn Glover has been making a career as a Vancouver-based choreographer, dancer, and teacher. Her background of growing up off the grid near Smithers BC has given her an instinctual and visceral approach to her work, and a ‘DIY/anything’s possible’ attitude towards the art form.
She received her formal dance training at Arts Umbrella has performed for Dancers Dancing, Kinesis Dance Somatheatro, MartaMarta Productions, Mascall Dance, Kokoro Dance, and Vancouver City Dance Theatre.
Thoenn has presented her choreographic work in Montreal, Whitehorse, Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, and Vancouver. In 2012 she was recognized as an innovative creator in the Georgia Straight’s Fall Arts Preview.
Thoenn also facilitates youth engagement projects where youth are performers and co-creators of productions. Her goal is to ignite passion for participating in performance art and help cultivate art-conscious young adults in our Canadian culture.
Alia is a dancer, acrobat and aerialist specialising in dance trapeze. She graduated from the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg and apprenticed with EDAM for a season. She’s worked as a freelance circus artist in Vancouver and Montreal as well as with the Avatar Circus Project and Cavalia. The last 6 years she’s spent in Las Vegas on KA by Cirque du Soleil. Taking some time off and looking to move back home she’s excited to have the opportunity this summer to work with Aeriosa and explore the world of vertical dance.
Originally from Toronto, Meghan Goodman graduated with a BFA in dance and a minor mathematics from Simon Fraser University. She is an active performer, creator and teacher in Vancouver.
As an independent artist, Meghan has performed numerous times with the Choom Hanna dance company and The Society for Public Spontaneity. She has apprenticed with choreographers Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Cori Caulfield, Alvin Tolentino and Peter Chin.
Meghan has shown her own work in such venues as Dances for a Small Stage, 12 Minutes Max, Bloom, NextFest, and the Powell Street Festival. This past year Meghan has had the privilege of working with choreographers Lydia Wagerer, Justine Chambers, Jennifer Clarke and Rob Kitsos. In addition to performing, Meghan teaches yoga to students across the city, and has choreographed and instructed for the stART Dance Company. Meghan is excited to be working with Aeriosa, expanding her artistic skills and practice through aerial dance.
Cara Siu is a movement artist and emerging choreographer and movement facilitator, engaged in exploring performance research and community dance. Her passion to share expression, physicality and imagination with audiences have fueled many diverse dance experiences. After acquiring her modern dance training in Vancouver, BC at Simon Fraser University, she continued her dance training in the US, winning scholarships to both Jacob's Pillow Festival in Massachusetts and Lewitzky Dance Company in Los Angeles.
Upon returning to Vancouver, she became captivated by the emerging form of dance theatre and apprenticed with Lee Eisler of Jumpstart Performance. As a collaborator/performer, she has contributed to the creation of dance theatre productions for Gambling Soles, Donna Redlick Dance Theatre, Link Dance Foundation and Raven Spirit Dance.
In 2004, Cara participated in workshops, labs and coaching at Implustanz as a DanceWeb scholarship student. There, she expanded her movement interests to contact improvisation and in recent years furthered the scope to mixed ability, site-specific performance, rehearsal directing and aerial dancing.
Julia Carr is a dancer, interdisciplinary creator (choreographer), educator, emerging photographer, Mother, wife, sister, and daughter; originally from Vancouver. Julia trained professionally at Arts Umbrella and with the Ballet BC Mentor Program (2004/2005).
Carr works as a dancer for Aeriosa, Compaigni V’ni Dansi, and independent contemporary choreographers. Julia is a collaborative creator who founded Body Narratives Collective in 2008 and in 2014 was selected as one of three Canadian artists to participate in a nomadic interdisciplinary art residency in Australia called Time_Place_Space: NOMAD.
She also acts as Assistant Artistic Director for Dancestreams, a Vancouver-Island based pre-professional dance company for dedicated young dancers aged 12-19 and helps schoolteachers use dance to explore curriculum subjects thanks to Artstarts and Vancouver Biennale ‘Big Ideas’ resources.
Christina Medina is an independent dancer, choreographer / Artistic Director of @tendance/C.Medina and on faculty at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna (MUK).
Medina is a graduate of the School of Contemporary Dancers, and was a company dancer with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers and Dance Collective. She worked as a free-lance artist in both Canada and Europe. Medina’s works have been presented in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany and Lithuania.
In summer 2017, with the support of Dancer Transition Resource Centre, Medina will expand her experience in vertical dance through Aeriosa (Vancouver), Kate Lawrence (Bangor, North Wales)
and Lindsey Butcher (England).
Vancouver born, Chandra Krown is a dancer, aerialist, choreographer and multi-disciplinary artist. She started with a ballet foundation as a child but soon discovered gymnastics and enjoyed competing.
As a young adult she began performing with local companies in Vancouver and decided to train at Main Dance's professional training program to improve her skills and techniques. After the program, she launched XtravaDance Productions with some peers and pursued her career in the performing arts/entertainment. She worked with various companies in Vancouver.
In 2004 she started to work with Aeriosa Dance Society which was her first experience dancing on buildings as a Vertical dancer. She is honored to return to Aeriosa Dance and excited about the current projects blending her love for nature and trees with dance!
Alyson Fretz grew up in Vancouver BC, and received her dance training at Arts Umbrella on Granville Island. She has danced professionally with Ballet BC, Wen Wei Dance, Pro Arte Danza in Toronto, Emily Molnar Dance, Donald Sales in collaboration with Cadence, and the Banff Summer Dance Company. She is currently studying Natural Resource Conservation at UBC, and exploring the relationship between humans and the environment. She has a passion for movement within the body and the connection between all living organisms in the natural world. Alyson is thrilled to be working with Aeriosa, exploring the boundaries of vertical dance, expanding dance further than the stage, and making it available to all audiences.
is a performer from Vancouver, BC who specializes in contemporary and vertical dance. Whilst working with various choreographers she is also the co-founder of Con8 Collective – an innovative and emerging dance collective, as well an administrator and graphic designer for various arts groups around town. Georgina started her relationship with Aeriosa professionally in May 2015. Gina also specializes in Ukrainian Folk Dance and she is a member of the highly trained stage ensemble Dovbush Dancers.
Jason is a professional athlete, rigging coordinator, and mountain safety specialist based in Pemberton, BC. Originally from Vancouver, Jason’s early years were spent climbing on the world class granite in Squamish.
Jason has been working with Aeriosa on buildings, cliffs, and in the trees since 2010, and considers it some of the the most creative and rewarding rigging work he does, which includes facilitating action sequences and camera for film and tv, live event production, and access solutions in remote locations. Find out more about Jason at http://www.alpineacumen.org/
Keely operates best when hanging, swaying or floating in the air. She inspires exquisite movement that leaves the rest of us feel like we too are floating. She can be seen dancing on the sides of buildings or in the trees with Aeriosa Dance Company and creating and performing her own work that meshes contemporary dance and aerial circus arts.
In 2010 Keely represented her own country as an aerialist in the opening and closing ceremonies for the Vancouver Olympics as well as on "Canada’s got talent" TV reality show with "solidarity" in 2011.
She has been fortunate to travel globally for circus and aerial dance work throughout the years.
Keely is passionate about mentoring the upcoming generation of circus artists and has recently started an aerial program in Powell River. She will be coaching static trapeze, hoop, silks and partner acro; a ground based discipline that meshes hand to hand balancing with acro dance.
With a background in high-rise window washing and industrial rigging, Keely has enjoyed the opportunity to work with Aeriosa as both a dancer and a rigger!