The death-defying art of aerial acrobatics would turn even the strongest stomach but one Goldfields dancer has fallen in love with the dynamic style.
Former Katie Virgo Dance Academy instructor Katelyn Ann, 24, has been dancing since she was two years old and was last week given the opportunity to share her talent with a wider audience at the RAW Australia artist showcase in Perth.
The independent art organisation aims to shine a spotlight on local talent in the music, fashion, visual arts, beauty, tech, photography and performing arts industries, and Ms Ann said she jumped at the opportunity to gain more exposure for her craft.
“RAW Australia found me through my professional Goldfields Dancer page on Instagram and they basically asked if I would like to get some more exposure and get myself out there,” she said.
Ann’s subsequent application to appear at the April 11 showcase was successful and she relished the chance to perform her own choreography at the Rosemount Hotel.
“Just the energy that was being projected off the audience and just being out there on stage and doing what I love was really good,” she said.
Ann is training to hone her skills in aerial acrobatics, a performance style she had been involved in since relocating to Perth from her Kalgoorlie-Boulder hometown in June last year.
“I do about 12 hours a week of training and I think it’s the excitement and the rush of creating something so beautiful in the air that I love,” she said.
“It does give you a bit of a rush because it is quite risky at times, especially with some of the drops we do.
“We always have supervision and we would go through the movements on the floor before we ever go in the air.”
Later in the year Ann said she hoped to host a series of dance workshops in Kalgoorlie- Boulder to support and inspire the next generation.
“I definitely want to bring back what I learnt in Perth,” she said.