Curtain Climbers Aerial Dance Company

The Curtain Climbers Aerial Dance Company

Performing in the 2013 Green Show Thursday, June 13.

This is their third season in the OSF Green Show.

Empowering aerial dance performance on aerial silks, trapeze and lyra.

The Curtain Climbers Aerial Dance Company is a collective of athletic aerial dancers who enjoy inspiring and empowering their audiences with the strength, beauty and grace of aerial dance. We perform daredevil skills on aerial silks, trapeze, rope & lyra to the amazement and delight of our audiences. The company’s members are Susan Chester, Veronica DeWitt, Drew McDermott, Kelly Pettinger, Erika Bakke and Wil Dillon. We perform at various locations in the area including Ashland Historic Armory, SOU Gymnasium, ScienceWorks, Ross Ragland Theatre, Medford Armory, Craterian Theatre, Catalyst Aerial Arts & Dance, Burning Man, outdoor events on our rig, and The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant on First Fridays.

Susan Chester, Director - Susan first discovered Aerial Silks at Burning Man and upon returning home immediately sought out classes, workshops and aerial festivals in order to study circus arts. She traveled to study with many talented artists and in 2006 began performing and teaching aerial silks to students in the Rogue Valley, adding it to her lifelong repertoire of varied dance and athletic experience. Susan has studied gymnastics, ballet, tap, jazz, modern, Afro-Cuban, salsa, west coast swing, Argentine tango, pole dancing and yoga. She enjoys many outdoor activities including snowboarding, wake-boarding, rafting, mountain biking, motorcycling, and gardening. In 2007 she formed The Curtain Climbers Aerial Dance Company, which performs regularly at various locations in the Rogue Valley and surrounding area. In addition, Susan is proprietor of The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant in Ashland, Oregon, which she established in 1992, and where The Curtain Climbers perform each First Friday in conjunction with the Ashland Art Walk.

Veronica DeWitt - Raised in Sixes, Oregon, Veronica began her professional training at the University of Oregon when she was eighteen. She graduated with a BA in dance in 2007 and in the same year joined Dancing People Company. In 2010 she studied with Susan Marshall at the SUMAC workshop in NYC. She is also a member of Nutshell Mask and Theater, working closely with director Jamie Peck and touring to Pennsylvania, and has choreographed for two productions of Children's Musical Theater of Oregon. Veronica joined The Curtain Climbers in 2010, and hopes to create performance art that represents a new generation of expression through the synthesis of multiple artistic disciplines.

Drew McDermott - After a career in competitive sports, Drew has studied dance and aerial arts for the last ten years. He finds the combination of athleticism and art that aerial offers to be both challenging and inspiring.

Kelly Pettinger - Kelly first became interested in pole dancing while attending graduate school for Veterinary Medicine in Perth, Western Australia. She attended her first pole dance class at a friend's birthday party and was immediately hooked. Kelly studied pole dance for several months at Bobbi's Pole Studio in Perth, during which time she got the opportunity to work with and take classes from world champion, Felix Cane. After returning to the US, Kelly continued pole dancing at local studios and began assisting with teaching inversions and intermediate to advanced pole moves. After hearing of an aerial arts studio in the Rogue Valley, Kelly began challenging herself with aerial silks and trapeze classes. She has participated in numerous performances in the area and continues to challenge herself to attain new skills in a variety of aerial arts.

Erika Bakke - Erika began her dance studies with ballet, tap and jazz, and later became a member of Talented Feet Jump Roping Team. She began performing with The Curtain Climbers in 2007 and enjoys giving back to the community through aerial dance performance.

Wil Dillon – Wil has a varied background in athletic sports and upon discovering aerial dance became a serious student and performer. Wil joined The Curtain Climbers in 2011 and enjoys the creative expression that aerial dance brings to his performances.

The Curtain Climbers Aerial Dance Company on Community: The Curtain Climbers are part of the communities of dance, aerial arts, circus arts, performance art, theatre, gymnastics, athletics, yoga and fitness. We work with many talented people, with a variety of performance skills. The Curtain Climbers work with various event producers to create exciting performances for the local community.