I thought I would try out aerials once, but then I ended up going to aerials class many times a week for a month. The instructors are supportive and thorough. The cushions on the ground really absorb shock from falls (the resident circus dog is obsessed about taking mat naps). It is easy to social distance because class sizes are small. I am confident I that the facility and instructors will keep everyone safe even while we are hanging upside down from my knees.
Leila grew up dancing and was a nationally ranked level 10 gymnast, a three time finalist on American Ninja Warrior, and a two time USA Yoga Asana champion. She has trained and worked with Pilobolus Dance Theater, STREB Extreme Action Dance Company, Crash Alchemy Dance Theater and many others. She frequently collaborates with corporations, artists, and individuals from around the nation on creative projects. Leila is a trained acrobat, hand balancer, dancer, contortionist, aerialist, stunt women and part of an acro duo. She also loves Cyr wheel! She is a versatile lover of movement who trains in everything from parkour to trampoline. Her pursuits are a blend of performance, teaching, organization, creation, and facilitation. She has a deep love of contact improvisation as a means of exploring our relationship with ourselves, with each other, and with the world around us.
Leila has her Undergraduate and Master's degrees from Fordham University and New York University where she studied Communications, Performance Art and Business, Leila has a passion for combining movement with other forms of expression. Her master's dissertation focused on the intersection of Movement and New Media Technologies, questioning identity, liveness and the human body. Leila is interested in movement and how it can be a vessel for change and self-exploration. What possibilities become available to us as we combine mediums and explore new ways of storytelling?
Currently a performance artist and creative collaborator in Austin, TX, Leila frequently works for weddings, major corporate events, professional sporting events, festivals, conventions, and private functions. She has worked for clients such as Apple, Google, F1, The Super Bowl, Lagunitas, Dos Equis, Budweiser, Facebook and more more! As a circus artist she has worked for companies such as Acrobatic Conundrum, Sky Candy, Circus Picnic, Epic Entertainment, Artisan Oddities and Entertainment, Aerial Horizons, KS Entertainment, Circosphere and many more. She loves discovering new forms of expression, and finding others who also love to collaborate on creative projects.