THE CURTAIN CLIMBERS
AERIAL DANCE COMPANY
The Curtain Climbers Aerial Dance Company is a collective of aerialists from Southern Oregon who enjoy inspiring and empowering their audiences with their passion for aerial arts through artistic performance. The Curtain Climbers perform at various locations in the Rogue Valley, so gather your family and friends and experience a thrilling show ~ we invite you to join us and explore, play, dance, fly, soar!
The Curtain Climbers Aerial Dance Company
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 immedieately 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 Felix Cane (Miss Pole Dance Australia 2006 & 2008, World Pole Dance Champion 2009, currently performing with Cirque du Soliel's Zumanity). 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. Kelly is very excited to be a part of the dance program here at Catalyst, and is eager to pass on her knowledge and love of aerial arts!
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 Theaer 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.
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 aerial dance brings to his performances.
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