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A Destination

"Best Way to Learn How to Fly" SF Weekly's 'Best of the Bay of 2006'
Upswing Aerial Classes on of the "Top 5 exclusive classes to take This Summer 2015"  -


Since 2005, UpSwing Aerial Dance Company has been a destination for dancers and movement enthusiasts to push their artistic development. Director Cherie Carson brings her unique style, blend of movement, encouraging improvisation and collaboration with her dancers & students.

We specialize in merging dance with rope & harness, low flying trapeze (Motivity Trapeze), slings, bungees, and tissu. We have 3 teaching dancers/aerialists on faculty, and 5 adjunct faculty committed to the merging of dance and aerial arts. UpSwing Aerial Dance offers a rare blend of creativity, aerial technique, improvisation, time and space to motivate the artist within you.

Our mission is to inspire and share our love of original, aerial dance and that the idea of aerial dance can be extended to reveal human imagination, our relationship to each other and to one's inner self. Creative expression and safety are our two core values in our classes and performances.


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UpSwing Company

UpSwing is a contemporary aerial dance company that features the repertory of Artistic Director Cherie Carson. They have been presented nationally in New York, Seattle & Houston and San Francisco.

UpSwing Community

UpSwing offers opportunities for students to take classes from the Company as well as nationally recognized choreographers and teachers. We also teach workshops across the US including Atlanta, Austin, San Antonio and Santa Barbara.

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ALL classes, workshops and most performances are held at Studio 12 under the direction of Cherie Carson and UpSwing Aerial Dance Company.