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Contact:  Cherie Carson    


March 14, 2016

UPSWING AERIAL DANCE COMPANY Director Guest Teacher at International Floor to Air Festival

Santa Barbara, CA

Who: UpSwing Aerial Dance Company

What:  Guest Teacher at International Floor to Air Festival

Where:  Santa Barbara Centre for Aerial Dance, 810 East Gutierrez Street suite B, Santa Barbara, CA                       93103

When:  March 13-25, 2016

For more info:

Press contact:  Ninette Paloma (805) 284 - 8785

Santa Barbara, CA.  UpSwing Aerial Dance Artistic Director, Cherie Carson leaves Berkeley for Santa Barbara with two Company dancers (Kirstin Brown and Helen Dickson) to participate in the 2016 Santa Barbara Floor to Air Festival which takes flight on Sunday, March 13 thru Friday, March 25.

Ms Carson is one of 6 international artists being featured to share her groundbreaking approach to aerial dance. The Festival celebrates the contemporary and boundary-pushing genre of aerial dance. The first festival in California to highlight the organic relationship between floor and air movement, FAF unites professionals, students, spectators, and supporters for a one week professional artist residency and collaboration, four days of exclusive workshops in a multitude of approaches, intimate soirees, daily creative labs, and a culmination performance and gala at the historic Lobero Theatre. Students of all levels and experiences are invited to participate and will garner invaluable training from a distinguished selection of floor and aerial techniques. In addition, workshop participants will gain exclusive access to intimate gatherings throughout the week, cultivating knowledge and relationships in a festive and supportive environment. Take the week off, dance the winter blues away, and join us on the luscious American Riviera for this illustrious event!

UpSwing Aerial Dance Company performs dynamic, original dances in the air and on the ground, using aerial rope and harness, bungee, trapeze, lyra and silks.  Upswing has showcased its repertoire at the New York Aerial Dance Fest (2011), the YELP East Bay Summer Splash (2011), Open Air Fest on Vashon Island on Puget Sound west of Seattle (2012, ’13). Festival of Aerial Arts in Houston TX (2014) and 2015 "Look Ma No Hands" aerial dance on ropes workshop in San Antonio, TX.

Cherie Carson, UpSwing Company Director, is a dancer who has choreographed performances on stage, in planetariums, swimming pools and sculpture gardens and on stilts, roller blades, ropes, trapeze and bungee cords since 1987.  A recipient of multiple grants for her artistic work, Carson moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2000 and began her studies with aerial dance pioneer Terry Sendgraff.  When Sendgraff retired in 2005, Cherie took over her aerial dance enterprise and classes, which led to the creation of UpSwing Aerial Dance & Company.  For more information, visit our website at  or contact Cherie Carson at 510.587.0770.




2011 NYC Aerial Dance Festival  , Berkshire Fine Arts by Susan Hall (2011)