Cherie Carson

Artistic Director

Ashley Foster

Company Dancer/Teacher

Kirstin Brown

Company Dancer/Teacher

Cherie performing "Kiting"

Cherie performing "Kiting"

Cherie Carson is Artistic Director of UpSwing Aerial Dance Company.  As a contemporary choreographer, dancer, aerialist, teacher, and interdisciplinary artist, Cherie performed her first aerial dance piece in 1990. Cherie has created more than 20 aerial pieces for herself, the Company and other dance and theater companies. The aerial pieces range from solo and duets to group works of 6 dancers. Cherie teaches the Company class.

Ashley performing "Carried Away'

Ashley performing "Carried Away'

Ashley Foster studied aerial dance with Terry Sendgraff, noted aerial dance pioneer, after having a taste of aerial arts at Camp Winnarainbow.  She also performed & co-choreographed as part of Terry Sendgraff’s Aerial Dancers and had a stint performing aerial and various other circus arts with the Technomania Circus. Ashley currently teaches the beginning/intermediate adult aerial dance. 

Kirstin Performing "Hijinks"

Kirstin Performing "Hijinks"

Kirstin Brown has a BA in Theatre Arts from Humboldt State University.  She has worked as a professional makeup artist and has currently performs as a belly dancer. Kirstin recently joined the UpSwing company as part of her continuing dance studies:  "The next step in my dancing career is to get off the floor, and into the air!."  Kirstin teaches the Teens Who Fly and Girls Who Fly classes.