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 40 aerial pieces for herself, the Company & other dance and theater companies. The aerial pieces range from solo & duets to group works of 6 dancers. Cherie teaches the Company class.
Helen Fitanides danced on the ground for many years, but a whole new world opened up in 2010 when she began dancing with the La Petite Chouette Aerial Dance Company in Santa Barbara. She has had the pleasure of performing in California, Washington, Arizona, and Colorado, and is thrilled to be dancing with the UpSwing Company! She has a degree in marine biology and works in the environmental field when she is not flying.
Helium Valentine began aerial as a dancer just wanting to build some upper body strength 7 years ago in Los Angeles. That first, difficult class led her to a professional training program in Boulder, Co, and then to the Bay Area where she performs and teaches in San Francisco and with UpSwing. Helium also practices Muay Thai and yoga, and hopes to one day be able to call herself a ‘surfer.’
Katherine Hutchinson is a skilled Dancer, Choreographer and Aerialist. Before discovering aerial in 2010, she studied classical ballet for over 15 years training in New York and New Jersey at Joffrey School of Ballet and beyond. While earning her BFA in Dance Performance at Towson University, Katherine met Jayne Bernasconi and discovered Aerial Dance. Since moving to the Bay Area she has perfected her craft under Jo Kreiter, Amelia Rudolf, Chelsea O'Brian, Emily Zuckerman and Helene Turcott. Katherine’s thorough and diverse studies of movement lend a graceful and creative edge to her classes and performances.
Check out her website www.airkatherine.com to see some of her most recent works, “EmBody” and “All of the Accused,” which involved expansive research into the lives of historical figures and other artists who share her vision of creating emotionally driven art.