Aerial Dancing at W&L
11:59 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Arts in the Air

Students across the country are celebrating graduation in a variety ways – but none quite like a troupe of dancers at Washington & Lee here in Virginia.  They’ll be dancing on air – literally, with a performance 40 feet above the ground. 

They dangle from ropes far above the theater floor, swinging and spinning, turning flips or hanging upside down, tapping their toes on the wall and flapping their arms as if to fly.  Aerial dancing is an art form pioneered in the 70s and taught at just one university in the nation. 

Students perform at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (5/15) and Thursday (5/16) on the 50-foot face of Wilson Hall in Lexington. 

Sandy Hausman talks with Professor Jenefer Davies, who says it’s a gift for long-time dancers to experience gravity in new ways.