Dawn's passion for artistic athletics was sparked at a young age while training as a competitive figure skater. She placed fourth at the inaugural State Games of America before hanging up her skates to study at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. She trained in musical theatre and dance under Broadway performers Elaine Petricoff and Lindsay Chambers before studying in Cambridge as a part of the Moscow Art Theatre Stanislavsky School. There she studied stage movement under one of the most famous movement coaches in Russia, Andrei Droznin, and soon became enamored the elements of stage, circus and acrobatics including locomotor skills and slow motion technique. She has performed all over the country, a few of her favorite credits include Marian the Librarian in Meredith Willson's The Music Man, Mollie Ralston in Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, both Helena and Sofia in Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet. She fell in love with the aerial arts in southern California and has trained in aerial silks, hoop, hammock and cube, as well as well workshops for Spanish web, flying trapeze, cyr wheel, harness flying and net. She has spent the past year training in Christopher Harrison's AntiGravity aerial techniques and is currently a nationally certified AntiGravity instructor in AG Fundamentals, AG Aerial Yoga and AG Suspension Fitness.
Dawn instructs the following:
Intro to Aerial Cirque
This class is for absolute beginners thru beginner students who need to learn & work on basic skills and build a foundation for strength and flexibility. You will be introduced to Aerial Tissu, Lyra (aerial hoop), and the Hammock. Students will learn the basics. Students will learn basic techniques like how to: climb, wrap footlocks, get into hip keys, straddle up and basic choreography, in a safe and controlled manner. Wear tights or leggings to this class.