Archive for November, 2011

Heliummm Flying High at NYC Aerial Dance Festival

November 30, 2011 No Comments » Performances

Wheeeeee!! I’m flying!!!

Heliummm Aerial Dance’s Heather Hammond teamed up with Sarah Wollschlager of Surface to Air Dance to perform a quirky bungee duet to Tom Waits music, A Window In, at this year’s NYC Aerial Dance Festival.

This rehearsal photo gives you an idea of how high we can fly on the bungee – we like to think of it as a jolly jumper for adults.

If you’re looking for a super fun, unusual, upbeat act to add to your party – this is it! We can even put your guests, children to adults, in the bungee for a bounce or two.

Thanks to Cherie Carson for the photo.

“Prisoner Position”

November 15, 2011 No Comments » Classes

Here is Brianna in what she calls “Prisoner Position”.

I call it “Assisted Pull Up” position, but let’s face it: if that had been the title, you might not have read the post!

Pull ups are a necessary evil for all aerialists and other hard core athletes. They are the ultimate test of strength-to-weight ratio. Nothing else develops your back, shoulders, forearms and grip strength like this exercise.

Assisted pull-ups involve supporting some of your body weight with your feet until you are strong enough to take all the weight in your arms. Try a few at the end of your next class. A good attitude and consistency will help you get results. In between classes, push ups and chest presses will help you build strength.

Consider installing a chin-up bar in your house or apartment.

Develop this important skill to make your inversions easier and your endurance soar!

Oh, and don’t forget to come to class for lots of practice and live techincal support!

Heliummm Student Showcase – Nov 5, 2011

We are SO proud of our aerialists. In front of a full house of family and friends, our gals rocked it big! All that hard work and patient persistence definitely paid off.
Click on an image to enlarge.


Starring (in order of appearance):
Sila Saylak
Heather & Cody
Kealani Tosh
Aerial Sheldon
Bernadette Cutrone Dankenbrink & Elyse Madsen Curro
Amanda Silaksi
Brianna Hansen
Lauren Clifford
Special Guest: Edith Piaf
Karina Casiano

There was lots of love and glitter in the air, laughter and applause. Several audience members were inspired to get their act ready for the Spring Showcase.

See you in class, see you in the air and see you in the Spring!

And thanks to my silkies for the flowers and my new nickname ‘Mama Silk’.

Love,
Heather
aka ‘Mama Silk’