When I was a little kid, I would do flips on the playground, but only with significant encouragement from my friends. I had learned early-on, from people outside my immediate circle, that shining was alright, but only if you're not too bright. That brightness would breed jealousy in other girls.
I was a tender-hearted kid. I am a tender-hearted grown up, sensitive to emotional dynamics, aware of including people and being included. I have often thought it sends the wrong message when girls are taught to push away what we admire. What if we were taught to risk expressing mutual admiration, to share the starlight?
A good portion of my early circus career was spent trying to fit in, trying to be "good enough" to be liked by the people I looked up to. What if we had known then that birds fly in formation to share their power?
My new act on static cloud imagines an alternate ending to the mystery disappearance of the famous aviator, Amelia Earhart. She is a famous lost-in-the-clouds flying woman whose bravery and passion I admire. In this act, I float and spin in the air with grace and confidence. Come experience the beauty of flight. You may even catch the desire to fly within yourself.