Written by Jeanette Prather-Bent   THE BASICS Name – Julia Crowder Age – 12 years old School – Branciforte Middle School Trains at – AeraFlux Grade in school- 7th         DETAILED QUESTIONS   What are the different apparatus do you train on? I train on rope, silks, hand-balancing and acro. Occasionally I train on static trapeze, but I mostly stick with rope. How long have you been doing aerial arts? I’ve been doing aerial for 1 year.

Julia bending over backward to achieve her dreams
Julia bending over backwards to achieve her dreams

What’s your favorite apparatus and why? I like rope the best because it’s different from all the other aerial apparatus and I really admire it. It’s unique; a different texture and feel than all the other apparatus out there. How did you discover aerial arts? I was looking for a dance company to start taking classes at, and after visiting a couple of places I really didn’t like it. It was the same old thing each place I went to, but I love to dance and I love to fly so after researching about Aerial Arts Santa Cruz online, I started training and fell in love with aerial! Having a dance background has really helped with straightening my legs and pointing my toes while I’m in the air.

Julia is a rising cirque star with big dreams
Julia is a rising cirque star with big dreams

What makes you enjoy it so much? All of my friends are in aerial too. It’s different than other art/sports out there. I think of it as an art but in some ways also a sport. It’s an arty sport! Have you won any awards? I haven’t won any awards, but I did win the U.S. Aerial merit for an interview and a photo spread! Besides that, I haven’t done any competitions because my reward is aerial. I’m not really interested in competitions or judges’ feedback, I’m really just interested in performing.   Do you have any other sports, hobbies or activities? Not really… but if I had to do something else, it would be soccer and softball. They’ve kind of phased out for me though. What do you do to relax? I relax by training; I train out my feelings. Seriously. What is you favorite thing to do besides aerial arts? Well… I like to hang out with my friends, but my friends and I mostly do aerial! And now that I’m getting an aerial rig for Christmas, [my aerial friends] and I want to make our group famous! Julia stretching Do you want to compete in competitions one day? I don’t want to compete in an aerial competition because I believe more in the art of the sport; the aerial part but not the competing part. What do you want to be when you grow up? A lot! I want to be successful in aerial through Cirque du Soleil while I’m in school so that I can fuel aerial! I’d love to learn how to invent an aerial apparatus so that I can figure out how all of that works with aerial rigging.

Watch out for Julia in the future!
Watch out for Julia in the future!

What is your ultimate goal or dream? I’d like to be known in Aerial, and I’d like to be successful. There’s a blueprint I follow; doing a lot of performances, getting paid gigs, being booked as a solo artist and maybe getting other group event gigs.     Who do you look up to and who inspires you? My personal aerial and land training coaches are Allie Cooper and Rose Calucchia, and before them and also, Cherie Jacque. Although they are truly amazing in aerial and circus, they are more amazing friends. If you could meet one person in the world, who would it be and why? I would love to meet Abbie Lee Miller and the cast of Dance Moms. I know there’s a lot of fighting, but the dancing is amazing! What’s the weirdest experience you’ve ever had in Aerial? There was a weird thing that happened one day while [my aerial troupe] and I were rehearsing at Aerial Arts Santa Cruz. We were training to perform at the Begonia Festival. Part of our rehearsal was running our alien routines, but all of a sudden during rehearsal one day the lights went out right as I lifted my head, which was really creepy. The music also got switched right then, and then later all of us noticed these little emogie aliens all over the place. It was so weird! Thank you Julia! We can’t wait to see you reach your dreams and goals!

Julia is a force to reckon with!
Julia is a force to reckon with!

 

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