Aerial dance sends students up the wall

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LEXINGTON, Va. (WDBJ7) “I kind of think of it as another style," Washington and Lee senior Eliot Emadian said. "So, you know, within dance there’s ballet, there’s tap, jazz, modern. This is just another style of dance. It has its own vocabulary, and its own sort of technique. I mean, there really is a technique.”

A technique that lets you dance on walls.

“Aerial dance is an offshoot of modern dance, and it’s one of those things that is in the grand scheme of the history of dance, it’s new," dance professor Jenefer Davies said. "So I think there are a lot of people who are very interested in it, so it’s growing and expanding at a very fast rate.”

Interest in Lexington was enough to draw a pretty good crowd for a performance on the wall outside the arts building at Washington and Lee University.

This was the final performance for a class on aerial dance, taught by Davies. But one has to wonder: is it hard to convince students to dangle from a wall?

“No," Davies said. "It’s surprisingly easy. It’s really exciting. I think that anyone who’s seen aerial dance sees how beautiful it is and how fun it could be, and so I get a really beautiful cross section of the campus who want to try it out.”

“I’m actually very afraid of heights," admits Emadian. "Like when I stand on the top of a building and look over, it terrifies me. But for some reason the security of being in a harness and being held by this rope, for some reason I really trust it.”

Enough to tango in mid air.