Aerial Circus Camp Summer 2024

Monday-Friday 9-12

Cost: $285

Age: 8 – 15

Week-Long Camps for Ages 8 – 15

June 10 – July 26, 2024 (4)

The Center for the Arts

314 W. Main St. Grass Valley, CA 

Fly, climb, and swing in Aerial Circus! AirAligned will teach you tricks and skills on Aerial ropes, Spanish Web, Dance Straps, Aerial silks, and Aerial hoops as well as ground acrobatic and performance skills. 

AirAligned started in 2002 with support from The Center for the Arts. AirAligned has a solid reputation in the industry and through that is able to provide many opportunities for professional performers, workshop goers as well as dance organizations. All of our instructors and presenters are professional aerialists and dancers trained in multiple disciplines and injury prevention. 

Instructors: Joe Simms & Sophie Wingerd of AirAligned

Dates (M-F): 

Session 1: June 10 – 14 

Session 3: July 8-12

Session 4: July 15-19

Session 5: July 22 – July 26

Time: 9:00-12:00pm

Ages: 8 – 15

Cost: $285 (scholarships are available)

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Joe Simms joined The Movement Alliance in 2002 where he met Tresa Honaker who was part of the original directors and founders of TMA. Joe has been a principal performer/soloist with AirAligned since 2004. Joe has a background in the Martial Arts of Tae Kwon Do Jujitsu and most recently Aikido. Master classes include: Velocity in Seattle Washington, Conduit Dance Company in Portland Oregon, The Edge in Los Angeles, aerial intensives with Ingrid Hoffman L.A. and Isadora Duncan Dance Company. Joe is currently working as a body worker, aerial and Pilates instructor and is the owner of Pilates Body in Nevada City. Joe is AirAligned’s Co-Director and heads up the AirAligned Academy in Grass Valley.

Sophie Wingerd began her performance career as a young child in Grass Valley California as a dancer studying all forms of dance but focusing mainly on ballet. In 2008 Sophie began aerial classes with AirAligned aerial dance group. Aerial Dance was something that Sophie quickly excelled at. Sophie was asked to become a teachers assistant with AirAligned in 2010. Also at that time Sophie became an assistant for Julie Lang Acro/Dance teacher at Sierra Dance Institute and performed locally in Grass Valley with SDI, AirAligned and PAG children’s theater at The Center for the Arts. In 2012 Sophie was accepted into Le Studio in Los Angeles CA under the direction of Nathalie Yves Gaulthier. She performed in the Le PeTiT Cirque Troupe from 2013-2014 While in LA advanced Studies were obtained through Cirque School LA. Also while in Los Angeles Sophie worked for Kristy Beauvais owner/director of Focus Fish teaching all ages aerial classes in: Static Trapeze, Aerial Hoop, Aerial Fabric, Aerial Hammock and Aerial Rope. Currently Sophie is on the teaching staff for AirAligned aerial dance group working primarily with advanced performance students. Sophie is also available to perform for corporate and commercial productions as a professional dancer, acrobat and aerialist.


For the first two weeks of camp we have the following instructor:


Cassandra Raiche “Cat” began her aerial journey in 2017 with Air Aligned and quickly fell in love with the aerial arts.

Cat has a strong background in the marital art of Kung Fu San So where she first discovered her passion for teaching.

In 2019 Cat moved to Florida where she became the lead aerial instructor for Vertical pole studio. She taught both Silks and Lyra while continuing to train and advance her own aerial skills. While in Florida Cat had the opportunity to choreograph, create costumes, and perform both solo and group pieces for various events.

Cat currently resides in North Carolina but is a frequent visitor to her home town of Grass Valley. While visiting Cat attends and teaches as many Aerial classes as she can.