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Episode 95: The Inventor of the Aerial Hoop with Genevieve Bessette

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The delightful Genevieve Bessette made history when at 12 years old, her coach measured the length of her leg and manufactured for her a steel hoop to perform on. Today, this apparatus is known around the world as the aerial hoop, the cerceau, or lyra. This episode is all about innovating, who gets credit for it, and how to continue to be creative, even when you’re an adult with bills to pay.

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This podcast is dedicated to CIRCUS. Aerialist, Shannon McKenna interviews guests from acrobats in Cirque du Soleil to circus therapists and everyone in between. Learn the backstage lives of those who flip, twist, sparkle, and shine under the big top.

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Episode 93: Building an Ethiopian Circus with Sosina Wogayehu

Sosina Wogayehu started funding her circus dreams at the age of 6, selling cigarettes on the streets of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. After a long international career as a contortionist and juggler, Sosina returned to Ethiopia to foster the rich traditions of Ethiopian circus and share them with the world.

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This podcast is dedicated to CIRCUS. Aerialist, Shannon McKenna interviews guests from acrobats in Cirque du Soleil to circus therapists and everyone in between. Learn the backstage lives of those who flip, twist, sparkle, and shine under the big top.

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Episode 89: Aerial Variations with Joanna Haigood

One of the original choreographers of aerial dance in the Bay Area, Joanna Haigood, talks about her influences growing up on the east coast and then moving to San Fransisco (20:20). She expounds upon her fascination of architecture as an access point for telling the stories of place (24:00), highlighting the African American experience (31:00) and using her art as activism (37:20)

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Episode 88: For The Love of Hula Hoops with Lisa Lottie

Lisa Lottie is a one woman show who has traveled the world for over a decade with her hula hoops. In this interview, we dive into how she got her start at a traditional circus in India (9:36). She then goes on to share some important lessons she learned while attending circus schools in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (22:34) and London, England (25:25) that ALL those considering circus school should hear. Later in the interview, we dive into the art of street performing (31:16) and how capitalism and COVID-19 have changed the landscape of performance (50:29). Featuring a guest appearance from Lisa’s foster cat.

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Episode 86: Spelbound to Circus with Jon Stranks

Jon Stranks started his professional career at the age of 6 years old. (7:18). He went on to be in a winning acrobatic troupe on Britain’s Got Talent (13:54) before making the transition from competing to performing (17:09) on Cirque du Soleil’s stages, most recently in Messi 10 (25:52). During quarantine he has taken his work online and begun coaching handstands (31:24). Oh , yeah! And he has the real dirt on the Ellen Show (23:01)!

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