Rosie is one of our most recent teachers to join the Skylab Team and is currently teaching Level 1 & 2 Silks and Aerial Yoga but also specialises in hoop and contortion. Rosie has a lovely gentle, calm nature (she’s not called Rosie by name and Rosie by nature for nothing!) and great teaching skills where she can bring out the very best of you. Making you feel very at home with learning these new and somewhat challenging skills. Check out her showreel here. It’s absolutely stunning.
Circus teacher and performer extraordinaire…
Coming from a musical & theatrical family, Rosie began moving to the beat almost as soon as she could balance on two legs! She is a graduate from the National Centre for Circus Arts, where she specialised in Aerial Hoop. She performs and teaches a number of aerial disciplines, and her skills have taken her around the globe. She likes to boast that Lady Gaga told her she had a great body when they were on a gig together! When Rosie is not bending herself into increasingly awkward positions in the air or on the ground, she is enjoying being a mother to a 1-year-old, and all the challenges and magic it brings.
And here is an interview I did with Rosie where she tells us all about her aerial journey, the ups the downs, the what’s and the whys, the highlights and hopes and dreams for the future…
Have you always been into circus? For example did you do it as a kid? At what point did you decide circus was your thing? I started circus when I was 24. But I started out doing dance from the very young age of 3. That was always my first passion. I pursued a small career in dance until I discovered at age 18 that I was really bendy when my yoga teacher pointed this out to me. Then when I was on a dance contract in Greece someone showed me some acrobatics which I thought was very cool and decided I wanted to train in it. So I did a Dance based Acrobatics course at The National Centre for Circus Arts and then onto the NCCA Degree course because I realised I wanted to train aerial as well.
What is it about circus that you most like?I love the exploration of the movement of the body and the endless possibilities of human physical potential.
What made you get into teaching?I started teaching at age 15, teaching the tiny kids dance. I’d been doing dance since the age of 3 so it felt like such a natural thing to do, to share my knowledge, and so rewarding. That’s when I discovered I loved teaching.
What’s your favourite apparatus and why?Has to be hoop because that’s what I specialised in at Circus Space and so I feel like I know it inside out. I also love silks (and there is so much more I would like to explore on silks). More recently I’ve got into hammock as I love the fact they are really comfy, and I would love to develop an act on strops since they are so easy to transport!
What’s your fave move and why?Anything that’s really bendy I absolutely love and I guess I have a few signiture moves such as Bendy Wendy on silks and a drop to hocks on hoop where I put my foot to my head.
Do you have any advice for a newbie student starting out in aerial?Keep trying – aerial can be a bit defeating and difficult at first because it’s so hard but keep trying. If there is something you can’t do get back up and keep trying.
Any top tips for current students that you may have up your sleeve?Point your toes!!!
How would you describe your teaching style?I like to keep my classes fun and let people know that I want them to feel comfortable so that they can ask me things.
Why would you recommend doing aerial?It’s a fun way to keep fit and also great way to combat fear and discover new things your body can do.
What’s been the highlight of your aerial career so far?Doing a gig with Lady Gaga in India – she told us we had great bodies. Also doing a hoop gig at eight months pregnant – I got told by someone in the audience that it was the best thing they had ever seen. But yeah that was a really special experience for me. Check it out here.
Do you have any hopes and dreams for the future?I’d like to work more with my boyfriend, but it’s kind of hard because one of us usually needs look after the baby. Maybe we could do a mother-father-son act, maybe that’s the future! We fell in love whilst doing a Christmas contract on trapeze (aaawww isn’t that just so romantic!) so it would be really nice to work more together again.
What’s on your bucket list of aerial things you would like to achieve?I really want to be able to pull my leg straight in the foot to head move. Just goes to show no matter how flexible you are there is always room for improvement! But yeah to keep working on my flexibility to open up more possibilities for more moves.
What’s been your best circus adventure so far?Lady Gaga in India was definitely a highlight. Also working abroad in Tenerife when we were all bright eyed, just after we graduated when everything was a huge adventure was really fun. Working with musicians, comedians and different groups of people is also very rewarding.
What’s been your worst circus adventure so far?When I got injured. I fell on back just before I graduated which was really scary. Luckily I wasn’t paralysed but I had to go to hospital and it was a really horrible moment and took a while to get better. Makes you realise that what we do can be dangerous and that you need to be really careful, but accidents can happen as well. Also makes you realise that we are mortal!
What’s been your most funniest / most embarrassing circus moment so far?I managed to get my head caught in the silks – I got all tangled up in it during this charity event full of B list celebrities. Luckily I didn’t get stuck and I managed to get myself out of it but still it was pretty embarrassing.
Do you have any favourite circus shows you would love to share with us or performers who you highly rate?Jose Triguero and Gemma Palomar do an amazing juggling show called Cul-de-sac. He was on my degree course but their show is aaaahhhhmazing. More info here.
Can you tell us something surprising about yourself?I have six toes on one foot… no only kidding.
Do you have any performers / people in your life who you highly respect and look up to who you see as major influencers in your life? My hoop teacher Brett Pfister – he was really good at getting me to think outside the box. For example getting me to see what would happen if I put my foot here (behind my head) instead of there (in the usual place) and stuff like that, getting me to improvise and invent stuff of my own.
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