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Aerial Silks; Who got us into this madness?!

Acrobatics and dance are performed while hanging from lengthy strips of fabric in the circus art form known as aerial silks. As much as we would love to put a time stamp on it, the history is not quite clear.We do know that aerial silks has a long history that begins with 19th-century circus acts.

Aerial performances were created in the early days of the circus using ropes or nets by the performers. But, a French Canadian gymnast by the name of Andre Simard experimented using fabric instead of ropes in the late 20th century.

Aerial silks became more well-known in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s as a result of the efforts of artists like Terry Sendgraff, who introduced the discipline to the San Francisco Bay Area. Aerial silks have now been a mainstay of contemporary circus shows, and the skill has developed to encompass trickier and more dangerous moves.

Today, Aerial silks is a popular art form among enthusiasts and performers worldwide. Thank you Andre Simard and all other pioneers who have shaped what silks is today.


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