Xelias news and highlights

Brigid Fitzgerald featured on Twin Cities Voices

January 28, 2019
Brigid Fitzgerald Screen grab of video

One of our main instructors, Brigid Fitzgerald was featured in Twin Cities Voices, a program produced by The CW Twin Cities to celebrate locals that make our city so charming.

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The Journal Feature: The Circus is in Town

January 2, 2018
Photo of class at Xelias

This article focuses on giving credit to the growing aerial arts community and why locals are picking up skills typically reserved for the circus.

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Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival

February 3, 2014
Oona Malle-Barlow also attended with Oona performing her solo lyra routine within the AYCO performing troupe

A few of our instructors and students traveled to Chicago for the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival.

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Life is a Cabaret!

January 30, 2014

Theatre LatteDa and Hennepin Theatre Trust collaborated with Xelias to add circus elements to their 2014 production of “Cabaret”. Tyler Michaels, a former Xelias student, was the Emcee.

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Two-week Training with Black Label Movement

January 20, 2013
Black Label Movement at Xelias

The dance company Black Label Movement and Xelias partnered to do a 2-week intensive skill-sharing session.  Coach Jim Domenick spent the morning with the dance troupe, and then they all came by Xelias to get basic aerial instruction and do other acrobatic work (quartette adagio, basket tosses, acrobalance, and even stunt falls) in preparation for …

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Article and Images featured in The Line

January 9, 2013

The Line Media came to do a feature and create a photo slideshow of our skills class. Article except: No doubt about it: the aristocracy of the circus are the aerialists, the trapeze and high-wire and other up-in-the-air artists who defy gravity (and major injury or death) by soaring high above the crowd. See the …

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Lavender Magazine Feature

January 9, 2013

Excerpt from article: If you were like me as a kid, besides the day when teacher pulled the rainbow-colored parachute out of the closet (no pun intended), gymnastics was your favorite gym-class theme. Remember climbing the ropes, doing flips on the rings, and tumbling around on those all-too-thin wrestling mats? Then, of course, think of …

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Katy Perry Tour Dancers at Xelias

January 9, 2013
Katy Perry's tour dancers rehearse at Xelias

Katy’s team of performers and Meg Practicing in the studio Katy Perry’s tour aerialists practice at Xelias Katy Perry’s dancers rehearsed and trained with Xelias Aerial Arts last weekend to prepare for her upcoming tour. Xelias founder Meg Emery received a call from Katy Perry’s tour manager, who was looking for some space and help …

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Xelias Handstands Around the World

November 20, 2012
Jim Domenick doing a handstand in Giza, Egypt 2010

Our Xelias family has traveled across the world and done handstands across the world too. Check out the places we’ve been.

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Mpls/St. Paul Magazine Feature

January 16, 2012

Xelias Aerial Arts was featured in the September 2011 issue of  Mpls. St. Paul Magazine.  The feature can be found on page 42 of the magazine in the “test drive”  Shop and Style section and highlights Stephanie Davila testing her courage and strength on the Spanish Web at the Xelias Aerial Arts Studio with the assistance of Meg Emery.  Meg …

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The Journal: High-Flying Artists Feature

June 20, 2011
Meg Elias-Emery in the studio

“I always tell people, ‘Anyone can do this.’ You might not get it today, but you will get it if you continue to try.” Meg Elias-Emery in the studio An excerpt from the article: When Elias-Emery opened her studio in 2001, the Waterbury building at 1121 Jackson St. NE hadn’t been renovated into the bright …

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ABC News: What a degree in circus can teach you

May 3, 2010
Photo of a student at Xelias

“Circus gives access to a broad range of old and young people with skills that naturally go along with life.” Article Excerpt: Running away to join the circus, once an avenue for youngsters looking to avoid responsibility, has gone legit. Now, in addition juggling bowling pins, fireballs and hula hoops, aspiring students can throw in business …

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