Aerialist Seanna Sharpe 285 Feet Over The Williamsburg Bridge

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Seanna Sharpe

Seanna Sharpe. Born on March 21, 1987 Seanna Sharpe fell in love with flight after an early affaire with Peter Pan, and has ever since been climbing, flying, and falling - in style.

After graduating high school in Mexico, Sharpe took to the air at age 16, studying Aerial Dance at Le Cirque Centre on the West Coast and training with Lorenzo SantaBarbara, Elsie Smith, Terry Crane, Laura Stokes, and Kerri Podgorski before founding Le Cirque's Adult Program in 2007.

In 2008, after dancing across 26 countries, Sharpe left everything and everyone behind and moved to New York City.

There, she studied Political Philosophy, Metaphor, Fine Art, Production, and Dance at NYU, as well as training 6 days a week at New York Circus Arts. Her first solo art show, "An Octopus of My Own", featured 27 portraits of cephalopods rendered in various mediums, from painting, to sculpture, to performance. That spring, her fashions took to the runway for Eco-Fashion Week, showcasing seven of her Umbrella Dresses, transformed from skeletons in the gutters to haute couture.

Meanwhile, Sharpe was teaching Circus To The People, NYC's first donation-based Aerial Dance Class, at The Trapeze Loft and Silk Cloud Swing - her own invention - at The Skybox and STREB, Brooklyn's revolutionary dedicated Aerial Theatre and Circus Schools. Seanna Sharpe graduated from Gallatin in 2010 with the world's first BA in Circustentialism.

Between 2009 and 2011, she performed at nearly 300 parties, festivals, theaters, galleries, and events, across the country and the world. Sharpe has flown for Cirque du Soleil, The Guggenheim, Beyonce, SCOPE, Artist's Wanted, OmniCircus, ReSolute, Shanghai Mermaid, The Danger, Gemini & Scorpio, Winkel & Baltick, LAVO, Waterwheel Park, The Shakespeare Festival Green Show, The Trapeze Loft Cabaret, and Galapagos Art Space...among others.

"When I fly, people forget everything they thought they knew about impossible."
- Seanna Sharpe, The New York Times





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