Bird's Eye View
Aerial artists Jamie Poletti and Andrea Woodson can practice their art anywhere.
Aerial artists JAMIE POLETTI and ANDREA WOODSON can practice their art anywhere. They suspend themselves from a Lyra hoop or drapes of silk fabric up to 25 feet in the air. It builds strength and flexibility. The two practice as often as they can and teach introductory classes twice a week at Urban Fitness training facility and Hugh MacRae Park.
Woodson began studying aerial when she was 8 years old at a parks and recreation department program in Florida. She has performed and taught dance, aerial and gymnastics for years. She currently works as a special education teacher for New Hanover County Schools.
Poletti took to aerial easily because of her gymnastics background. Four years ago, she took her first aerial class in Raleigh and she hopes to open her own aerial dance studio here. She bought a portable 25-foot metal tripod rig in November, which enables her to practice in any open space.