Frequent Flyers Productions, Inc.

2021 marks our 33rd year as an aerial dance organization with over 228,000 audience members and students. Our Kids Who Fly program has served over 8,300 at-risk youth. We rely on donations to support all of our programs: scholarships, reduced / free tickets to shows, and affordable classes.

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Scholarships

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Single Parents
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Frequent Flyers is committed to offering aerial dance classes to anyone who wants to experience the magic of flying. We have very limited grant funding that provides scholarship money for those students who can't afford classes.

Please consider funding one of the following:
Cost of a 1.5 hr aerial classes, once a week for 6 weeks: $180.
Cost to participate in our Student Company for a semester, including aerial class, dance class, Student Company class, and production fee for costumes: $1,000.

Your contribution will make a difference in a student's life.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Over the years, Frequent Flyers has made significant positive impact in many students' lives.
Through our aerial dance program we have helped students who were in danger of dropping out of school, were involved in self-harming, or felt that they had a community that supported them. Frequent Flyers provides a safe place where students can engage in healthy risk-taking and experience the joy of aerial dance.

"The kids who attended varied in their physical abilities. In other settings, this creates a difficult situation with many girls feeling less confident and feelings are hurt. But in this setting, in part by nature of the activity and in part the energy created by the teachers, everyone had a great time and gained something from the class. [The teachers] were fantastic. They made all the kids feel confident and at ease. When one of our friends came who has cerebral palsy and her mobility is by walker, [they] did not bat an eye- they helped problem solve how to assist her so that she could enjoy the class. This girl has balance and physical challenges. She stated after that class that "when I'm flying, I'm just like everybody else." - a parent

Professional Performance Company

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

Now in its 33rd year, our Professional Performance Company has performed around the country and world. We have performed for Cirque du Soleil, dancing on the sides of buildings and around the U.S. in a variety of venues.

Frequent Flyers performed Aaron Copland's iconic "Appalachian Spring" with the Boulder Philharmonic on the national stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC at their prestigious 2017 SHIFT Festival, receiving a standing ovation and several curtain calls. It was a supreme honor and opportunity.

Frequent Flyers® has been the leading edge of Aerial Dance for more than 30 years by blending the excitement and beauty of aerial arts with the flow and grace of modern dance. We are available for collaborations, touring, teaching residencies and corporate events.

Please keep us flying as we seek more opportunities for our Professional Company to collaborate and tour.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Wowing a full house in Washington, D.C. and securing additional opportunities for Frequent Flyers' Professional Company to perform at other prestigious venues. Collaborating with a wide variety of other artists and even robots!

Aerial Dance Festival

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

Frequent Flyers launched the first Aerial Dance Festival in the world in 1999. Now it its 23rd year, the Festival has grown into one of largest and most well-known Festivals. Taking place each August in Boulder for 2 weeks, the Festival is an immersion experience for beginners through professional aerial dancers and aerialists as well as an opportunity to see performances by some of the best in the field. The Festival has been responsible for placing Colorado on the map as the locus for this art form and disseminating it across the globe. We received a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Grant for the 2019 Festival.

We are seeking support to add a scholarship opportunity for a student who otherwise could not attend; as well as funding to offset the cost of bringing national and international artists to teach and perform at the Festival.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Consistently high enrollment numbers and quality teaching and stellar performances as reported by students and audiences. In 2016, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded a $10,000 grant to the Festival and the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau awarded a $5000 grant to assist with marketing. The BCVB again awarded a $5,000 grant for 2017 Festival.
The program's cross-pollination between dance, aerial dance, and circus arts has been instrumental in the growth of the art form and development of artists, teachers and students.

Community Classes

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public

Description

We offer classes for adults and kids ages 4 and up in Fabric, Low-Flying and Circus Trapeze, Aerial Fitness Circuit Training, Stilts, Hoop, Rope, Aerial Rep, Dance, Stretching, Aerial Yoga and special skill-building "playground" classes for kids. The classes are open to the general public at tuition levels that are lower than they would be without charitable support, because we believe that these sorts of activities can improve lives through their unique and fun approach to exercise, and because aerial dance lifts people out of their usual routines, both literally and figuratively.

STUDENT COMPANIES
For those students who have an interest in going beyond the skills learned in individual classes, the Student Companies (grouped by age into Elementary School, Middle School, High School and Adult), provide weekly rehearsals and biannual performance activities in addition to participation in the regular schedule of classes.

SCHOLARSHIPS
Through our Kids Who Fly program (described elsewhere), we provide a few scholarships for community classes to students who want to deepen their involvement with aerial dance.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Here's what the students and teachers have to say about our Community Classes:

"I have been taking classes twice a week with FF for about 4 months. I have had several instructors teaching me this new and different form of dance. Its been challenging for me and exciting. " - adult student

"The kids who attended varied in their physical abilities. In other settings, this creates a difficult situation with many girls feeling less confident and feelings are hurt. But in this setting, in part by nature of the activity and in part the energy created by the teachers, everyone had a great time and gained something from the class. [The teachers] were fantastic. They made all the kids feel confident and at ease. When one of our friends came who has cerebral palsy and her mobility is by walker, [they] did not bat an eye- they helped problem solve how to assist her so that she could enjoy the class. This girl has balance and physical challenges. She stated after that class that "when I'm flying, I'm just like everybody else." - a parent

Kids Who Fly

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

The purpose of Kids Who Fly is to build healthy risk-taking behaviors in at-risk youth, work constructively on self-esteem issues, and experience the unique joy of expressing themselves artistically through attending low-flying trapeze classes designed specifically for them.

The youth of our community need a positive environment in which to take risks safely, build self-esteem, and experience the arts positively in their lives. To the best of our knowledge, there are no other programs of this type in Boulder. Adventure based therapies are relatively new in working with youth at risk. Those that combine arts experiences are extremely rare.

Classes focus on techniques for aerial work, the basics of low-flying trapeze, and the linking together of movement. The expression of creativity is nurtured in this unique dance form and all students find their own personal strengths in successfully exploring an art form they may not have found previously accessible. All students work together to support and encourage one-another. Kids Who Fly provides a positive environment in which to take artistic risks safely, build creative and physical self-esteem, and experience the arts positively in their lives. These classes are provided at no cost to the students. We have provided these classes to social service and non-profit agencies serving at-risk youth in the Denver metropolitan area since 2001.

Currently, we run ongoing programs with Horizons K-8, New Vista High School, and Boulder Prep in Boulder, and Kunsmiller Academy of the Arts in Denver, as well as carrying out workshops with Catalyst High School and a variety of social service agencies along with I Have a Dream's several Dreamers groups.

We are seeking support for scholarships to enable these students to participate in the program.

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Evidence of Program's Success

"The group of girls you gave this gift to have all had tragic circumstances in their lives. I've never seen these kids so excited about anything before." Boulder County Social Services

"This was not just about learning new things. It was about courage and believing in myself. This class taught me to overcome my fears and just do it." - Adelante! student in Kids Who Fly

"I felt free for a moment and I forgot about all my problems and thought about taking advantage of opportunities that life gives me and value them." - Kids Who Fly student

"It truly was one of the most inspiring activities that we have ever done as an agency. The smiles on the faces of our often depressed, angry, and struggling children alone was an incredible gift. Learning trapeze challenged each student in his own way to try something new, to ask for and accept support, and to develop new ways of being in the world." - Alternative Homes for Youth

"Your performance [of Comic Book Heroes] was very, very, very, very good. I liked the moral of the performances: Everyone is super in their own way. That part touched me because it's true but nobody usually notices it." Abby, Foothill Elementary School Student

Aerial Sci-Arts

Class

Science & Technology 

Beneficiaries

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Aerial Sci-Arts
Experiencing Physics with the Low-Flying Trapeze

Created in 1997, this unique program teaches physics principles to high-school students using the low-flying trapeze to demonstrate those physics principles inherent in the activity--circular motion, pendulums, energy, velocity, etc.

Aerial Sci-Arts, brings high school kids together with low-flying trapezes to explore the physics principles inherent in the activity through hands-on experience. Classes are held during regular school hours and a teacher must accompany the students to the class. Each class is limited to 20 students. The class develops skills on the trapezes and explores the inherent scientific principles (e.g. circular motion, waves, pendulums, harmonics, etc.). The classes are designed to coincide with classroom studies on similar material. We provide a scientist, who is also one of our trapeze dancers, and two additional trapeze teachers.

Low-flying trapeze is a unique form of modern dance. The trapezes have bars anywhere from two-to-five feet from the ground. Unlike a circus trapeze, ours have two ropes attaching to a single point so they spin, arc, and swing, making them ideal for studying a variety of physics principles. There is one Frequent Flyers teacher and 2 students as "spotters" per trapeze.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?
The purpose of Aerial Sci-Arts is to deepen kids' understanding of the physical principles affecting their world on a day-to-day basis through this unique experiential activity. Kids experience the physics principles kinesthetically and then immediately link that experience cognitively through demonstration and discussion, making this program truly unique. Additionally, kids who might not be drawn to an arts activity, particularly dance, will have a new avenue open to them in a non-threatening environment and through a highly engaging activity. The classes have proven to stimulate students' interest in arts and sciences.

HOW WAS IT STARTED?
Seed money for Aerial Sci-Arts was received from the Norwest Neighborhood Assistance Fund, US West Foundation, and the Denver Foundation. Our pilot program was developed with students from New Vista High School and their dance, physics, and math teachers. Since the program's inception in November, 1997, over 250 students have attended the class.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Here's what the students and teachers have to say about Aerial Sci-Arts:

"The concepts of circles, tangents, pendulums all tied in well with the class. Students could see these concepts in action." -- teacher

"It showed how things work rather than just reading [about] it." -- student

"This is the coolest physics class ever!" -- student
"[It] allowed us to actually implement the physics concepts
we have learned to real life." -- student

"It was great to see some students liven up and get excited, who I wasn't able to get involved in class." -- teacher

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