The trend: At parties all around town, from the Heart Ball to the Aviary, aerialists are flying high.
Why: "Aerialists lend a multi-dimensional component to an event and also add a touch of the 'wow factor' that everyone wants to deliver to guests," says Desiree Wienand, director of development at the National Aviary. "Plus, aerialists fly ... a lot like our birds!"
Tracy Gray, public relations manager at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, agrees. "Our guests and visitors really enjoyed the performances. It is new, different and an attention-grabber."
Setting the SEEN: Yoga with a twist, plus Pittsburgh fashion and fun
SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga and style editor Sara Bauknecht preview this weekend's One Whirl Yoga Fest in Point State Park and take their downward dog to new heights with aerial yoga at Verve 360, Downtown. (Video by Nate Guidry; 7/25/2014)
What it's like to fly through the sky: Kristin Garbarino, aerialist and Verve360 aerial yoga instructor, says: "It feels incredible to perform aerial. It's been empowering to gain the strength to manipulate the silks. I do get scared sometimes when I'm trying something new. I recently started my own aerial and modern movement company, Bombyx Collective. For the last Gallery Crawl, we did a piece about the parasitic wasp in which the silks were used to represent transition."