Photographer: Amanda Naylor
'So You Think You Can Aerial'
SYTYCA, a title play off the TV show, So You Think You Can Dance, was formed in 2015. I knew just how hard the students I taught worked, but most of the time I heard how they felt like they were never good enough in any class (including school). The TV show, though a competition, can be seen as amazing performances but it's also, I feel, dancers trying to prove their worth. It's a constant battle of never feeling good enough, as if their hard work and dedication meant nothing unless they've reached perfection.
I wanted a new way of thinking for everyone, including myself. Everywhere I teach, no matter the style or studio, I use the name So You Think You Can Aerial to help get rid of the stigma of perfection. SYTYCA is not about a competition, but about celebrating the accomplishments together and supporting the hardships of gaining certain skills. So when the question/statement, So You Think You Can Aerial, is seen/heard, the answer is
YES YOU CAN. YES YOU ARE ENOUGH. YES YOU ARE AMAZING.