Como Aerial Arts is a collective of aerial artists located in Columbia Missouri. Find out more about each of our artists below!
Emma Brown fell in love with the circus arts in 2012. She has been a lover of dance and movement for many years, and has found her artistic outlet as an aerialist. Focusing mainly on aerial silk, this performing art allows her to combine her creativity, strength, and flexibility to inspire her audience and her students. Emma first studied aerial silks under the direction of Jenn Rauscher of JennuineFire. She continues to attend aerial workshops and classes whenever she can to advance herself as a performer and teacher. Emma has a personal training certification through ACE and has a BS in Nutrition and Fitness, both of which she utilizes to promote a healthy balance of training and recovery for herself and her students.
Emma won the Intermediate Silks Division in 2014 and the Advanced Silks Division in 2015 at the Aerial Expo Amateur Aerial Competition. She has performed at private parties for CARFAX, True/False Film Festival, Time Warner Cable, and others. Emma performs with Quixotic Fusion as an atmospheric aerialist and contortionist. Her next pursuit is to begin training aerial rope and to increase her training in contortion.
Erin grew up in Redlands, CA and joined the All-American Youth Circus in 1992 when she was 9. She spent 8 years training in acrogymnastics, high wire, multiple and single trapeze, Spanish web, Lyra, aerial ribbon, handbalancing and was a trainer for swinging ladders. In 2001, she joined the American Acrobats, a professional troupe also located in Redlands, CA. She trained and performed aerial ribbon, poles, duo, single and bungee trapeze, Spanish web, duo balancing, Trio Girls, contortion and lyra all across the United States and Canada.
Some notable corporate events, trade shows and private parties include Honda, Symbol, Fuji Film, the premier of Spiderman, the unveiling of Reyataz, the Gemological Institute of America, the Playboy Mansion, Sea World San Diego and the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver, BC. She has also done been a stunt double on “Malcolm in the Middle” and stunt performer on “One on One” and a double for Jewel. Now she is very excited to be back into aerial and is dedicated to grow Como Aerial Arts, to teach others and to perform. http://www.imdb.me/erinjensen
Hannah Henze began taking aerial lessons in 2014 and immediately fell in love. She worked to take classes as often as her schedule would allow and really found her passion in aerial art. With background in gymnastics, dance, and pole, aerial arts fit in perfectly. She continues practicing, performing, teaching, and learning through her aerial adventure. Recently she has decided to take on learning contortion, corde lisse, and flying trapeze, as well as working towards her teaching certificate in yoga. Hannah has a combined Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, and health science as well as two different minors in nuclear engineering. In addition to performing aerial arts, she works full time for the University and part-time teaching aerial and yoga. She has also introduced a yoga class with cats, volunteering her time to Second Chance to help bring awareness to the no-kill shelter and lead a community yoga class in the process!
In 2015 she performed for the Film Director’s Party at the True/False Film Festival, Les Bourgeois Collector’s Series Wine Party and Art Show, Blue Restaurant and Fresh Ideas Party, Peddler’s Jamboree, and has also performed for various EDM DJ’s as a gogo dancer including Bro Safari and Dirty Phonics. In 2016 you can watch her compete in the professional division for lyra at the Central Pole Championships in May and open division lyra at the North American Pole Dance Championships in July! She cannot wait to see what else 2016 will have to offer!
Melissa was first introduced to aerial silks in 2014 when classes started being offered through her gym. She instantly fell in love with the unique art form and its challenging nature. Her background in choreography and gymnastics and interest in performance art has enabled her to build up the strength, stamina and flexibility required to start performing with CoMo Aerial Arts. Since starting aerial she has taken both gymnastics and lyra classes and has worked on improving her flexibility to expand her abilities. She completed her first show in the fall of 2015 and is moving into performing regularly and teaching with CoMo Aerial Arts.