ABOUT US

We're a group of athletes who became friends through love of aerial.  We train together several times a week, focusing on building strength and flexibility, improving technique and form, and choreographing dynamic routines that are sure to captivate and delight our audiences.  We love to fly and want to share the excitement with our community. 

Check out our profile piece in the Nisqually Valley News!

Teen Circus Alum Brings Aerial Events to Yelm In Duo Act

 

 

 Wings aerialists carry performers insurance and employ safe aerial practices.

Photo Credit Xavier Brainard

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ELAINA BRAINARD

Aerialist, Acrobat

Elaina, co-founder of Wings Aerial Acrobats, started training aerial when she was eleven years old.  She has trained under professional aerialists in Colorado Springs, Denver, Olympia, and Seattle.  Elaina performed throughout Colorado with Aerial Aura and the Salida Circus. She competed as the only youth in the 2019 Aerialympics Nationals, Adult All-Star Silks division and took third place.   In February 2022, Elaina competed All-Star Silks and Lyra at Aerialympics Nationals in Salt Lake and placed first in both events.   Some larger events Elaina performed for in Colorado include: Colorado State Fair, El Paso County Fair, and North Glen Pirate Fest.  Since moving to Washington, Elaina has performed for many events, including the Thurston County Fair, Capital Lake Fair,  Northwest Pirate Festival, and Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire.  She has also performed at many community events such as block parties, retirement parties, holiday parties, corporate events, and fundraisers.  She participated in several stage shows, including the Salida Circus', "Circus Wedding," Aerial Aura's "Mythico," and Dragonfly's "OZ" production.   Her primary apparatuses are silks and lyra, but she also enjoys duo hoop and silks, aerial straps, rope, and static and dance trapeze, contortion, hula-hooping, and hand-balancing.

Photo Credit Dan McCormack

BAILEY SOWERS

Aerialist, Acrobat

Bailey is a founding member of Wings.  She was born and raised in Yelm, WA.  She was on the McKenna Elementary Unicycling Team, performing halftime shows at college basketball games:  Central WA University in Eastern WA and Saint Martin's University in Olympia.  She also participated in Prairie Day and Christmas parades in Yelm.  Bailey started competing on the Yelm gymnastics team when she was seven years old and then joined the Ascend Gymnastics competition team where she competed until she was 16 years old.  She is currently coaching youth gymnastics  in Yelm, WA.  Bailey started training aerial in the summer of 2020.  She transformed her shop at her home into an aerial studio.  Her gymnastics background helped her gain the strength and flexibility required to excel in aerial arts.  Bailey has performed for several large events, including the Thurston County Fair, Northwest Pirate Festival, and Capital Lake fair, and many community events, such as Yelm Jazz in the Park, Dance in the Street, and the Nisqually BBQ Rally.  In February 2022, Bailey competed in the Advanced Silks division of Aerialympics Nationals and earned second place.  Her primary aerial apparatuses are aerial silks and tippy hoop, but she also enjoys lyra, hammock, duo straps, and hand balancing, and solo and duo acrobatics.  

Photo Credit WB Photography

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JEALOUSY 

Aerialist, Hand-balancer, Flow artist

Jealousy  has been training various movement styles for the last fifteen years.  She started with competitive cheer where she and her team  worked their way to Nationals and took first.  While attending college, Jealousy facilitated and taught classes in social dancing, including East and West Coast Swing dances, Blues, and Fusion.  She performed Tahitian and Hula at private and public events.  Jealousy also trains circus-style hand-balancing and fan flow-art.   Her love for movement led her to aerial, where she trains and performs solo and duo lyra, hammock, and dance trapeze.  Since joining Wings, Jealousy has performed for many events, such as Orting's 4th of July Festival, the Thurston County Fair, the Northwest Pirate Festival, Yelm's Prairie Days, Capital Lake Fair, and the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire.  Jealousy placed first in Advanced Lyra when she competed in Aerialympics Nationals 2022.  Regardless of the mode of movement, Jealousy's fluidity and elegance enchants her audiences.  Photo Credit Dan McCormack

LINDSAY MIDDLETON

Aerialist, Flow Artists

Lindsay joined the Wings Aerial Acrobatics team in May 2022.  She brings a completely different style, different acts, performing and show creation experience, and a new energy to the Wings team.  Lindsay's passion for circus started at a young age, tumbling, hula hooping, and playing with fire.  During her early twenties, Lindsay began pursuing circus arts seriously, diving deep into the world of flow arts.  Her love for circus and movement led her to aerial dance.  She instantly fell in love with flying and trains and performs on aerial silks, aerial hoop, aerial hammock, dance trapeze, rope, and Spanish web.  While she’s on the ground, Lindsay trains and performs flow arts with her poi, hula hoop, and fans.   She is a certified fire-spinner and loves to bring the heat!  Lindsay has been training and performing aerial and flow arts for the last five years with Airbound Arts and Airbound Underground in Olympia, WA.  She continues to be actively involved in the Olympia aerial scene.  Since joining the Wings team, Lindsay has performed for the Northwest Pirate Festival, Capital Lake Fair, Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire, and the Thurston County Fair.  

Photo Credit WB Photography 

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Supporting the team

Sarah Brainard - Manager, marketing, booking. wings.aerialacro@gmail.com

Xavier Brainard - Videography, photography, rigging, balloon twisting, and everything else.

JOIN US!

We would love to expand our team and offer more acts.  If you are an aerialist looking to perform, or if you have any other circus skills (contortion, hooping, dragon staff, juggling, etc.) and would like to perform with Wings as an independent contractor, please reach out to Sarah at wings.aerialacro@gmail.com.