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Aerial Horizon takes flight at Blue Star by COLLETTE ORQUIZ

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ancing on the sides of buildings and performing above tanks of whales and dolphins at SeaWorld San Antonio helped Julia Langenberg choreograph her next big act — creating Aerial Horizon, the city’s first aerial arts school. Langenberg, who has been an aerialist for the last 10 years, founded Aerial Horizon in 2009, but the business recently moved into the Blue Star Arts Complex at 108 Blue Star St. The business leases a portion of the space occupied by Brick Marketplace, and where the former Jump-Start Performance Co. had been for years. “I started teaching and collected

a big student body and then founded the company, and it’s expanded exponentially,” Langenberg said. “It’s slightly overwhelming at times.” Langenberg said anyone can take one of the Aerial Horizon classes, with many lasting six to eight weeks and ranging from beginner to advanced. Students can learn techniques using fabrics, trapeze, contortions, rope or hand balancing. The founder said learners travel to the school from Mexico, Oklahoma and across Texas to study aerial arts. “We have the most well-educated circus arts teachers and performers in the industry in San Antonio, so the quality of teaching that we’re able to offer is very unique, especially for Texas,” Langenberg said. In addition to the classes, Aerial Horizon is a performance company, with members participating in private and public events. Aerialists at the school have performed

Aerial Horizon members in the photo on the left Tara Smartnick (left), Josh Grohman and Jenny Franckowiak practice a fabrics sequence for the upcoming show 'Echo.' Marshall Jarreau (above) recently performed his routine on slings during First Friday. Photos by Collette Orquiz

at First Friday events, Luminaria, the San Antonio Zoo, the Alamodome, Artist Foundation of San Antonio and more. They are preparing for “Echo,” a performance at 8 p.m. Dec. 11, 12 and 13 featuring several aerial acrobats, live music, a lighting designer and other multimedia. Tickets are $20 for students, children and seniors, and $25 for general admission. The tickets can be

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purchased at echo.brownpapertickets.com. Langenberg said she has always wanted to have her own company. “People really recognize the high level of training that we offer here and the high level of artistry in our performances,” she said. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and closed Sunday.

AERIAL HORIZON 108 Blue Star St. For more, call 512-924-3836, or visit aerial-horizon.com

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