Dances In Air publishes its first Trapeze teaching video!

Dances in Air seeks to publish its first Instructional video, A Basic Vocabulary of Trapeze. Learn how to dance on Trapeze!
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Melissa Coffey
Small Business
atlanta, Georgia
United States
1 Team Member

I'm a professional trainer and performer of aerial and circus arts. I live in Atlanta, Georgia, and am a single mother with a daughter with special needs. I have been doing aerial arts for eight years, and was an amateur dancer and performer before I found trapeze.  

This fundraiser has the ability to change my life and launch my first DVD into the world! I started this project about three and a half years ago. It has been an uphill battle but I learned so much about producing a fitness DVD. I thought I could do it with the money I was making as a performer, and then one day I finally got a budget drawn up by the director and was told this project was "a $25,000 project". WOW.  Fortunately I am doing this video for a little less, but... not much. I have already put ALL of my savings into it. 

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I stalled and I was terrified, and I needed to reach out for support, and finally have. I kept watching the footage and every time was re-inspired.  Life was getting in the way, and I finally had to get out of my day job to make this reality.  No matter what, this video must get finished! I have some big bills to pay, but the DVD is finished and almost all the business pieces are together. I am no longer terrified, I am resolute.  

At this point, if I can get contributions to reach my goal, I can have grocery money for my family AND start this new part of my career. And you get access to this DVD! If you give to the campaign, you can be one of the first to get your hands on the DVD! The newest Teaser is here: http://vimeo.com/70785507

All of the funding will go directly to pay the bills already owed for the editing and production of "A Basic Vocabulary of Trapeze" and the cost of this fundraiser. If the goal is not met, a higher percentage will be taken by Indiegogo and I will still have to use the rest of the funds to help with the business debt. 

If you have no time and money to donate to this campaign.  I can still use your help by spreading word on social media sites by using the Indiegogo share tools or word of mouth! If you are an aerialist, tell your studio, your performer friends, or student friends to come check out my site and contact me! 

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This video is groundbreaking for the aerial community. For years, other communities have been able to produce instructional videos for sale, even risky skills, like bullwhips and fire arts videos. However the aerial community as a whole has lacked any publications of real usability until recent years, none of them that address skills for trapeze. With very high quality videos and a script from an experienced, safety trained teacher, information can reach those students who just need to review what they learn in classes, or the students that live hours from any studio and can only attend workshops. It can also help spread technique, make vocabulary universal, or be a guide for other teachers. 

The perks of giving to this campaign include reusable, functional schwag for an aerialist's lifestyle as well as a simple way to get your hands on this DVD first! Check them out!

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  • $7USD
    DANCES IN AIR logo sticker

    Give us a mere $7, get a DANCES IN AIR logo sticker and mention on our website as one of the people that helped us achieve our goals!?

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    A stainless steel water bottle featuring the DANCES IN AIR logo and mention on our website as one of the people that helped us achieve our goals!??

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  • $60USD
    Vocabulary of Trapeze DVD

    Step right up! You'll get the DVD before it hits shelves! You are now the proud owner of the first copies, The FIRST trapeze teaching DVD (we haven't been able to find any thing like it in the world), and you are an amazing person!!! Thank you so much! Enjoy the show!

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    Pick 2 perks!

    You are someone who is simply interested in being part of this awesome project. You don't just want a piece of memorabilia, you want to be memorable to us, and make some dreams happen. Thank you. We will mention you on our website, and give you a choice of any 2 of the top 3 awards.

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  • $180USD
    Personal lesson and DVD!

    Get your own private a semi private lesson on anything Melissa teaches- Trapeze, silks, chairdance, partnering for 1 hour at an approved Atlanta studio, redeemable for up to one year, plus one copy of the DVD! Try aerial dance alone or with up to 5 friends!

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    A performance in Atlanta, GA

    So, if you are willing to give this to my project, I will give you a live performance! It must be within Atlanta or it's suburbs (meaning within an hour drive) and must be on a day we can agree upon and must have standard rigging capability if it is an aerial performance. It could also be a fire show, or include other elements.

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    A performance out of Atlanta

    So, if you are willing to give this to my project, I will give you a live performance! It must be within 8 hours drive from Atlanta and must be on a day we can agree upon and must have standard rigging capability if it is an aerial performance. It could also be a fire show, or include other elements.

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