We recently lost our rented studio due to Austin's growing economy. Our solution? To build our own sustainable green studio space in south Austin.
Lauren Peterson
Austin, Texas
United States
1 Team Member

Our Story:

Blue Lapis Light is a site-specific aerial dance company, founded in 2005 by Artistic Director Sally Jacques in Austin, Texas. Our vision is to create transcendent works of beauty that are offered, without religious denomination, as prayers for the planet. Using aerial techniques informed by classical, interpretive and modern dance, Blue Lapis Light is committed to challenging physical limitations and inspiring our audiences with a sense of wonder. 

In early 2013 we lost our rented studio due to growing development in Austin. After much consideration our solution was to purchase 2.75 acres of land in South Austin where we hoped to build a permanent home for our company, students and Youth Taking Flight program. Our vision for our new property is to build
a 3,000 square foot studio space to be used for classes, individual instruction and performances.

An initial fundraising goal has been set at $18,000, which will allow us to finish up our permitting and site preparation. Meanwhile our building team is working closely with principal company artists to ensure functionality and aesthetic values are incorporated into the project design. One particularly unique and exciting feature will be ceiling rigging in the studio which would support up to 9 aerial silks, to be hung in a circular formation with an instructor in the center, allowing for a highly collaborative learning environment. This new studio will also allow for ongoing indoor classes which will help our growing company and studio be sustainable and reduce our dependence on donors.

Our Extended Goal:

Our long-term goals include the ability to set the foundation for the building ($22,000) and to begin construction following the aforementioned site plan ($40,000). Our hope is that many people will be inspired by our vision and know that they can play a vital role in making our dream a reality. With your help, we believe this is possible, so please keep spreading the word. Every little bit will help us build and finish our new home!

Other Ways You Can Help:


Lucky $1,000 donors participated in a special harness workshop on December 1st  at 816 Congress in Downtown Austin. We were thrilled to have KEYE News' Hunter Ellis joined in and covered the event. Check out his video piece here.

Donations at every level are deeply appreciated and will be acknowledged with gratitude on BLL's website. Other perks include our organic cotton BLL logo t-shirt, exclusive DVDs of past performances, beautiful photo greeting cards, aerial dance classes and tickets to upcoming productions and private receptions. 

Perk Update: Some of our very generous friends have donated new perks for you! When you give, you can now receive a giftcard to use toward dance gear at Movin' Easy Dancewear or a Aerial Asana Yoga 3 Class Pass at Four Elements Yoga and Fitness. 

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raised by 76 people in 2 months
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$18,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on January 1, 2014
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  • $10USD
    Thank You!

    A handwritten thank you and name on Blue Lapis Light's website.

    3 claimed
  • $20USD
    Movin' Easy Giftcard

    $20 to spend on your dancewear needs at the best little shop in Austin.

    4 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $25USD
    5 Cards + Student Showcase

    Five special edition Blue Lapis Light blank greeting cards. Perfect for every season! Plus one ticket to a spring 2014 student showcase.

    6 out of 150 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $50USD
    Youth Taking Flight Tickets

    2 tickets to Youth Taking Flight May 2014 performance.

    6 out of 75 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $75USD
    Aerial Asana Yoga 3 Class Pass

    Join our friends at Four Elements Yoga and Fitness for a unique yoga practice in the air.

    4 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $100USD
    Silks Class

    Admission to one 1.5 hour Intro to Silks class (dates in January-March 2014).

    1 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $250USD
    Blue Lapis Light T-Shirt & DVD

    A thank you note, two Youth Taking Flight tickets for May 2014, 5 greeting cards and one ticket to the 2014 Student Showcase, plus a Blue Lapis Light t-shirt and DVD of past performance.

    1 out of 75 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $500USD
    VIP Preview Reception

    All of the perks under $500 plus two tickets to a VIP preview reception and a performance at the new Blue Lapis Light property in Spring 2014.

    4 out of 20 claimed
  • $1,500USD
    Private Dinner with Sally

    All of the perks under $1500 plus a private dinner with Sally Jacques at Fonda San Miguel for you and a guest.

    1 out of 10 claimed
  • $5,000USD
    Everything + 4 VIP Tickets

    All of the other perks plus 4 VIP Tickets to Blue Lapis' In Light at the Federal Courthouse Summer 2014.

    0 out of 5 claimed
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