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About Nina

Nina Charity is an Aerial Dancer and Choreographer with a background in competitive figure skating. She received her BA in Dance from University of Maryland and went on to perform professionally with aerial dance companies Air Dance Bernasconi and AirBorne DC from 2006 to 2011, and Ascension Arts and Radiant Hoops since 2011. She currently acts as Artistic Director of Baltimore Aerial Dance, a cutting edge aerial dance company that has its foundation in Modern and Contemporary ground movement with... more

Limitless

This Aerial Dance Duet was choreography by Nina Charity for the Intersections Festival at The Atlas Theater; a fundraiser for Zip Zap Circus. Zip Zap Circus is based out of Cape Town, South Africa and Washington, DC. They focus circus education on youth and use circus to teach life lessons, team work, and health education. This show was curated by Jonathan Deull, a well know rigger in the circus world. Zip Zap is close to Jonathan's heart because is daughter Sara would travel to Capetown every summer to train and work with Zip Zap.

This dance explores Aerial Silks as a dance instead of a circus apparatus and combines skills that were developed through exploration with Ann Berhends and my partner, the Aerial Silks. By viewing the Silks as your partner their a unlimited possibilities to the variations and timing of the movement. This is my love, my movement, and like the mind body connection in yoga this too will take me to "limitless" possibilities.

15 Steps

Nina choreographed this dance for the Intersection Festival at the Atlas Theater for the Zip Zap Circus benefit show in the spring of 2012. Zip Zap Circus is based out of Cape Town, South Africa and Washington, DC. They focus circus education on youth and use circus to teach life lessons, team work, and health education. This show was curated by Jonathan Deull, a well know rigger in the circus world. Zip Zap is close to Jonathan's heart because is daughter Sara would travel to Capetown every summer to train and work with Zip Zap.

The apparatus used was invented by Nina specifically for this show because it could hold all 6 dancers in the act. The basis of the dance was chaos and watching the unraveling come back together in the end. Dancers were Nina Charity, Kelly Jo Stull, Lauren Ross, Eleanor Hall, Grace O'Neill and Thomas Martin

Night of the Dancing Flame

This solo act choreographed performed and choreographed by Nina Charity was developed for the Baltimore Aerial Alley Festival in the Load of Fun graffiti alley way. Show was produced by Mara Neimanis and showcased local aerial artists from the Baltimore area. Song choreographed to was Night of the Dancing Flame by Roisin Murphy. Nina has had the privilege of performing this dance not only at the Baltimore Alley Festival but, at the Intersections Festival preview in 2011, The Mobtown Ballroom variety show and the Gaithersburg Fall Festival.

Crazy Coconuts

Full length student showcase directed and choreographed by Nina Charity with the help of some student dancers. The dance crazy coconuts was originally choreographed for the Towson University Dance Departments Aerial Repertory class. After developing the concept of the dance, Nina decided to turn it into the full length show.

Fly on the Wall

Choreographed for the 3rd Annual Baltimore Alley Aerial Festival in the Graffiti Alleyway in Baltimore, MD. This dance was choreographed around the colorful art surrounding this amazing festival and to showcase how graffiti could be combined with circus and aerial dance. Song is by Santigold, graffiti by Alco and choreography, concept, performed by Nina Charity.

Pop Art in Action

Concept, costuming and photo shoot developed by Nina Charity in conjunction with Kelly Jo Stull. This idea was created for Artscape, Baltimore's largest art festival. This year was Nina's 5th year partnering up with Kelly Jo Stull as Ascension Aerial Arts. The duo is know for creative choreography, costuming, and a 45 min show in that Baltimore summer heat. Pop Art in Action was developed because Nina wanted to pay homage to artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. This protect took Pop Art and brought it to life with its limitless heights.

Aerial Dinner Theater

Fundraiser for Baltimore Aerial Dance at 2640 Space in Charles Village. Nina directed this show to raise money for the start of Baltimore Aerial Dance (BAD). All of the funds raised through ticket sales and the silent auction went to replacing the equipment in the former home of BAD, Coppermine Fieldhouse, in order to hold weekly classes in the space.

Finding Forever

Choreographed for the first Intersections Festival at the Atlas Theater for Zip Zap Circus. This dance was choreographed on members of Air Dance Bernasconi. Zip Zap Circus is based out of Cape Town, South Africa and Washington, DC. They focus circus education on youth and use circus to teach life lessons, team work, and health education. This show was curated by Jonathan Deull, a well know rigger in the circus world. Zip Zap is close to Jonathan's heart because is daughter Sara would travel to Capetown every summer to train and work with Zip Zap.

Nina's other job is working for the Baltimore County Department of Aging where she personal trains Senior citizens at 13 senior center around the county. When she developed this dance she was working at Blakehurst Retirement home where she was able to see the aging process and watching that process inspired her to create this aerial dance on rope & harness and rolling walkers. Aging is inevitable so, embracing it and loving every moment of it important.

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