The creative chemistry existing between the aerial dancers while performing is palpable. The unwavering trust the artists have for one another naturally produces an unbelievable beauty, leaving those of us watching in awe.
— Erica Somes

A-WOL was created in 2003 as a “Collective.” The four co-founders’ intention was to form a group that could operate efficiently by using the different strengths and skills of all company members, both on and off stage, liberating audiences from traditional ideas of what it means to dance. Mingling the worlds of dance and aerial, our dancers ignite a wonder and curiosity for what can happen when a human body takes flight. The physicality of their movement both on the floor and in the air, conveys striking fearlessness and unmistakable rigor. A-WOL dancers have been seen hanging from the trees in the middle of the forest to dangling from the ceilings of Portland’s trendiest night clubs. Hip yet sophisticated, A-WOL has a versatility of style.

Thank you for your interest in and support of A-WOL Dance Collective. See you at the show!

Professional Company

Circus Rose

This group of A-WOL aerialists, dancers and circus artists perform year round at parties, productions and community events. They are highly skilled on a variety of apparatus in the air and on the floor and ready to perform in a minutes notice. Look for them around town all glittered up soaring through the air! 

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Flyco TRaining Company

A training program for serious aerial students looking to accomplish the skills and professionalism required in the industry. This eleven month training program includes intensive aerial training, conditioning and choreography work. Using A-WOL's method of collaboration, FlyCo members produce a show for the annual Open Air Production at Director Park in downtown Portland.

"After 11 months of training in aerial arts through Awol’s FlyCo program I sit here in absolute awe and gratitude for what a profound and powerful year this has been. I have truly been transformed in body and spirit. I feel stronger and more capable than I have ever felt before. I have worked through my patterns of self doubt and sabotage. And I am left feeling unafraid. I have finally allowed myself to step into my power as an artist. And the journey has only just begun.

My heart is full of such deep gratitude for all the teachers who have supported and inspired my growth this past year. This program has been an invaluable experience and has left me so equipped to create and perform aerial art. I truly cannot even believe the amount of progress I made in only one year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Awol FlyCo!"




Zoe Kay

Sarah Parnell

Marisa Joan

Lia Ovelar

Alyssa Morse-Miller

Kaitlyn Chock

Sena Garbon

Victoria Ward

Kapu Waia’u Dancel

Dez Sevigny


Alicia Doerrie
Angela Bryant
Kate Law
Amaya Alvarado

Aeros Youth Training Company

Aeros is A-WOL's pre-professional youth training company, a program designed to provide an advanced training ground for young aerialists seeking pre-professional instruction. The members of the program are invited to participate in specialized rehearsals, classes, and performance opportunities. Aeros offers a supportive and disciplined environment with coaches that are committed to fostering a positive spirit and a high expectation for learning and excelling in the aerial arts. 

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Board of Directors

Jen Livengood

Julie Hoel Barnes

Elizabeth Grulke

James Anthony

Suzan Superstein

Kris Homsi