Ashley Higgs

Want to learn how to fly?
Saturday: noon & 2pm
Sunday: 1pm & 2pm

Come get your feet off the ground with Alpine Aerial Acrobatics! In this free hour- long workshop you will learn the basics of aerial fabrics (silks), aerial hoop (lyra) and hopefully get upside down. With us, you will learn fundamental skills of each apparatus and be able to perform a short routine! This class is designed to support people of all skill levels while safely challenging out bodies in artistic expression.

Those interested should bring water and be prepared for a workout! Fitted, stretchy clothing that covers legs, midriff, and arms is highly recommended.

This class is being offered for youth and adults at these dates and times:
Saturday: noon & 2pm
Sunday: 1pm & 2pm
Signup will be directly on the Wilkinson Public Library website starting in October.

Your instructors

Val Russell has spent more than 20 years teaching pilates, yoga, and aerial arts. An acclaimed circus-arts performer herself, she also owns and manages Alpine Aerial Acrobatics, a circus-arts school and performance company in Durango. Val has a deep appreciation for the trapeze and working with individuals with previous injury or limited abilities to gain confidence in the air!

Ashley Higgs began her circus life in 2010 at the Detroit Fly House out of Detroit, MI. With almost 5 years of practice, she joined the Detroit Circus troupe in performances for a year before taking a step back from aerial. It was then that Ashley discovered her love for the dragon staff and all things fire! After moving to Mancos, CO in 2016 Ashley was inspired once again and joined Alpine Aerial Acrobatics in 2021 where she now acts as substitute teacher and teaching assistant!

Growing up as a gymnast and a dancer, Emma Boone has always loved to be in the air and move creatively. She began her aerial training at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts and brings over fifteen years of aerial and acrobatics obsession to the Festival. Her main disciplines include trapeze, aerial silks, lyra, hand balancing and partner acrobatics. She is passionate about building inclusive and creative communities through circus education and performance art. Emma currently trains and teaches classes at Alpine Aerial Acrobatics, which has been her circus home for the past four years.

  • Schedule

    Saturday: Noon & 2pm
    Sunday: 1pm & 2pm

  • Venue

    Wilkinson Public Library In Town

  • Sign up here

    All Telluride Fire Festival events at the library are free and open to the public. Sign up here to reserve your space.