Growing up, Rebekah Leach, like many children, had high hopes of flying, soaring through the air and maybe even performing a trick or two in the process. She even considered joining the circus to fulfill this dream. Although her circus fantasies didn't pan out (lessons were too much financially and she was too busy with other activities, anyway), the idea of learning to "fly" always stayed in the back of Leach's mind.Two and a half years ago, this Cal Poly alumnus finally fulfilled this dream when she attended the Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder, Colo. She first heard about the dance form - in which dancers perform while suspended in the air by long pieces of strong fabric - after seeing a flier advertising aerial dancing in one of the Cal Poly dance rooms. She researched aerial dancing via Google while studying abroad in Thailand in spring 2005 for months, and then flew to Colorado, where she learned various aerial techniques.
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