by Sean Kim
When Dana Pollard leaves for classes on Thursdays, she does not go hang with friends, or study at the library, or go home to take a nap. Pollard may seem like an average student, but beneath her schoolgirl guise is something interesting and unique. Pollard flies up in the air, flips, spins and climbs up 20 feet high and suspends. Is she a superhero? Maybe….but she is an aerialist for sure.
Dana Pollard is a third-year student at MCC-Longview. She takes singing and dance lessons hoping to be an all-round renaissance woman, but what makes Pollard unique is that she is a student of a super-performance group named Quixotic. Quixotic, also known as Quixotic Fusion, is a group that performs live shows with talented musicians, ballerinas, aerialists and more. Quixotic Fusion travels all over the world and performs at many special events including Waterfire KC and at big venues like the Midland.
At the Quixotic lessons, Pollard learns proper stretching techniques and how to climb up and down silks. She also learns to do drops and other techniques on silks at the lessons.
“It is the best part of my week,” she says. “I love Quixotic because everyone there is like family and I love being around them.”
Pollard said that eventually she wants to train and go full-time as an aerialist while picking up other skills, such as contortion, lira (large ring), and fire-spinning.
“As a teacher for Quixotic, you want to pick up several skills and be good at them,” Pollard said.
Pollard is thinking about become a teacher at the Quixotic school. She’d like to teach aerials if performing doesn’t work out.
For information about Quixotic, visit Quixoticfusion.com.