Bon Voyage, Donnesh!

Sky Candy is super proud (and super sad!) to be bidding farewell to our beloved Studio Company member and teacher Donnesh Amrollah before too long- Donnesh is taking the next step in his circus journey and heading off for a year of intensive circus training at the New England Center for Circus Arts! Before he goes, we’ll be giving Donnesh a grand send-off with our Sky Candy Greatest Hits show, presented by the Studio Company- this show will feature┬ásome of our most popular acts from the last two years, including award-winning routines, steamy burlesque numbers, and more! You can get your tickets for Sky Candy’s Greatest Hits here, and help Donnesh out by donating to his GoFundMe!

Donnesh was kind enough to sit down with us and answer a few questions about his circus journey- check it out!

Sky Candy: How did you get started doing aerials?

Donnesh: I just woke up one day, and decided I needed to try something new. There was a Sky Candy event that showed up on my Facebook news feed, and I figured it would be fun to give the studio a try. So, I bought an Unlimited Monthly Drop-In/Open Studio Pass, went to my first Intro to Aerial Skills class with Andy Agne, and kept showing up to take classes. I wanted to experience everything Sky Candy had to offer, and once I had, I decided that I wanted to keep learning from all the great teachers.
SC: What were your biggest challenges coming in?
D: I think time was my biggest challenge, and even then it wasn’t so bad. I was a college student at the time, and schoolwork came first, but I wanted to spend whatever free time I had at the studio.
SC: What is your favorite thing about being an aerialist?
D: I love the moments when all our hard work suddenly becomes worth it. The moment we can suddenly do a skill that we believed was impossible for us, our when hours of training and rehearsing produces a beautiful performance. Most times, aerial arts boosts my confidence, and that’s not something I take for granted.
SC: What is the hardest thing for you about being an aerialist?
D: I think the hardest thing is facing doubt. We tend to be our own worse critics, and there can be moments when we feel that we’ve reached a plateau. When I feel stuck, I go through this cycle where I feel like that is the moment when I should give up, then I decide to keep trying, but I’m still stuck, try one more time, and, voila, I’m not stuck anymore. I know I am in an art form where there are new possibilities everyday, but those moments of doubt can be harsh. You just have to tell yourself, that what you are doing will be worth it.
SC: Where do you see yourself going from here?
D: Well, what’s next for me is to go to the New England Center for Circus Arts, and train in the Professional Performance Program. From there, I want to perform more, but I would really love to settle down and coach more. My ultimate dream is to use circus arts, and develop my own arts non-profit. Throughout my academia years, I was involved in service organizations that focused on at-risk youth. For a moment I walked away from a life of service, but I’ve come to realize that I can use this art to give back to my community, by offering circus as an outlet for at-risk youth to become self-empowered, and learn life skills to help them succeed in life. Where ever I am going in life, I am certain that circus and aerial arts are going to be a part of it.

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