Tanya Brno

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Part stardust, part showgirl, Tanya has been honing her lifetime body of artistic work from a young age. After pursuing classical piano and opera, she discovered ballet, which consumed many years of her developmental period. Spending summers at prestigious and highly competitive schools such as San Francisco Ballet School and School of American Ballet (New York City), she blew into town at the age of 16 to study on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and knew she’d found her home. Since then, she has had many adventures, played in a band, earned a degree from the University of Washington, and become one of the most sought-after aerial performers in town. Now in her 9th year of aerial work, she loves the circus arts more than ever. It is the perfect medium to combine her amassed classical training with the elegance, joy, and freedom she imbues into her art. Currently teaching, training, and sculpting movement into art at Versatile Arts as well as SANCA, she can also be found in residence at The Pink Door Monday nights as well as Club Q Saturdays. She has performed with the Aerialistas, Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theater in Ireland, and The Acrobatic Conundrum, where they performed original work at the first annual Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival in 2014. Upon her return, she joined the cast of The Atomic Bombshells as a permanent member, and is creating new work with them. To see Tanya perform is to watch a world unfold where are things are possible, and light and shadow are both given their due. Blending classical lines with sensual drama and possessing a formidable strength to flexibility ratio, she is an aerial storyteller, a dream guide, a pin up girl, and provocateur.

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