Beverly Sobelman has been obsessed with the aerial arts since her first class in 2003. She has trained with many top-notch aerialists around the US and Australia, including Elsie and Serenity Smith, Eric Newton, Terry Crane, Helene Turcotte, Helene Embling, Laura Stokes, and Cohdi Harrell. She has also gone through teacher training at NECCA (the New England Center for Circus Arts) and is part of a newly-formed group of aerial instructors working toward improving the quality and consistency of aerial training nationwide. In her previous life, she spent 18 years as a software developer, and has recently begun developing a set of software tools for use in the circus industry. When not training or teaching aerials, she is likely to be tap-dancing, singing, playing the piano, biking, gardening, or spoiling her three feline children.
Versatile Arts was established in early 2007 as Seattle’s first full-time school dedicated to aerial arts for adults. Starting out in a shared studio with a dozen students, VA quickly outgrew that space and moved into our own facility in August of 2008. We now have three separate studios, ten instructors, and offer 15-20 classes per week as well as open gym sessions every day. We teach a structured curriculum that has been refined over 5 years of operation, and we stress safety and control at all levels of instruction. But we also love to have fun – with monthly shows, improv contests, dance parties, and clothing exchanges.