In this multi series episode of Live Like An Acrobat host Shenea Stiletto will bring you powerful stories of black acrobaticgymnasts in an effort to convey to listeners that their experiences of racism, bias, and inequality within acrobaticgymnastics matter. Each special guest, which this first part episode will include Brandon Cephas, Cameron Jones and Jordan Jones, intends to effectuate fundamental change within Acrobaticgymnastics and USA Gymnastics as a whole by sharing their experiences and advocating for radical reform within the organization when it comes to racial injustice.
I had a lot of hair that I had to get cut because it didn’t fit the criteria of what acrobats should have, and I was a little bothered by that, I understand presentable, but to be your hair can be in a lot of different ways besides just a crew cut hair cut. That was one of the things that actually meant a lot while competing in the sport.
It was like these are the rules and if you want to do the sport you have to follow these rules. So I did what I was told, because I loved the sport more than trying to have a cultural change at that time. Looking back I probably would have done things differently.
On this episode of Live Like An Acrobat Shenea Stiletto announces her Circuspreneur Blog and speaks with her first ever special guest an innovator in the aerial fitness world Aerial Fitness Bodies founder Stuart McKenzie. Stuart McKenzie is a World Renowned Acrobaticgymnast and decades long Cirque Du Soleil performer. His Cirque appearances include Saltimbanco, Kooza, Kurios, and Mystere. He most recently launched his online aerial fitness business ‘Aerial Fitness Bodies’ where he has developed a home & travel friendly hand loop fitness strap for the cirque community & fitness demographics.
Shenea Stiletto: Hi Stuart, or Stu, thank you so much for taking the time to speak on live like an acrobat. How are you today?
Stu McKenzie does awesome collaborations with some of the most professional circus artists out there and has a fantastic YouTube page that serves up tons of free content with straightforward and clear instructional tutorials. Check out what AFB is all about and subscribe to his YOUTUBE Page for daily Shoutouts that AFB receives from some of the best in the business.
Stu went viral earlier this year while doing a public stunt with famed photographer Jordan Matter. Watch Stu & and fellow Cirque artists attempt to perform all over NYC during the lockdown. Their efforts gained traction to bring much needed attention to the circus arts industry that has struggled during the pandemic.