Student of the Month

May 2014
Jim Pearson
What brought you to Bumbershoot Aerial Arts?
You can't fight destiny. ...and I like to learn new things.
What is your favorite apparatus to work on?
Silks! Colors remind me of unicorns.
What is your favorite thing about Bumbershoot?
Everyone is very friendly and encouraging.
What kinds of things do you do when you aren’t hanging in the air?
I am pursuing a PhD in developmental biology. I study how neurons connect in the retina and what those connections mean.
When you are having a tough day in class, what do you tell yourself?
Much like the Vulcans of Star Trek lore, I bury my emotions and seek a logical solution to whatever obstacle is in my path. Barring that I grumble, whine, take a break, and try again.
Do you have a favorite memory from class or performing?
The discovery of rosin. I had been using chalk for indoor rock climbing and it was not effective for my sweaty hands. Rosin is a beautiful, beautiful thing.
What is your favorite music?
Chopin and Tchaikovsky have some great hits. I really dig the Swan Lake ballet score.
What advice would you give to people about Showcase?
Volunteering is fun and easy!
What classes are you taking next session?
Silks 5. It is a good group of people and the class will be awesome.
What is your philosophy of aerial and life?
Do what makes you happy, define your own meaning, and don't bother other people.
Past Students of the Month