Student of the Month

January 2015
Katherine LaMarsh
What brought you to Bumbershoot Aerial Arts?
I was gogo dancing at an event one night, and one of my co-workers/friends was hired to pour champagne for all of the party guests... hanging upside down from the ceiling, in a cross-back straddle, on red silks. After witnessing this incredible act, I knew I had to learn how to do that. I went home that night, googled "aerial silks St. Louis," and happened upon Bumbershoot. I worked up the courage to sign up for a class, and haven't missed a session since.
What is your favorite apparatus to work on?
Silks, silks, silks, oh, and silks. Preferably the black one, because it makes me look skinner.
What is your favorite thing about Bumbershoot?
My favorite thing about Bumbershoot is the exact same as every other student at Bumbershoot... the people. Words cannot even begin to describe the incredible people that are at Bumbershoot, both the students and the teachers. I have met so many life-changing people here, and have developed more genuine and endearing friendships than I can count. I have yet to encounter any form of judgment, criticism, or discouragement, and am truly grateful for everything I have had the opportunity to learn, and every single memory I have made. It's like that saying, "Friendship is like peeing your pants. Everyone can see it, but only you can feel its warmth." Well, at Bumbershoot, everyone can feel the warmth.
What kinds of things do you do when you aren’t hanging in the air?
I am slightly embarrassed to admit this publically, but I enjoy knitting and watching Bold and the Beautiful. Yes, I am an 80-year-old woman trapped in a 26-year-old body. I also enjoy traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Currently, a portion of my time is being spent wedding planning, which I quickly learned is one of my least favorite things to do... ever. (I am very indecisive)
When you are having a tough day in class, what do you tell yourself?
Keep trying/practicing. Trying to successfully do a move or drop that you are having trouble with can become very frustrating. It's always best to take a break and come back to it later, or work on conditioning the specific muscles needed to get that move.
What is your favorite trick? Least favorite?
It's a toss up between wrist wrap drop and star and a half. Both are exciting to do, and still give me a little rush when I do them.
What advice would you give to people about Showcase?
You can never have too much practice. Start early, practice often, don't be afraid to try new things, and have fun with it!
What classes are you taking next session?
I am currently in the Silks 5/6 class with the coolest people in the world, and one of my favorite teachers, Becky!
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Butter Pecan from Serendipity in Webster Groves. I highly recommend that everyone try their homemade ice cream!
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