Student of the Month

April 2016
Mackenzie Prather
What brought you to Bumbershoot Aerial Arts?
A friend from college - She asked me to take Intro to Silks with her, and I had just moved to Saint Louis, so I figured it was a good way to make some new friends.
What is your favorite apparatus to work on?
Silks! I have taken a little everything but rope so far (it's on my list!), and silks is still my go to. I love wrap sequences and picking my instructors' brains for ways to string things together.
What is your favorite thing about Bumbershoot?
The challenges it presents to me every time I'm here - nothing progressive happens in your comfort zone. At first it was just not to be scared, and realizing I could trust my body and my brain. Now that I'm confident in the air, I love the challenge of transition - finding new ways to get to old tricks is so rewarding.

I also owe Bumbershoot a lot of body confidence. I've had broad shoulders and big arms forever, and now if someone comments on it, I say thank you, I can climb 20 feet, do a pull up, and then dive and roll back down!
What kinds of things do you do when you aren’t hanging in the air?
I'm a graphic designer. For my day job I design home decor products for stores like Hobby Lobby and Kirklands, and I launched an Etsy shop this year. I love history - I read a lot, and listen to lots of podcasts about historical people and events while I run and when I work out on the ground. For anyone else that enjoys podcasts - Stuff You Missed in History Class has great circus themed episodes in their archives!
What is your favorite dessert?
All of them, but cheesecake might be the winner.
When you are having a tough day in class, what do you tell yourself?
I am thankful to say I honestly don't have a lot of tough days in class. Even when I'm physically or mentally struggling, I'm having so much fun with my group I usually can't stay frustrated. When it does happen, I have to step back and remind myself specifically of how long it took me just to invert.
What is your favorite trick? Least favorite?
I'm a huge belay nerd. I love learning new entrances and poses, and working on moving in the loop. To go along with my love of sequences, I like stacking drops too. The first time I did Superman to Jesus to 360 was magic! I really dislike tick tock unless there's a star under it.
If you could run away to a desert island with one person from Bumbershoot who would it be?
I'd have to take my aerial other half, Sarah Schup! But a number of my coaches would be right behind her so I could spend all kinds of time learning!
Do you have a favorite memory from class or performing?
Doing First Friday was a great experience. I was way more relaxed than showcase - everyone should do it!
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