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 four separate studios, over 15 instructors, and have added a youth program as well as hand-balancing and flexibility classes. We offer dozens of classes per week as well as open gym sessions every day. We teach a structured curriculum that has been refined over 12 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.
More than just an aerial studio, Versatile Arts is a thriving community.
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 world and is part of an international group of instructors working toward improving the quality and consistency of aerial instruction. She is a founding member of the American Circus Educators Safety Comittee. In her previous life, she spent 20 years as a software developer, and has developed a set of software tools for use in the circus industry. When not training or teaching aerial classes, she is likely to be tap-dancing, rock climbing, scuba diving, playing the piano, gardening, or spoiling her feline children.