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.
We at Versatile Arts acknowledge that we operate on the unceded lands of the Duwamish People, who have inhabited these lands since time immemorial and do so to this day. We make this acknowledgement as an act of resistance to the systematic erasure of indigenous histories, and as an act of gratitude to these lands and to the Duwamish Tribe.
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.