Fringe Festival aerial slates performances


Kansas City Aerial Arts Performing Arts Company (formerly Lucia Aerial), in partnership with VidaDance, will present its Student and Apprentice Division’s show THE GREATEST SHOW AT FRINGE on July 20th(8pm), July 21st(2pm), July 22nd(6:30pm), July 25th (8pm), and July 28th(6:30pm) at the Kansas City Ballet’s Bolender Center.

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The Greatest Show at Fringeharkens back to early 1900’s when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily merged to create what they billed as “The Greatest Show on Earth.”  Combining the aerial and acrobatic feats of Kansas City Aerial Arts and the eclectic stylings of VidaDance, The Greatest Show at Fringe modernizes the three-ring circus while keeping the nostalgia of showman-ship and variety alive.  This show is sure to leave its audience both awed and inspired.

 The variety of performance in this show is one of it’s strengths, with both aerial and ground acts. Aerial soloists Melissa Bratton, Elaine Zinn, and Katie Williamson will be choreographing original pieces for this production (with the assistance of Georgeanna Layton and Kelsey Aicher).  New group numbers for this show are being choreographed by Elena Sherman, Liv Morrow, and members of the VidaDance company. Additionally, an aerial number originally choreographed for KCAA’s production Stealing Fire will be resurrected and perfected for Fringe.  Owner, Daniel Parks, is excited to direct this show for the KC Fringe Festival. Parks said, “We feel that Fringe Festival is the perfect occasion to bring the nostalgia of traditional circus to our fellow Kansas City performers.”  

 According to the KC Fringe website, “The guiding principle of Fringe Festivals worldwide involve uncensored artistic expression, accessibility and community development. Fringing encourages artists and audiences to explore boundaries and to make bold choices in the creation – or enjoyment – of art. The KC Fringe Festival’s goal is to provide artists an opportunity to create and perform new material right here in our backyard!”  KCAA is excited to be a part of the KC Fringe Festival again this year, and highly suggest attending as many performances throughout the festival as possible!

 Tickets are available online at, or at the Fringe 411 desk on the lower level of Union Station during regular business hours. Address: 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO  64108. 

Tickets are $10 for general admission + $5 Fringe Button, $5 for children (5-12) + $5 Fringe Button, and children (under 5) are free.  To attend KC Fringe shows you must purchase a button, and then your individual tickets for the shows of your choice.  After our last sold out show, we highly encourage tickets to be purchased in advance!

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IAbout: Lucia Aerial’s mission is to provide aerial and acrobatic instruction that will further athletic performing arts development in the greater Kansas City area. Their goal is to foster the incubation and maturation of our students within the performing arts alongside professional level performers. They aim to an environment where individuals work towards accomplishing their own physical, emotional, and artistic goals.  Students who have been chosen for Lucia Aerial’s Performance Company, additionally receive high level development and performance opportunities alongside professional performers.  This includes a weekly program to build teamwork and skills, specifically dance, partner acrobatics, and movement.


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