• Mindy Cochran

10 things I Love About Dance & Acrobatics That Have Nothing To Do With Dance Or Acrobatics

Updated: 6 hours ago

Levitation Nation's annual Neon Nights Dance Party. Photo Credit: Kathryn Hayes

1. Friends - There is nothing quite like a dance bestie!

2. Community - This is similar to "friends," but on much a larger level! Locally, the Levitation Nation community is a group of health minded individuals who lift each other up! We love you guys! Outside of the valley, our community includes some amazing acrobat aned pole artists who we are honored to know. To name a few:

  • ALL of the amazing peeps from MASC Studio in Missoula including:

  • Gracie Niswanger (IG tag: Gracie_inthesky)

  • Mark Bernard (@masc_markb)

  • Nicole McCauley (anchored.aerialist)

  • Britta Remes (britta_athleticarts)

  • Jupiter Everhard (IG tag: danceswithdrapes) of Bozeman

  • Jenn Bruyer (IG tag: heelhang) of Seattle

  • Emily Hellman (IG tag: emilyhellman) of Arizona

  • Tiffany Rose of California (IG tag: tiffanyrosepoledancer)

  • Morgan Gerhard of California

  • Our peeps at Dragonfly, who chose me to be an ambassador for their clothing line. This is a HUGE honor. Which bring me to my next point...

3. The clothes, <insert sigh here>! Cute pole shorts and sports bras, leg warmers and dance costumes, yes please!

4. Increased cognitive function. Winning.

5. Music. I am a lover of most kinds of music, and therefore I love being able to express my appreciation of music through movement!

6. Using dance to conquer fear: In the beginning, dancing in public, trying beginner acrobatics, and/or performing is about conquering fear.

7. Using dance for adrenaline: Once you get past the fear, the adrenaline rush that comes with performing is such a high!

8. Using dance as a REASON for nutrition and fitness: These things are important to me, but like anyone, I struggle with willpower. Dance give me the motivation I need to workout just a little bit longer, and the desire to do be in good shape for acrobatics gives me the discipline and determination to say no to the cookies that are on the counter RIGHT NOW!

9. How grip strength is just "part of the deal." Grip strength is a predictor of muscular endurance and overall health, AND those with a healthy grip have been shown to have a lower risk of heart disease and strong. Ummm hello!

10. Artistic exploration and the enhancement of my right brain hemisphere function (in charge of creativity and intuition) is a huge benefit for this left-brainer! I can honestly say my creativity is just one of many areas in my life that have been boosted thanks to dance and acrobatics!

Article by Mindy Cochran. Mindy is the founder of Kalispell's Levitation Nation Aerial Studio, where the catch phrase "fitness is fun" is embodied alongside a culture of movement & women empowerment. Mindy is also a columnist for "Montana Woman Magazine." Her column "The Real Levitation Experience" shares expertise for elevating health and wellness that she has acquired through her certifications as a personal trainer and life coach. For more about Mindy, please visit:

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