Iluminar Aerial, based in Broomfield, is a professional aerial dance and circus arts company specializing in performance and education under the direction of Emmy and Travis Moon. Iluminar strives to move aerial dance into a respected and recognized dance genre by combining technical dance into the vertical space. Created in the summer of 2011, Iluminar provides an artistic outlet and community for artists to feed their passion in the art of aerial dance and circus arts.
Iluminar’s professional company is made up of technically trained ground dancers who have professional training in the aerial arts. Company dancers are contracted each season and are required to audition with an aerial dance solo. Under the Artistic Direction of Emmy Moon, Iluminar’s professional company excels in creating full length aerial dance productions that focus on high level circus and dance skills while incorporating theatrical stage elements like props, stage design, and custom made costumes. Past productions have included Long Lost, Long Before and Nightmare in the Air. Iluminar is currently in the process of creating a brand new production that will premier in Denver in April 2017.
TOO is Iluminar’s highest commitment level youth performance company that focuses on the creation of full length theatrical productions in a team based atmosphere. Company members focus their hard work on creating a full length, theatrical production which is performed at a professional theatre at the end of their season. TOO members participate in their own full length production as well as being guest performers in Iluminar’s Professional Company production. TOO members also perform in events around the Boulder/Denver area and in Iluminar’s studio shows. TOO is an audition based, contract program with the requirement of at least 8 hours of training a week.
This performance company will offer students the ability to take their love for the circus arts to the next level, without having to sacrifice too much of their free time. The Flyers will focus on the creation of aerial acts in a fun and experimental environment while learning the importance of teamwork. This company will meet for 6 hours a week over a 8 month contracted period, working on choreography for two to three shows throughout the season. The program also includes aerial, and ground dance classes throughout the week.
Iluminar Aerial’s Cirque Stars is an excitement-filled company geared towards kids 5-10 years of age. The company will meet for 3 hours a week, learning aerial and dance technique, as well as ground and partner-based acrobatics. The students will work together over a 3 month session to build a show that will be performed at Iluminar Aerial’s studio under the stage lights. The program is great for both kids that are brand new to aerial but have a drive to perform, as well as students that have already started classes and are ready for the next step. This 3 hour a week performance company is perfect for those busy families as well!
Adult Student Company (ASC)
Iluminar’s adult student company provides a creative outlet for adults still learning the craft of aerial dance. ASC is an audition based, contract program with the requirement of at least 4.25 hours of training a week. ASC is contracted for the performance season from September through May with multiple performance opportunities throughout the season.
provides weekly aerial technique and fitness classes for kids and adults starting at age 5 and up. We also provide a mobile fitness program at schools in the Denver and Boulder area with programs such as aerial, ground circus, gymnastics, dance and sports. Our programs have been and are presently being offered at the International School of Denver, the Montessori School of Denver, Kent Denver School, Denver Jewish Day School, Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, and the Bixby School.
Aerial Dance Residencies
Our aerial dance residencies are offered for dance departments at universities, colleges and magnet fine art schools. See our “Residency Program” page under the Outreach tab for more information.
Our company has performed at the following venues:
Bellco Theatre at the Colorado Convention Center
Wildlife Experience in Parker, CO
Robert G. Weiland Center in Lakewood, CO
Denver Hilton Castle Hotel
Denver City Hall Events Center
Mile High Events Venue in Denver, CO
Collin College University in Plano, TX
Wings Over the Rockies Museum in Denver, CO
J.W Marriott Hotel Denver, CO
Mount Vernon Country Club in Golden, CO
Kenan Event Center, Lockport Exchange Circus in Lockport, NY
Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, CO
St. Regis Hotel and Event Center in Aspen, CO
Golden First Fridays- Golden, CO
Littleton Summer Block Party- Littleton, CO
Vehicle Vault Grand Opening Celebration in Parker, CO
Wedding Wars Event in Parker, CO
New Year’s Eve Event in Jackson Hole, WY
Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO
Broomfield Days in Broomfield, CO
Lafayette Arts Walk in Lafayette, CO
Howl at the Moon -Aspen Creek School in Broomfield, CO