“Aerial Dance” as a separate dance form first became popular during the 1970’s in the United States as a type of modern dance. Off-the-ground dancing could be traced back to as early as 18th century when Charles Didelot rigged up dancers to ropes so that they could briefly ‘fly’ during performances making it an ethereal and awe-inspiring spectacle to watch.
However, the origin of the modern “aerial dance” is quite new and the evolution of the dance form started in 1960’s- an era in which modern dance began evolving from the traditional to the post-modern.
It attained most popularity is the following decade with influences from artists such as Terry Sendgraff. She brought the ‘trapeze’ in the limelight by introducing the world to her new-found art on her 42nd birthday. According to Terry’s website, she was able to hold more than 200 concerts since the 70’s