“Slowmentum” Aerial Retreat in Beautiful Costa Rica


Channel your inner sloth on rope, fabric, & dance trapeze.


Defy gravity and slow your roll during the ultimate train-cation with rope zealots Jessica John and Molly Graves! Join us for a week-long feast of aerial rope with a side of fabric and dance trapeze. Channel your inner sloth as we slow down and analyze tricky momentum pathways while also geeking out on sneaky ways to safely slo-mo our way through complex dynamic skills. And while there will be plenty of R&R mixed with your rope, taking it slow doesn’t have to mean taking it easy! Areas of focus will include the biomechanics and body control involved in challenging techniques such as c-shaping and roll-ups, a lazy breakdown of beat pathways, and “flo-mentum” sequences that blur the lines between fast, dynamic movement and slo-mo flow. In our downtime, we will take inspiration from our sloth role models at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary.


Any intermediate to advanced level student with a regular vertical practice who wants to play to their slo-mo strengths while gaining greater understanding of momentum pathways. Prereqs: straight-arm inversion, knowledge of basic beats, clean wheel down and 3-sec one-arm hang. Hanging by 3 toes not required. Especially geared for folks who use “sloth” as a verb.  


Early Bird, pricing is $2085 Until October 1 2019.

Veteran or bring a friend pricing is $2125

Regular price is $2285

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Secure your spot by sending $350 deposit to Dances In Air Noting "Slowmentum" with your payment. 


You can make payments until 1 month before the retreat unless otherwise agreed upon. 

Payment is best in cash, check, Venmo, or Cash App. 



Venmo @dancesinair


or make checks payable to Dances In Air and send to 3505 Old Ivy Lane NE Atlanta, GA 30342

Got questions? Feel Free to call, text, or email:




Jessica John @cordelisse



Molly Graves @aerialrope


Check out their websites and follow them on Instagram!




New Orleans-native Jessica John is an ardent movement researcher and multidisciplinary aerialist who specializes in aerial rope, aerial fabric, and dance trapeze. She is best known for her work challenging gender norms and blending circus, dance, and performance art through non-narrative structures. Jessica is the founder and director of Alter Circus, a feminist contemporary circus and performance company. She was introduced to aerial rope by Toronto-based dancer Brandy Leary and performed in her 2014 celebrated work Cascade, a large scale durational aerial choreography. Jessica has gone on to produce and direct numerous award-winning collaborative and solo works. In 2019, she was selected to participate in Circus Sessions, a weeklong circus laboratory and think-tank of internationally renowned circus artists, instructors, and researchers.


Jessica’s coaching style emphasizes strength and innovation, and employs techniques learned as a GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® trainer and through a decade of research spanning the globe. Jessica, a former lawyer and intelligence analyst, take an intellectual approach to movement, using novel progressions and ground-based educatives to find biomechanical advantage and minimize actual and perceived effort. She has taught circus and flexibility workshops and retreats across North America. Previous students have been accepted into camps like Circus Smirkus, professional programs at Ecole Nationale de Cirque, New England Center for Circus Arts, and San Diego Circus Center, and competitions and festivals like Cirque du Demain, Circus Stars USA, and the Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival.


Formerly residing in Washington, DC, Jessica is newly based in Corvallis, OR, and looks forward to continuing coaching and creating in Oregon.


IG: @cordelisse


Molly Graves is a Tennessee native who boasts a life-long interest in all things acrobatic. She currently resides in Brattleboro, VT, where she coaches on faculty with the ProTrack Professional Training Program at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA). Molly’s additional teaching credits include the International Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder, CO; the International Rope Meeting in Barcelona, Spain; East Coast Aerial Arts Festival and Carolina Aerial & Dance Exchange in Charlotte, NC; Atlanta Aerial Arts Festival and collaborations with Susan Murphy at The Marsh Studio in Darien, GA.


While she enjoys spending time on aerial fabric and trapeze, Molly is especially drawn to the simplicity and elegance of aerial rope. She has performed as a guest artist with Acrobatic Conundrum; at Circus Now’s International Contemporary Circus Exposure in NY; and at the International Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival in Denver, CO, where she was awarded “Best Technical Performance” for her aerial rope act in 2014. Additionally, Molly counts herself lucky to be a member of the inspiring & empowering companies Girls on Trapeze and Big Teeth Performance Collective.


IG: @aerialrope 


The accommodations at Airborne Arts are designed to create community. They are usually 2-5 persons to a shared room.

This retreat is an opportunity to visit one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful areas. Immerse yourself in nature while making new friends by staying at Airborne Arts.

There are several accommodation types:

Aerial studio guest dorm

(sleeps 1-5)

This room overlooks breathtaking views of waterfalls and valley. Awaken to the sound of birds singing and howler monkeys chit chatting, all while maintaining comfort and privacy . Includes a bathroom with shower.

Avalon Guest Room

(sleeps 1-5)

This room has an extra large sliding glass door overlooking a magnificent view of the Baru Valley and Manuel Antonio. It comes with it's own separate custom designed bathroom that gives you the feel of showering in a rainforest. 

Lotus Belle Glamping Tents 

(3 tents sleep up to 3 each)

These tents are spacious, airy and oh, so beautiful. Comes with a separate bathroom. For an even more natural experience.

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Airfare is not included. 

You will fly into SJO by 10am on April 17, 2020. We will scoop you up from the airport and bring you all the way to Airborne Arts!

You will be returned to the airport on April 24, please get airfare for after 4pm. 

If this doesn’t align with flights, I suggest you stay overnight: (in fact this makes travel days more restful)


-Fauna luxury hostel https://www.faunahostel.com (an uber away from the airport) for about $12-25/ room 


-Hotel los volcanes also comes recommended at  $52/room (closer to airport) www.hotellosvolcanes.com




-Stay next to SJO with a free shuttle ride for about $85/ room.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Melissa at



Dances In Air, llc

3505 Old Ivy Lane NE

Atlanta, GA 30342


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