Rebecca Palmer

Specializing in Solo & Duo Aerial Hoop, Silks, Partner Acrobatics, Dance, & Contortion

Rebecca is an acclaimed performance artist and the 2016 Cirque Sport International USA Lyra Champion. Her unique and polished style is rooted in ballet, modern dance, gymnastics, circus arts and acrobatics which has been enriched by each performance, providing new inspiration and creative progression to her diverse range of acts. Rebecca’s passion for performance was sparked early on and has fueled her drive for progression and professionalism. For over twenty years, she has cultivated a rich background in performance arts by studying stage theater, circus performance, acrobatics, ballet, modern dance, ballroom, piano and music theory, competitive springboard/platform diving, gymnastics, and figure skating. In 2011 Rebecca focused her studies on aerial and circus arts perfecting performances in aerial silks, aerial hoop, lyrical dance, contortion, and partner acrobatics. Rebecca’s cross training allows her to deliver a wide range of roles, from lithe and ethereal to earthy and visceral. Vivid, extravagant movement and strong, multifaceted technique are her trademarks. In 2013, after graduating from the University of Portland with a Master of Business Administration, she utilized her strong work ethic, inspiring ambition, organizational skill, and passion for circus arts to found her performance company; Aerial Muse Collective. Based in Portland Oregon where she trains and teaches, Rebecca is available for performances, entertainment and instruction both locally and internationally.

Training Overview

Aerial Acrobatics: Since 2011, aerial tissue, aerial hoop, contortion, partner acro, 2015 NW Aerial Arts Lyra Champion

Classical Ballet: 15 years. Royal Academy of Dance, classical and modern ballet repertoire

Modern Dance: 10 years, contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop, jazz and african

Ballroom Dance: 4 years, training, competition

Partner Acro: 3 years, acro yoga, stunting, partner dance

Figure Skating: 8 years, training, competition, freestyle and ice dance

Springboard/Platform diving: 8 years, international competitor

Musical Theater: 5 years

Costume Design & Theater Make-up: 10 years

Training Highlights

2013-2016- Aerial Muse Collective- Director, Portland, OR

2015-2016- Body & Pole- Aerial hoop & silks, New York City, NY

2016-2017- Rose City Acro Devils- Core Member, Portland, OR

2016-2017- Wanderlust Circus- Guest Artist, Portland, OR

2016-2017- Fred Astaire- Flexibility & Cabaret Instructor, TIgard, OR

2016-2016- Aerial Arts NYC- Aerial hoop & Tissue Training, New York City, NY

2016-2016- Brooklyn Airspace- Aerial Tissue, Brooklyn, NY

2016-2016- OM NYC- Aerial Tissue & Hoop Partnering, New York City, NY

2014-2016- Afterglow Aerial Arts- Lyra (aerial hoop) & contortion Instructor, Portland, OR

2012-2015 - Night Flight -Aerial dance/ acrobatics, Portland, OR

2010-2015 –AWOL Dance Collective – Aerial dance/ acrobatics, Portland, OR

2008-2015- Sports & Lifestyle Unlimited- Print and film model/actress, Portland & L.A.

2011-2013- NBC’s Grimm - Stunt woman- Portland, OR

2009-2012 – Ecdysiast Pole Studio- Aerial pole/acrobatics, Portland, OR

2011-2012 – Portland Art Museum- Dancer/performance cast member, Portland, OR

2007-2010 - Vega Dance Lab – Hip hop, modern dance, Portland, OR

2007-2010 - Arthur Murray Dance Studios – Ballroom dance, Portland, OR

2004-2007- Satin & Latin Studios- Ballroom dance, Portland, OR

2007-2008 - University of Portland Musical Theater, Cast member, Portland, OR

2006-2007 - City of Roses Ballroom Championships- 1st place/ Scholarship, Portland, OR

2003-2005 – Body Vox- Ballet & modern, Portland, OR

2002-2004 - Jefferson Dancers – Company member, Portland, OR

2002-2003 – Sarah Slipper- Ballet/Contemporary, private lessons, Portland, OR

1999-2003- June Taylor School of Dance- R.A.D. Ballet, Portland, OR

1997-2002- Marjorie Soriano- R.A.D. Ballet, Lake Oswego, OR

1999-2001 - NW Children’s Theater, Musical theater cast,  Portland, OR

1998-2001 - Columbia Dance Ensemble, Dance company member, Vancouver, WA

1997-2001 – Tualatin Hills Dive Club- Springboard/Platform national & state champion

1997-2001 - Northwest Dance Theater & Vancouver Dance Theater, Ballet, Vancouver, WA

1997-2002- US Figure Skating Association- Competitive figure skater, Portland, OR

1992-1999- Neydenov Gymnastics- Competitive gymnast through level 10, Vancouver, WA