Julia Langenberg is a professional aerialist, choreographer, and teacher. Langenberg’s most notable credits include dancing on the sides of buildings with Blue Lapis Light and performing as the principal aerialist above whales and dolphins at SeaWorld San Antonio.
Langenberg is a graduate of the New England Center for Circus Art’s professional track training program, where she mastered aerial silks, lyra, bungee, trapeze, rope/harness, and expanded her expertise with experience on Chinese pole, acrobatics, tumbling, rope, sling, and an invented ground apparatus she calls a “halo.” As a dancer, Langenberg performed with several national modern dance companies and taught ballroom at the Arthur Murray Dance Studios. Langenberg also earned a vocal scholarship and graduated from St. Olaf College in vocal performance. She went on to sing with the Austin Lyric Opera and the Grammy-nominated choir, Conspirare.
In addition to her performing career, Langenberg founded the only aerial school and performance company in San Antonio. She and her teachers instruct weekly adult aerial classes, teach workshops, and perform all over the country. For the last two years, Langenberg served as an adjunct professor at Northwest Vista College, where she taught one of the only college-level aerial dance courses in the nation. She also serves as a guest aerial instructor at St. Olaf College and Palo Alto College.
Aerial dance is a captivating medium for connecting humanity through a myriad of universal feelings including struggle, strength, failure, resilience, perseverance, and joy. I believe that these qualities extend the aerial arts beyond pure entertainment. As this art form gains popularity and acceptance in the mainstream public, I strive to engage an audience at an emotional and intellectual level that rises above awe-inspiring feats of beauty.
Through my explorations in aerial fabric, I have created innovative ways of moving through the material while suspended in the air. The core of my creative process utilizes a tool called “fabric theory,” that aids in my understanding of how the fabric wraps around the body, why particular knots catch you in drops, and leads me into an endless amount of inventive material. Fabric theory, improvisation, and countless hours experimenting, all contribute to the original drops, wraps, and locks I invent. My goal is to create an entirely original act with physical material that the world has never seen before.