Dancing professionally is an extremely demanding job. It requires a great amount of skill, talent and physical strength, balance and of course a creative passion. But California-based dancing company ’Bandaloop’ have given new meaning to dancing. They have literally turned the art of dancing upside down and sideways! Performing from skyscrapers or suspended from cliffs, they prefer not to be called daredevils. For over 2 decades their stages have been the sides of buildings, bridges, cliffs and billboards. Their warmups are more like rock climbing. Their unique vertical dancing style combines trapeze with abseiling pushing the limits of what can be done challenging preconceptions of the physically possible. To be able to keep their bodies perpendicular during their acts they rely on rock climbing techniques and extremely powerful abs. Hanging from a building that’s over 400 feet tall is, first of all, just scary. In addition, one has to deal with wind and pollution, things no traditional dancer would ever have to deal with’, says Amelia Rudolph, Bandaloop’s founder and artistic director. bandaThe groups initially had rock climbers and dancers when it started in 1991, but now it has more modern dancers.
Combine trapeze and abseiling techniques