Emily Barber is an aerial performer and coach from southern Colorado and the founder of the aerial group, Aerial Aura. She holds a BA in political science from Patrick Henry College and enjoys thick Turkish coffee and waking up in countries she has never before visited.
Throughout high school Emily competed in martial arts and women’s wrestling, transitioning to ju jitsu and running 5ks while studying for her degree in northern Virginia. After graduation in 2010, knee injury forced her to explore other outlets to challenge herself physically and develop art in motion. A twist of fate brought her to the world of circus. Beginning with aerial straps, then moving on to fabric, hoop, and trapeze, Emily discovered and cultivated her passion for performing high above the ground. She has trained in Montreal and performs regionally throughout the year, developing solo and duo routines on fabric, hoop, trapeze, and straps.
Emily is an instructor in aerial silks, trapeze, and lyra at The Dragon Dojo Studio in Pueblo, Colorado, coaches silks at Trampoline World in Colorado Springs, and has taught workshops internationally as well. When not performing, training, or instructing aerial arts, Emily enjoys monitoring foreign politics, writing, hiking, scuba diving and drinking more coffee.