Warmest Welcome to our newest Aerial instructor Hillary! *Hillary Bassoff is beyond excited to share her passion for the aerial arts. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and was a performer and specialty choreographer for the UCSB Dance Company touring throughout California and Europe. While in Europe, she was selected as a guest instructor for a master dance class at an arts boarding school in Prague. As a soloist in the company, she was honored as the recipient of the prestigious Alice Condodina Performance Award and was chosen to be a guest artist for Santa Barbara Dance Theater.
In 2011, she took her very first aerial dance class at Smoke & Mirrors Pole Fitness and discovered her love for pole dancing. As this passion grew, she began expanding her knowledge and exploring other forms of the aerial world such as aerial fabric, lyra, hammock, trapeze, and cube. She continued her aerial training at the Santa Barbara Centre for Aerial Dance, Body & Pole in New York City, and Aerial Arts New York City, before moving back to Orange County to pursue her artistic career.
Starting in 2014, she performed independently for private parties and corporate events, and was invited to be a member of Ruby Karen's Circo Etereo Professional Company specializing in aerial arts, circus acts, and dance choreography. She was involved in choreographing and performing aerial silks, acrobatic, and ground routines for various special events, weddings, birthday parties, and festivals in the Orange County and Los Angeles area. She cannot be more thrilled to come full circle and join the family at Smoke & Mirrors Pole Fitness. She is excited to be doing what she loves and hopes her choreography of combining contemporary dance with aerial artistry inspires both dancers and non-dancers alike. @hillary_brooke