Founder / Vertical Dancer / Aerial Yoga & Dance Instructor
Summer Davies is the Founder of Vertical Art Dance™ Co., an Aerial Arts program developer & retail provider. Vertical Art Dance™ also specializes in Remote Aerial Performances which inspires its viewers. Summer has successfully completed both level 1 & level 2 aerial yoga teacher trainings in Boulder Colorado with Aircat Aerial Yoga and holds a certificate in dance she earned from IDA Hollywood Contemporary School of Dance. She also has completed 120 hrs of remote and urban rigging training.
– Aerial arts studio owner (2014 moved from CA to UT)
– Aerial yoga, fabric & fitness instructor/performer
– Remote performance designer, choreographer and performer
– Product and systems R&D for Sterling Rope Company
Safety Coordinator / Lead Rigger
Darren, served as professional Wildland Firefighter for 9 years before Starting Alpine Training Services (ATS) in 1999. An avid Rock Climber of 30 years and the acting CVO for ATS servicing the specialty entertainment industry designing projects such as American Ninja Warrior, dare devil rigs for the Amazing Race etc. ATS is a global resource based in California.
Consequently Darren has also pioneered the sport of Canyoneering and Canyon Rescue in the United States. He also contributes his knowledge as a lead researcher and rope developer for the Sterling Rope Companies new product line. Darren hold’s a varied range of industry related training certifications and works closely with law enforcement and military teams across the country in vertical rope access and rescue training programs.
Vertical Dancer / Aerial Dance Instructor
Cheryl was first introduced to cheer and dance at the age of 9 and continued for 15 years straight. She cheered for two professional sports teams and was a choreographer and dancer for 7 years. Cheryl has also produced and hosted Fitness TV shows, infomericals, exercise DVD’s and children’s fitness programs. She has been a published columnist for over fifteen years and has been voted best personal trainer for 7 years by The Signal Newspaper. In 2001 Broughton created the Fitness Edge Boot Camp which was voted “Ultimate Boot Camp” by Elite Magazine and “Best Health Club” by the Signal News.
Cheryl co-founded the vitamin store Earth Wise Nutrition Centers and the vitamin brand Viva Vitamins in 2004. Viva Vitamins are sold in stores across the US and are made in the USA, GMP Compliant Manufacturing and are all natural.
In 2010 Cheryl was diagnosed with advanced arthritis and was told she needed both knees replaced. She said no to surgery and started taking joint supplements. It was also the day she started aerial training and has never felt so alive! Cheryl now trains, teaches and performs in Tissu, Hoop, Cube, Hammock and Trapeze and is a 2013 bronze medalist in aerial arts. Cheryl has been working with Summer and Vertical Art Dance since 2013 and is excited to share this exciting form of art with the world!
Vertical Art Dance was created in 2012 shortly after Summer attended a three month dance intensive at the International Dance Academy in Hollywood, Ca. She was inspired to share with others her passion for the aerial arts and her love for the outdoors. During a canyoneering trip to Maui Summer and Darren filmed their first remote location performance. This gave them the opportunity to not only take others into a place of beauty but to do it in a safe and controlled manner utilizing Darren’s many years of experience as a specialty rigger, and equipment designer.
In May of 2013 the Vertical Art Dance studio space became a reality and Summer created an aerial arts dance, yoga and fitness based program serving the San Dimas, Ca community. Her students learned skills on multiple aerial apparatuses as well as the importance of safety and rigging. Every three months the Vertical Art Dance students had the opportunity to perform in a student showcase which was choreographed and rigged by Summer. The studio space was closed in May of 2014 and has given Vertical Art Dance a chance to grow into what it is today.
As of 2015 Vertical Art Dance now serves the aerial community in many different ways:
- Providing education & retail “Kit” resources for aerial rigging safety, studio rigging installations and rigging workshops
- Providing free consultations to studio, gym owners & individuals to help create the perfect aerial spaces
- Inspiring practitioners & viewers the worlds most spectacular remote location performances & equipment development