In the heart of Leawood, high-flying acrobatics and intricate performances come to life at Kansas City Aerial Arts, owned by the passionate Daniel Parks. Parks recalls his first introduction to the world of aerial arts, not as a performer but as a theatrical lighting designer. His office sat just a floor above the dynamic circus training, and the allure was simply too much to resist.
“I would watch as the circus training took place right beneath my office. And every time, I thought, "I want to do that!" says Parks.
His purchase of the studio in 2016 was driven by personal experiences and a desire to share the transformative power of the arts. For anyone new, nerves or hesitations are soon replaced with warmth and assurance—the staff at Kansas City Aerial Arts are committed to ensuring everyone feels welcome, regardless of their skill level.
“We offer a fun means of fitness and an opportunity to learn something new,” Parks explains, emphasizing the importance of community and self-empowerment in what they do.
Whether you're an experienced gymnast seeking a fresh challenge or a newcomer eager to blend athleticism with artistry, Parks assures there’s a place for you. The community-focused environment encourages growth, self-expression, and personal achievement.
"Whatever your circumstances, we've witnessed countless success stories and ensure every student is given the tools to soar," he adds.
Parks' commitment to expanding accessibility and outreach is evident, from pilot programs for underserved communities to the establishment of a dedicated non-profit for fundraising and networking.
“We are in the process of adding another studio and enhancing our program offerings, especially for neurodiverse individuals,” Parks shares.
The studio takes pride in creating riveting entertainment for local events. With a rich repertoire of skills like aerial silks, trapeze and stilt walking, they promise an unforgettable spectacle tailored to your event's needs.
Kansas City Aerial Arts is located at 5001 117th Street in Leawood. For more information or to book an event, visit kansascityaerialarts.com.
Article by Allison Swan
Originally published in Leawood City Lifestyle