Rachel discovered her love for movement art when she took her first aerial silks class at the start of 2015. Never having taken dance or gymnastics classes, it was exciting to find such joy in movement. This hobby soon turned into a passion (or maybe an obsession?) and she found herself dreaming and daydreaming about choreographing, performing, teaching, and opening her own studio.
In 2019, after years of hard work, training, conditioning, and learning, Rachel became certified to teach aerial silks. She started performing publicly when Basin Arts asked her to participate in the 2020 Window Wonderland Performance Events Downtown Lafayette. Following that show, the Stardust Acrobatics performance troupe was born.
Stardust Acrobatics is made up of 3 amazing ladies who share an affinity for dancing in the air – Erin Welch, Becca Ezekiel, and Rachel Adams. You can find them “hanging out” at Parc Sans Souci during ArtWalk, serving up champagne as “aerial bartenders” at swanky soirees, and showing off their tricks at private events and back-yard parties.
This year presented an exciting opportunity for Rachel to create her own space to practice and teach. Erin Welch, who has been teaching aerial arts in Lafayette since 2014, and Rachel ventured out on their own to open Sky Craft – Lafayette’s first & only circus arts studio. Sky Craft’s mission is to provide fun fitness opportunities to the community and make circus arts accessible to a wide demographic. One of Sky Craft’s long-term goals is to bring the concept of Social Circus to Lafayette. Social Circus uses circus arts as a tool for fostering the personal and social development of at-risk and marginalized individuals.