From Our Editors
When Rachel Stegman opened Circus School of Arizona in 2007, she had a passion for aerial arts and a few interested students. In a few short years, word of her alternative fitness and performance classes spread swiftly, and interest boomed—today, her school boasts hundreds of graduates.
Inside the studio, vibrant silks hang from the high ceilings, holding students of all experience levels who twirl and spin above the ground. On the springy mats, others stretch, practice with their hula hoops, or refine their stage presence. Aside from its classes and camps, the school is also known for the gravity-defying magic it lends to local events. Fundraising galas, magazine launches, music festivals, and corporate events have all gotten a boost from the school's skilled performers.