Adventures of an aerialist

Kansas City aerialist Rachel McMeachin performs. Photo courtesy of Rachel McMeachin.

I’ve always wanted to be a performer. Put me in front of a crowd and I’ll do my best to entertain, although I can’t claim to be a singer, a dancer or an actress.

Instead I live vicariously through those who make their living on stage, and that’s why this week’s Odd Jobs profile for proved endlessly fascinating. Rachel McMeachin, a founding member of Kansas City’s aerial performance troupe Voler – Thieves of Flight, has a performance background that’s as varied as her costume wardrobe, which she says is bursting out of her closet.

When Rachel isn’t performing, she spends her time teaching aerial techniques from her West Bottoms loft. My new goal? To develop enough upper-body strength that I can enroll in her beginners’ level. I don’t expect to fly through the air with the greatest of ease. Instead, I’ll leave that to the experts.

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