I own the premiere and elite aerial and pole studio in Santa Cruz, CA (Aerial Arts Santa Cruz). I am a level 5 pole and aerial competitor and train students at the studio in competition and performance.
I have another company, Stellaria Productions, that features full-length aerial and dance musicals.
I have choreographed and/or performed in: New York, France, Italy, Mexico and L.A. for Super Bowl XXXVII, the 2004 NBA Summer Pro League, Disneyland's Dance the Magic Parade, the Norwegian Cruiseline's Gem, the GLEE! Project, T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland: The Musical, an ABA basketball team, Club Maeva, Club Med, Santa Cruz Fringe Festival, Chelsea Opera, the Key Club and Times Square Theater.
So thankful that Jeanette was able to participate in celebrating my 43 birthday. She was always prompt with follow up and was flexible when plans changed. She is beautiful and strong and encouraged us too all see the strength in ourselves. Fabulous teacher!
Response from Jeanette Bent:
Hi Cindy! Thank you for the kind words and fabulous birthday bash last night. You and your ladies were such a pleasure to teach and so much fun to be around! Thank you :)
Price Range: $200 and up
Gig Length: 45 - 90 minutes
Languages: English, French
Insurance: $1,000,000 - I have specialty insurance that covers anyone performing under the Aerial Arts Santa Cruz name.
Unions: Society Of Stage Directors And Choreographers
What to Expect
I specialize in creating a fantastical environment through original and innovative new musicals as well as dance and cirque theatre.
Whether hired as a solo artist, a choreographer and/or a full-length production musical, I believe in creating works that leave audiences breathless and craving more. My favorite thing to hear is, "I wanted it to go on forever!"
As a level 5 aerial and pole competitor, I take training, skill level and technique very seriously. I provide unique and dynamic elements throughout all of my routines and strive to uphold high standards of performance quality and professionalism.
As the owner of Stellaria Productions, I curate professional live shows for theme parks, cruiseships, resorts and concerts as well as smaller venues such as community theaters, colleges and company events. There is no event or client too grand or too modest for Stellaria.
As the owner of Aerial Arts Santa Cruz, I dedicate my teaching and facility to cultivating talented performers and professionals in the industry. I choreography daily to keep current in the aerial and dance community.
My name is Jeanette Bent and I am the owner of Aerial Arts Santa Cruz and Stellaria Productions. I create original large-scale aerial and dance musical theatre productions for cruiseships, casinos, theme parks, resorts and concerts. I also train students interested in performing and competing, as well as work with professionals on choreography and performance.
I've placed 3rd in Pole Sport's National Competition (2013), 2nd in Aerial Arts America's West Coast Competition (2013) and 1st in Pole Dance America's Regional Competition (2014). All of my divisions were Professional Level.
I am available to work as 1. an aerial and/or pole performer, and dancer (20 years of experience)
2. a choreographer for aerial, pole and/or dance projects, as well as
3. providing full-length aerial and dance musical theatre shows
Please take a look at my resume below and contact me with any questions or bookings that you may have.
Thank you very much!!
Choreography & Teaching:
Director of the Santa Cruz Aerial Playground & aerial hammock, Lyra, hoop dance and pole instructor, Sept 2012 – Sept 2013
Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA, guest hip-hop choreographer, Sept 2012 – Nov 2012
MainStage Kids at Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA, musical theatre choreographer, Nov 2011 – Aug 2012
Pole Position Fitness, Long Beach, CA, pole, Zumba, hoop dance instructor, Nov 2011 – Aug 2012
24 Hour Fitness, O.C. and L.A. Counties, CA; N.Y.C., NY, dance, PiYo, BodyFlow Zumba instructor, Jan 2003–Aug 2012
The Glee Project’s “ELEMENTARY POP!” N.Y.C., NY, choreographer, July 2011
Silhouette Dance Studio, Staten Island, NY, dance teacher, Sept 2010 – May 2011
SHOCKra Studio, N.Y.C., NY, aerial pole fitness, Zumba and dance instructor, Sept 2010 – Feb 2011
From Mind to Body, New York City, NY, regional manager and pole dance instructor, Feb 2010 – Oct 2010
Movement Research Open Performance, Dance Theater Workshop, N.Y.C., NY, choreographer and performer, June 2010
“T.S. Eliot: A New Musical,” N.Y.C., NY, choreographer, May – June 2010
DNA’s “ChoreoLab,” Dance New Amsterdam, N.Y.C., NY, choreographer and performer, Nov 2009
LAVA Love’s “Night of the Renegades,” Lava LOVE, Brooklyn, NY, choreographer and performer, Nov 2009
Moving Beauty’s “Dance Lab,” Nicu's Spoon Theater, N.Y.C., NY, choreographer and performer, Sept 2009
Club Med, Cancun, Mexico; Turks & Caicos Islands; Port St. Lucie, FL, choreographer and director, April 2008 – Aug 2009
Club Maeva, Manzanillo, Mexico, assistant choreographer, Sept 2007 – March 2008
ProDanza USA/Italia's “Romeo & Juliet”; “Gala,” Montescudaio; Castiglioncello, Italy, choreographer and performer, July 2006
Rock Kidz Theater, Santa Monica, CA, choreographer, July 2005
Fulton Elementary School, L.A., CA, choreographer, May 2005
ICE nightclub, West L.A., CA, choreographer, July 2004
Model's Guide “Runway Fashion Show,” Santa Monica, CA, choreographer, Oct 2002
Crcus (contortion, pole, lyra, hammock, silks, static trapeze):
“Cabaret,” Motion at the Mill, Santa Cruz, CA, pole acrobatics, Dec 2013
“National Dance Week,” Downtown, Santa Cruz, CA, double aerial site-specific pole acrobatics, April 2013
“Culture Caliente,” Mello Center, Watsonville, CA, aerial hoop, March 2013, April 2014
“Circus Cabaret,” The 418 Project, Santa Cruz, CA, double aerial hoop performer, Nov 2012
“Santa Cruz Open Streets Festival,” West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA, aerial pole and hoop dance demonstrator, Oct 2012, 2013
“The Seven Deadly Sins,” Key Club, West Hollywood, CA, aerial hoop performer and dancer, May 2012
“Pole Dance Music Video [for KCW Studios],” Alhambra, CA, acro-pole dancer, April 2012
“FIGMENT,” Governor's Island, NY, contortionist and hula hoop performer, June 2010
“Brick City Burlesque,” Hell's Kitchen Lounge, Newark, NJ, contortionist and aerial pole performer, Feb 2010 – June 2010
“Wonderland,” Time Square Arts Center, N.Y.C., NY, contortionist and aerial pole performer, April 2010
“Insomnia,” La Poisson Rouge, N.Y.C., NY, contortionist, Jan 2010
“Original Cyn,” Lucky 13 Saloon, Brooklyn, NY, aerial pole dancer, Jan 2010
“TSNY IFW show,” Trapeze School New York, N.Y.C., NY, Lyra performer, Dec 2009
Club Med, Cancun, MX; Turks & Caicos Islands; Port St. Lucie, FL, hammock, static trapeze and silks performer, April 2008 –Aug 2009
Dance Theatre & Burlesque:
“IAD’s Nutcracker,” Crocker Theater, Santa Cruz, CA, dancer and aerialist, Nov 2012
“You Can’t Call Me That … Word,” Piccolo Books (Howard Hughes Center), L.A., CA, choreographer and performer, May 2012
“One Night Stand,” Sapphire Lounge, N.Y.C., NY, contortionist and burlesque performer, Nov 2009; Jan – March 2010
“Wham! Bam! Variety Hour,” The Delancey, N.Y.C., NY, burlesque performer, Jan 2010
“Kitty Nights Burlesque,” Bar on A, N.Y.C., NY, burlesque performer, Nov 2009 – Jan 2010
“Tingle Tangle,” Ella Lounge, N.Y.C., NY, burlesque performer, Dec 2009
New York City School of Burlesque’s “Student Showcase”; “Sloppy Seconds,” The Slipper Room, N.Y.C., NY, Oct – Dec 2009
California State University, Long Beach’s “Student Showcase,” Long Beach, CA, tap, pointe and jazz dancer, May 2007
“Fashion Show”; “Competition de Danse”; “Sun Force Gala,” Arles; Marseille; Aix-en-Provence, France, hip hop, raggaeton, house and jazz
dancer, Oct 2005; Jan 2005; June 2006
The O.C. Fair; NBA Summer Pro League’s “Half-time Show,” O.C.; Long Beach, CA, hip hop and jazz dancer, June 2004
Grand Opening Macy's, “Capitola Runway Fashion Show,” Capitola, CA, jazz, hip hop and salsa dancer, May 2002
Extra & Background Dancer:
Budweiser’s “The Perfect Match” Commercial
Everclear’s “Be Careful What You Ask For” Music Video
Timbaland’s “Hands Up In The Air” Music Video
Franklin & Bash, Season 2 Finale
Nickelback’s “Trying Not To Love You” Music Video
Cheer & Dance:
Predators/Code Red Dancers (RAFL), Monsignor Farrell H.S. Alumni Stadium, Staten Island, NY, dancer/cheerleader, Apr2010 – Apr2011
The Buzz/The Honeybees Dancers (ABA), Maywood Activity Center, Maywood, CA, choreographer, Sept. 2006 – March 2007
Super Bowl XXXVII, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA, pre-game and half-time show dancer, Dec. 2002 – Jan. 2003
Dance Troupes & Companies:
Diaspora Dance Company (The Tannery Arts Center), Santa Cruz, CA, performer, September 2012 – October 2013
Dirty Little Secrets, Huntington Beach, CA, performer, Jan. 2012 – August 2012
Birdlesque, New York City, NY, creative director, Oct. 2009 – June 2010
Sun Force, Aix-en-Provence, France, dancer, Sept. 2005 – June 2006
Fusion, Westminster, CA, dancer, Jan. 2004 – October 2004
New Boom Squad; City Heat, Santa Cruz, CA, dancer, September 2000 – June 2001; September 2001 – June 2002
The Coastlands (church) V.B.S. Dance Squad, Aptos, CA, dancer, May – June 1998
Additional Booking Notes
I have an in-house tech team who run light, sound and stage management, but am very open to working with other theatre technicians on various projects. We have two professionals who are deemed competent riggers, but non in-house that are certified riggers. If a certified rigger is needed, there is an additional cost.
I can provide my own equipment on most occasions. Please specify if this is needed. Additional costs may apply.
Past Booked Events
|June 02, 2016–June 03, 2016 • 11:00pm - 1:00am||Nightclub Event|
|September 12, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
|April 18, 2015||Quinceañera|
I have over 20 original shows that are production-ready and can create shows for specific projects upon request.
Please contact me with specific needs.
Influences & Inspiration
Cirque du Soleil, Twyla Tharp, Tim Burton, Julie Taymor and Alvin Ailey have all been very inspirational to me as an artist.