Alicia Dawn

Aerialist, Contortionist, Performance Artist

Nashville's premier, award-winning circus arts performer and instructor.

Alicia is beautiful and inspiring both on and offstage. She strives for excellence with a brilliant smile and brightens the day of those lucky enough to work with her or watch her perform
— Amy Nash, "Circus Amy"
(Alicia Dawn) speaks the words of the story, but her body screams the same, becoming not only the medium and subtext for her art, but also its punctuation.
— Excerpt from "Circus Arts with Heart: HerSelf Rises (And We Are Lifted)" by Steele Campbell, on Alicia Dawn's original contortion performance for the Girls On Trapeze "Herself Rising" tour.
I’ve had the pleasure of both training and performing with Alicia. She creates a professional and safe environment as an instructor and I would highly recommend her for any level student. The knowledge and passion she has of her craft are easily seen in both her performances and her classes. If you have the chance to watch her perform, I promise she will blow you away with her beautiful yet daring acts!
— Jolene Theresa
I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderfully talented, glowing (…) camera ready personality than (Alicia Dawn)
— "Contorture" creator Jonathan Nosan, New York NY
Alicia Dawn exemplifies grace, strength and vulnerability in the execution of her art form. Ms. Dawn is fiercely creative, completely professional, and a circus power house!!
— Gwynne Flanagan, Washington DC
I had a passion to try silks. But was nervous (....) I signed up for Alicia’s beginners silks class and I have been amazed at what I can actually do! Alicia is one of the sweetest most upbeat people! She is encouraging and makes class super fun! I always get so sad when I’m sick and can’t make it to class! I truly look forward to it every week and that is honestly thanks to Alicia!
— Schyler Dixon, Nashville TN
A year ago I couldn’t even forward fold. It was sad! After years of martial arts and weights, I never bothered to stretch. So after starting to dance again, I spent the last year in class with Alicia and applying what she taught us in class to my own stretching routine. With my workouts, it can be a challenge to maintain or gain flexibility but Alicia’s knowledge is the gold standard.
I credit my time with Alicia to my continued steady progress. If you are lucky enough to train with her, DO IT!!
— Amber Arthur, Nashville TN
...it’s because of (Alicia) that I have begun to pursue my own contortion journey. I never thought that I could ever be considered flexible, and actually quite the opposite. But after hearing (her) story and taking (her) classes, I now have all three splits (still working on squaring my side splits, but I used to be a foot off the ground so I’m pleased with my progress). I am now focusing on my back and shoulders, which before, I never would have even tried. But after making such huge strides using the techniques (from her) workshops, I now have hope that increasing my flexibility in those areas is in fact possible!
— Emmy Cho, Washington DC
Deanna Joy Gillispie in "Va Va Vunderland";  Credit to Casey Taylor Photography

Deanna Joy Gillispie in "Va Va Vunderland"; Credit to Casey Taylor Photography

(Alicia) is absolutely wonderful. She is great at adjusting her class to meet the goals of each individual. You don’t need to be a contortionist or an aerial rockstar to learn from her. She will challenge you, but never pushes too hard. She also makes her workshops fun, even when you’re doing intense stretching. She is great at what she does and she’s very insightful and helpful. During one of her classes, I learned a new way to target and stretch my quads that I now use before every intense workout or aerial performance. You get your money’s worth and more when you’re learning from Alicia. I highly recommend taking classes or workshops from her.
— Deanna Joy Gillispie, Louisville KY