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Life & Work with Nadja Tizer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nadja Tizer.

Hi Nadja, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I tried circus arts for the first time as a hobbyist in 2007. In 2008 I was diagnosed with MS and took a hiatus. In 2009 I got back into the studio via aerial yoga. I went on to get my certification shortly thereafter and got my first job as an aerial instructor at Aerial Cirque Over Denver. That same year I found lyra (aerial hoop) and then I got hooked on aerial dance. In addition to teaching aerial yoga and beginner aerial, I started training daily. Over the years I built my strength and skills until I did the majority of different aerial apparati. Throughout this time, I continued to teach and study. In 2011 I started my company: Firebird Moving Arts. My company offers instruction and performance in aerial dance, acrobatics, yoga and choreography.

I work as an independent contractor, offering classes and performances throughout the metro area. Near the end of 2016, I quit my career as a school teacher and committed to being a full-time artist. I got my cosmetology degree, learned to cut gemstones, create upcycled clothes/accessories, paint with acrylics and DIY just about any art or craft project. Fast forward to 2022: in addition to my original business, I now have an art, design and beauty business called Firebird Fashionista. I am a part-time HMUA and nearly full-time aerial coach. I do less performing but can still be found around town performing “Acro chair” and the occasional aerial or stilt gig.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My path has not always been smooth. I have been living with MS since 2008 so life still revolves around making choices and commitments that allow me to maintain my health and fitness. The best tools have been stress reduction, yoga, meditation, regular exercise and plenty of sleep.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Art is oxygen for me. I literally get out of bed with art on the brain. “What art will I create with my hands, body or mind today?” As a teacher, a few things set me apart. I am older than most instructors I know and because of the MS, I have some additional challenges. This is actually a blessing because it helps me better understand student struggles and the variety of individual needs I may encounter in each class. Breath and mindfulness are at the center of how I both do and teach aerial dance.

Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
Be patient with your path and body. Be present and enjoy the journey. Focus on your needs and goals and don’t worry about what others in your field are doing.

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Image Credits
All original art was created by me Firebird Fashionista

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