COSTA MESA — In a region dominated by surfers, skateboarders and spandex-clad bikers, six professional dancers offered an alternative Wednesday as they danced off the south wall of the Orange County Performing Arts Center in rehearsing for the upcoming Project Bandaloop dance shows.
But don't try this stuff at home or, for that matter, on any high-rise building in Orange County. It's strictly for professionals who love to rappel and push the art of dance to new levels in what has become an extreme theatrical sport of some sort.
Sage Hill School dance teacher Rachael Lincoln was among the six, flipping in mid-air and falling into sync with the rest of the aerial dance team as director Amelia Rudolph, the founder of the dance company, pushed the dancers to their limits for a little over an hour.
Lincoln has performed for Project Bandaloop for more than a decade. Now, in her relatively new job at Sage Hill, she's incorporating what she's learned into the classroom, although on ground level, of course.