Live Like An Acrobat Podcast Ep.44: "Black Acrobat (Enterprise) Is A Container, It's A Safe Space" - Kiebpoli Calnek

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Live Like An Acrobat Podcast Ep.44: “Black Acrobat (Enterprise) Is A Container, It’s A Safe Space” – Kiebpoli Calnek

Celebrating Black Creators continues on the Live Like An Acrobat Podcast with special guest Kiebpoli Calnek. They are a transmasculine, non-binary, queer Black creative, director, and writer, and they’ve taught Kiebpoli’s Aerial Class for over a decade. Their performance production enterprise, Black*Acrobat, organically sprouted from wanting to see more Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) in circus and the Performing Arts world.
Black*Acrobat shares stories of, for, and with fringe communities, celebrating authentic visions and viewpoints through research, access, and collaboration.
Kiebpoli has been covered in Essence and contributed “How It Feels… To Be An Aerial Acrobat” to Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine.
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Shenea Stiletto
Acrobat, Podcaster, Circus Artist, Handstand Instructor -United States
Shenea Stiletto (Shenea Booth) is a two-time World Champion Gold Medalist in Acrobatic gymnastics, a USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Member, and World Acrobatic Society Inductee. Her career includes a decade of collaborations with Cirque Du Soleil including the coveted hand balancing role as "The Promise" in Varekai, becoming the first-ever African American female soloist to play a lead character in a Cirque Du Soleil production.
Shenea was also a finalist on America’s Got Talent and has continued to be a featured artist with prominent circus entertainment companies worldwide.

Shenea Stiletto

Shenea Stiletto (Shenea Booth) is a two-time World Champion Gold Medalist in Acrobatic gymnastics, a USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Member, and World Acrobatic Society Inductee. Her career includes a decade of collaborations with Cirque Du Soleil including the coveted hand balancing role as "The Promise" in Varekai, becoming the first-ever African American female soloist to play a lead character in a Cirque Du Soleil production. Shenea was also a finalist on America’s Got Talent and has continued to be a featured artist with prominent circus entertainment companies worldwide.