Emily Barber is an aerial performer and coach from southern Colorado and the co-founder of the aerial group, Aerial Aura. She holds a BA in political science and enjoys thick Turkish coffee and waking up in countries she has never before visited with her fabulous man and co-founder, Chris Wegert.
Throughout high school Emily competed in martial arts and women’s wrestling, transitioning to ju jitsu and running 5ks while studying for her degree in northern Virginia. After graduation, knee injury forced her to explore other outlets to challenge herself and a twist of fate brought her to the world of circus. Beginning with aerial straps, then moving on to silks, hoop, and trapeze, Emily discovered and cultivated her passion for performing high above the ground. She has trained in Montreal and performs regionally throughout the year, developing
solo and duo routines on silks, hoop, trapeze, and straps.
Emily is an instructor in aerial silks, trapeze, and hoop at The Dragon Dojo Studio in Pueblo, Colorado, coaches silks at Trampoline World in Colorado Springs and at AerialWorks Studio in Castle Rock, and has taught workshops internationally as well.
Julia Angevine brings a sense of the exotic to Aerial Aura. Since joining the group in 2017, she has enchanted audiences on silks and hoop as well as in duo acts with Emily.
Professionally, Julia helps brides find the perfect dress at David's Bridal, and she enjoys studying arachnids in her free time. Julia is also invaluable as an artist and has designed and painted several of the costumes for different acts.
Chris Wegert is the co-founder of Aerial Aura, and has been working alongside Emily as her trapeze base and partner since 2014. Both he and Emily have trained together under world-class coaches in Montreal, Canada, the self-billed “circus capital of the world.” When not in the air, Chris works as an Account Executive for Microsoft, and manages his fledgling collection of real estate along Colorado’s Front Range.
After first meeting Chris several years ago, Emily noticed he seemed well-built and begged him to play trapeze with her. Their aerial partnership soon took flight, followed shortly thereafter by a more romantic one. Aside from throwing Emily around, Chris enjoys being in the mountains, scuba diving, skiing, and collecting passport stamps from around the world (he recently acquired his 50th!).