Photos by Steve Shay
Simonne Garritues dazzles costumed patrons at Shadowland Bar & Restaurant on Halloween night. She performs with Seattle Aerial Arts School in West Seattle.

SLIDESHOW: Women spin & dangle in Halloween hoopla at Shadowland

While many dished out Snickers Bars and Reese's Cups on Halloween night, Shadowland Bar & Restaurant, 4458 California Ave. SW, in West Seattle, offered eye candy and athleticism. The Seattle Aerial Arts School, with a West Seattle location at the end of 53rd Ave. SW, represented with five female performers from its troop.

SLIDESHOW: Click on photo for more or see gallery below

And while some of their costumes and dance movements on draped fabric, and an elevated hoop and metal anchor, fastened to the tall ceiling in the back, may have appeared provocative by some, it was their coordination and muscle tone that seemed to wow onlookers, bar patrons, many in costumes of their own, during the two-hour show.

Casia Townsley, who was tending bar at Shadowland during the show, is also with the aerial troop and helped bring them in to perform.

You might say the "ringleaders" of Seattle Aerial Arts School in West Seattle are aerial artists Simonne Garritues and Bruce Magnotti.

(The two men pictured in costume in our slideshow are, left, musician James Germain of "James Germain & the Gery Gray Days, & aerial artist Bruce Magnotti, who co-produces the show.)

There are also schools in Georgetown, SODO, and Greenwood.

According to its website, "Seattle Aerial Arts is an aerial arts school focused on both introducing new students to the aerial arts and assisting intermediate and advanced students to continue their practice and gain proficiency in technique. Our instruction focuses on basic fundamentals of aerial arts and movement in general, and we teach grace, poise, and style of movement.

"Seattle Aerial Arts is also a resource for event planners who want to hire performers, private or corporate clients who need aerial performers for an event, and to venue owners who need entertainers to perform in their restaurant or nightclub. We partner with Cirque du Trois and Seattle Event Planners to locate and rig venues for professionals as well as our students to perform.

"Our classes are aimed at personal growth, fitness, and enlightened present moment awareness. As instructors we have a unique and comprehensive understanding of the human body and how it functions, both from a neurophysiological perspective, as well as from the anatomical and also the body in relationship to the physical world, gravity for example."

For more information, visit: http://seattleaerialarts.com/index.html
or email: bruce@seattleaerialarts.com

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