Co-Founder & Executive Director
Performs in Aerial Silks, Lyra, Tippy Lyra, Hammock
Hillary Bassoff is the cofounder of On Edge Aerial Entertainment. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and was a performer and specialty choreographer for the UCSB Dance Company touring throughout California and Europe. While in Europe, she was selected as a guest instructor for a master dance class at an arts boarding school in Prague. As a soloist in the company, she was honored as the recipient of the prestigious Alice Condodina Performance Award and was chosen to be a guest artist for Santa Barbara Dance Theater.
While living in Santa Barbara, she discovered her love for aerial dance, performing as an aerialist and dancer in Christina McCarthy's "Repremend Bubbles" and training at the Santa Barbara Centre for Aerial Dance. She then continued her aerial training in New York City at Aerial Arts NYC and Body & Pole before moving back to Orange County to pursue her artistic career.
Starting in 2014, she performed independently for private parties and corporate events, and was invited to be a member of Ruby Karen's Circo Etereo Professional Company specializing in aerial arts, circus acts, and dance choreography. She was involved in choreographing and performing aerial silks, acrobatic, and ground routines for various special events, weddings, birthday parties, and festivals in the Orange County and Los Angeles area. Soon thereafter, Laura and Hillary created On Edge Aerial Entertainment hoping to bring their ideas of molding dance with aerial work to life with innovative concepts that will touch audiences alike. Hillary is now the aerial arts program director for Avanti Dance Company and performs as an aerialist and dancer in Cirque Electrique at SeaWorld San Diego. She is beyond excited to share her passion for aerial dance and hopes her choreography of combining contemporary dance with aerial artistry inspires both dancers and non-dancers alike.
Co-Founder & International Relations
Laura specializes in aerial tissue, lyra and jazz dance as well as exploring other disciplines such as pole, flying trapeze, hula hoops, classical ballet and musical theater.
She started dancing in Juarez, Chihuahua MX in 2004 and became part of the University Tec de Monterrey's Dance Company in 2007 participating in Collage Concert 2006 & 2007 and the EXA Concert (El Paso, Texas Radio Station). Upon graduation, she became part of Hip Jazz Company where she performed as a dancer and aerialist for musical theater shows and competed in state and national competitions throughout Mexico.
As a natural entrepreneur, she decided to start her own project, Chassé Dance Studio and Aerial Company opening more doors for her artistic career. She taught kids starting at 7 years old and choreographed multiple aerial silk and jazz routines. Her company was invited to perform for the local Expodanza Festival, Arte en el Parque Season 2011 & 2012, international sporting events such as the Panamerican Female Volleyball Games, the opening of the museum “La Rodadora”, clubs, graduations, trade shows, and her own productions of “Volando & pirouetteando" & "Circus, Dance & Pop", Christmas recitals and more.
In 2013 she decided to move to Southern California to pursue her passions as a dancer and aerialist on an international level. Soon after moving to Orange County, she became part of Circo Etereo Professional Company, performing for private events, birthday parties, the Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach, and the Newport Beach Film Festival. After two years, Laura decided to launch her own aerial dance company, On Edge Aerial Entertainment with Hillary, where they performed and produced at Santa Ana Art Walk, Redondo Beach Summer Fest, “Coincidir” Festival in Ensenada BC MX, and co-founding the aerial program at Avanti Dance Studio in Costa Mesa CA, teaching kids and adults.
In 2016 she joined the “Circo de los horrores”, a Spain based company touring in Mexico, sharing the scenario with acrobats from Mongolia, Ukraine, Portugal, Spain and Mexico; she performed in the silks duet act “black widow”.
On the same year she returned to her home town, the international border cities Juarez MX – El Paso TX where she soon started teaching at Dancers Studio of El Paso and Academy of Aerial Fitness.
Laura is excited to expand On Edge Aerial and bring fresh concepts and images to the entertainment industry in Chihuahua and Texas.