Phoenix Dancer Gavin Sisson: 100 Creatives

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Meet the dancer.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 39. Gavin Sisson.

Being up in the air is one of Gavin Sisson's specialties.

The 35-year-old dancer is renowned for his work in aerial movement, dancing, spinning, and twisting while several feet off the ground and clinging to silks that hang from above, ropes, or the lyra, a suspended hoop. Sisson has been with Lisa Starry's Scorpius Dance Theatre since 2011. He serves as the troupe's aerial trainer and helps run its aerial arts studio, in addition to working as the company's assistant director.

And this fall, he's stepping into the spotlight.

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Gavin Sisson's set to take on a main role in this year's A Vampire Tale.

That's not to say the Illinois native hasn't been in the spotlight during past Scorpius performances; on the contrary, we thought he stole the show last year during 10th annual edition of A Vampire Tale. But come October, the dancer will take on the production's male lead role of Viktor (a.k.a. the vampire king), originated by David Starry.

"Now in its 11th season, we are changing things around a bit," Sisson says. "I will be taking over the role of 'The Watcher.' I have some big shoes to fill being given this role from its creator David Starry. I hope to be able to create a character that you love, but wouldn't want be alone in a dark place with."

To incorporate his aerial and acrobatic talents into the character's movement, Scoripus has acquired a custom Cyr wheel, which is a large metal hoop in which an acrobat spins onstage, that Sisson will debut during 2014's A Vampire Tale.

"I am so elated to be a part of this ever-evolving show," he says.

We're sure it won't be one to miss.

Courtesy of Scorpius Dance Theatre
Gavin Sisson is pictured with tools of his trade: aerial silk and a lyra.
I came to Phoenix in 2011 with my little car loaded with clothes, which quickly became mostly tank tops and shorts.

I make art because I am not complete with out it. I have gone through periods of time when I concentrated on "real life"(a full time/well paying job), and I am definitely not the same person. When you work for something you are truly passionate about, your soul grows and continues to need more artistic nurturing.

I am most productive when I am in my studio. I clear my mind, play music, and let my body move freely.

My inspiration wall is full of pictures of my newlywed husband, family and friends, and lots of inspirational quotes.

I have learned so much from different teachers that have crossed my path, but I have learned most from studying anatomy. This body is the tool for my art, and taking the time to learn all about it is a great benefit.

Personally I feel that good work should always strive for better. Good is good, but your best is better.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more funding. To an artist any kind of donation is greatly appreciated. It lets them know they are being seen/heard, and respected. Nurture the artist and the art grows.

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