Nina SawantDancing on long pieces of fabric, high above the ground, Nina's performances have been described as "breathtakingly beautiful and dangerously heartfelt."

With over 10 years of professional performance experience, Nina has always been a chameleon in the visual and performing arts.  As a child she studied dance and visual art and learned to sew from her mother.  While continuing her study of dance at the University of South Florida, she straddled the divide between entertainment and fine art, often rushing from her day job as a dancer in KaTonga, an African-themed musical at Busch Gardens theme park, to attend school rehearsals for post-modern dance performances and classic ballets.  While dancing in KaTonga, Nina met her first aerial partner, Vitaliy Krymskyi, with whom she began her circus training. Shortly after, she ran away with a Ukrainian circus to further her training with her partner's family.   After returning to the US, Nina visited San Francisco and fell in love with the culture of the Bay Area.  She has lived here ever since and loves that here she can pursue performance for both entertainment and art.

Nina with her cyr wheel at a photo shoot in Death Valley

Since moving to the Bay, Nina has performed at all manner of platforms including self produced shows with her dance collective Yea Big Dance, underground art-scene cabarets like Tourettes Without Regrets, private events for some of the Bay's biggest companies, and fundraising galas for local and national charities.  In 2013, Nina established her own circus company, Maison Aurora, to accommodate requests from her clients for additional entertainers and create innovative circus art. In recent years, Nina has toured with several shows including SempreVerde in NYC and the national tour of Peter Pan 360.

After creating her own costumes and clothing for years, Nina is formally studying apparel design at the College of Alameda and looks forward to all the opportunities for collaboration between the fashion and the performing and visual arts.  She continues to be inspired by artists and companies that blur the lines between one art form and the next to create rich, dramatic visuals such as Philippe Decoufle, Pina Bausch, Wim Vandekeybus, Alexander McQueen, Sleep No More, Crazy Horse Paris

Nina is available for shows, events, and artistic collaboration.  For booking information, send her an email!