We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna and Nick Cicone and Zerman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anna and Nick, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor for the success of our school would have to be the sense of community that we have developed alongside our students since opening in October of 2016. Students choose to attend our school for the first time to learn aerial and be introduced to a new passion. They choose to return time and time again for the friendships they develop along the way and the memories they have cultivated over time while attending classes, participating in student shows, and working on a very difficult yet rewarding new skill.
What should our readers know about your business?
The Aerial House is our school located in the El Sereno neighborhood of Los Angeles. We opened in October of 2016 with only one student, now dear friend Sandi, and grew slowly over the years to come. We have been most proud to see the community come together and be in such great support of each other, from our instructors to our students. We can confidently say that our space is truly loved by and due to everyone involved. We love watching the culmination of this in our student shows which happen on a yearly basis, and which we hope to return to conducting soon.
Of course, with the pandemic and shutdowns of 2020 we did face a real challenge of uncertainty regarding the future of our school due to closures that lasted over 1 year. We were unsure what the attendance would be when we were able to reopen, and we have been blown away by the amount of students old and new that have frequented the space since.
The success of our business is not just made by ourselves, but by all involved. We are incredibly grateful to have such an awesome community amongst us.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would definitely take them on the Gabrielino Trail, or what we like to call the “JPL Hike” in Altadena followed by lunch at our favorite restaurant for healthy yummies, Amara.
We wouldn’t be able to resist bringing them by our space and giving them an aerial lesson. After that, we’d walk them right down the street to our favorite cafe Holy Grounds and introduce them to our dear friend and owner, Steve, and grab a cup of coffee or some tea.
We both live a pretty active, yet simple, life here in busy Los Angeles, so our friend would have to put up with a lot of hiking and walking. We have a book called Secret Stairs of Los Angeles, which is our go-to for beautiful walking routes around the city that we would have otherwise never known about. We would absolutely be taking them on a couple of those as it’s an excellent way to experience the city in its many different forms.
For something a little bit more social, we would take them by our good friend Sean’s house for one of his famous Crawdaddy Boilers. He provides them for parties of all kinds, and for his very lucky and very hungry friends like ourselves from time to time. The day would probably end with some board games and drinks from his tiki bar.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We would have to give a shout out to Womack and Bowman, The Loft, another aerial studio in LA where we met for the first time. Owners Rachel and Brett were pivotal players in both of our growths as aerialists and helped us to understand the importance of combining creativity with technique when teaching aerial arts to others.
Nick would like to give a shout out to California Dance Arts, dance school located in La Canada, and specifically his dance director Aerin Holt for her important role in his life as a young dancer. Aerin was a key player in Nick discovering his movement prowess and inspired him to one day direct his own shows via his own school.
Anna Cicone (aerial shots only)