Daring young man

Posted on 05 Jun 2008 at 5:44pm
By Daniel A. Kusner – Life+Style Editor

Ariel artist Neal Everett swoops into Dallas for Metro Ball ’08

LIKE A SUPER-TALENTED GO-GO BOY. Everett can hang upside down while slithering all around.



As patrons fill Station 4 on Saturday, they’ll witness a gravity defying ballet. During MetroBall, an annual benefit to support the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund, Neal Everett will drop from the heavens to "sky dance."

A Texas native, Everett was a cheerleader and gymnast in high school. After serving in the U.S. Air Force for five years — where he worked on airplane computer systems — Everett studied dance at the University of Arizona where he also served as the captain of the cheerleading squad.

While in Arizona, he saw a televised broadcast of Cirque du Soleil’s haunting show "Quidam." And he was immediately hooked on aerial arts. Cheerleading and dance helped provide the necessary strength training.

After graduation, Everett moved to Los Angeles and immediately began training with the Hollywood Aerial Arts Academy. He was a natural.

His booking schedule filled up quickly. When Everett wasn’t training, he shuttled between film, commercial and TV gigs (he even landed a spot dancing beside Sean Hayes and Eric McCormick on "Will & Grace," in the flashback episode where Will goes to his first gay bar.)

In 2005, Everett moved to Dallas. But he now lives in Los Angeles.

Sky dancing is a sight to behold: An almost-naked Everett uses his sculpted physique to climb up a fabric rope. And through eloquent muscular poses, balance, contortion and daring drops, he’ll execute a ballet in sync with the music.

He makes it look easier than it is. Everett has to work around light systems and rafters. And there’s always the danger of falling down.

HAVE A BALL
Neal Everett, along with DJ "Frankie Ice," performs at MetroBall ’08 at Station 4, 3911 Cedar Springs Rd.

June 7, starting at 7 p.m.

Advance tickets $20, $25 at door.

Proceeds benefit the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund

Gdmaf.org

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 6, 2008.

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