Voler (Volay) – Thieves of Flight, Kansas City’s Premier Aerial Academy and Aerial Performance Collective, is an edgy and experimental collaboration of aerial dance and acrobatics, comprised of performing artists from the Kansas City area. With over 12 years experience, we have set the bar high with our award winning teaching, notable performance style, innovative curriculum, and supportive community.

We feature performances and training in aerial silks, straps, hammock, lyra (hoop), static trapeze, corde lisse (rope), hand balancing, Acroyoga, aerial yoga, flexibility, modern dance, contemporary dance, ambient characters, and theatrical development. 

Voler performers specialize in various disciplines including: aerial silks, hammock, net, carousel, aerial diamond, straps, lyra, corde lisse, machete dancing, modern, jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, latin, ballroom, flamenco, hip-hop, capoeira, broken-glass walking, fire spinning, fire-breathing, bull whip, bed of nails, living statues, tumbling, body-balancing, and anti-gravity movement.


Also known as aerial ribbons, aerial tissues, ribbon or tissu, is a type of performance where artists wrap, suspend, fall, swing, and spiral their body into and out of various positions on a suspended fabric without the use of safety lines. Performances are an exciting display of skill, athleticism, coordination and flexibility.


Where aerial silks are hung upside down as a loop of fabric or hammock. Performers may perform inside or outside of the hammock. Back-lighting adds to the ambiance of this performance type. Hammock is recommended for longer performances and shorter spaces (15′ and below) but is also stunning at a greater height.


A popular aerial form where a steel ring about 36″ in diameter is suspended and performers will hang and create spinning shapes within the circle. This type of performance is lovely as event ambiance as well as a featured act.


Straps are an open aerial form where two ropes are suspended and the performer moves and hangs within. Straps are a fantastic performance at a spinning lower height (20′ and below) as well as event ambiance.


One of the the original aerial apparatuses, static trapeze is unique in that it incorporates soft movement of rope with the bar work of the trapeze. Performances are stunning and audiences frequently gasp at this balancing act. Can be performed at both high and low ceiling height.


The mini lyra is a suspended steel ring about 20’’ in diameter. Due to its small size, the performer can incorporate vertical drops from above the ring and flexible shapes from within. A unique alternative for short ceilings.


This is the most popular form for aerial ambiance in clubs and bars. Performers will hang, sit and create shapes above the bar or audiences. This is most suitable for short ceilings (12′ and below).


An original aerial form fabricated by Machine Head and sponsored by ArtsKC. The Carousel may support up to six performers at once, with multiple uses and options. Aerial silks or hammocks may be hung from the Carousel to add dimension and height to the performance.


Contortion, Body Balancing, Acro Yoga, Fire, Flow Arts, Stilts, Juggling, Dance, Movement & Ambient Characters

Floor Performances are added artistic elements for any event! We have created shows that incorporate aerial and floor movement, as well as made special appearances as characters and dancers. Whatever your needs, we can create a performance that is spectacular for your event!


Net performances are similar to the Hammock, however with the open weave of the netting, a different view of the performer may be seen. We also like to present Sea-based stories and Mermaid tales using the net.