Halstead said she will perform movements that represent the music Smith provided, which she described as very balletic and pleasing.
“It goes so well with the strong beautiful lines that a dancer would have,” she said. “I think ballet and a breath of fresh air-beautiful movement.”
She's keeping her costume a surprise for that evening. When she showed it to the artist, Smith agreed it was perfect for the performance.
“I will be a living art form,” Halstead said.
As she was finishing her degree in theater stage management, Halstead took a friend's advice to pursue circus arts. She trained at multiple aerial and circus schools, including Orlando Aerial Arts and Orlando Circus School. Her main disciplines are aerial silks and lyra, or aerial hoop. She is an aerial instructor at Bittersweet Studios and performs with the studio's troupe Relevé Aerial Dance and Circus Team. She has performed in Canada, Europe, and South America.
“I started performing, and I fell in love immediately. It's such a release,” Halstead said. “I let it kind of sweep me off my feet. I love to perform in silks. It's the best feeling in the world.”