STORY: "Flying High" - Lexi Pline Photography

Photographs and story by Lexi Pline

From the moment she first heard about Aerial classes at BU, Sarah Tuberty knew she had to sign up. The 26-year-old from Vacaville, California, has never shied away from unique experiences—no matter how impossible they may seem. Tuberty was born with Symbrachydactyly, a congenital abnormality leaving her with no fingers on her left hand other than a semi-operable thumb. For Tuberty, Aerial is all about navigating new pathways. “I wanted to try,” she said. “I’ve done lots of different things—I did rock climbing; I did baton—I’ve done different kinds of physical activity. I just figure it out if there’s things I can do differently.” Aerial silks, done by wrapping and climbing two pieces of silk fabric hanging from the ceiling to make dancer-like poses, typically requires the use of both hands. But Tuberty circumvents this by favoring her right side and gripping the fabrics by her left elbow. These positions aren’t always comfortable—but the pain is worth the reward for Tuberty. “it hurts—yeah, it hurts—but you come down and you’re like, ‘yeah, I just did that, and I had no idea I could.’”