Abby Hylton has a way of drawing audiences by opening up and inviting them into a world of confidence, grace, and strength. Abby has been teaching and performing since 2013, finding ways to showcase lifelong obsessions and moments burned into their brain. Sometimes playful, sometimes unsettling, but always evocative and always lovely, Abby specializes in contortion and trapeze.
As a child, Abby dreamed of being a trapeze artist without realizing that becoming one was a real possibility. After a brief stint in tap and ballet classes, Abby became a competitive swimmer and was selected for the Irish National Team. After graduating secondary school, Abby moved back to the States to study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked in the non-profit sector during and after college.
Curious about whether trapeze classes actually existed, Abby finally decided to look into the idea. A Google search and an aerial class later, Abby's life had changed, filled with trapeze, silks, lyra, contortion, dance, handbalancing, tumbling, and juggling.
Since then, Abby has been training, performing, and teaching in the Triangle area and has pursued further circus training at the New England Center for Circus Arts, the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts, Circus Warehouse, and Empyrean Arts.
In their spare time, Abby enjoys cuddling with their cats, singing passionately to bad pop music, rock collecting, and poring over unsolved mysteries.