Jenny Prohaska, Lucia Aerial Performing Arts founder, answers The Pitch's questionnaire

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Jenny Prohaska - SABRINA STAIRES
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  • Jenny Prohaska

Name
: Jenny  Prohaska

Occupation: Founder, Lucia Aerial Performing Arts

Hometown: Leawood

Current neighborhood: The Crossroads

What I do (in 140 characters): Founded Lucia Aerial Performing Arts, an aerial school where we teach, perform and create aerial art. During the day, I work as a forensic psychologist.

What's your addiction? Natasha's Mulberry and Mott's pecan pie

What's your game? Not a game person, but I do like running.

What's your drink? Well, since Ryan Maybee is my man, I'd say anything from Manifesto!

Where's dinner? The Rieger is our kitchen.

What's on your KC postcard? Vintage photo of the Crossroads' Main Street, early 1900s

Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when ... " We voted for the streetcar!

"Kansas City screwed up when ... " It instituted the 1 percent earnings tax on those working in KCMO but living in Kansas.

"Kansas City needs ... " More unique boutiques and fewer chain stores.

"In five years, I'll be ... " Growing my aerial school, teaching kids about art and fitness, and creating opportunities for them to develop into confident adults.

"I always laugh at ... " Puppy videos.

"I can't stop listening to ... " The National.

"I've been known to binge-watch ... " Breaking Bad and Dexter.

"I just read ... " The Gift of Fear, by Gavin de Becker.

The best advice I ever got: Understanding that you have control only of yourself, and even that is hard to do.

Worst advice: "It's OK, just lie."

My sidekick: Ryan Maybee! My dark knight. He pushes me to be better.

My dating triumph/tragedy: Not letting the one I have go.

My brush with fame: When I was a psychologist at KU Med, I was the media rep for the psychiatric issues that came up regularly in the news. It was fun and challenging to try and boil down a complex psychological concept to a coherent sound bite.

My 140-character soapbox: I'm not a fan of people asking for handouts. If you need something, offer to do something for them in return.

What was the last thing you had to apologize for? Kicking a ballet dancer in the face during an aerial number.

Who's sorry now? We both lived.

My recent triumph: Founding Lucia Aerial Performing Arts and selling out all of our shows on our first run, all before we were 12 weeks old.

For more on Lucia Aerial, see luciaaerial.com.

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