Our Instructors

 

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Morgan

Morgan has been a trapeze artist for 10 years, training first on the flying trapeze at Trapeze U in Gilbert, AZ. When she moved to Flagstaff, she began training and teaching static trapeze, and has been an instructor for 4 years. Morgan focuses on appropriate skill progressions, body awareness and body health. She prides herself in her passion, and loves to take others under her wing and help them find joy and freedom in the air.

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Beth

Beth is a pole athlete that has been training for the past 4 years. She began dancing at age 8, training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and acrobatics. She began pole in 2014 because she wanted to get back into dance and discovered aerial pole connected with her past dance history, adding a new found love of being in the air. Aside from teaching, she also performs in community events and with a few local troupes.

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Izzy

Isabelle has been training aerial silk for the past 6 years in Flagstaff, AZ. She started teaching aerial silk along Joanie Grant in 2014, and in 2017 completed the Born to Fly Aerial Silk Level 1 Teaching Certification. She has strong background in yoga and dance, which shines through her teaching style and choreography. Isabelle is also the Artistic and Marketing Director for Dark Sky Aerial.

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Joanie

Joanie has a decade of experience teaching aerial arts. Originally trained in jazz and modern,  she went on to co-found the Crested Butte Dance Collective, where she developed one of the only aerial training programs in Southwest Colorado.  

Joanie is a director of Dark Sky Aerial, a site-specific aerial theatre company based in the Western US.  When she isn't teaching lyra (aerial hoop) or silks at Momentum Aerial, you can also find her teaching circus arts at her camp Funtown Circus.  Joanie has been through aerial teacher training with the Born to Fly / Paper Doll Militia, and originally trained under Cathy Gaugh of Aircat Aerial Arts. She is trained in Physically Integrative Dance and Dance for Parkinson's. 

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Liz

Whether it be on rocks or silks, Liz has a passion for climbing. She began training as an aerialist 2 years ago, and puts her whole heart into her work. Together Liz and Joanie have created an incredibly strong youth silks program. 

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Elisa

Elisa is the creative director and one of the founders of Dark Sky Aerial. A graduate of NAU with a background in dance and gymnastics, she started exploring the world of aerials over a decade ago and has traveled to various school to seek out her training. As an instructor, she is particularly interested in helping her students to find their voice in their movements. Technique is important, but by focusing on more than just skills and tricks, Elisa guides her students into an awareness of each movement, inspiring them to engage not only with their audience, but with themselves and the message they want to convey. Her work with Dark Sky Aerial reflects this philosophy with emotional, moving work seen most recently in the shows Opia and TILT, physical poetry for both performers and spectators alike.

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Heather

A former high school art teacher, Heather teaches the intermediate/advanced silks classes at momentum. She has 7 years of aerial training from various schools around the country, and has a background in gymnastics and capoeira. Heather enjoys corde lisse/rope and trapeze as well as silks! She is also the artist of the beautiful mural at the studio. She is currently a performer for QT Entertainment and Dark Sky Aerial.

 

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Jay Jay

A gymnast at an early age, Jay Jay relished the physical challenge of pole fitness. A natural at strength-based moves she developed her own unique style of performance which she continues to evolve and enhance. Four years into instructing, Jay Jay brings her enthusiasm and expertise to the studio, coaching those new to the apparatus and helping them blossom into confident athletes in their own rights. When not teaching, Jay Jay maintains her strength and flexibility climbing high cliffs and careening down the Colorado River.

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Laurel

Laurel has had a life-long passion for performing arts, starting as a competitive figure skater at the age of 9. She competed regionally and nationally for 5 years and is now a coach for the Flagstaff Figure Skating Club. Laurel discovered aerial arts in 2016 and immediately fell in love with the combination of it’s beauty, artistry, and power. She has performed with various performing arts groups in Flagstaff including Dark Sky Aerial and Canyon Movement Company. Laurel has completed the Born to Fly Aerial Hoop Level 1 Instructor Training.