Morgan has been a trapeze artist for 10 years, training first on the flying trapeze at Trapeze U. 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.
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.
Nikki discovered Aerial Arts shortly after moving to Arizona in 2014, attending her first aerial teacher training in 2015 through the Nimble Arts Program of New England Center for Circus Arts. Nikki has also been teaching yoga since 2005 and incorporates this background into her classes as well. Her favorite part of teaching is the empowerment it provides for people as they discover more strength and joy in their bodies.
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.
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.
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.
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.