Coaches

 

All of our coaches are trained in technique, safety, and are awesome certified. They understand that no two bodies are alike and will work with you to reach goals at the right pace. There is no discussion of the ‘right’ body type, we have a zero tolerance policy for body shaming, we come here to play and and we come here to stay. Getting fit is just a bonus.

 
 
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Erin Wells

Specializations
Aerial Yoga
Yoga
Hammock

Erin completed her teacher training with Jessie Coakley and received a certificate in Jessie’s Aer-Flow method. The silks give her the freedom to move in ways that feel good. Poses and moves that can be hard on the body grounded became more enjoyable while floating. Aerial Yoga showed her what her body was capable of doing. Now an instructor, she aims to help others find movement that feels good for them.

 
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Jacki Ward Kehrwald

Specializations
Sports Conditioning
Weight Management
Strength Training

With a history of gymnastics, theatre and visual arts, Jacki entered the circus world in 2005 and pursued her training in Seattle, San Francisco and Buenos Aires. Jacki’s first passion was contortion and hand-balancing, the discipline she has performed locally and abroad. She has since branched out into a variety of aerial apparatus, and is currently specializing in duo straps and cerceau. Additionally, Jacki is a certified hatha yoga instructor and holds a B.A. in Anthropology of the Performing Arts from the University of Puget Sound. She was a 2011-2012 recipient of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, through which she traveled to Mongolia, China, India, France and Canada to study local performance traditions and training methods in contortion and the circus arts. She has coached at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) in Seattle, The Circus Project and Night Flight Aerial in Portland, and conducted workshops around the world.

Every Wednesday 1-2pm

Kate Makkai

Specializations
Trapeze
Silks
Chains

With a background in theater and martial arts, Kate came to aerial arts over 7 years ago and has barely paused to take a breath since then. She has performed with Night Flight, Whoopee Live, Boyeurism and PDXrated. Kate was the artist in residence for The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven for the year of 2018 and is a regular feature at Dante's Sinferno Cabaret. While she began her aerial journey with silks and trapeze, currently Kate's main apparatus is aerial chains. She likes to say it's cheaper than therapy.

 
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Petra Delarocha

Petra has been teaching circus for the last 11 years. She has a unique aerial style that uses circular motion and your center of gravity to initiate inversions, spinning, and dynamic movement. Available for lyra, fabric, trapeze, and flexibility/contortion.

Every Wednesday 1-2pm

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Brittany Ashworth

Specializations
Functional Training
Silks
Aerial Yoga

15 years as a professional dancer with a background in theater and competitive speech. Her apparati include tissu (silks), pole, lyra, and trapeze in both solo and duo. Her ground acts include acro yoga, standing partner acrobatics and stilt walking. Brittany has performance experience in solos, duets, and ensembles with Aerial Revolution, Super Geek League, and Aerial Muse Collective. Brittany is a versatile and talented performer with fluid, animated, and luscious movement, supported by astonishing strength and technique.

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Renée Donahue

Specializations
Lyra
Sling
Theater

Renee’s love of movement and performance began very early. With years of training in voice, dance, and theater, it came as no surprise when she discovered and fell in love with aerial dance. With six years of training under her belt, including two years in A-WOL Dance Collective’s intensive training program, she has explored multiple different aerial techniques and styles. Renee is currently teaching and performing in both Portland and Vancouver, and loves finding new and challenging ways to explore her art form.