Owner/Instructor - Jewett City, CT
Owner - Watertown, NY
Angela started poling in 2012 in one of Katie's classes at another studio. She was instantly hooked beyond repair! However, with two small children and a career as a pharmaceutical chemist, there just wasn't time to drive an hour each way to the nearest pole studio. So she and her husband created Aerial Arts Fitness to bring pole fitness to this part of the state and provide a safe and fun atmosphere to continue training. Angela's dance training started in 2009 when she began belly dancing as a creative outlet and a way to increase coordination. She danced and performed with Studio Desmeen until the close of the that studio in 2015. Angela is an Xpert and ElevatED certified instructor.
Lead Instructor - Jewett City, CT
Katie’s passion for dance started at a young age; by her teens she had advanced through classical ballet, modern and jazz, stopping only to pursue international travel in her late teens. Katie went on to receive three degrees; BS Primate Behavior Ecology, BS Anthropology and BA in Psychology from Central Washington University in 2006. After college, Katie had grown tired of the gym workout and on a whim tried her hand with pole dance at Pole for the Soul, Seattle. It became an instant obsession; pole was the whole body workout she had been looking for, not to mention the fun and quick results everyone wants! She excelled through all 12 levels within a year. After a move across country, she sought out a new pole school where she became involved with top pole studios in Boston and Providence, where she trained and instructed. During her four plus years of pole, Katie has trained with top instructors and competitors as well as completing workshops with international and national champions such as Jenyne Butterfly, Marlo Fiskan and Natasha Wang. Katie is an expert certified instructor.
Instructor - Jewetty City, CT
Jenn started poling with us in the summer of 2013. When we introduced Lyra in the studio she immediately knew she had a passion for the hoop! She is a certified aerial hoop instructor through Atmosphere Fitness and she teaches our beginner hoop class, aerial hammock and aerial yoga. Jenn is also a skilled flying trapeze artist!
Instructor - Jewett City, CT
Ashley has been taking pole classes at AAF since shortly after the opening. She instantly fell I love with pole and couldn't wait to learn and accomplish a new challenge. Ashley is married to her husband Joel for 14 years and has two daughters, Bryn (12) and Camryn (9) who also love to do all the aerials! She grew up dancing (ballet, tap, jazz, modern) and on stage doing community theater. Ashley is now a pediatric physical therapist and works with physically challenged children in a school setting. Ashley has never stopped loving all things fitness and continues to share her passion with everyone in her classes. She is the choreographer for our Troupe and also teaches Pole 1. Besides pole and choreography, Ashley loves to run and fly trapeze.
Instructor - Jewett City, CT
For over nine years Jahaila studied Lebanese Gypsy style belly dance under Lebanese professional dancer Desmeen. She was a member of Desmeen's troupe, The Jewels of Araby, until the close of Desmeen's Jewett City studio in 2015. She has also danced with the four-member troupe Sisters of the Red Skye and currently collaborates/choreographs with long-time area dancer Aria in the duo Shimmer. With these troupes, Jahaila has performed all over Eastern Connecticut from nursing homes to the Coast Guard Academy to Dodd Stadium. She is excited to share her love of Middle Eastern Dance and Desmeen's Lebanese Gypsy belly dance style with you.