Angela started poling in 2012 after she was invited to go with a friend who had a Groupon. 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 that studio in 2015. She and her husband enjoy practicing Acro together and traveling. Angela is an Xpert and ElevatED certified instructor. She mostly teaches private lessons and an occasional Acro Balance workshop. She also co-instructs our AAF Instructor Certification Program with Jenn.
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. She teaches our Lyra (aerial hoop), aerial hammock, silks and static trapeze classes. Jenn is also a skilled flying trapeze artist! Jenn played an integral role in getting our studio through the COVID-19 pandemic and took on the role of Studio Manager in 2020. Her dedication and great ideas keep our studio running smoothly. Jenn also co-instructs our AAF Instruction Certification Program with Angela.
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 Introduction to Pole Dance and her signature class Pole Strong. Besides pole and choreography, Ashley loves to run and fly trapeze.
Rachel has been dancing since the age of 8 and has been part of the AAF family since 2018 when she joined the dance troupe. Over the last two years, she has found her passion for pole and aerial hammock, and has trained on every apparatus in the studio! She loves the wide variety of classes that the studio offers. She enjoys teaching Beginner Pole Dance and Aerial Hammock and loves watching her students grow and learn. Outside of the studio, she enjoys art and being active outdoors with her husband.
Prior to discovering aerials, Anne spent 10 years as an Irish Step Dancer until an injury forced her to stop. Looking to build strength, discover a new hobby, and reaffirm her identity as a dancer, Anne joined the studio in 2016 by attending pole classes once per week. Two years later, she became a Pole 1 instructor and has been teaching Mixed Level and Flow+Flex ever since. Her analytical approach to aerials allows her to deconstruct complex movements for advanced students, while also relating to beginners who may not have formal dance or gymnastics experience. Overall, she enjoys exploring movement, creating choreography, and learning new things.
Elyssa has been a dancer since the age of five and has been a part of the AAF family since 2018. After her first pole class she fell in love with this new style of movement she had never experienced before. She was a student at Danceworks Dance Center of Plainfield, CT throughout her whole childhood, joined the Dance Team while attending the University of Hartford, and has taken dance classes at Boston University, where she graduated with a Fine Arts Degree. She is a talented tattoo artist and owns her own shop, Black Velvet Ink. Elyssa is the Assistant Instructor of our Troupe class as well as the instructor of our Contemporary Pole and Chair classes.
Julie started taking aerial classes at AAF in 2016. She was looking for a fun and different approach to build muscle and stay fit. She had been an aerobics and kickboxing instructor for 15 years. She fell in love the very first class! Currently, she works as an ultrasound technologist. She is a Navy veteran of 20 years and mother of 4. Her daughter Trinity (13) is also currently training aerials at AAF. Julie has a passion for pole fitness and dancing and feels extremely lucky to be able to share this passion as an instructor. She teaches Intermediate Pole Dance and Hell on Heels.
Ariana started her pole journey 3 years ago after finally deciding she wanted to get fit and be more confident in her body. About 6 months later she was competing in her first competition. Ariana takes classes all over New England now and has learned from so many awesome teachers. About a year ago she got the opportunity to start teaching and is loving sharing the tips and tricks she’s gathered to help her students improve and reach their own pole goals!
Zoe's fitness journey began in the gym as a weight lifter. She started pole in 2018 when she saw a friend post about it on social media and she instantly fell in love! Zoe loves pole but has recently been exploring all that AAF has to offer in other disciplines too. Zoe teaching Beginner and Intermediate Pole dance. She enjoys watching her students learn and seeing the excitement on their faces when they get that trick they've been working on!
Cammy took her first pole class at AAF in 2017 and fell in love with it right away. She loves the confidence that pole has given her and seeing that confidence in others as well. She especially enjoys flips, drops, and strength based tricks and helping students achieve their own goals. She is also a mom and enjoys nature hikes with her son in her free time.