A little about our instructors/performers…
Brittany Naegel –
At a young age, Brittany enjoyed competing on a national award winning rowing team, coaching swim team for her local community center and assisting with as many outdoor team building adventure activities as possible (such as climbing/mountaineering, rappelling, kayaking, etc.). Her love of movement and passion for using adventure to help others realize their full potential began early on.
After her first touch of the fabric, she was hooked! She began taking classes, training and teaching all across the world! She believes that everyone has a gift to share, and enjoys sharing her love of the fabric with all who are willing to explore. Combining her knowledge of the body as a full time Licensed Massage Therapist with her passion for aerials has enabled her to help others realize their strengths, both inside and out.
Weaving/spinning the body in and out of complicated wraps is Brittany’s bread and butter. Initially starting her aerial journey on silks, dabbling with lyra and lollipop, she eventually found her true love in the aerial sling.
Brittany has completed aerial teacher training with NECCA, as well as rigging and rope course training with both Outward Bound and Delbert Hall. Certified by the Circus Arts Institute (the first ACE recognized teacher training program in America) and Reflex Arts as an aerial silks and aerial yoga instructor.
“One of my favorite things about teaching aerial arts is seeing how the students change over time… The confidence that builds in each person when they accomplish a new skill they once thought impossible. The energy and determination it takes each student to get to that next level… because it is challenging! Nobody ever said it was easy. Aerial arts is more than just a pretty dance or trick in the air. It’s a focus and drive that says, ‘I’ll never give up!’ And that’s when the real change begins to take place.” – Brittany Naegel
Brittany is available to teach traveling workshops and private lessons! Email her at email@example.com
Jessi Monte –
Jessi’s love for aerial arts began a few years ago when she took her first aerial silks workshop. Since then she has been travelling and training whenever she can for workshops, classes and private lessons with as many different instructors as possible. Aerial arts has no discrimination for age, body type or gender, as long as you have the heart to pursue it – and Jessi’s heart is truly in it!
Jessi is a CAI Certified Aerial Silks Instructor and was the head aerial coach at My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus for over two years.
“Learning aerials has become the single most abundant source of my own self confidence. All too often I hear people say they want to try, but they don’t think they’re strong enough or flexible enough. I want to help all of my students discover that they too are capable of doing the things they may have never thought possible; the only requirement is a little determination.” – Jessi Monte
Contact Jessi at firstname.lastname@example.org
Holly Price –
Holly has been passionately creating artistic performances in Cincinnati both on the ground and in the air for the past 18 years! The Contemporary Dance Theater fed her soul for many wonderful years… She has proficiencies in formal forms of dance, modern dance, and studied the Dunham technique with Terri Brown at CDT for 5 years. She loves to study and perform improv dance to explore movement, unusual spaces or objects spanning varied physical mediums. Her love for climbing led her to start receiving formal training in aerial ballet about 13 years ago.
Holly graduated from NKU (1999) with a Bachelors in Art and a Minor in dance. She taught aerials at Bella Forza Fitness for four years, performed/taught aerials at PlayThink Movement Festival and Mojo Circus! Holly is currently employed at BodyMind Balance Pilates and Gyrotonics Studio where she has taught for the past 14 years.
“This path has led me to a variety of disciplines, but the human body has remained the focus of my exploration.” – Holly Price
Interested in booking a private lesson with Holly? Email her at email@example.com
Samantha Hancock –
Samantha was a pole, fitness, and flexibility instructor at Defiance Studio for 4 years taking students all the way to competition and professional performances. She’s studied multiple dance styles from ballroom, argentine tango, swing, blues, zouk and more. In June she became a certified and licensed Floor Flow® instructor, a floor movement style developed by Marlo Fisken taking inspiration from modern dance, primal movement, break dance, and martial arts. The challenge and freedom afforded by aerial arts has given Samantha the opportunity to express herself in ways unlike anything else in life. Samantha thrives to share and assist others to find that same freedom!
“ Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your Soul on Fire!” – Samantha Hancock
Samantha is available to teach traveling workshops and private lessons! Email her at Samantha@elevated-aerials.com