A little information about our team…
Brittany Naegel – Owner, Instructor & Performer
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.
Brittany took her first aerial silks class in early 2014. After her first touch of the fabric, she was hooked! She began taking classes, training and eventually 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.
Brittany performs on many apparatuses, but her main love will forever be the aerial sling/hammock. Her certifications include 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, as well as a certified Cirque-it Fitness instructor.
Brittany is available for performances, private lessons (sling) & traveling workshops! Email her at Brittany@elevated-aerials.com
Samantha Hancock – Studio Manager, Instructor & Performer
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 2017 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!
Samantha has completed Born To Fly lyra teacher training with PaperDoll Militia and is a certified Cirque-it Fitness instructor.
“ Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your Soul on Fire!” – Samantha Hancock
Samantha is available for performances, private lessons (lyra, pole, lollipop) & traveling workshops! Email her at Samantha@elevated-aerials.com
Kelsey Long – Instructor & Performer
Kelsey has been involved with the flow and movement arts for over a decade and had her first experience with the aerial arts at Kinetic Fire. She regularly travels to teach and attend flow festivals.
Kelsey’s movement practice took to the air 9 years ago; she has been instructing various forms of aerial for 6.
Kelsey has trained with aerialists from all over, from Floorwork to Lollipop, Sling, Silks, Lyra, and Pole, she believes that everyone has something to share!
Kelsey’s greatest joy is helping others develop their movement practice. She currently holds certifications in Lyra, floorwork, and circuit-style fitness.
”Let your dreams take flight!” – Kelsey Long
Kelsey is available for performances, private lessons (sling, lyra, lollipop), & traveling workshops! Email her at Kelsey@elevated-aerials.com
Candace Sacksteder – Instructor & Performer
Candace found her aerial journey in 2017 after witnessing a performance that left her dreaming to experience aerial dance herself. Exploring the realm of flow arts and dance she met her aerial team at EA, and the dedication came easy. Having lived an active lifestyle and maintaining a yoga practice she was able to build the power and skill to express herself through the aerial art of sling, silks, and lyra. Candace’s passion for aerials deepens with music and her energy radiates to all who are watching!
Candace is a Cirque-it Fitness certified instructor. She recently completed her first lyra teacher training course with Born to Fly.
“Taken flight with my strength, and movement that manipulates my spin. Swimming through a song.. this is my bliss.” – Candace Sacksteder
Candace is available for private lessons on silks as well as aerial performances! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org