Our 2022 Student Showcase!!

Our 2022 student showcase is quickly approaching! Our students have been working so hard to present their best for all of their friends and family. Doors will open at 2:30PM, show starts at 3PM. Purchase your ticket in advance for $25, or $30 at the door. After party will be held next door at the Taft Brewporium where additional parking and restrooms may be used. Presale tickets will be available until Nov 12th. After that, you may pay at the door upon entry. If you purchase your tickets in advance, all you’ll need is the name of the purchaser at the door for entry.

We hope to see you all!!

Shannon McKenna (The Artist Athlete) Workshops!

This just in and up for registration 🙂 We are hosting a few silks (also known as fabric) workshops taught by the lovely Shannon McKenna!

A little about Shannon

Shannon McKenna was never a dancer, never a gymnast, but one hell of a tree climber.

She earned her B.F.A. from NYU with a concentration in physical theater and decided the summer after college, without much idea of what it meant, to become a circus artist. She packed up her life in a suitcase and traveled the globe in search of the best coaches to teach her and put her work on any stage she could.

Her performance work has spanned from traditional shows in large arenas to intimate contemporary pieces in small black box theaters. She performs as a solo artist, a part of artistic duos, and ensembles. Career highlights being a magician’s assistant in Portugal, a post-food poisoning silks act in the German show WET, and hanging underneath a motorcycle on a tight wire with the Flying Espanas.

As a coach, Shannon is known for making aerial technique approachable and fun, and she is driven by the belief that artists at any stage in their aerial journey have a valuable creative capacity to share. She is widely sought after to teach workshops all over the world.

In 2018, Shannon launched The Artist Athlete Podcast which contains interviews with professionals in the circus industry. It is available on Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, and iTunes. She currently lives in Montreal with her cats Puppy and Hervé.

She is offering 3 silks workshops at EA on November 20th! Check them out and read all about them at the link below.

Aerial Finesse: 4 Day Creative Aerial Intensive

We are thrilled to announce our first ever movement intensive hosted here, at EA! Instructors Brittany Naegel and Samantha Hancock will be offering a FOUR DAY MOVEMENT INTENSIVE combining skill deep dives, creative movement games & inward practice development!

This intensive will work to merge two cornerstones of movement: technique and creativity. 

With equal parts skill focus and finding freeness in your movement, you will explore all the depths of your practice, leaving with a better understanding of who YOU are as an aerial mover.

When: 3/30/23-4/2/23 

Where: Our home Studio of Elevated Aerials in Cincinnati, OH

Registration is now closed!

2022 Student Showcase Registration is now OPEN!!

The date is set! On Sunday, November 13th 2022 we will be hosting our 5th showcase. We are so excited to start the planning process and see what our students have in store. Mark all the calendars because you know, it’s going to be incredible!!

If you’re interested in performing – you can read all about it and what’s required here.

Registration closes September 7th.

Intro to aerial classes!

We’ve moved our Sunday intro classes to 10AM for your brunching pleasure! Join us every Friday and Sunday for our intro to aerial classes. Come play in the air and treat yourself afterwards with brunch with your friends. No experience is needed, all are welcome (ages 12+).

We teach group aerial classes in sling, silks and lyra. We switch apparatuses each week so you have the opportunity to try them all and we highly suggest trying them all too!

Welcoming William to the EA instructor team!!

It is with great pleasure that we welcome one of our long time students, William Ott to the EA instructor team! As of late William has been busy working with my Nose Turns Red Youth Circus Company – for those folks with kids too young for our program (under 12), we highly recommend checking them out as they offer some lovely youth programs! However, most of our student base will recognize Will from our student showcase where he has blown us ALL away with his one of a kind creative performances.

William will be offering an Open Gym and an Intro to Aerial class every Sunday throughout the upcoming summer months. Be sure to register in advance as spots are limited and give him a warm welcome as we hope to be seeing him for many years to come!!

A little more about William:

“William took his first foray into circus arts when he was 16 and a co-worker brought a unicycle to work. Since then he has learned to unicycle, juggle, diabolo, and show off a few skills in a German Wheel. William is always open to the opportunity of challenging himself with a new skill.
William discovered aerials three years ago, and was immediately drawn in. The versatility of aerials for strength building, achieving greater flexibility, and providing an outlet for artistic expression are all part of what engaged William.
Seeing students develop a movement style unique to themselves is always amazing. The variety of ways that one sequence of moves can be performed, and the complexity of personality, style, and artistic choice that students incorporate into their work is mesmerizing to watch.  

William is currently undergoing certification in Lyra with Paper Doll Militia.

You may contact William at william@elevated-aerials.com

Introducing Elevated Aerials Mentorship Program!

After seeing the success of having showcase mentors to guide students through the 8 weeks of showcase prep the last few years, we have decided to make an entire individualized mentorship program help students peruse any of their aerial goals year round. Are you excited? We are! Check out the details below:

Do you have aerial goals and dreams just waiting to be explored? Do you envision yourself doing bigger more high flying things? Do you feel like you’ve hit a plateau? Are you struggling to find motivation? Are you feeling a little lost on where to even start to achieve all these ideas swirling in your head?

We’ve been there, we feel you, we see you, and we are here to support you with Elevated Aerials Mentorship program!

This 6 week program is designed to help you start honing your goals by breaking down big ideas into more bite size pieces. How do we do this? By getting you in the studio more, by mapping out plans specific to YOUR goals, creating new habits, and by holding you accountable along the way.

Here’s what’s included:

ONE half hour Brain Storming Virtual Consultation

SIX one hour private lessons focusing on YOUR goals (virtual and/or studio)

ONE 4-week workshop of either sling, silks or lyra

EIGHT Flexibility and/or Open Gyms

SIX week access to our On Demand Flexibility and/or Aerial Fit based on student goals (virtual)

The cost of this 6 week program is $660 (with an option to break up payments into two separate payments). Please contact your mentor of choice via email in order to schedule your first consult!


Brittany Naegel:

Growing up Brittany enjoyed competing on a national award winning rowing team, coaching swim team for her local community center, and assisting with any outdoor adventure sport she could get her hands on. 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 over! She believes that everyone has a gift to share, and enjoys sharing her love of the fabric with all who are willing to explore. The combination of her knowledge of the body as a Licensed Massage Therapist and her passion for aerials has enabled her to help others realize their strengths, both inside and out.

Finding the balance in life is key and the same goes for aerials. Brittany loves helping folks create an enjoyable routine that may lead to healthy habits, especially when it comes to their aerial practice. If you’re committed to putting in the time and work; Brittany will help put together a plan that suits your lifestyle to assist you in reaching your goals. 

Apparatus & Skill Focus:

  • Sling
  • Movement Quality (non apparatus specific)
  • Strength / Skill Specific Goals
  • Spin Technique

Mentorship Focus:

  • Routine / Habit Building
  • Organization
  • Breaking Down Skill / Strength Goals
  • Creating A Practice That You Enjoy
  • Therapeutic Movement 

Please contact Brittany via email at brittany@elevated-aerials.com

Samantha Hancock:

Samantha specializes in lyra, sling, lollipop, pole, and one of a kind aerial creations, with dance experience in modern, contemporary, exotic, ball room, swing, and argentine tango. She has pursued certifications in Lyra & Silks by Paperdoll Militia, functional and exploratory movement through both of Marlo Fisken’s Level 1 and Level 2 Floor Flow teacher training, while also diving deep into multiple movement intensives and private training across the US. She has developed aerial programs, mentorship programs, communities, and events for multiple aerial studios and companies, while continuously living the life of a student to grow her own movement and teaching practices. Samantha is driven to help students find their own individual creative style. Nothing is more powerful than watching a student, no matter what their skill level, create something they are proud to share with others. 

Apparatus & Skill Focus:

  • Lyra
  • Sling
  • Lollipop
  • Pole
  • Flexibility
  • Functional Movement
  • Floor Flow

Mentorship Focus:

  • Creating Healthy Habits
  • Creative Movement & Development
  • Building road maps to Goals
  • Conditioning
  • Reframing Perspective
  • Flexibility Training
  • Act Creation
  • Quality of Movement

Contact Samantha via email at samantha@elevated-aerials

Kelsey Long:

Kelsey specializes in sling, lyra, lollipop lyra, and floorwork. Her personal movement style is heavily influenced by a flow mindset, often focusing on meditative pathways. Kelsey’s greatest passion is helping others unlock their body’s potential. She has mentored countless aerial students and budding instructors, and regularly seeks mentoring and training opportunities for herself.  
Each person’s movement journey is unique and she would love to help guide you in one or more of the following areas: 

Apparatus & Skill Focus: 

  • Lyra (single & duo)
  • Sling
  • Lollipop
  • Floor Flow

Mentorship Focus: 

  • Routine Development
  • Skill Building & Accountability
  • Quality of Movement
  • Organization & Planning
  • Creative Consultations
  • Social Media Mapping
  • Artistry Professionalism

Please contact Kelsey via email at kelsey@elevated-aerials.com

Zoe Enright:

ZoĂ« is a certified aerial arts instructor with extensive coaching and performance experience on aerial silks, lyra, duo trapeze, flying trapeze, and interactive stage performance. Over the years, she has worked with multiple studios and countless students as a mentor and guide. She specializes in identifying and fortifying one’s artistic goals, creating and refining acts, and producing cohesive and unique events, with a focus on supporting each individual in their process of discovering their preferred niche, personal style, and own joyful practice. She is most fulfilled by diving as deep as possible into the how & why of each movement, and learning from each student as they develop their creativity and creations.

Apparatus & Skill Focus:

  • Aerial Silks (solo and duo work)
  • Lyra (solo and duo)
  • Static Trapeze (duo)
  • Flexibility
  • Strength training
  • Dance technique/freestyle
  • Foundational gymnastics/acrobatics

Mentorship Focus: 

  • Developing one’s personal style
  • Cross training and shifting perspective on own practice
  • Identifying and breaking down accomplishment of long- and short-term goals
  • Movement quality and pushing creative boundaries
  • Act creation and character development
  • Conditioning/flexibility training

Please contact Zoe via email at zoe@elevated-aerials.com