Join us for a fun, challenging class that will set you up for a great start to your lyra journey! Janelle will help you develop clean, safe, technique and a healthy relationship to your apparatus. This class is appropriate for students with no aerial experience up through those who have some experience with lyra, and for students of any level who want to revisit the basics with an eye on safety and technique!
Janelle is a professional contortionist and aerialist from the San Francisco bay area. Janelle coaches her aerial and flexibility students with a style informed by her background in dance and education theory. She empowers her students to identify and pursue their own goals, while emphasizing the importance of safety and technique. Described as humorous, encouraging, exploratory, and warm, Janelle creates a personal connection with students that persists outside of the classroom. She works with all ages and skill levels, and excels with students who are exploring their artistic identities. Janelle coaches act development with a unique perspective produced by her training as a therapist and in physical theater method; exploratory, unflinching, and holistic. Janelle completed an apprenticeship with the Paperdoll Militia and has been teaching since 2013, at Poletential, Ascend Aerial Arts, Aerial Artique, and Kinetic Arts Center. Janelle was the Aerial Program Lead Instructor at Ascend Aerial Arts before her move to Colorado in 2017. She is currently the Education Director at MOTH Contemporary Circus Center in Denver, and coaches at multiple studios in the Denver area. Janelle is also the brain behind @cirque_psych on Instagram: an account dedicated to conversations about mental health, brain health and wellbeing in circus.