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Jen Wheeler

Owner/Instructor/Performer

Jen came to training aerials in 2009 with a background in classical ballet. She began training with Heather Booth, the founder of Miraas. Since then she has trained with Jerome Schwab, Lisa Natoli, Daniel Sullivan, Julio Batista de Souza, Rachel Walker, and Tanya Burka. Jen performs as often as possible, and has taken her skills as an aerialist and instructor to Thailand to teach in a Social Circus program.

In May 2014, Jen officially took over Miraas, after it's founder, Heather, moved to Honolulu, HI.  As the owner, Jen has continued to deliver and foster a superb environment to train and learn aerials in Denver by brining together incredible aerial talent from around Denver and North America to teach classes and extensive workshops. Jen has a deep sense of community and it is apparent at Gravity Aerial Arts.

 

 Photo  by Michael McMaster

Photo  by Michael McMaster

Megan McMaster

Owner/Instructor/Performer

Megan McMaster AKA “Aerial Meg”- is a Denver native and a lifelong dancer.  She was given an opportunity to perform on the Spanish web in a school production of Barnum in 1998.  Megan felt immediately drawn to aerial arts and so she sought out and was graced with many more opportunities to learn and perform more.  She has trained in Boulder, Denver, Los Angeles, with many incredible aerial artists from all over the world.  Some of her many amazing instructors have included Fred Deb, Julio Batista, Lisa Natoli, Daniel Sullivan and Aloysia Gavre.  Some of her favorite performances have been with Devotchka as one of the Slavic Sisters, Decadence NYE, and Tour de Fat.

She started teaching and performing professionally in 2008.  She completed the Rocky Mountain Micro Finance Institute’s Business Launch Boot Camp course in 2015 where she developed her business plan to open an aerial dance studio.  She is extremely excited for this new chapter of her life as co-owner of Gravity Aerial Arts!

 Photo by Michael McMaster

Photo by Michael McMaster

Robyn Julian

Aerial Instructor/Performer

Robyn began training aerial with Heather Booth in 2010, and has been training and performing with Miraas ever since. She performs on fabric, rope, lyra, and trapeze, trying to rotate to keep her skills fresh on each! Robyn has attended classes, workshops, and lessons in many locales, from Santa Cruz to Sarasota, to Melbourne, Australia. She has been fortunate to have been able to learn from such artists as Daniel Sullivan, Tanya Burka, La Norma Fox, and many others. Robyn is a classical violinist, and finds herself fastidious about having choreography match the music!

She underwent teacher training with Heather before she left for Hawaii, and has since supplemented this with teacher training workshops with Tanya Burka.

 

 

 
 Photo by Nina Reed

Photo by Nina Reed

Drew Butler

Aerial Instructor/Performer

Drew started moving creatively in high school, when he learned how to tap dance so he could be in the school musical. Rehearsing after school, he found a passion for dance and movement expression that led him ultimately to aerial. He studied dance and English literature in college, and spent a season dancing professionally with Evolving Doors Dance. But it was through AcroYoga that he found the circus arts (and the family of weirdos who practice them).

He started his AcroYoga training in 2011 under Raj Seymour and Yuki Tsuji. Instantly hooked on the intimate connections and playfulness, he pursued more high level acrobatic training, studying under Matt Fields-Johnson and Elizabeth Overton, Niko Douwes, and Pascal Weis, among others. He makes his acrobatic home at Flight Club, in Denver.

Drew started doing aerial in February 2015, focusing mainly on fabric and trapeze, and recently completed his aerial teacher training through Miraas. He delights in finding unique transitions and dynamic moves. 

 

 
 Photo by January Dudack

Photo by January Dudack

Ashley Turner

Aerial Instructor/Performer

Ashley Turner began training in Denver at Miraas Circus Arts in 2013, where she started on the Aerial Silks. She continued her Aerial Arts training in Utah, where she discovered her love for the Aerial Hoop/Lyra. She spent the following two years focusing on the Lyra, while cross training on the Aerial Silks, Pole, and Trapeze, as well as other unique aerial apparatuses at various studios across the Unites States. Ashley is excited to introduce students to the basics, conditioning, strengthening, and exploring the beautiful world of the Lyra.

 
 Photo by Brent Andeck

Photo by Brent Andeck

Yuina Satoh

Aerial Instructor/Performer

Yuina discovered and fell in love with the circus arts in San Francisco, CA where she developed her particular fondness for aerial straps. After watching a beautiful duo aerial straps act by Cirque du Soleil, she was determined to become such an aerialist. Utilizing her gymnastics background, she trained intensively for the next four years on aerial straps with Dominik Wyss (the best of the best). Learning to work with the beauty and grace of the aerial straps, she is excited to share her love and knowledge to the aspiring aerial straps artists. She has been training in straps since 2012.

 
 Photo by Nina Reed

Photo by Nina Reed

Addie Pitre

Aerial Instructor/Performer

Addie Pitre truly has a love for creative expression in all it's many forms. Other than creating wearable art, one of her ultimate favorites is the ability to translate music into movement utilizing the entire body. She has always loved to dance, but something really opened her heart to a new level when she began learning Aerial Arts several years ago through Aerial Fabric Acrobatics in Denver, CO. Self empowerment, healing, strength, and courage are only a few of the incredible characteristics sharing this art through teaching and performance has granted her. 

She has trained at Aerial Cirque Over Denver and Miraas Circus Arts, learning much from Megan McMaster in recent years. Addie has performed for many events around Denver, Sonic Bloom Music Festival, as well as special events in New Orleans, her hometown. Addie is an ambassador of the heart, encouraging all to believe, live and move from this space. She has a deep love for teaching Aerial Arts and truly lights up with the ability to instill this love in others!

 
 Photo by Dave Wood

Photo by Dave Wood

Jennifer Thies

Aerial Instructor/Performer

Jennifer discovered aerial dance during her last semester of college in 2007. Though her degree was in architecture, she immediately made room for aerial. An artist by nature, she’s explored most mediums of art throughout her life, and aerial is no exception. After many performances including one of Devotchka’s Halloween extravaganzas at the Fillmore auditorium and multiple years with the MAX Holiday Fasion show, she opened and ran Relevé Aerial Dance Studio for 5 years before taking a sabbatical from the studio to focus on aerial creativity. After a year of exploration, Jennifer is ready to share her passion for silks and creativity again

 

 
 Photo by Dave Wood

Photo by Dave Wood

Katrina Schwarzenberger

Flexibility & Aerial Instructor/Performer

Katrina began her circus journey 9 years ago. With a background in Tae Kwon Do, she fell in love with aerial dance during her first class. Through training flexibility to improve her aerial skills, she found another joy in contortion. By teaching she has been able to share her passion for aerial the past 7 years and her love of contortion the past 4 years. In addition to teaching, she finds joy and excitement performing her art whether it has been at an outdoor festival or private event. She enjoys helping students of all ages and abilities reach their goals and surpass their own expectations.

 
 Photo by Nina Reed

Photo by Nina Reed

Leilani Rose

Aerial Instructor/Performer

Leilani has been learning to get untangled (& sometimes fly) on the aerial silks since 2013. She has trained at Kinetic Theory Circus and Aerial Physique in Los Angeles, CA, and completed her Aerial Teacher Training at MOTH Contemporary Circus Center here in Denver, CO. 

As one of the founding members of Rainbow Militia, a Denver-based circus collective, she has performed live with Jonny 5 of the Flobots, Chimney Choir, and was featured in LA-based Molly Moore's music video, “No Stress.” She has also had the opportunity to perform with Atlas Obscura in their immersive event, House of Embers. 

She is very fortunate to have been part of Gravity Aerial Art’s inaugural production of The Little Mermaid, and is incredibly happy to be joining Gravity’s amazing circus family!

 

Sydney Calian

Hula Hoop Instructor/Performer

Sydney is a hula hoop dancer and performer based out of Denver, CO. She has been spinning for 4 years and performing and teaching for 3! Sydney specializes in single and double hoop dance. She has taught workshops at festivals, gatherings in parks, and events! 
 

 
 
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Estee Zakar

Handstands and Acro Balance Instructor/Performer

Estee graduated with a Master's in Social Work but realized that being an acrobat was much more fun! Estee is a professional pole dance champion and has has traveled the world performing, judging and teaching master workshops. She specializes in personal training, pole fitness, hand balance, flexibility and conditioning. Estee is the owner of the Colorado Pole Dance championship and is sponsored by numerous fitness companies. She hopes to teach people how to find their balance and control their bodies in upright and inverted positions.