Meet Our Instructors
At Flagstaff Aerial Arts our instructors combined experience cannot be matched. Our instructors have years of experience in the education, coaching, and aerial instructing arenas. We greatly value your aerial education and safety all the while ensuring your training is in a welcoming, inclusive, and fun environment.
Kristi Long obtained a BFA in Theater Education from Arizona State and
soon after a dance degree. She has training in various dance styles,
ranging from Ballet to Capoeira. She began dancing in the air in 2009
while creating choreography for Canyon Movement Company. Kristi
continued training with Katherine Tesch at Circus Academy of Tucson.
In addition to teaching aerial silks, Kristi teaches Dance and Theater at
Coconino High School and owns a local Pilates studio, Long Line Pilates!
Kristi started teaching aerial silks in 2010 with Canyon Movement company soon after moving to Human Nature Dance Studio in Downtown Flagstaff. Kristi taught over flowing, mixed level, silks classes with only two aerial silks and realized she was quickly out growing her space. It was here that Kristi and Circus Bacchus teamed up to form Flagstaff Aerial Arts and move to a bigger space (our current studio) and start teaching a variety of apparatuses.
Jenn started performing with Circus Bacchus in 2011 as a hula hoop dancer. She was introduced to aerial arts shortly after and fell in love with the Lyra. Apparently she has a thing for hoops. She has now been a Lyra instructor for about 4 years now with FAA. She enjoys teaching Lyra and aerial conditioning because it is fun, challenging and her favorite activity. Outside of aerial arts she enjoys hanging out with her 3 sons and other family, rock climb, hike and camping.
Amanda started taking aerial silks classes in 2013 with Kristi back at Human Nature Dance Studio. She quickly fell in love with aerial dance and became a regular at Kristi's classes and eventually started subbing for Kristi. Amanda recently completed one of NECCA and Nimble Art's aerial teacher trainings. Amanda was a gymnast and spring board diver before she became an aerialist. She coached gymnastics and has been teaching aerial silks with FAA since it began back in 2014. She also joined Circus Bacchus back in 2014 as a dancer once she completed her Masters of education in Counseling/ Student Affairs at NAU and has been performing with them ever since. She performs on Sling, Trapeze, and Silks and started directing Circus Bacchus in 2016.
Heather has been involved in the aerial arts for 5 years now. She started on the silks in 2012, and shortly after learned lyra and trapeze. Heather joined Circus Bacchus in 2015 and has been performing aerial ever since. She also has been dancing, mostly modern, with her school and at Canyon Dance Academy for 5 years. One of her favorite aspects of aerial is that she can incorporate her dance experience in the air. This is what inspired her to teach the aerial flow class. Heather also does theatre. Basically, Heather spends a lot of time performing. She started teaching beginning aerial in 2016 and found a passion for teaching. She now teaches beginning aerial and aerial flow along with assisting silks 2 and trapeze, and loves every minute of it.
Kayla is our new youth instructor for aerial fabric (ages 7-10). She is from Colorado and is currently working on her Masters of Education in Counseling Student Affairs at the Northern Arizona University. Kayla got her start in aerial dance learning under aerial artists of the Salt Fire circus in Durango, Colorado, followed by the Boulder Circus Center and with Illuminar Aerial in Boulder, Colorado. Her teaching experience began with the Salida Circus where she ran circus camps and taught youth circus classes at the Boys and Girls Club. She has also taught begginer aerial fabric workshops for college students and community members in Alamosa, Colorado. She is excited to be in teaching again as an instructor for Flagstaff Aerial Arts!
Katie has been training in aerial silks for five years and trapeze for four. She has enjoyed performing in a variety of Circus Bacchus performances and other aerialist shows like Dark Sky Aerial’s production of TILT. Katie has also performed in many other productions from The Nutcracker Suite in Modern Bare Feet, to the show she directed, Culpable. Aerial is her Joie de vie per-say and she spends most of her time either hanging from the ceiling at the studio or finding some way to hang upside-down in her everyday life.