Meet Our Instructors
At Flagstaff Aerial Arts, we’re proud of our enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff! Our instructors have years of experience in education, coaching, and aerial instruction. We greatly value your aerial education and safety all the while ensuring your training is welcoming, inclusive, and fun. Come visit any (or all) of our fabulous instructors!
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 5 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.
Willow is the Pole 2 instructor at Flagstaff Aerial Arts and has been teaching since Fall 2018. She enjoys creating choreography for her packed classes and loves the strength that pole fitness requires. She is currently enrolled in Northern Arizona University and looks forward to being able to apply her circus skills to future endeavors.
Gemma has been training with Kristi on the silks since she was young and now teaches her own class! She and her cousins, FAA alumni, have been involved in the aerial arts for years, performing and instructing around town. She attends Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy.
Better-known as “Miss Abbey” to the Youth Circus classes on Wednesdays, Abbey is a jack of all trades who has been known to dabble on every apparatus Flagstaff Aerial Arts has to offer. She is currently a student at Northern Arizona University.
Kayla is one of our instructors for youth circus (ages 6-10). 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.
Skye is our Pole 1 instructor on Tuesday nights and loves the grace and power that pole provides. She is also an expert hula-hooper, fire enthusiast, and member of the Circus Bacchus performance troupe.