Flagstaff Aerial Arts was founded by Joan Grant and other aerialists in the past year. Their studio opened near downtown and has been consistently hosting classes and workshops, expanding their programming each month. The group gave their first performance, How To Fly, at the Green Room in April 2014.
They also conducted a summer camp for youth, FunTown Circus Camp, at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Students raved about their experience in the camp, which culminated in a finale performance on Heritage Square during First Friday ArtWalk.
Joan Grant has a long history of devoting herself to creating opportunities in the arts. She is a Co-founder of a non-profit community dance organization in Colorado called the Crested Butte Dance Collective. Joan is passionate about teaching aerial dance and other dance styles to learners of all ability levels. She is trained in Physically Integrated Dance and Dance for Parkinson’s. She believes that dance is for every BODY and loves to share the joy she gets out of dance with people of all types. See a short film HERE about her work, courtesy of Pete Giovali.
Other instructors at Flagstaff Aerial Arts:
Lauren Reid is a passionate adventurer who believes that the joys of life are amplified exponentially through sharing with others. She began learning about performance at an early age and performed in theatre productions with South Coast Reparatory. She has earned her level 7 Certificate of Merit in classical Opera, first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and second level Krav Maga. Her training in Aerial Arts began with Miraas Aerial in Denver Colorado as well as Aerial Dance Over Denver and continued training with Ruby Karen and Aerial Fitness Orange County. She is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor and worked with Aerial Fitness Orange County leading Yoga and taking part in Aerial performance opportunities. The Silks are her specialty and constant companion, traveling with her wherever she goes.
Kristi Long obtained a BFA in Theater Education from Arizona State. Soon after graduation she discovered she should have minored in dance and has spent the last 15 years training in everything from Ballet to Capoeira. It is this exploration that lead her to aerial dance. She began dancing in the air in 2009 while creating choreography for Canyon Movement Company. She quickly realized she needed more, and began training with Katherine Tesch at Tucson Circus Arts. In addition to teaching aerial silks, Kristi teaches Dance and Theater at Coconino High School and also owns a Pilates studio, Long Line Pilates. Kristi teaches silks at Flagstaff Aerial Arts on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Before she moved to Flagstaff, Morgan Louvier spent five years at Trapeze U in Gilbert, Arizona pursuing the art of flying trapeze. She was an intern for the school and taught children’s camps in her last year there. However, in order to pursue a degree at NAU, she thought she had to leave trapeze behind. She then discovered Circus Bacchus in Flagstaff and now performs static trapeze, double trapeze, and fire fans with them. Morgan teaches static trapeze on Monday nights.