o Aerial Arts of Utah’s highly qualified instructors come from a variety of movement backgrounds including modern dance, ballet, yoga, and rock climbing. Our teaching focuses on fostering a positive learning environment that encourages safety, physical challenge, and creative expression. Collectively, our instructors have the following advanced level certifications:
~ New England Center for Circus Arts (Aerial Fabric and Trapeze Teacher Training)
~ Master of Fine Arts in Modern Dance
~ Yoga Certification (200 hours)
~ AcroYoga Certification
~ Laban Movement Analysis/Bartenieff Fundaments Certification
~Safety & Risk Management training with USA Gymnastics (United States gymnastics governing body).
~A-EMT staff member
Elizabeth Stich, Associate Director
When Elizabeth Stich’s older brother catapulted her off a makeshift teeter board and into the hospital at the tender age of 8, she never imagined it would foreshadow a career in the circus. A childhood ballerina and college modern dancer turned aerialist, Liz has been an aerial instructor and performer since 2008. Prior to the formation of Aerial Arts of Utah, she was an instructor and co-Artistic Director of Revolve Aerial Dance in Salt Lake City for two years. She is a graduate of New England Center for Circus Art’s Professional Training Program where she specialized in Corde Lisse and Acrobatic Dance and completed over 75 hours of Teacher Training in Aerial Fabrics and Trapeze through Nimble Arts. Recent performances include aerial fabrics in Cirque de la Mer at Sea World San Diego and static trapeze at the Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival in Denver. Liz holds an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah, a BA from the University of Georgia, and a Certificate in Laban Movement Analysis/Bartenieff Fundamentals and has taught as an adjunct professor in several university dance departments.
Adriane Colvin is a native of Salt Lake City and grew up in the modern dance and theater world by virtue of her parents who among other sports and talents taught ballroom dancing. As a child she directed many lavish "plays" with her cousins in the backyard which ultimately led to her attending California State University at Long Beach and receiving her BA in Theater Arts. As a gymnast, swimmer, dancer and actor she has always pushed the creative limits of her creative expression.
Her creative expression found new impetus when she began fire dancing in 2004, choreographing fire performers for local and national events and culminating in her current passion of aerial performance and instruction. Having trained with Revolve Aerial Dance, she has had the opportunity to learn from certified aerialists and mentors. She avidly performs at festivals and events all year long. Her concept of dance is to free the body and you will free the mind.
Nancy Simpson Carter is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, bodyworker, and aerialist from North Carolina. She came to Salt Lake in 2007 to attend The University of Utah, and earn her MFA in Modern Dance. She completed her Laban Movement Analysis Certification under scholarship through Integrated Movement Studies Program.
Nancy has been with Aerial Arts of Utah since 2010. Her circus training has been with Frequent Fliers, New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA), Wise Fool, and Revolve Aerial Arts, among others. As a performer and instructor with AAU she specializes in Lyra, Tippy Lyra, and Bungee. She also enjoys performing doubles work, AcroYoga and stilting. Nancy has completed NECCA teacher trainings in Trapeze and Fabrics.
In addition to her circus work, Nancy performs dance improvisation with Movement Forum (akaMoFo) and exhibits her own blend of dance circus physical theater as Rumble Motion Jawbone. She owns her own business, Rumble Motion Massage and Movement, where she practices massage and movement therapy. nancysimpsoncarter.com
Piper stumbled upon aerial dance in late 2010. Having a background in gymnastics and dance, she has a natural affinity for the art and deep appreciation for the athleticism and beauty that is aerial and circus. She has been performing with Aerial Arts of Utah since 2011 and has had the honor of performing for numerous largely attended events such as The Utah Arts Festival & BYU's annual folk dancing ensemble as well as dozens of corporate and theater productions. Piper specializes in aerial fabric, trapeze and hyper-mobility while also trains in Corde Lisse and lyra. When Piper is not at the aerial studio, she cross trains by swimming and tumbling. She has taught dance, skiing, recreational and competitive gymnastics, giving her a unique coaching style to her teaching. Piper primarily teaches trapeze as well as aerial conditioning and stretching.
Rebecca’s introduction to aerial arts happened in 2009 at Sugar Space in Salt Lake City. It was love at first grip. The mixture of strength, beauty, creativity, connectionand individual artistic expression found in aerial is like nothing else.It's also a FUN hobby when she is not busy chasing after her young son. Since that first class she has been committed to mastering the static trapeze while also dabbling in lyra, hammock and acroyoga. She honed her skillsand performance technique at Aerial Arts of Utah in Sugar House, while also taking classes from TSNY Washington DC, Xelias in Minneapolis, and The Circus Warehouse in NYC.She is excited to be sharing her passionfor aerialarts to help others take flight.
Kimberly Preston, E-RYT, AYT received her certification as an AcroYoga Teacher in 2013 from Jason Nemer, Bonnie Argo, and Chris Loebsack, after several years of a great love affair with AcroYoga. She is inspired by the ability of this practice to break down walls and to build and strengthen community through touch and play. Kimberly is also an experienced Yoga Teacher with over 1000 hours of teaching experience in the styles of Hatha and Vinyasa. She is a certified Thai Massage Practitioner as well as a certified Kids Yoga Teacher. Kimberly has a background in social work and loves to spend time outdoors or with a good book.
Amy Olson (visiting instructor)
Amy Olson is a life-long student of movement with a passion for the healing arts and circus arts. She has a BA in Tibetan Buddhist studies and is the owner of a private massage practice in Salt Lake City specializing in Structural Integration, Thai massage and Craniosacral Therapy. She also has a 200 hour yoga certification.
Amy began to embrace the circus arts when she received her training in AcroYoga (yoga, partner acrobatics and Thai massage) from Jenny Sauer-Klein and Jason Neemer. She has over 3 years experience teaching workshops and classes with this dynamic partner technique. Partnering with the trapeze and fabric was a natural progression and joyous exploration for her. She studied and trained aerial fabric, trapeze and lyra with Revolve Aerial dance, New England Center for Circus Arts and Kate Law of Bow and Sparrow. She has over 2 years experience training and performing. She is excited to be instructing with Aerial Arts of Utah.
She thoroughly enjoys teaching aerial fabric, trapeze and lyra for everything it offers: balance, strength, flexibility and creativity. She believes in making classes fun and accessible for all ages and abilities!