Studio Manager Pole, Hammock & Floor Coach. Tasha is one of The Aviary’s two pole instructors, but she’s one of a kind when it comes to twerk. If you’d like to hear someone use the phrase “cookie box” in a sentence, stop by one of her choreography classes. You’ll get a surprisingly good workout snuck in there between the laughs and butt jokes. Tasha has been teaching pole since 2017, and has done everything from absolute beginner classes to competition prep. If you’re just starting your pole journey, you want Tasha there next to you: she has a talent for making everyone feel welcome and supported, whether they’re flying into an invert or nervous to try their first spin.
Hammock, Silks, Floor & Summer Camp Coach Angela Wiborg warms up (nearly) every class to Genuwine's Pony and if that doesn't make you love them, we don't know what will. As one of the OG teachers of The Aviary, they have over 8 years of experience in aerial hammock. Favorite phrases of theirs include "perfection is the minimum" (this is only for level 3 students), "big day today" (something they say about literally every class they teach), & "healthy tissue doesn't hurt" (usually while they are wincing in pain during foam rolling). Angela teaches high level hammock courses & split panels, & their classes always offer tons of mods & progressions so there's no need to be intimidated. Outside of The Aviary, Angela is a personal trainer who is more or less a walking encyclopedia of muscles & bones. If you're ever curious why a stretch or movement works a certain way, get ready for Anatomy Time with Angela as they’ll break down the science in super accessible ways. Angela’s true love is their dog JoJo & their favorite activity is looking really hot while hanging out with 10-20 aerial friends.
Hammock, Lyra, Floor & Summer Camp Coach Natalie has been a part of The Aviary since 2015, when she started taking classes, but by 2018 she was teaching hammock. In the coolest move of all time, she taught her first ever hammock class at a retreat in Nicaragua. While hammock was her first love, lyra has started to steal her heart. Why not take both her hammock and lyra classes to see which one you think will win? She particularly loves helping students transfer hammock skills over to lyra, so if you’ve been intimidated by the hoop of pain, ahem, aerial hoop, she’s a great person to help you make the switch! Whether she’s teaching hammock or lyra, she’s all about the splits, so drop in to her classes to make beautiful open shapes. She can’t count to save her life, but you’ll always be able to find accessible movements and collaborative time to explore your own style in the air. Few things in this world are more joyful than Natalie’s laugh, and you’ll definitely hear it a lot around The Aviary. One of her greatest skills is helping students see “mistakes” as variations: it’s just a new trick or transition. In her off time, you can find Natalie snuggling her 3 dogs and 3 cats (no, it’s not too many), doing wedding hair, chugging coffee, reading murder mysteries, or binge watching something on Netflix.
Bungee, Hammock, Floor & Summer Camp Coach. Elyce Haskins is the resident bungee expert at The Aviary, and you can thank her for it when you’re bouncing across the studio with a smile on your face. She is the backbone of the bungee program here, and she’s improved it by leaps and bounds (get it? It’s a jumping pun). She started aerial in 2013 with yoga trapeze and immediately realized that her feet belonged in the air. That realization was helped along by the small bonus of finding mental, physical, and emotional growth through aerial. No biggie. Like many of our instructors, Elyce quickly found that one apparatus was not enough, which is why she’s taught yoga trapeze, hammock, bungee, and split panels as well as floor flexibility and acro. Pop in to her classes for the most welcoming atmosphere you’ve ever experienced, with a side helping of solid challenges. Elyce wants to share the way aerial makes her feel (like a total bad*ss) with the students she teaches, and you’ll never meet someone more ready to celebrate your wins. Get ready for a lot of high fives and the occasional side eye when she knows you can do better. Outside of all that, she even manages to have a life outside of circus, which she usually spends hanging out with her kiddo, exploring all outdoor sports, and traveling.
Substitute & Summer Camp Coach. Erin got her aerial start in 2018 and found The Aviary in 2019. Erin’s original aerial goal was to get to a place where she could move through big feelings in the air. Thanks to lots of support from The Incredible Jamie, she got a start in finding her own voice as performer and human. She started teaching trapeze and bungee at The Aviary in 2021, and as a “Swiss Army Knife” has a little bit to teach on just about anything aerial. Erin’s a firm believer in building super solid foundation skills and revisiting them over and over and over. Erin especially loves drops, dynamics and power moves, all of which depend on a rock solid foundation. You’re likely to see Erin in classes as a student more often than as an instructor as she preps for upcoming competitions. While Erin’s proud of her competitive success (who doesn’t love a trophy?) her biggest “win” from competing has been learning to own her unique artistic voice and presence as a performer and human.