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Ashley Smith
Ashley Smith formally started her education in the arts in the year 2007 as a professional dancer and then made her way into the world of circus. She received a Bachelor's Degree at the University of Colorado and then completed the Professional Training Program for Aerial Arts at Frequent Flyers in Boulder, Colorado. Ashley has performed all around the states with MOTH Poetic Circus, Iluminar Aerial, Aerial Dreamworks, and Frequent Flyers Inc. Alongside her duo trapeze partner Daniel Nolasco, she is the winner of Best Artistic Award at the Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival in Denver, CO. For the last three years Ashley has performed solo and duo work on board the German cruise line, Mein Schiff TUI Cruises. In addition to her life as a circus artist she loves dancing, climbing, and exploring new places.

Bailey Freeman
Bailey Freeman specializes in aerial rope, hammock and silks, along with chair acrobatics and veil poi. Since starting her aerial journey in 2014, she has trained at Sora Aerial Arts, Miss Fit Academy, FALL Aerial Arts and several other studios around the world, and she has studied aerial pedagogy under Paper Doll Militia. She began teaching hammock and silks in 2018, and she is thrilled to be a part of Nashville's first resident aerial rope program. Bailey is a member of the Nashville-based circus artist collective Suspended Gravity, where she performs and works in live event production, dance installation design and act creation. Outside of circus, she enjoys painting, traveling, hiking and camping.

Chachi Valencia
Chachi “The Rocketman” Valencia has been a sixth-generation circus performer starting from the age of 12 as part of the Flying Valencias trapeze artists. He has toured internationally, including performing with Ringling Brothers with the Flying Alvarez troupe and Shrine Circus. Chachi transitioned from flying trapeze to a career as a human cannonball in 2008, having performed in the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony as well as the 2014 Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Chelsea Gibbons
Chelsea Gibbons specializes in Flying Trapeze as both a flyer and a catcher, as well as aerial silks, hammock and chains. She began as a competitive ice skater and trampoline and tumbler, then transitioned into circus at Club Med, spending nearly 7 years teaching and performing circus in Club Med Resorts around the world. She has also worked at Momentum Academy in Port Saint Lucie, FL and iFly Trapeze in Long Island, NY. Chelsea is currently in graduate school at Belmont University.

Kristen Teffeteller
Kristen Teffeteller - “tiny, mighty, and caffeinated” - spreads her love of circus & dance via her acrobatic dance and circus arts classes in the Middle Tennessee area. She is a Certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor, professionally trained circus artist and coach. Her specialities are Acrobatic Dance, Hula Hoops, Cyr Wheel, Aerial Fabric, and Trapeze. Kristen’s artistic training includes graduation from the Professional Program at New England Center for Circus Arts (2014); 10+ years training hula hoop and aerial arts; and 13 years combined in dance and multiple instruments. When not teaching, Kristen performs regularly across the country in various productions, and enjoys rock concerts, roller skating, outdoor exploration, and science fiction/fantasy.

Paige Muirhead
Paige Muirhead danced throughout her childhood, but found her true passion as an aerialist in 2013 as a beginner fabric student. Now she enjoys seeing the same enthusiasm in her students and helping them achieve their goals. She trains aerial silks, aerial hammock, lyra and continues exploring the varieties of circus arts. Paige Muirhead is a member and co-producer for Suspended Gravity, a Nashville-based circus artist collective

Sarah Atenhan
Sarah Atenhan was born and raised in Oak Park, IL – the hometown of Frank Lloyd Wright, Iman Shumpert, and Betty White, to name a few! She trained in flamenco, ballet, modern, improvisation, and jazz techniques at the Academy of Movement and Music and Lou Conte Dance Studio, home to Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Upon graduation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sarah moved to Chicago and spent several years developing her professional career in aerial, dance, and education. In 2017, Sarah and her family moved to Nashville and formed the non-profit aerial dance company, Satellite Dance. In addition to the stage, Sarah is currently expanding her projects to the film industry, most notably choreographing a national spot for Birchbox and directing Satellite Dance’s 2020 film, By Nature.

Yuki recently moved to Nashville from her home town Saskatoon SK, Canada. On the ice from the age of 2, Yuki was a Competitive Figure Skater. After her competitive career she pursued her dream to perform as a Professional Figure Skater. She performed around the world on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for 5 years as an Adagio Pair Skater. After retiring from her performing career, Yuki and her husband decided to settle in Los Angeles, CA where she discovered aerial arts. Yuki found a new passion for performing and teaching through aerial. She completed her aerial teacher training certifications through NECCA as well as other accredited aerial certifications from various countries. Yuki opened Saskatchewan’s first aerial arts studio of it’s kind in 2013 and has over 7 years experience teaching Aerial Silks, Lyra, Hammock and AntiGravity® Yoga for all ages and levels. Yuki’s excited to share her passion for aerial arts and can’t wait to meet the aerial community in Nashville.