Our Team

We are an eclectic team of instructors who love to teach and have fun with our students and in our classes.
You’ll never find a more dedicated and welcoming group elsewhere.

All staff are CPR/First Aid Certified and have received child abuse prevention, detection and reporting training through Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Valerie

Co-owner/Instructor

Valerie, a Columbus native, was dancing and involved in the arts from the time she was kid up through adulthood training in lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, belly dance, salsa, ballroom. In 1999 she began dancing in an exotic dance club and eventually quit to devote time to her new born daughter. After a few years of working in various gyms and teaching dance and fitness classes she decided she really missed the pole, way she felt dancing, and the shape she’d been in from it. She began working for a brand new pole studio that opened in 2005, fulfilling her dream of teaching pole dance, and quickly became manager of the studio. In 2007, after deciding it was time to do things her way she opened her own studio. Valerie started out renting space by the hour, doing private lessons in home, etc and eventually grew into opening her own studio. She has performed pole and aerial all over Columbus and the Midwest and was honored in early 2013 introduced pole to the Arnold Sports Festival for the first time ever. Valerie is CPR certified, group fitness certified and has a personal training certification through NCCPT.

Kara

Program Director

Christian

Certified Personal Trainer

Jamie

Instructor

Jamie is a performance artist specializing in aerial hoop. A Columbus, Ohio native, she began her craft on aerial silks in 2013 after attending a local performance. While experimenting with several different aerial apparatuses, she initially avoided aerial hoop due to its painful and challenging nature. Continuing in her efforts, she became drawn to the stylistic possibilities and artistic complexity that it allowed. She soon fell in love with the apparatus, and found success after her first duo aerial hoop performance at a local club. She now travels the country seeking training from her favorite performers, and is rapidly establishing herself as a leader in the Columbus aerial scene through teaching and performing. She is CPR/First Aide certified and a level 4 certified instructor.

Angela

Instructor

Angela has been practicing aerial for 3 years and hopes to be flying for many more. She defies gravity on several apparatuses, including, but not limited to: lyra, pole, and hammock. Her background in dance and human anatomy provide her the opportunity to bring together style, grace, and technical knowledge. Angela’s teaching philosophy is built on a combination of anatomy, conditioning, flexibility, and aerial technique. She is passionate about choreography and loves to create unique pieces that truly unite movement and music into one performance. One of Angela’s defining principles originates from an Amelia Earhart quote: “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” She is CPR/First Aide certified and a level 1 certified instructor.

Chelsea

Instructor

She is CPR/First Aide certified and a level 4 certified instructor.

Annie

Instructor

Annie has been consistently training in Aerial Silks since the fall of 2016. Even with no dance or gymnastics background to speak with Annie has worked very hard and has been committed to increasing her strength, self-confidence, and talents. She enjoys performing and training so much she started teaching in hopes of encouraging and assisting other beginner aerialists. She is CPR/First Aide certified and a level 4 certified instructor.

Katie

Instructor

My name is Katie and I love circles. When I first started hula hooping, I had no idea what kind of journey I was about to start. I have been hooping over 5 years now, and performing with Rhythmic Illusions Fire Tribe. Prior to hooping, I was in color guard in high school where I learned how to flow with flags and rifles. This helped my understand the fluid movement of working with a hula hoop. My fiance, and several of my friends are also into flow arts-as we all created our performance troupe. I am very excited to be teaching hoop dance at Infinity Aerial, and am eager to share the joys of hooping with others.