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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.

Danielle

Pole Instructor

Melanie

Silks and Flexibility Instructor

Danielle has over 6 years of experience in pole and former owner of Violet Expressions Pole in Fort Wayne. She has competed and performed throughout the Midwest in pole and burlesque. Danielle moved to Columbus with with her 3 cats.

She is a level 5 certified instructor and CPR/First Aid Certified

Melanie has over 6 years of experience in aerial arts and rigging certification through master rigger Brett Copes. She attended Ohio State University and obtained a doctorate there. By day she is also Physical Therapist at Mount Carmel Hospital and specializes in pelvic floor rehabilitation. Melanie also lives in Columbus with her husband and furbabies.

She is a level 4 certified instructor and CPR/First Aid Certified

Angela

Aerial and Pole 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 3 certified instructor.

Chelsea

Aerial Instructor

Chelsea has been doing aerial for 4 years now and was a competitive gymnast for the Ohio State University Club Gymnastics team and worked as a coach at Integrity Gymnastics in Columbus. Chelsea got her degree at OSU as a nurse specializing in respiratory theory and by day works for Grant Hospital. She lives in Blacklick with husband Niyika.

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

Annie

Silks 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 2 certified instructor.

Storm

Pole Instructor

Storm has been doing pole and aerial for over 6 years and has performed both all over Columbus. She has a degree in theatre and masters in Human Resources and has also worked as an actress and performer for Shadow Box Live and still does the occasional acting job around town. Storm lives in Columbus with her husband and 2 furbabies.

She is CPR/First Aide certified and a level 3 certified instructor.

Katy

Pole & Aerial Instructor

Katy has been doing pole and aerial for over 7 years and has performed both all over Columbus. She has a degree in Nuclear Medical Technology and works for Ohio Health. Katy grew up competing and practicing Karate and has a second degree black belt. Katy lives in Columbus with her partner James, 2 kids and furbabies.

She is CPR/First Aide certified and a level 3 certified instructor.

Katie

Hoop 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.