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Lorrie Lancaster and Michelle Boniface opened Aerial Elements in September 2016 after their home studio closed to continue to make available Aerial Arts to existing students and to the community. We are located in Bluffton, South Carolina within Riptide MMA and also offer some limited classes at Energy gymnastics on Hilton Head Island. Our goal is to foster a community oriented and creative learning space and give our students the opportunity to have fun learning Aerial Silks and Aerial Dance in a supportive and safe environment.
With 8 years of aerial experience, our owners Lorrie Lancaster and Michelle trained with Suzette Springer at their former home studio, Move and Motion (former Cirque and Big Apple Circus performer). They have attended workshops with acclaimed aerialists including: Olympian Christine Van Loo of Cirque de la Symphonie, NECCA instructors, Susan Murphy of The Marsh Studio, Jill Franklin of Aerial Physique and the amazing Sarah Romanowsky. They have completed Aerial Instructor training with Born To Fly with Julianna Hane and will be continuing through all levels of certifications.
Kathleen O'Donnell began her adventure in aerial arts in a circus commune. From the time she first touched the fabrics, she has dedicated her world to learning everything possible. She has trained exclusively under Amber Monson, Kara Jones and Melissa Coffee. She currently teaches at Sky Gym in Atlanta, Georgia. And has gained her teacher certification through Amber Monson. She has also completed teacher training with the Circus Arts Insitute. She specializes in breaking tradition and performing to alternative music, and is currently performing with the Off Centered project. Kathleen visits us regularly from Atlanta to teach our advanced workshops and also offers private lessons when she is here teaching workshops or is in town performing with us!