Heather first learned the art of trapeze and aerial dance in 1997 in New Orleans, and she’s had a hard time walking on the ground ever since.
Heather has been coaching aerials since 2006, teaching aerial silk, static trapeze, single point dance trapeze, lyra, and aerial yoga to adults and children. Heather co-founded and owned Miraas Aerial Arts (know known as Gravity Aerial Arts) a Denver-based aerial studio where she was Creative Director and Lead Instructor from 2009-2013. In 2013 Heather moved to Honolulu and began teaching aerial at Still and Moving Center.
Heather has taught workshops at Wanderlust Oahu, Aerial Cirque over Denver, L’Ru Studios, Still and Moving Center, and international at circus festivals. She is also very active in international Social Circus and was an invited trainer for the “Climbing Walls” Youth Circus Festival in Akko, Israel, and for the Makampom Theatre in Thailand.
She has completed aerial teacher training from the New England Center for Circus Arts in trapeze, lyra, and silks. She is also a certified Circus Arts Therapist through The Circus Arts Institute. She has experience working with kids on the spectrum, and kids and adults with eating disorders. She is currently completing her Instructor in Circus Arts training from the Ecole Nationale de Cirque (National Circus School) in Montreal.
Heather’s performance experience is diverse and includes working big venues like the 1st Bank Center in Denver; medium sized venues like The New Orleans Children’s Museum, The Oriental Theatre in Denver, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre, Honolulu Museum of Art, and the historic Iao Theatre in Maui, and smaller theatre productions. She is also experienced at performing outdoors on self standing rigs, including a recent performance in Maui at the Pacific Whale Day Festival. She has also performed night club ambient aerial for places like eleven 44 in Chinatown in Honolulu, Bender’s in Denver, and others.
In addition to teaching aerial in the studio, Heather has spent years traveling and teaching culture and human rights as a university professor. She teaches online classes for the University of Denver University College Global Affairs MA program and finds often finds inspiration for aerial productions from the intense dialogue about culture, privilege, power, and the shared traits of human condition that we all experience regardless of age, race, geography, and culture. As a circademic, Heather has worked as a social circus aerial trainer in Israel, Palestine, and Thailand, teaching trust and peace through circus skills. Heather uses her art form to benefit the nonprofits she advocates for by donating performances for events. To date she has donated performances at fundraisers for to PETA, Planned Parenthood, Mental Illness Awareness Events, Heathly Mothers and Healthy Babies, and community collaborations, such as Adaptations Theatre’s Maui 2016 and 2017. Heather has also co-choreographed with Amelia Couture a rope routine for Adaptation’s annual Bring it Home. yearly show.
Heather’s aerial trainers have included: Julio Batista de Souza of Cirque du Soleil’s “Ka”; Alexandra Walker of the Slavic Sisters; and Carrie Heller of the Circus Arts Institute among others. Heather has had the privilege to take workshops and/or private lessons with Shayna Swanson (trapeze and rope), Lisa Natoli (rope and silk); Elizabeth Rose (trapeze), Rain Aya of Paperdoll Militia (silks and duo silks), Tanya Burka (lyra and trapeze) Josh Rigo of Frequent Flyers (rope) and Ukoyia Mastin of New England Center for Circus Arts (teacher training trapeze, silks, lyra)
Heather is thrilled to be in Maui with her family, and they are very excited to make Maui their forever home. When she isn’t teaching online or teaching aerial, she is hanging out with her daughter, husband and dog Louis.
Victoria Roos, Performer and Aerial Coach (Rope, Silks, Hair Hanging, Lyra, Handbalancing)
Amy Erikson, Performer (Silks, Lyra, Pole, Lollypop Lyra)
As a young gymnast, Amy learned to love being upside down. She found circus arts in 2013 when she took her first flying trapeze class. From there she accelerated into the world of acrobatics, aerial silks, lyra, and flying trapeze instructor.
Amy enthralls audiences with her powerful technique and unique grace. Amy performs all over the island and is a cast member of ‘Ulalena. Amy is also a lyra and aerial yoga play instructor at Body in Balance in Lahaina.
Amelia Couture, Performer and Instructor (Silks and Rope)
Susanna, Performer (Silks and Lyra)
Susanna is a Maui girl, born and raised in the islands. She is an incredible fire dancer and and aerialist. Her knack of storytelling through dance will add a magical and thrilling element to your special event. She awes onlookers with a stunning blend of strength and grace. SeaFire has been influenced by a wide variety of dance styles such as; Tahitian, Hawaiian, Bellydance, Balinese, Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary. Her specialties are: Firedance performance, Aerial Lyra and Silk performance, LED performance and Bellydancing. SeaFire has completed the Aerial Angels Academy Pro Course Certification in Australia which covers all ranges of professional aerial performance as well as acrobatics, showgirl and dance training.”
Clover, Performer (Silks and Lyra)
It is from a place of magic, wonderment & sensual beauty that Clover draws her inspiration to share with all. Her innate sense of playfulness & grace is a joy to experience & her positive attitude is a treasure for all those she engages, performs & works with. She began her training in Minneapolis 7 years ago & has been passionate about aerial arts ever since. Having chosen to make the Kauai her home & training ground Clover love is poised and ready for the next amazing adventure that life has to offer….. she will be coming soon to drop down on you from the stars! Having established her presence on the scene Clove Love has performed many festivals including Project Earth, Earth Day Festival, Campfire, Burning, Mystic Island Festival, Knotfest, Source Maui and Burning Man. She has also performed at Grand Wailea Hotel for fundraisers and private events. She also preformed regularly as a troupe member for Ulalena – starring as Hina.Other shows include New Years Eve at Gotel Manor, Maui Fringe Festival, Maui Whale Day, Full Moon Parties, Stomping Ground, Ground Zero Night Club & Kingman Studios. She has collaborated with the Flared Base Collective & Maui Aerial Arts producing & performing variety mixed media art shows in Minneapolis & Maui. In addition to aerial Clover Love also performs with fire hoop, staff, poi, partner & body balancing, modern dance & teaches yoga & workshops. Clover currently lives in the beautiful island of Kauai and owns Kauia Aerial Arts.
Makana Gabin, Performer (Silks and Lyra)
Lani Dawn Thur-Fine, Performer (Silks and Lyra)