Our Aerial ʻOhana

Heather Booth
Owner and Creative Director

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.  In 2015, she moved to Maui and founded Maui Aerial Arts and she is thrilled to have found her forever home.

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 completed her Instructor in Circus Arts training from the Ecole Nationale de Cirque (National Circus School) in Montreal and her 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, refugees, and kids and adults with eating disorders.

Heather’s performance experience is diverse and includes working big venues like  the 1st Bank Center in Denver, The Maui Arts & Cultural Center;  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 has performed at multiple festivals on outdoor rigs and also skilled in ambient aerial for places small venues 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 dogs.

Jenny Olivari
Instructor and Performer
Dance Trapeze, Rope, Silks, Stilts, Fire Dance

 Kerri Melzer
Instructor and Performer

Kerri has always been a mover and a shaker. Dancing to Paula Abdul at age 5, to festivals in her 20’s, and flying between heaven and earth as an acrobat. Kerri was an aerial instructor and performer of silks, lyra, and flying trapeze in Seattle for 6 years at Emerald City Trapeze Arts. Hawaii has been home for 5 years, and on Maui for 2. During those years, she broke my back, found healing arts as a profession, and had a child. After taking a healing hiatus from circus, she excited to get back up in the air. Kerri teaches aerial arts with a focus on conscious movement, conditioning, and skill progression, so her students have a sustainable circus practice. Her teaching style is safe, fun, and sometimes silly.

Kerry Melzer

Mei Wang
Instructor and Performer

Born and raised in New Mexico, Mei has always been inspired by physical movement. Mei moved to Los Angeles for a change of pace and more opportunities. She took her first aerial silks class at Hollywood Aerial Arts and was hooked. Since then Mei has trained at various studios around LA such as The Loft, Fit and Bendy, and Cirque School LA under some of the best circus instructors Los Angeles has to offer. Mei specializes in aerial silks, lyra, hammock, tippy hoop, and aerial doubles while working on her handstands and flexibility. Working as a professional aerialist for many years, Mei also took on teaching her passion for aerial. Mei has taught at many circus and fitness studios around LA. To name a few, Believe Fitness Studio, The Loft, and Jagged Vertical Fitness. In this time, Mei has also obtained her 200hr yoga certification to help her understanding of the human body and has since taught yoga for many years as well as group fitness and kids circus.

Maui aerialist

Tanner Wagner
Pilates and Functional Fitness Instructor

Tanner Wagner is originally from St.George, Utah and has lived and worked on Maui for 3 years. He is certified in Integral yoga and Pilates and has been teaching for 9 years. Tanner teaches Pilates with emphasis on rehabilitation, postural awareness and athletic cross training. In addition to his movement background, he is a a licensed massage therapist which adds to his skill and knowledge in teaching movement and observing posture in the human body.

In his free time, Tanner loves to move and work his body in nature by hiking, surfing, snorkeling. He enjoys a good challenge to his mind, body and spirit and he strives for fluid, strong and comfortable movement in his body. His intention is to teach fluid strength and comfortability in one’s own body.

Haiku Maui Pilates Teacher

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 + Rope

Lani Dawn Thur-Fine
Performer – Silks + Lyra