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.