Jessica
Aerial Arts & Fitness Instructor

Health and fitness have always played a very important role in Jessica's life.  She has trained and coached kids and adults with great success over many years, and it is truly her passion to spread the joy of fitness and living a healthy lifestyle to as many people as she can. 

Jessica graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education, working as a teacher for 3 years after graduating. But Jessica always knew aerial fitness was how she wanted to spend the majority of her time. She is able to apply her skills as a teacher still as an aerial fitness trainer and coach. The fun she has teaching and accomplishing new feats in the air make everyday one she looks forward to. Aerial fitness has allowed Jessica to develop personal strength, flexibility and friendships with fellow classmates that she hasn’t found doing any other type of workout. She's hooked, and you will be too!

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Jessica has trained with countless professional aerialists in the disciplines of specific apparatuses, flexibility/contortion training, and strength & conditioning techniques. She is so excited to share the joy of flying and fitness with you!

Laura
Aerial Fitness Instructor

Laura grew up playing soccer, tennis, and running, and continues to be active in these sports. Her transition to aerials was by coincidence, but she instantly fell in love with the combination of strength and beauty that silks provides. She believes that aerials give her new challenges as she focuses on improving her flexibility, stamina, and confidence as a performer. She emphasizes balance in her personal fitness and attributes aerial fitness as giving her the equilibrium she was looking for. She is enthusiastic to be a part of Bella Forza’s team imparting her love of aerials onto new students!  

Aerial fitness has become a huge part of Laura’s life. She has trained on a variety of circus apparatuses including silks, Spanish web, lyra, and trapeze. She is thrilled to be using these skills to perform in her first circus in Louisville this spring. Laura loves being airborne in all its forms, in addition to aerials as she is also a pilot and has a hard time keeping her feet on the ground!

Olivia
Yoga, Weight Training, and HIIT Instructor

Olivia is a high-enery, young and fit individual who grew up in the gym setting. She has specialized training in aerial yoga, vinyasa yoga, water aerobics and an AFAA certification for Primary Group Exercise. Undergoing education for 200hr RYT, Olivia has received training from various Registered Yoga Trainers (RYTs) and has attended arm balance as well as acroyoga workshops. She also went through AFAA’s yoga teacher training course. She currently teaches yoga , yoga sculpt, water aerobics, aerial yoga, weight training, bootcamps and dance aerobics!

 

 

Karen
Dance & Fitness Instructor

Karen started dancing at a young age and has nearly 20 years experience in dance and choreography. Her credits include college dance teams at Morehead State and University of Kentucky as well as Lexington Lady Legends. She has been teaching fitness pole dancing for over 5 years and was recently certified in the fitness class called PiYo! Karen is thrilled to start teaching at Bella Forza and combine all her favorite passions in one studio!

Mandy
Yoga Sculpt Instructor (RYT)

Mandy is not only a Massage Therapist and Yoga instructor, but her unstoppable curiosity for full being wellness has carried her forward. Growing up in the Baltimore, MD area, Mandy’s east coast flare for life is a dynamic additive to her massage & yoga practice.  Her ability to be direct, yet empathetic to your spiritual needs make for an unstoppable aid in your quest for body, mind, and spirit well being.  

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For a surprising twist, Mandy played Ice Hockey. This complements her ability to work with Athletes, plus understanding different personalities and personal needs.  She is currently monkeying around and expanding her strength training though Aerial Silks classes! She has also been the head training coach for Orange County Roller Girl’s “fresh meat,” is passionate about scuba and free diving.  Always looking for ways to grow mentally, spiritually, and physically Mandy fully understands the complexities of life. Come join Mandy for a Yoga session or class. It is guaranteed that you that you will feel relaxed, revived, and enlightened by her unique style of connecting and tailoring the class for you.  

 

Michelle
Get Low! Instructor

Michelle has discovered through personal weight loss and engagements with the community she serves, that improving your fitness is more than fitting into certain clothes or seeing a number on a scale. In order to be prepared for life's opportunities, she believes strength, flexibility, endurance, and confidence are absolutely necessary. These elements of health and wellness have positive effects on an individual's life that extend far beyond how many push-ups you can do or how fast you can run a mile. They open the door to a variety of opportunities and allow you to face those opportunities with confidence. 

Michelle know that sometimes the most difficult part is getting started so all you have to do is show up! She  focuses on functional fitness through exercises that will require minimal equipment and are therefor easily accomplished anywhere and by anyone. Set healthy goals, commit, and come enjoy results while developing fantastic friendships. You can do it and there is no reason not to start today. 

Janie
Pilates Instructor

Janie has been practicing Pilates for over 14 years.  After developing an appreciation of the full body benefits of Pilates, she decided to start her instructor training.  She trained with Balanced Body University in 2010 and has completed training on Mat and all Pilates apparatus.  She has worked in various studios in Nashville, Tennessee and Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.  She completed a second training and certification in 2013 with Kathy Corey/West Coast Pilates and has an ongoing practice of training with different trainers to stay up with innovations in the industry.  She just moved back to Kentucky in January where she runs a private fully equipped Pilates studio from her farm near the Kentucky Horse Park, teaches equipment classes from studios in Lexington and teaches Pilates as a college PE class at the University of Kentucky.  She is looking forward to incorporating the Pilates method into the overall fitness training program at Bella Forza.


GUEST INSTRUCTORS:

Meg
Spanish Web Instructor

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Meg Wallace has been an aerialist for a little over 2 years, with a strong background in yoga and dance. She specializes in silks and Spanish webs, but also performs lyra, double lyra, and ladders (a swinging, partner apparatus). She currently teaches silks at Louisville Turners Circus, is co-organizer of their frequent student showcases, and is a local, free-lance performer. When she is not in the air, Meg is busy with her big girl job: assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Kentucky. 

 

Terri
Lyra and Static Trapeze Instructor

 

Terri Kendall, mother and school psychologist, is a passionate aerialist and instructor who has trained in various cities with a variety of instructors in the USA for the past four years.  She has performed for the past 4 years at theaters, clubs, bars, festivals, and churches with small circuses, bands, musicians, DJs, magicians, and burlesque troupes.  Her specialties in aerial performance include aerial rope, static trapeze, lyra, and double trapeze, but she has also performed spanish web, aerial silks, rings, pole, and aerial pole.  She is currently an instructor at Turners Circus in Louisville where she teaches children, teens, and adults.

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Erik
Handstand Guru

Erik Rose has nearly 10 years of experience coaching competitive gymnastics and after discovering a love of yoga pursued an Alliance Yoga teaching certification in 2012. In addition to a passion for teaching, Erik is a lifelong movement enthusiast and lover of all things outdoors.