Aerial Arts, pole fitness, & flexibility training instructor
Jessica has been seriously studying and training in several disciplines of the aerial arts for years, winning an award in her first aerial competition in the Theatrics and Artistry Division during only her 3rd year of training. Jessica has trained with countless professional aerialists, contortion & Cirque du Soleil artists across the nation and from around the world in the disciplines of specific apparatuses, flexibility/contortion training, and strength & conditioning techniques. She is a professional aerial coach and performer, and the owner of Bella Forza Fitness. Jessica is the head aerial trainer, artistic director and Youth Aerial Intensive Program Director at Bella Forza Fitness. Jessica performs aerial acts at charity & corporate events, festivals, nightlife entertainment, weddings, & has been cast in several dance/musical theatre shows including 'Cabaret' and 'Romeo & Juliet' to name a few. She performs in the disciplines of aerial silks, aerial cube, corde lisse (rope), vertical pole, & lyra (aerial hoop) which include aerial dance, acrobatics & contortion. Most recently, Jessica was a featured performer, instructor & competition judge at the national Aerial Expo convention this past summer, August 2015.
Jessica graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education, working as a teacher in the public school system for 3 years upon graduating. But Jessica always knew that teaching and performing aerial arts was how she wanted to spend the majority of her time. She is able to apply her skills as a teacher as an aerial coach today. The fun she has teaching & accomplishing new feats in the air make everyday one she looks forward to.
Aerial arts 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!
Yoga (RYT) & Aerial yoga 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!
Dance, barre, piyo, and pole 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 both PiYo and Barre Fitness! Karen is thrilled to teach at Bella Forza Fitness as she gets to combine all her favorite passions in one studio!
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.
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.
Get Low! & Hardcore abs 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.
AERIAL YOGA & SLOW FLOW YOGA INSTRUCTOR
Lis is 30 years old; a wife and mother first and always. Lis had her first taste of yoga 11 years ago. Since then she has tried many different fitness classes and activities and was certified in many of them but she always returned to yoga as a base. She recently completed her 200 hour RYT certification through Yoga Allicance. She enjoys acro and partner yoga.
She is an avid aerial apparatus adventurer. She loves trying out new ways to fly. Her favorites are silks and lyra. Since discovering aerials, she says her life is complete!
kickbox hip-hop INSTRUCTOR
Jana comes to us from Cookeville, TN with over 6 years experience in Group Fitness, a Masters in Exercise Science, and a contagious energy for health and fitness. She's currently certified in Zumba and Hip Hop Hustle with specialty training in boxing, aerial yoga, muscle/toning, bootcamps, combat, kickboxing, aqua aerobics, and cycle. Jana's motivational motto, "Max effort equals Max results!"
aerial arts INSTRUCTOR
Charity has participated in many different sports over the years but she fell in love with aerial fitness on day one. She is now excited to be able to teach and share her passion with others! Charity loves the empowerment and confidence that aerial fitness provides. She also enjoys the unique challenges that present in the aerial arts. As a nurse, health is very important to her and Charity is excited to be able to promote the health of the community through fitness. Charity also loves the performance aspect of aerials and has competed and placed in the Aerial Expo amateur competitions in the Silks and Lyra divisions!
AERIAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR
Throughout Ashlee’s childhood she struggled to find activities that suited her personality until finally she found snowboarding. From there her venture into less known avenues began. Health and fitness became very important aspects of her life and she loves sharing those with others - especially all the fun ways to do it!
Ashlee first found flight through rock climbing. After graduating from the University of Kentucky with her B.A. in International Relations she went into the wild, living in her tent at Miguel’s (a pizza and rock climbing shop) in the Red River Gorge. Not long after returning to civilization she found flight in the city too through Bella Forza and has since trained under Jessica and variou other professionals in the disciplines of aerial arts, partner acrobatics, and flexibility and contortion training. In her spare time she enjoys training aerials & contortion, partner acrobatics, yoga, and playing with her dog Roux.
Buti Yoga Instuctor
A native of Berea, KY and avid outdoorswoman, Bethany has always led an active lifestyle. She has over 10 years of experience in ballet, tap and jazz, as well as many years playing soccer and tennis. She has also had ongoing love affairs with yoga and whitewater kayaking for many years. When Bethany found Buti yoga, it changed her life. She was so inspired that she became an instructor in fall of 2013 so she could share Buti yoga with other women. Bethany feels passionately about the guiding force behind Buti yoga, which is to empower women and provide them with a total mind-body transformation.
HOOP DANCE instructor
Brittany is a native of Lexington, KY where she currently resides with her husband and their 3 cats. Looking for a fun way to stay active and relieve stress, Brittany discovered hoop dance and immediately fell in love! In addition to the fitness and stress relieving benefits of hooping, Brittany has discovered a new avenue of personal expression that she finds deeply rewarding. Brittany has attended many hoop classes and workshops and learned from lots of great instructors. Most recently she has worked closely with her hoop dance mentro in a teacher training program. Brittany loves the community at Bella Forza and is thrilled to get to share her passion for hoop dance!
pole DANCE instructor
All it took was one pole class and Sam knew she had discovered a new love! She has been practicing pole fitness for around 4 years now. Sam sees pole fitness as empowering and so much fun; she loves to share her passion for pole with everyone and is excited to begin her journey as an instructor. Sam is currently a nurse working on her Nurse Practitioner Degree!
POLE DANCE, CONTEMPORARY DANCE INSTRUCTOR
Amberly Simpson began her performance career in figure skating and musical theatre, but ultimately transitioned to dance, which she has been studying for the past 12 years. Her training includes styles such as modern dance, ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, partnering, improvisation, cheerleading, and pole dance and she has performed and/or showcased her choreography all over the United States as well as internationally. A recent graduate of Purdue University where she danced with the Purdue Contemporary Dance Company, Amberly hopes to continue her study of aerial dance and ultimately to form a modern dance company that fuses aerial and modern dance techniques.