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Where Artistry and Athleticism Meet ... Formerly Bella Forza Fitness - Lexington

Enroll in any of our aerial arts, pole fitness or group fitness classes using our Mindbody Online Scheduler.

Pre-registration for classes is required. 

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PARTY CHOICES:

1. Pole Dance Party - What better way to celebrate your special occasion than to spin, dance, climb, and fly? For your party you get to choose a pole dance routine to learn: Flirty & Fun OR Sexy Celebration - no matter what you choose you are guaranteed to have a great time!! (adults only)
2. Aerial Silks Party - learn the skill of aerial silks and how to choreograph a fun & beautiful aerial dance routine with your closest friends and family. After this party you may start referring to yourself as an Aerial Ballerina! (Kids or Adults)
3. Circus Arts Party - you and your group will learn the art and skill of various aerial apparatuses including partner acrobatics, aerial silks, aerial hoop (Lyra), aerial hammock and aerial mini cube all rolled into one fun-filled hour or hour-and-a-half! You and your group will be true circus stars! (Kids or Adults)
4. Aerial Yoga Party - come discover the challenge and support of aerial hammocks. You'll work on strengthening your upper body and finding the flow in the hammocks. Then we'll cool down with stretching and finding our inner peace and tranquility! (Kids or Adults)

PLUS your choice of a FREE extra hour:

1. Pure Romance Party - the ladies of Pure Romance will entertain you with fabulous demos in their interactive Pure Romance party. Laugh while you see, touch, and taste the latest in relationship enhancing products.
2. Mary Kay Makeover Party - let our Mary Kay consultant make you and your group look stunning by helping you match the perfect make-up and colors with your skin tone and personal style. Leave looking even more beautiful than you came!
3. DoTerra Essential Oils - our DoTerra representative will share with you all the benefits of essential oils - for beauty, health, wellness, and more! Leave understanding how to calm, brighten, and refresh your days.

PARTY Package I

  • $250 per group (10 person group rate, $20 per person over 10.)
    • Includes a $50 non-refundable deposit to reserve appointment.
  • One hour private party of your choice 
  • PLUS one hour free of one of the following, if you wish:
    • Mary Kay make-up party
    • Pure Romance adult fun party

By appointment only. Call or email us for more information. Purchase a Party here

PARTY Package II

  • $300 per group ( 10 person group rate, $20 per person over 10.)
    • Includes a $50 deposit to reserve appointment
  • An 1 1/2 hour private party of your choice
  • PLUS one hour free of one of the following, if you wish:
    • Mary Kay make-up party
    • Pure Romance adult fun party

PARTY Package III

  • $150 per group (6 person group rate, $15 per person over 6)
    • Includes a $50 deposit to reserve appointment
  • One hour private instruction in Aerial Yoga or Buti Yoga
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INTRODUCTORY PACKAGES

Intro to Silks Package (2 Classes)...$35, ages 16 & up

Pole Foundations Package (2 Classes)...$35, ages 18 & up (or parent/guardian approval)

Intro to Lyra (1 Class)...$20, ages 16 & up... *offered the last Saturday of every month

Youth Aerial Auditions: Intro to Silks (1 Class)...$20, ages 6-15... *offered the last Saturday of every month

 

Fitness Only Memberships

1 Month Unlimited Fitness Membership $75/month

6-Month Auto-Draft Unlimited Fitness $65/month - Auto-Drafted on the 15th of each month
*Please note, there is a $50 cancellation fee to early cancel the auto-draft contract

 

 

A FEW NOTES ABOUT OUR Pole & Aerial CREDIT MEMBERSHIPS:

A $40 Aerial Registration Fee must be paid once a year for all pole & aerial students - you can pay this one time in full or $10 quarterly.

Preregistration is required for Aerial and Pole classes.

Open Studio is $5 for members, $15 for non-members; FREE FOR AERIAL ATHLETE, ADDICT, and FANATIC members.

Bonus: all students with a Credit Membership receive 30% discount for up to two additional pole and aerial classes per month

 

Pole & Aerial Credit Memberships

1 Credit: aerial yoga, aerial extreme stretch, flexibility training, aerial strength and power, and all other classes requiring a pole/aerial apparatus

2 Credits: ALL leveled pole and aerial classes, vertical flow, and poleography

Auto-Drafted on the 15th of each month. Credits may roll over to the next month and will never expire as long as you hold an active membership. If you cancel your membership, all credits automatically expire. Members may suspend memberships for up to 2 months per year without credits expiring.

AIRBORNE... 4 Credits + Fitness... $85/month

TAKE FLIGHT... 8 Credits + Fitness... $114/month

FREQUENT FLYER... 10 Credits + Fitness... $130/month

AERIAL ATHLETE... 16 Credits + Fitness... $170/month

AERIAL ADDICT... 20 Credits + Fitness... $210/month

AERIAL FANATIC... 30 Credits + Fitness... $270/month

CREDITS ONLY... 4 CREDITS... $55/MONTH

 

YOUTH AERIAL Rec

4 Youth Aerial Rec Classes/Month...$80/month (ages 6+)

8 Youth Aerial Rec Classes/Month...$120/month (ages 6+)

Please see Youth Aerials for session dates and payment deadlines.

 

Youth Aerial Intensive

3x Per Week (2 hours Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays 4:30-6:30)...$240/Month 

2x Per Week (choose between Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday practices)...$160/Month 

Please see Youth Aerials for session dates and payment deadlines.

 

Single Class Rates:

Leveled Pole or Aerial Class…$25

Flexibility Training/Aerial Extreme Stretch/Aerial Yoga/Aerial Conditioning/Aerial Boot Camp…$15

Group Fitness Class…$12

*From out of town? Ask about our Traveller's package info@bellaforzalexington.com

SPECIAL EVENT RATES

Studio Rental:

Group Rate...$45/hour

Individual Rate…$25/hour

 

Parties:

$50 Party Non-Refundable Deposit to book the date & time plus...

1 hour Aerial Silks, Pole Dance/Fitness, & Circus Arts Party...$200 for up to 10 people, $20 per person over 10

1.5 hour Aerial Silks, Pole Dance/Fitness, & Circus Arts Party...$250 for up to 10 people, $20 per person over 10

1 hour Aerial Yoga Party...$100 for up to 6 people, $15 extra per person over 6

1 hour Hooping Party...$100 for up to 10 people, $15 extra per person over 10

**ask us about our FREE add-ons!

 

Performances:

Cirque-Style Entertainment

Nightlife Entertainment

Kid-Friendly Events

Festivals & Fairs

Aerial Productions

Contact Jessica at info@bellaforzalexington.com or (859) 309-2361 for performance bookings

 

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AERIAL SILKS

LYRA (AERIAL HOOP)

AERIAL HAMMOCK

PARTNER ACROBATICS

FLEXIBILITY TRAINING

HULA HOOPING

CORDE LISSE (AERIAL ROPE)

AERIAL CUBE

...AND MORE UNIQUE AERIAL APPARATUSES. 

 

 

All students are first required to take Intro to Silks or Intro to Lyra before taking leveled aerial classes. These classes are for students aged 17 and older.
For youth please see Youth Aerial Auditions.

Our aerial arts classes include aerial silks, aerial hoop (lyra), aerial hammock, vertical flow (aerial dance), and more. 

Our leveled aerial silks and hammock classes include poses, wraps, lifts, and drops as well as strengthening exercises that target and develop the muscles needed to accomplish longer and more difficult movements.

Aerial hoop classes consist of poses, tricks and movement sequences on the lyra in addition to strengthening and conditioning exercises that help develop fluidity and finesse in the hoop. 

Once a student has accomplished all beginner movements and has developed the appropriate strength in our aerial arts classes, they will graduate into the Intermediate and/or advanced level classes per instructor approval.

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YOUTH AERIAL Auditions: Intro to Silks

With an ever growing youth program, this class allows first time youths, ages 6-17, a chance to explore aerial arts and find out if it's for them! We will move through a series of introductory movements that involves training the basic techniques, climbs, lifts, and poses on the silk as well as safety tips and proper alignment.

This class is typically offered once per month and is $20.  
The next Intro to Silks: Youth Aerial Auditions is by appointment only via private lesson as our youth program is currently full. Please contact the studio to schedule a lesson for your child @ 859.309.2361

To register please use our MindBody scheduler.

 

YOUTH AERIAL REC PROGRAM

Youth ages 6-17 can enjoy 50 minute aerial arts classes in order to learn the basics of aerial acrobatics. Choose between taking 4 classes per month or 8 classes per month. This program is perfect for the student new to the aerial arts and/or the student who enjoys aerial acrobatics classes as a fun hobby.

Mondays 4-4:50pm

Wednesdays 5-5:50pm

*payment must be made by first day of class

 

YOUTH AERIAL INTENSIVE PROGRAM

Youth ages 11-17 are eligible (with instructor approval) for the youth aerial intensive program at Bella Forza Fitness. This program is designed for students who would like to take their aerial training to a more serious level. For these students, "aerial class" is not just a hobby anymore. Students who enroll in this program will get performance opportunities in the community that other students will not, including opportunities to be in productions at local theatres, charity events and more. The students in this program will also be on the track to become part of Bella Forza Fitness' Junior &/or Senior Aerial Company. This training program will help each student progress at an optimal level and will help each student find his/her strength, fluidity and style as a performing artist. This program is designed to help each student make progress in all aspects of being an aerial artist including strength, flexibility, endurance & artistry. Being an aerial performer takes discipline, LOTS of hard work, creativity, and commitment. 

In this program, students receive:

  • 4-6 hours of aerial-specific training per week
  • FREE Open training times to fine-tune and practice skills learned in class
  • 4 FREE cross-training fitness classes per month on the Bella Forza schedule
     

YOUTH AERIAL INTENSIVE TRAINING SCHEDULE:

Choose a minimum of four classes, up to six classes. 

Tuesday 4:30-5:30pm Creative class (artistry, routine-building, choreography & creative exercises)

*Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 Aerial strength & conditioning (mandatory)

Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 Beginner/Intermediate Silks Skills

Thursday 4:30-5:30pm Intermediate/Advanced Silks Skills

*Thursday 5:30-6:30 Flexibility training (mandatory)

Thursday 6:30-7:30 Beginner Lyra

Sunday 4:30-5:30pm Intermediate/Advanced Lyra

Sunday 5:30-6:30 Beginner Trapeze

*payment is due by first day of session, autopay is available.

 

OUR YOUTH AERIAL ARTS CLASSES RUN IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE FAYETTE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL BREAK SCHEDULE.

 

YOUTH AERIAL RATES AND PAYMENT DUE DATES

 

January 8 - February 4

Youth Intensive ... $160 4hrs/week, $200 5hrs/week, or $240 6hrs/week

Youth Rec ... $80 1 day/week or $120 2 days/week

 

February 5 - March 4

Youth Intensive ... $160 4hrs/week, $200 5hrs/week, or $240 6hrs/week

Youth Rec ... $80 1 day/week or $120 2 days/week

 

March 5 - April 1

Youth Intensive ... $160 4hrs/week, $200 5hrs/week, or $240 6hrs/week

Youth Rec ... $80 1 day/week or $120 2 days/week

 

April 2 - April 8

*SPRING BREAK*
No youth classes. Youth Intensive still receives free open gym.

 

April 9 - May 6

*Youth Intensive: NO CLASSES Sundays 4/16 & 4/22*

Youth Intensive ... $160 4hrs/week, $200 5hrs/week, or $240 6hrs/week

Youth Rec ... $80 1 day/week or $120 2 days/week

 

May 7 - June 3

*Youth Intensive: NO CLASSES Sundays 5/14 & 5/28; Make up Saturday 5/20 & 6/3 10am-12pm*

Youth Intensive ... $160 4hrs/week, $200 5hrs/week, or $240 6hrs/week

Youth Rec ... $80 1 day/week or $120 2 days/week

 

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AERIAL YOGA ALLOWS YOU TO STRETCH DEEPLY AND CHALLENGE YOUR BODY IN NEW WAYS UTILIZING AN AERIAL YOGA HAMMOCK ALONG WITH TRADITIONAL YOGA POSES THAT STRENGTHEN AND ELONGATE THE MUSCLES. SOME AERIAL YOGA CLASSES FOCUS ON DEEP BREATHING, FINDING BALANCE (PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY) WHILE OTHERS ARE GEARED MORE TOWARD A STRENUOUS FLOW. ALL OF OUR AERIAL YOGA INSTRUCTORS ARE CERTIFIED YOGA INSTRUCTORS. WE RECOMMEND TRYING OUT EACH INSTRUCTOR AS THEIR STYLES VARY. NO PRIOR YOGA OR AERIAL EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED TO TAKE AERIAL YOGA!

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Pole Fitness

Pole classes at BFF Lexington will sweep you off your feet, literally! You will learn spins, climbing, and tricks, while developing the strength, flexibility and basics necessary to move to the next level. Typically, women spend about 3-6 months in Beginning Spins & Tricks before being approved for Intermediate by the instructor. Intermediate and Advanced level pole classes will help you build functional strength with more difficult spins, combinations, holds, and inversions, always taught with an emphasis on safety, control, and strength. 

Clothing Recommendation: Short shorts and tank top.

Prerequisite prior to enrolling in any pole class: Pole Foundations two class series. If you have taken pole classes before, please email or call the studio to set up a free appointment with us in order to place you in the correct class!

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So many classes, so much fun, what better way to get fit?! We offer fitness classes as drop ins, as fitness only memberships, and packaged with aerial classes!

We currently offer:

PiYo

Kick n' Core

Yoga (variety of classes)

Get Low!

Hardcore Abs

Functional Strength & Active Stretching

Buti Yoga

Adult Ballet

Strength Training

Street Jazz

Twerkshop

Chair Dance

Floor Play

and more!

Click here for a full schedule and to register.

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If you are interested in hiring aerialists &/or cirque entertainment for your next event please email info@bellaforzalexington.com or visit www.kyaerialist.com

Keep a look out for upcoming shows and events on our Facebook page!

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Jessica
AERIAL ARTS, Pole Fitness, and Flexibility Instructor
Youth PRogram Director

Jessica is a seasoned, award-winning aerialist and pole artist seen performing for a wide variety of events around the nation and is the owner of Bella Forza Lexington. Jessica spends her days teaching and running her studio in Kentucky, as well as performing and choreographing aerial pieces for various dance and aerial productions throughout the region. Jessica graduated college with a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education, working as a teacher in the public school system for 3 years prior to performing and teaching aerial arts full time. Some of Jessica's accomplishments include: being a featured aerial silks judge/performer/instructor at the Aerial Expo in both 2014 and 2015, being featured on national television on the Today Show for partner acrobatics, winning 1st place at the Motor City Pole Dance Competition in the Theatrics 'N Artistry Division, producing and directing sold out aerial theatrical productions in both 2015 and 2016, and being chosen as a teacher mentor in the "Born to Fly" Aerial Arts Teacher Training Program alongside Rain Anya, Rebekah Leach, Julianna Hane, and Sarah BeBe Holmes. Jessica currently performs for a wide variety of events including corporate events, festivals, nightlife entertainment, weddings, church & holiday services, and has been cast is several dance theatre productions such as 'Cabaret', 'Romeo & Juliet' and 'Titus Andronicus'. 

As an artist, Jessica is personally inspired by expressive art, energized by the process of creation, and motivated by the challenge of exploring original and unique movement patterns in the air. As a teacher, Jessica puts a large focus on building strength & flexibility technique with her students along with innovative teaching practices in order to ignite passion and creativity that lies within every single one of her students. Jessica has completed multiple levels of Aerial Arts Teacher Training with one of the most inspirational aerial duos in the business, The Paper Doll Militiain the "Born to Fly" program and continues to train with the best professional aerialists and contortionists from all over the world to continue honing her craft.

 

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LaUra
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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen
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!

 

 

 

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! & 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. 
 

 

LIS
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!

 

 

 

 

charity
aerial arts INSTRUCTOR

Charity has participated in many different sports over the years but she truly fell in love with aerial fitness on day one. She has participated in aerial fitness since 2011 starting with pole fitness and now she trains heavily in Aerial Silks and Lyra. She is happy to be able to share her passion with others and currently instructs students in beginner and intermediate Aerial Silks and Lyra. 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 loves the empowerment and confidence that aerial fitness provides and believes that you will too!

Charity has completed the NECCA Introduction to Teaching Aerials course and the NECCA Foundation level teacher training in Aerial fabric. She seeks to continue her training through NECCA and pursue her certification. Charity is also working toward her certifications in beginner and intermediate levels in Lyra from Spin City Aerials.

Charity also enjoys performing and competing in aerials. She has competed in several Aerial Silks and Lyra competitions and has performed aerials at events locally. In June of 2015, Charity placed 2nd in the Lyra- level 2 juniors division at the Southern Pole Championships. In August of 2015, Charity won the advanced Lyra division at the Aerial Expo. She received the Medal of Excellence, the Medal of Artistry, and the Medal of Technique in the Advanced Lyra division.

 

 

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ASHLEE
AERIAL ARTS, FLEXIBILITY, Youth Aerials, & AERIAL YOGA 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 various other professionals in the disciplines of aerial arts, partner acrobatics, yoga, flexibility, and contortion training. In her spare time she enjoys training aerials & contortion, partner acrobatics, yoga, and playing with her dog Roux.

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Bethany
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.

 

 

 

 

BRITTANY
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 mentor in a teacher training program. Brittany loves the community at Bella Forza and is thrilled to get to share her passion for hoop dance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sam
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!


 

 

 

 

 

AMBERLY
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.

 

BROOKE
YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Brooke Elaine Anderson was born dancing. Since very young, she trained in classical ballet and dreamed of becoming some sort of explorer-ballerina hybrid. Somewhere in the middle of these aspirations, she found yoga, or yoga found her. After college, yoga became a way to heal, stay healthy, and most importantly, connect to parts of herself and story she had lost. A couple of years later, she completed her 200 Hour Power Vinyasa certification through Corepower Yoga. Her continuing education has included Yin Yoga and Yoga Sculpt, and she currently has the privilege of working full-time as an instructor. Her passion is empowering women to give their bodies a voice and to move with freedom, clarity, and creativity. Her dance background heavily influences her yoga, and her own journey of healing from trauma and PTSD make her a passionate advocate for women on the path to wholeness. She loves her partner, Tony, and her little kitty, Wynter. The only thing she loves more than the aforementioned things is Harry Potter.

 

 

 

SAMANTHA LYNN
POLE INSTRUCTOR

Samantha Lynn began poling in 2010 as an item to cross of her "Before I turn 30" bucket list. Like most pole students she quickly became addicted, cross-training in other forms of freestyle dance and flexibility training, performing in numerous showcases in Atlanta and Lexington, and eventually competing and placing second in the Amateur group in the Michigan Pole Festival in 2014. She's been teaching beginners to pole, twerk, and slither around on the floor for the past several years. She took a brief hiatus to become a mom, and now she's back to help her students. She loves the sensual side of poling and encourages women of all shapes, sizes, ages, and athletic abilities to find their inner sexy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PEYTON
YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Petyon's passion for yoga began when her mother brought her to a class and she instantly fell in love with the peace she received on the mat. Petyon recently completed her SPYTT (RYT 200) in January with Matthew Higdon at Centered in Lexington, KY. She has practiced 1,000+ hours of various yoga styles including: Ashtanga, Yin and Yang, Subtle Power, Slow Flow, Vinyasa, and Bikram. Her style is spiritural and focuses on connecting the body with the breath. She loves to see her students grow and aids growth with proper alignment.

 

 

Courtney
POLE INSTRUCTOR


Courtney became interested in pole dance after watching a YouTube video in her college dorm room of Felix Cane competing in Miss Pole Dance Australia. She was absolutely blown away at the athleticism, grace, and beauty displayed in the routine. From that moment on, she swore she would one day get into pole dance. Upon graduation from college, Courtney wasted no time in keeping that promise to herself. She started taking classes in 2012 and has recently started taking her training very seriously.  After going to her first competition in May 2016, the performance bug bit. She loves the exhilaration of being in the spotlight and continues to train for pole competitions and partake in showcases any chance she gets.

 

Jessica K
YOGA & Aerial Yoga INSTRUCTOR

Jessica started ballet and tap at the age of four, soon finding gymnastics and beginning her long love affair with the tumbling world. At 7 she added baseball to the list and pursued both sports into high school, joining the CATS Allstar cheerleading competition team and playing varsity softball. After high school she continued to compete through coaching competition teams. During this time she began her career in cosmetology and now works at Fleet Street Hair Shoppe.

Needing an outlet for fitness  Jessica began running, entering several races and half marathons until she sustained a knee injury. It was then that she discovered her passion for yoga. Experiencing the healing benefits and spiritual side, she decided to take her knowledge further and teach. She also rock climbs and enjoys lifting weights. Her newest adventure has been aerial silks and she has fallen in love with this powerful and graceful art form. Dedicating most of her time these days to yoga and silks, she is excited to share her passion for yoga and fitness with you!

 

Amy Meyer
AERIAL YOGA INSTRUCTOR

 

Amy started taking classes at Bella Forza in the Spring of 2014.  She loved the silks and was excited when Lis began teaching aerial yoga.  Searching for a way to help others find the mental clarity she found through yoga, Amy completed her yoga teacher training at the Om Place in 2016.  She is delighted to rejoin the Bella family as an aerial yoga instructor!  She is the Marketing Director for Red River Gorge Zipline and Cliffview Resort. When not teaching or working, Amy enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.  

 

 
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What are aerial silks?

Aerial silks, also known as aerial fabric, tissu, and/or chiffon, is an apparatus made of synthetic nylon fabric with the center of the fabric attached to a rig point from the ceiling. The act of aerial silks involves a person performing poses, wraps, and drops in the air on the silk. Aerial dance and acrobatics is an art form that is incredibly challenging, exhilarating, and beautiful all at the same time. Becoming a master aerialist is a process that takes much practice, determination, and skill. Every person is different and will move at a different progression rate depending on his/her current strength level and amount of practice time he/she puts in.

Are aerial silks just for performers?

Aerial silks are for everyone, and are a great way to get in shape and have fun doing it. Aerial fitness is becoming tremendously more popular because it offers gym goers an opportunity to learn a new and challenging skill, get in great shape, and have tons of fun all while exercising. 

I have zero upper body strength. Can I still do pole fitness or aerial silks?

Yes! Many people cannot even do a pull-up before starting their first aerial fitness class. Individuals at all strength and fitness levels can succeed in aerial fitness and should not allow any perceived physical limitation keep them from trying it out. Beginner classes start low to the ground and incorporate the specific exercises needed to gain the strength to lift, climb, and fly!

DO I HAVE TO TAKE AN INTRO CLASS FOR AERIAL YOGA?

No intro class is required to take aerial yoga. All levels are welcome.

I CAN'T COME TO INTRO/FOUNDATIONS ON MONDAY NIGHTS BUT I REALLY WANT TO TAKE SILKS/POLE WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?!

If you are unable to come to the Monday night introductory classes you can take a private or semi-private lesson with one of our aerial instructors to complete the intro material

DO I SIGN IN FOR CLASS? WHERE DO I?

Yes! Please be sure to stop by our front desk to sign in for class.

WHAT PACKAGE WOULD YOU RECOMMEND FOR A BEGINNER?

For beginners we recommend starting with the introductory series for each apparatus you’d like to try. After completing the intro series it would be beneficial to go with at least the Take Flight package which will allow for one class a week.

What should I wear to classes involving a silk?

Tight fitted clothing is preferred when working with the silk so it does not get in the way or tangled up when learning new moves. It is best to wear leggings, yoga pants, or tights that at least go below the knee as well as a tight-fitting shirt with sleeves (short sleeved or long sleeved) or leotard. Please do not wear any lotions or oils as it may ruin the fabric and will cause you to be very slippery.  Please do not wear any rings or jewelry because it can snag the nylon fabric of the silk. 

DO I HAVE TO WEAR SHORT SHORTS AND A BRA TO POLE CLASS?

Nope! We want you to feel comfortable and confidant in class- you are absolutely welcome to wear longer shorts and a tank top if that is your preference. Friction with your skin does make some moves easier, so try not to wear basketball shorts. Booty shorts and bras welcome too!

DO YOU HAVE YOGA MATS?

Yes! We have plenty of yoga mats available for you to use while in class. You are always welcome to bring your own of course! If you do bring your own mat we offer yoga mat punch cards at the front desk, have your card punched 10 times and earn a free credit to apply to your account!

What can I do to make myself stronger in order to make faster progress on the silks and/or pole?

Simply coming to aerial silks classes on a regular basis will allow your body to naturally gain the needed strength to do more advanced moves. The more classes you come to per week, the faster you will gain strength! Additionally, any kind of supplemental workout will be helpful, which is why we offer a plethora of group fitness classes.

I'm 2nd in line on the waitlist... will I be able to get into the class? How does the waitlist work?

Our classes have various caps for the amount of students they can accommodate. Some classes have smaller capacities for safety and space reasons. If a class is full MindBody will allow you to waitlist. If someone registered for the class cancels it will alert the first person on the waitlist via email so that the spot may be filled. If you’ve been on the waitlist check your email to see if you’ve been added or feel free to call the studio and we will let you know if there have been any cancellations.

CAN MY FAMILY COME WATCH MY CLASS?

We allow visitors to watch the last 10 minutes of class during free play time.  

CAN I TAKE PICTURES OF YOU TEACHING ME AN AWESOME MOVE?

We would love for you to take video of yourself doing a new move, but we ask that you please refrain from taking videos of our instructors teaching.

ARE THERE SAFETY CONCERNS WITH AERIAL FITNESS?

Yes, there is always safety concern for doing anything aerially, which is why safety is  our number one priority. The silks themselves can hold over 2,000 pounds of weight. At Bella Forza Fitness, students must be 100% comfortable doing tricks and movements low to the ground first before ever attempting a move high in the air. All instructors are professionally trained in spotting techniques, and thick gymnastics mats are used underneath the silks in every leveled aerial class. 

WHAT IF I BARELY EXCEED THE WEIGHT LIMIT? IS IT OKAY TO STILL TAKE CLASS?

We have a weight limit on all aerial classes for safety reasons. Please respect the weight limit. If your weight fluctuates and surpasses the weight limit take the opportunity to cross train with our group fitness classes to help you get back into the groove! Weight limits are:

Pole classes: 210 lbs

All other Aerial classes: 250 lbs (including silks, lyra, and aerial fitness: e.g. Aerial Yoga, Aerial Strength and Power, etc.

Do you sell waters?

Yes! Bottled water can be purchased for $1 at the front desk. Tap water is free!

Do you sell firm grip etc... how much?

Yes! We sell various grip aids for both pole and silks. They are available in our lobby along with lots of great Bella swag! There is a price list near our retail area.

Is bruising normal?

Totally normal. Silks and pole both involve the fascia (your skin) getting used to pressure. The body adjusts to this with time and after taking consistent classes you’ll find that you won’t bruise as often (if at all).

Should I take Advil before class?

We do not advocate taking medications before class unless prescribed by a doctor. You should talk with your physician about what is safe to take before and after activity.

I'm just getting over a cold... can I take class?

No. We ask anyone who may be contagious (onset, during, and day after) to please refrain from coming to the studio to prevent the spread of germs. With so much shared equipment this keeps the studio healthy and clean.

Or... I threw up yesterday but feel mostly better can I still come take class?

Again, we ask you to use your best judgement and refrain from coming to the studio if you are at all sick. If you didn’t go to work or school - that is sick =)

I get really dizzy/nauseous when I spin or go upside down... is that normal? Will it go away or get better?

Some people do experience this and for most it does go away. Anyone can go upside down with a bit of practice. Spinning is an art unto itself and sometimes takes a bit longer to get the hang of. The good news is, YES, it does get better and eventually it does go away.

MINDBODY KEEPS SENDING ME NOTIFICATIONS AFTER I TAKE CLASSES... IS THAT NORMAL?

Yes. MindBody will ask for feedback after your first class, it will also allow you when your package is running out soon.

WHAT ARE THESE LATE CHARGES FOR?!

We ask that if you are unable to come to a scheduled class you cancel at least 4 hours in advance. This allows other students who may be on the waitlist an opportunity to fill the spot. This policy helps us to keep our waitlists shorter and we appreciate your understanding.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU WASH THE SILK?

We typically wash our silks once a month, sometimes more frequently (like during summer when bacteria and smells are stronger). We also wash the silks if they’ve been exposed to anything unusual.

IF I HAVE TAKEN AERIAL CLASSES BEFORE, WHERE SHOULD I START?

Simply let us know and we will consult with you on a one-on-one basis in order to place you in the leveled class that is best suited for you.

 
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Circus SUmmer Camp!

We host circus arts camps for children during the summer months. Our circus arts camps involve aerial acrobatics, circus theatricals, dance Acro, hula hooping, partner acrobatics, and more! With our expertise in circus arts and creative instruction combined, our summer camp will give your child one of the most unique summer camp experiences of their life! 

 

2017 CAMP DATES

WEEK 1: July 10 - 14th

WEEK 2: July 31 - August 4

10am - 5pm

EMAIL info@bellaforzalexington.com to enroll OR sign up online.

2017 CAMP AGENDA

Skills taught:

Partner Acro

Aerial Acrobatics

Hula Hooping

Dance Acro

Theatrical Skills

 

Performance for parents at 5pm Friday!

 

COST:

$400 per week

($100 non-refundable deposit required to secure spot)

Maximum 12 students

Ages 10&up or instructor approval

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