Instructors

 
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Jessica Johnson

Specializations
Aerial Arts
Pole Fitness
Flexibility
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 Militia, in 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.

Laura

Specializations
Aerial Arts

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!

Liz

Specializations
Aerial Arts
Aerial Yoga
Slow Flow Yoga


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

Specializations
Aerial Arts

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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Karen

Specializations
Dance
BARRE
PIYO
Pole Fitness

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!

Ashlee

Specializations
Aerial Arts
Flexibility
Aerial Yoga

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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