Instructors

Sophia Wonser 

Introduction to Aerial Arts | Silks, Sling and Lyra Skills | Studio Director

 

Rachel Simonis

Croi Kids Instructor | Artistic Director

Hello! My name is Rachel Simonis and my pronouns are she/her/hers.

I discovered aerial dance around five years ago and I know it was something I needed to explore. Throughout the years at this studio I have made so many friends and took part in some amazing opportunities. I take so much pride in saying I am an official instructor at this inclusive and safe studio space. Art, music, and dance is something I have always been passionate about and being able to play, explore, and learn at this studio has allowed me to be myself and grow in the things I love.

I am currently in school at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point with a semester to go until I graduate and become an early childhood educator. I have a cat that I love more than anything! I find so much joy in performing and creating, and I am so excited to dance with you.

 

Emily Fritz

Restorative Aerial Yoga | Introduction to Aerial Arts | Social Media and Outreach Director

"No matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment." - Carol Dweck

In late 2019, after years of looking at aerial arts classes and no committing, I took the plunge and signed up for my first Introduction to Aerial Arts series. All it took was one class and I was hooked. I knew that I needed to continue to pursue my aerial journey in whatever form that took. I continued to take workshops in Aerial Sling and Lyra, as well as participating in performances at and outside of the studio, with the intention to one day teach and provide that opportunity for other students to have that same experience. I wanted to be in the room where it happened when others discovered an environment that allowed them to creatively build strength and celebrate the incredible things their body could accomplish.

My teahcing approach, both in my classroom as a fifth grade educator and at the studio as an instructor, is about building an environment of trust, acceptance, and creativity. I hope to pass on the growth mindset concept of "yet" to students in my session and empower them to continue explore and finding ways to challenge their mind and body. Each session also comes packed with the idea that wherever you are for the day, physically or mentally, you can celebrate whatever your body can accomplish. The first step is always showing up to put the effort in. I can't wait to see all of the "ah-ha" moments and celebrations that come with teaching aerial arts.