OWNER AND INSTRUCTOR
Jacque grew up in Covina, California and is told that the only way she’d watch TV as a child was upside down, balancing on her head. Her observant and slightly disconcerted mother enrolled her in gymnastics, where she competed until a forced retirement at 14 due to back injury. Years later, a raffle prize — one month of unlimited aerial classes — was all it took for Jacque to fall in love with a new form of fitness and artistry. She immediately loved how it pushed her physical limits, gave her a creative outlet, and stretched her both mentally and physically. She began Elevate as a space to share her love of Aerial with the community around her and is so excited by how many students she’s had the pleasure of guiding over the years. Fun Fact: Jacque holds Biology degree and deep love of all the sciences. Part of a Tissue Recovery Surgical Team out of college, she procured cadaveric tissue for donation with the American Red Cross.
GROUNDWORKS MANAGER AND COACH
Fernando was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he owned and operated a tumbling gym for 7 years. A former high school gymnast and college cheerleader, Fernando has been coaching kids for 15 years and centers his teaching on building the confidence and resilience of each student. His goal is to create programming that builds strong mental and physical foundations that children can use down the road, be it in sports or life itself! A kid at heart, Fernando challenges students to meet their fullest potential through classes that are fun, high-energy, and full of laughs.
Fun Fact: Fernando has traveled to 5 continents and over 30 countries (and counting!)
Taking great pride in her role as an instructor, Tashee’s greatest joy is found in her students’ successes. Most days in the studio, you’ll find Tashee exploring new movements and pathways specifically tailored to her students and their goals. She is most proud when watching a newfound confidence bloom in students and is known for her vocal celebrations of students in class. Tashee especially loves the combination of physical, analytical, and creative exertion unique to aerial pursuits. With a love of silks, rope and lyra, her drive to discover “magic” transitions keeps her motivated and excited for all things aerial.
Both a dancer and competitive soccer player until the age of 21, Taylor never was the best at sitting still. While pursuing a theatre arts degree from CSULB, she performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It was there in a dusty, packed theatre in Scotland, that she first encountered world-class contemporary circus companies like 7 Fingers and Circa. She knew immediately that this type of artistic athleticism was the type of work she was meant to do. Since then, performing as both an acrobat and aerialist for the past six years, Taylor’s deepest love will always be aerial. She is constantly in awe of the endless possibilities of movement and expression that aerial provides. Not to mention the ability to fly, even if for just a moment, is pretty cool. Constantly inspired by the world and people around her, Taylor loves the art of collaboration and ensemble building. This crosses over to her classes as she encourages students to embrace and explore their own unique style. Fun Fact: Oreos are her kryptonite.
Rachelle grew up in the OC area before relocating to NYC as an adult. Growing up, she pursued an assortment of extracurriculars ranging from dance to gymnastics and track, but cheerleading was her main passion from age 10 until the end of her high school career. She first discovered the wonderful world of aerial arts while watching an aerialist perform at a restaurant (of all places!) and found it fascinating. Soon after, an Ariel studio in Brooklyn literally swept her off her feet and she was so happy to find a way to clear her head and tap into her creative spirit. The community fostered by aerial studios and performers all around the world continues to keep her inspired and climbing. She looks forward to a lifetime spent contributing to this warm community– even dreaming of running her own studio in Spain someday! As Rachelle is inspired by travel and the excitement brought by new sights, cultures and people, we think Spain sounds like the perfect choice! Fun Fact: She worked in event production while living in NYC and produced over 4,000 events from dance showcases, product launches, to weddings and more. In short, she has all the event tips and tricks you’ll ever need!
Cathy grew up in Glendale, California where she was usually found playing volleyball or practicing the piano. As her passion for piano continued to grow, she ventured to NYC at a young age to become a classically trained pianist. At around the same time, she was introduced to the aerial arts through a friend and caught on fairly quickly. Volleyball, piano, and silks all at the same time, she truly is a woman of many talents! Although her love for piano subsided a while back, her feelings toward aerial have not changed since that first class. She loves how aerial makes her feel strong, empowered, and completely free every time she climbs a silk! She claims that flying at Elevate is her favorite activity and hopes to soar across our studio for years to come! Fun Fact: When Cathy is searching for motivation and inspiration, she uses the outdoors as her main escape. Now we know where to find her when she isn’t floating in the air at our studio!
Sam has lived all over the country, from the sandy beaches of South Carolina to the humid deserts of Arizona. Although she has adapted well to these differing climates, her heart belongs at the seashore and Huntington Beach was calling her name! As a child, Sam was more than active, spending most of her time playing either soccer, basketball, softball, or cartwheeling from room to room. Her parents finally decided to enroll her into gymnastics when this odd trait blossomed into a habitual activity. The skills she learned from those early gymnastics days inspired her to impulsively buy 5 aerial classes after earning her college degree and she instantly fell in love. After training for six months and finally gaining the strength to flip upside down, she was hooked for life. Although she is now an instructor at Elevate, she still enjoys being a student and learning the endless amount of tricks that aerial has to offer! The confidence and discipline aerial gives Sam continues to inspire her and she loves to share that aspect of the art with her students!
Carina grew up in Huntington Beach, where she was enrolled in a variety of activities such as swim, ballet, and gymnastics. However, it wasn't until she began aerial that she found something that she was truly passionate about. Carina was actually introduced to the wonderful world of aerial by one of her old middle school teachers who was also a student at Elevate and ever since, Carina has not looked back. A fantastic performer and a dedicated teacher, Carina hopes to one day pursue a full-time career in the circus -- flying high above a packed audience, dazzling them with dynamic drops and technical skills.
Fun Fact: Carina taught her self handstands and hand-balancing tricks on canes that her dad made!
Autumn grew up in Orange County but has since traveled around, exploring and deepening her passions for both music and aerial. Ever since she was a kid, Autumn has had an intense connection with music and even starred in a few theater productions and commercials -- however, when she had it her way, Autumn could be found romping around outside getting dirty.
Autumn started her aerial journey slightly later when she was cast as the lead vocalist in a musical stunt show at 19. Constantly surrounded by acrobats, Autumn became entranced in the art, creativity, and character work of it all and became hooked. The same day she installed a pull bar in her room to build strength and now all the years later, and Autumn is not only a professional aerialist but a pioneer in the field!
Fun Fact: Autumn is a classically trained pianist and is an activist for refugee reform.