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To say the Aerial Dance Instructors’ dedication is impressive is an understatement. These women are the heart and soul of this company – their constant pursuit of knowledge makes Aerial Dance an exceptional place to learn.
Dr. Paula Brusky is the founder of Aerial Dance. Paula was introduced to Pole Exercise in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. A recipient of the Endeavor Postgraduate Research Award, Paula received a Ph.D. at the University of Sydney, was college professor and professional musician before starting Aerial Dance. In addition to running two successful studios in Appleton & Green Bay, Paula is the co-owner of Pole Studio Manager, a scheduling and studio management software. Outside of entrepreneurship, Paula plays bassoon in a local rock symphony, loves to hike and water ski and has spent more than 16,000 minutes under the sea scuba diving.
Kim took her first pole class in early 2014 after hearing about it from an acquaintance, and never looked back. With an extensive background in both dance and competitive cheerleading, pole gave her a way to work out that was challenging, and that she was excited about doing again! She instantly loved being at the studio and the positive atmosphere created there. Kim is now a co-owner and manager of the Green Bay location, and holds multiple certifications from different places where she has trained. She is also a certified USPSF competition judge which comes in handy when helping to train the many women who choose to compete. Kim loves traveling and performing with the studio’s performance team, as well as helping train and prepare to perform. When she isn’t at the studio, she is snuggling her dogs, or working in her flower beds!
Kelli fell in love with Aerial Silks watching a circus performance around 2008. During that performance she promised herself – she didn’t know how, but – someday, she was going to do THAT! She began her Aerial journey in April of 2018 after a decade of waiting for the right studio and right time. That first Silks class changed her life and led her to try each apparatus – falling in love each time. She became a part of the Aerial Dance Performance Team in 2019 and gained even more passion for aerial performance. Kelli joined the Aerial Dance Instructor team in January 2020 and is thrilled to be able to share her knowledge and joy with the students of Aerial Dance. She is also a Board Certified Massage Therapist, practicing for over 19 years.
Outside of the studio and massage practice, Kelli is a mom to her two children, and she and her husband work very hard maintaining the family ‘homestead’ where their skills are constantly challenged and growing.
Kelli says, “Try new things, don’t wait any longer, let go of those excuses. It will be the BEST DECISION of your life!”
Tessa took her first silks class in 2019 after admiring and lusting over the talent she watched in countless circus performances growing up. Immediately she fell in love with the amazing & fun workout, the uplifting atmosphere of the studio, and the ability to constantly be challenged and
have something new to work toward—something “normal” gyms don’t quite have. As a tap dancer since the age of 4, Aerial Dance was another unique avenue of dance she needed in her life. When not upside down at the studio, Tessa is road tripping & traveling with her husband, hanging out with her cats, playing board games, or volunteering her graphic design skills for a
local no-kill shelter.
Erin took her first pole class in July 2018 after an old friend asked her to try it out together. Erin had long since stopped going to a regular gym because she found it didn’t hold her interest and didn’t present the kind of challenge she needed to stay engaged. After experiencing how fun pole was and gaining strength and confidence, she took the intro to aerial class and fell even more in love with all the studio has to offer. Outside of the studio, Erin works in
accounting, is a dog mom, and enjoys traveling and cooking.
Ashley started at Aerial Dance back in October of 2018. She started with the first Green Bay open house and instantly signed up for the following beginner pole term. She needed a place that she could be herself, and a place that would build the confidence she knew was inside. Physical fitness was never her strong suit growing up, but now it is something she can’t live without. The instructors and the community are what kept her coming back. Pole and Lyra are
her favorites, but each presents its own challenges that she loves. When she’s not at the studio she is hanging out with her cat, and reading anything she can get her hands on.
Steph joined Aerial Dance in 2018 because she wanted to try something different. After seeing some upper level students doing some incredible conditioning, she knew it was where she needed to be long term. She quickly fell in love with pole and how strong it made her feel. Her favorite tricks (on any apparatus) involve anything that make her feel like a “beast.” She loves
the Aerial Dance community and seeing women support each other as they try new things. Outside of the studio, you’ll find her spending time with her family and their crazy bearded puppy.
Ana took her first pole class at Aerial Dance in 2016 when she was looking for a better fitness routine. It was not only fun but challenging in an incredibly welcoming space. She was hooked instantly and soon started playing on all of the aerial apparatuses. She even stepped out of her
comfort zone and competed in two different pole competitions. When not at the studio, she teaches orchestra to elementary and middle school students, plays harp, and plays board games at home with her family.
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De Pere, WI 54115