Coaches

 

Kristen Shaw – Owner, Coach, Performer
Kristen (or Zyra) has been teaching and performing aerial circus for over a decade. Discovering her love of movement within this art form has drastically altered her life’s path. She enjoys sharing her experience and passion with audiences on-stage while also encouraging others to explore this creative form for themselves at her studio, Stomping Ground Studio, opened in 2012. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2017.
Lynn Lunny – Owner, Coach, Performer
Lynn Lunny, Handstand Coach

Lynn Lunny discovered circus arts while living in Philadelphia, PA. She saw a small ad in the back of a newspaper and decided to give it a try and has been training and performing since. While training and coaching at Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, she also produced, choreographed, and performed in shows throughout the East Coast.  Specializing in silks, rope, and trapeze, along the way she discovered a love for handstands and has been training for the past 6 years to find the elusive, perfect line. In 2014, Lynn relocated to Minneapolis, MN and coaches at Circus Juventas in St. Paul, Expertease Fitness in Minneapolis and other studios throughout the Twin Cities.

Nastaaja “Coco” Johnson – Coach

The incredible Coco (she/her)! This fierce human is not only a super creative artist but also the founder and director of Vivid Black Paint. Nastaaja, AKA Coach Coco, has years of experience in Circus & Art, Youth Development, Fitness, and Social Responsibility and holds a deep focus on Wellness and Culture. Coach Coco has held leadership roles for national organizations such as YMCA, YWCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and LA Fitness as well as with the Minneapolis Public Schools District. She has about 8 years of circus training and coaching experience and led a local Circus Program for several years before it was shuttered permanently due to the 2020-2021 Global Pandemic.

Jenn Justad – Coach
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Jenn started aerial in February of 2015 with lyra. She immediately fell in love with discovering all the amazing things her body could do and went on to train in trapeze, silks, and pole with coaches around the Twin Cities. She began teaching in 2017. She gets so much joy from sharing her knowledge and passion with new students and helping them all discover a newfound appreciation for their bodies and all they can do.

Hali Kolkind – Coach

Hali (she/her) has been practicing aerial arts for over 5 years, has performed, and has a passion for teaching others the basics of this beautiful art form. With a background of over 10 years of coaching gymnastics, Hali brings an eye for technique and the ability to break skills down for any skill set. She believes aerial is for every-body and loves cheering her students on as they find their own success and happiness.

Alissa Kaasa – Coach
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Alissa (she/her) has been an aerialist for almost 10 years. From pole to straps, she’s done a little bit of everything. Alissa is a founding member of the Triple Trapeze performance group, TripleTease. She has taught Lyra, trapeze, and rope at multiple studios around the Twin Cities. She focuses on breaking down skills to manageable steps, learning and understanding technique and building strength. Alissa believes it’s worth taking your time and struggling through whatever challenges you. That’s what makes aerial work so enriching and therapeutic. The successes, big and small, are worth celebrating and building on.