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.
Katie Capistrant – Sub Handstand Coach
Katie Capistrant, Handstand Coach

Katie is a local circus artist and occasional performer. They started training handstands with pitch catch school of acrobatics in 2015. They have gleaned knowledge of movement arts, flexibility,  and prehab training several times with Pitch Catch Circus, at Gleason’s Gymnastics school, pole dancing, and a previous practice of yoga, mixed martial arts and acroyoga.

Hali Kolkind – Sub Aerial Tissu Coach
Hali found the aerial arts three years ago with a class at Stomping Ground Studio, and hasn’t stopped flying since. With her first class she became entranced with the art form. As a former gymnast and gymnastics coach, the power, beauty, and grace of the human body has always captured her passion. In the past year, she has been growing as an aerial performer and teacher.

With ten years of experience as a gymnastics coach, Hali enjoys nothing more than bringing her joy of flying to those around her and watching her students succeed. She brings an excitement and depth of knowledge to her teaching, no matter your background. Hali teaches beginner classes at Stomping Ground Studio.

Tobi Daniel – Handstand Coach
Tobi has been flipping, flopping and climbing for as long as they could walk. At a year and a half their parents kept to putting Tobi’s crib mattress on the floor because of their habit of climbing and flipping out of their crib. Now a clown, puppeteer and acrobat, Tobi spends as much time being upside down and making people smile as they can. In the land of acrobatics, hand balancing, flexibility and tumbling are their favorites. Find more info about Tobi here: Photo credit: Brave Lux
Lynn Lunny – Sub Handstand Coach
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.