Dances In Air, llc

3505 Old Ivy Lane NE

Atlanta, GA 30342

info@dancesinair.com

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Dances In Air Trainers

A team that helps you have fun while becoming a better you!

Dances In Air wants your retreat to feel safe, stable, and fun, while pushing you towards your best. They are there meeting you right at the airport when you land, and easing you into a new adventure where you can really soar. Our goal is to allow you to let go and play, to feel like you can be yourself, and to make new friends while you see new cultures and learn new skills. We open our retreats and close our retreats with connection and set the pace with open hearted play, deep breaths, and immersive experiences. Join us for adventures you will remember for life!

Meet Melissa Coffey

Trapeze, Silks, Partnering, Bullwhips, Fire...

 Originally a Lingerie, Apparel and costume designer, Melissa let her love of music carry her into dance and ultimately found aerial dance. She now finds herself performing on stages, in theaters, galleries and nightclubs much like the performers she once costumed. Melissa enjoys the spotlight and a breathless audience, hearing the surprise and screams coming from a crowd or watching the lights dance on her skin while she defies gravity. Most of all she aims to be an expression of beauty, music, or theme touching the audience in a striking, memorable and inspiring way. While Melissa believes that she is an aerial dancer above all choices of apparatus, she hopes to repopularize trapeze as a highly dynamic apparatus through her work and videos.

   As a trainer, Melissa has developed her own modalities for teaching and believes this to be one mark of a safe teacher who invests time, thought, and experience into their students.  She loves to coach and choreograph and create characters with her students as she sees them grow into their abilities. She views her training as having holistic approach and while she values expression, she demands intentionality with form, effort, and gesture.

  Melissa is founder of Dances In Air, which has released the first trapeze teaching dvd, and she  teaches at festivals around North and Central America, and hosts her own aerial retreats in January and February every year in Costa Rica!

Meet Amber Monson

Silk, Partnering, Aerial Yoga...

Amber Monson is the founder and owner of Sky Gym. She has performed all over the world and trained with the top aerialists in the country, including former Cirque du Soleil artists. Her background in ballet and rock climbing prepared her for her journey into aerial work. In 2006 she watched a performance by off-duty Cirque du Soleil aerialists at a rave in NYC.

“I got chills the first time I saw an aerial fabric act. It was one of those moments of clarity, where I knew that someday it would be a huge part of my life.

I love the mystique of fabric. To me it represents the essence of a strong woman; the flowing forms made by the fabric symbolize grace and beauty, the incredible tensile strength of the material symbolizes strength of will, and the dramatic height represents courage and focus.”

Amber grew up with artists for parents, and has always been drawn to a creative lifestyle, yet she graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Product Design. After a few years in the work-force she decided to risk her day-job in exchange for pursuing what she really loved. Amber is dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle of nutrition, exercise, and exploration.

“I can’t decide which is more fulfilling to me, performing aerial or teaching it. I love coming up with incredible new performances and challenges, and being able to inspire my audience to go pursue their own passion. But I also love the smile of a student who just realized that they are stronger and more skilled than they gave themselves credit for. I am incredibly grateful to my students and my trainers for allowing me to make aerial dance my life.”

Meet Brandon Ross

Brandon Ross (Climbing Instruction and Guide) became our newest partner in paradise at our last retreat in Costa Rica. He’s been crucial in planning our Thailand retreat by scouting the country for months, looking for the best climbing and aerial options. With 20 years of climbing experience, from the boulder fields of Horse Pens 40, AL to the multipitch big wall climbing of Potrero Chico, Mexico, climb with confidence knowing you have the guidance needed to have an amazing experience. Not just an avid rock climber, Brandon is also a teacher, art director, juggler, musician, puppet maker, photographer, and performer. And jungles are his favorite.

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