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Aerial Arts of Rochester
565 Blossom Road  
Suite Z  
Rochester, NY 14610
585-201-8202     aerialartsrochester@gmail.com

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About Us

Aerial Arts of Rochester is co-owned by aerial partners and husband/wife team, Jennifer and William D’Ovidio.

Since Opening in 2010, the school has blossomed into a community sharing a passion and respect for all things circus.

Aerial Arts is a safe place where creativity can flourish. Providing an encouraging and supportive environment where students can grow at their own pace is how we approach our training. We believe that everyone can and should fly if they so desire. We will help you on your journey from the ground, up - literally!

 

Although a recreational school, we have the skills to develop athletes and artists who wish to pursue careers in the industry. We are primarily an alternative fitness facility, however we are also a performance arts venue, where both youth and adults have the opportunity to perform in showcases and themed productions.


Currently Aerial Arts of Rochester offers introductory workshops, session courses, specialty workshops and camps in addition to children’s birthday parties, school field trips and team building opportunities.


We are also home to the The UP! State Cirque Performance Troupe that is available for hire in the WNY region. AAOR has a team of instructors all with impressive lists of accomplishments and unique talents that they bring to the school. We continually seek out opportunities to help us grow as aerialists and instructors.

Awards & Recognition

Facility

We are a 4800 square foot facility with 3 studio spaces, a waiting room and celebration space. We have 2 handicapped accessible rest rooms. Lockers are available for use, just remember to bring your own lock.

Studio A - 16 foot ceilings, approximately 800 square feet. Gymnastic foam flooring.

Studio B - Our pole and aerial yoga room has 14 foot ceilings and is approximately 1000 square feet. This room has mirrors and laminate flooring.

Studio C - 20 foot ceilings. Approximately 2200 square feet. Gymnastic foam flooring. Pulley system used for apparatus changes. Studio is converted to our 140 seat theater/arena style venue for shows/recitals.

Meet the Team

As the co-owner of Aerial Arts of Rochester, William brings an innovative style and approach to teaching that allows people of all ages, levels and abilities to do experience the circus arts. Prior to aerial, he was a 3rd degree black belt and instructed martial arts for 10 years. Throughout college he focused on sports medicine, while attaining a comprehensive understanding of human physiology and anatomy. He has been able to help many athletes and aerialists avoid injuries and succeed in their training.


William is also a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and professional photographer. Having worked as digital editor for the New York Times Magazine, he has been able to use his multi-media experience to elevate the professionalism of Aerial Arts of Rochester.

When transiting back to his roots in the health and fitness industry William trained under Olympic Athlete, Christine VanLoo, Cirque Du Soliel artist, Ann Stimmel and at many circus arts training schools across the U.S. including the reputable New England Center of Circus Arts. Through education, he continues to inspire others to follow their dreams of running away with the circus.

William D'Ovidio

Ring Master
Instructor
Performer
Entertainment Troupe Corrdinator

First Aid & CPR Certified




2016 TED Talk Presenter

2017
Rochester's Top Fitness
Instructor Finalist

 

Jennifer is classically trained dancer all throughout adolescence and continued to pursue dance at the collegiate level. She become a professional actress at the age of 13 when she hit the stage at Geva Theater in "A Christmas Carol". Into early adulthood, she pursued writing and recording music with GFI productions and toured with band, Justified. She has been on 92.5 WBEE's Upstate on Stage, featured on local commercial jingles and sang back up vocals for previous platinum selling artists. Jennifer has also had the privilege of being on the Rochester Brigade dance team, teaching children’s dance classes and coaching CYO cheerleading.


As a Rochester Institute of Technology Alumni she studied Arts Management, Business and Hospitality. As her passion for entrepreneurship grew stronger, she opened the studio in 2010.

Initially training aerial acrobatics with a competitive gymnastics coach, she went on to do private training sessions and workshops with some of the best athletes in the world, including Olympic athlete of the decade, Christine VanLoo.Jennifer has also studied at several circus arts centers up and down east coast including the New England Center of Circus Arts, Esh Aerial Arts, Sunshine Circus Arts and more. Jennifer now performs locally in the upstate area with the Aerial Arts of Rochester cirque troupe.


 

Jennifer D'Ovidio

Ring Mistress
Instructor
Performer
Youth Program Director

First Aid & CPR Certified


Dance Discoveries Certified Pole Dance Instructor

2012
 Elite Finalist

American Pole Fitness Championship

2013

1st Place

Level 3 Artistic Division

Central Pole Dance Championships

2014
2nd Place

Level 4
Entertainment Division

Atlantic Pole Championships

For Christine, aerial love was at first invert. Shes comes to us from Detroit MI where she started her career instructing aerial in 2013 at Aerial Dragonfly and eventually moved to Agora Arts. While in Detroit she frequently performed at a various nightclubs and has since joined the Aerial Arts of Rochester performance troupe. Christine has trained all over the country and specializes in aerial hoop and hammock.

By day, Christine is video producer but in spare time she loves to crochet, play video games and travel.

Instructor, Performer, Event Hostess

Christine Mackey

Jenna started as a personal trainer with the Rochester Athletic Club and Bedroc Mixed Martial Arts. She has previously instructed at PoleFit Carolinas and performed with Cirque Du Vol In Raliegh PA. Jenna received her training from Cirque School LA, Anti-Gravity Orlando and studied under Vitulii Buza who tours with Cirque Du Symphony. Now having over a decade of teaching experience, Jenna specializes in Pole, Dance Trapeze, Duo Lyra and currently training on Straps.

In her spare time, Jenna is takes horse back riding lessons where she is learning equestrian vaulting.

Instructor, Performer, Event Hostess

Jenna Abelon

Kaylin started training aerial in fall of 2015. She has performed on the aerial hoop for various music events including Cirque Du Bass in the WNY area. She is published actress in a horror film called "Book of Evil" that can be found on Amazon, Target Online, Fandangonow and other streaming services. Prior to aerial, Kaylin was cheerleader and trained taekwondo, as a purple belt.

Kaylin is a local celebrity playing her original music on several local radio stations, as well as live on Good Day Rochester Fox News. She has opened up for musical stars such as Teddy Geiger, Tyler Hilton, Ryan Cabrera, as well as most recently Aaron Carter.

"There's a certain magic people in seeing people fly, and I wanted to be part of that. One personal thing I love about performing aerial, is that I get to be evidence that people of all body sizes can be fit, can be strong. There are no limitations in the circus."

 

 In the future she hopes to continue bringing music, and singing, into her aerial performances.

Instructor, Event Hostess

Kaylin Cervini

With dreams of joining Cirque Du Soliel, Alexa has been training various aerial arts disciplines since 2014. She is an accomplished dancer and acrobat and instructs acro for children ages 5 - 12. In addition, she has trained at the New England Center of Circus Arts and with several well respected industry professionals such as Kyle Kier of Les Farfadais, Pawell Walezewski with Cirque Du Soleil, Lani Corson and many more.

Alexa is excited to be instructing Ballet Bare Fusion and youth aerial.

Instructor, Performer, Event Hostess

Alexa Wallace

Sebastian is a second generation circus performer. His parents met in Ringling Brothers circus with his mother being an aerialist and his father a clown. Both Sebastian and his brother started doing circus when they were children.

 

Sebastian specializes in juggling and acrobatics in addition to diabolo, rola bola, handbalancing, mini tramp, and unicycle. As a coach, Sebastian has worked at Circus Smirkus Summer Camp in Greensboro, VT for four summers as a counselor, juggling coach, and acrobatics coach.He has also coached acrobatics in Clearwater, FL at Dance and Circus Arts of Tampa Bay.
 

Sebastian is a graduate of the Biological Sciences program at RIT and was the president of the Juggling Club for 2 years.

Assistant Instructor, Performer

Sebastian Ferlo

With a Bachelors in Theatre, Julia knows how to run this circus! As the front desk coordinator, Julia helps with all aspects of studio including enrollments, event bookings and productions. She has been with Aerial Arts of Rochester since 2015 and loves to hear when students finally achieve the move that had challenged them most!

Front Desk Coordinator

Julia Frederick

Keith is an MD and experienced aerialist having trained throughout the United States with many artists. He is known for epic acrobatic silk duos with his partner, Andrea Morris.

In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with family, cooking and woodworking.

Instructor

Keith Grams

Bio Coming Soon...

Assistant Instructor, Event Hostess

Lily Bunce

Annie Tobiasz is a well known personality in the pole community as a national pro competitor, judge, guest performer and choreographer.

Annie has competed in North American Pole Dance National Elite and Masters Division, American Pole Fitness Competition and numerous regional competitions at the elite level with Super Shag and Pole Sport Organization. She was awarded “Video Entry of The Year” by American Pole Fitness Association in 2012, NAPD Bronze Performance Award 2016 and completed the Xpert Pole training in 2012 with Body & Pole in New York City.

Annie has been a guest performer for NAPDC and Michigan Pole Dance and has judged for numerous semi-pro and regional competitions.

Annie is known for her individual style of flow, strength and creative combos. Annie instructs and coaches semi pro athletes in Rochester NY at Aerial Arts of Rochester and travels the Mid west through North East area bringing her proper technique and creativity to studios.

Besides a pole athlete and personality she is a successful oil painter with New York galleries.

Instructor

Annie Tobiasz

Erin Korn has a strong background in dance and performing arts starting from the age of 3. Growing up in the Rochester area, she originally trained in classical ballet. As the years went on she expanded into other areas of dance including modern, jazz, hip hop, tap and other various styles. Her passion for teaching and instructing dance for all ages started in 2012. Erin is knowledgeable and passionate about pole dance fitness and is excited to incorporate her love for dance into her class.

Instructor

Erin Dunham

Joanne is a board certified rehabilitation medicine doctor (MD), experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT), wellness consultant, and fitness expert who is passionate about exercise as prescription for healing.  Her training includes holistic health coaching through Integrative Nutrition, and Medical Acupuncture through Harvard University. She also carries a board certification in Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Furthermore, she is a certified Cancer Exercise Trainer through American College of Sports Medicine and a Level II Reiki Practitioner. 

She is certified to teach Acro from Acroyoga Fit, SeattleAcro, and Acro Revolution. Furthermore, she has studied intensively with other schools of Acro such as LIFT School of Acrobatics, Acroyoga Montreal, YogaSlackers and Cheer style Acro.

Instructor

Joanne Wu

Frances has been pursuing aerial training since 2015 and will be competing in her first aerial competition in August 2019.

She has attended NECCA for Trapeze Meeting and trained on flying trapeze at TSNY and Gorilla Circus in London.

Assistant Instructor

Frances Winterberger

Franca is a graphic design major at Nazerath College and hopes to one day become a designer, illustrator or business owner. As a student at Aerial Arts of Rochester, she has witnessed first hand how something can seem impossible, until its done.

Front Desk Associate

Franca Mantisi