Trainer Spotlight: Anne Miller
This summer, we're excited to have Anne Miller join Julianna Hane in teaching Aerial Sling 1 and Lyra 1 Teacher Trainings in Castle Rock, CO, and Lyra 2 Teacher Training at Suspend in Louisville, KY.
Q: What is your current role in the field (i.e. teacher, studio owner, etc.), and in what city are you based?
I am the owner of Suspend, an aerial arts and cirque fitness studio located in Louisville, KY, where I am also the artistic director of our local production and performing company, and an instructor of aerials and dance.
Q: When did you start training in the aerial arts?
I started on the ground, in contact and acrobatic modern dance as a youth. I moved into the air in 2010 with some dance based harness work, and then into the more traditional cirque style aerials in 2011/12.
Q: What motivated you to start aerial training?
I became very interested in the intersection between vertical and lateral movement. At that point in my life I was seeking to expand my horizons, quite literally. I had just come through a cancer diagnosis, and at that point my priorities shifted towards taking the time to focus on the things in life that inspired me.
Q: What keeps you going today?
My students. The way they approach each challenge with an open mind, and are not afraid to put themselves out there in ways that are sometimes uncomfortable (both physically, and emotionally). I love watching people persevere in the face of difficulty, growing strong through grit and determination. I love watching people find a time and a space to play, in a world that does not value play.
Q: How has your teaching evolved from when you first began?
My teaching has always had a strong focus on safe progressions and technique. As the years have passed I have focused more on improvisational and dance based theory in all of my classes, while maintaining commitment to building strength, stamina, and technique. My aim is to meet people where they are, and help guide them towards their personal goals.
Q: What are your primary interests as an instructor/teacher trainer?
My primary interest is helping nurture and foster the love for this art form in others, so that students feel empowered and the community grows. I am also a neuropsychologist, so helping students and instructors understand the brain/mind/body connection as it relates to movement is always a goal of mine. Apparatus wise, I work primarily on sling, aerial hoop, and tippy hoop.
Q: If you could choose just one thing, what would you like for people to know about teaching in the aerial arts?
Teaching in the aerial world is often a labor of love. It can be hard to find the balance between the needs of the students, and personal needs (for self care, for training, for outside responsibilities). To find this balance takes a lot of dedication, because it can be easy to put one's own needs aside when doing something one loves.
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