Our Staff Meet our friendly staff!
Born and raised in West Philadelphia where he spent most of his days on the playground... Okay, so none of the above is true (Scott is from Florida) but he was raised on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Down in Florida is where Scott first came across the circus where he performed for 5 years at Florida State University’s Flying High Circus. After college Scott was involved with the Orlando Circus School and worked as a part-time rigger for Cirque du Soleil. Scott got tired of shoveling sunshine and thought he would try his hand at snow (much tougher but surprisingly similar technique) and so he moved up to Providence, RI where he lives with his wife and pup! Monday to Friday Scott works a desk job but the highlight of his week is working at Fearless Flyers Academy on the weekend. He enjoys seeing the smile of someone who is rolling out the net for the first time after they did what they thought was impossible!
Sammy has been taking flying trapeze lessons since 2015 when she tried it spur of the moment while on vacation at Santa Monica Pier in California. Her favorite tricks are hox-off and shooting star. She started coaching in 2016 in order to share her passion and help others with their flying journey. Her favorite position to work is lines and she loves helping new and existing flyers perfect their tricks!
Olivia is our lead hoop instructor. She teaches various tricks and transitions. She can help choreograph a routine, or help you cultivate and discover your own, unique flow.The different styles of hooping that she teaches are on body hooping, off body, mini hoops, double hoops and incorperating different props together. Olivia also has a variety of other skills to offer. Aside from hoops there is also poi, the balance board (indo board/rola bola), object manipulation, juggling and how to balance most props on different body parts including but not limited to the face and hands! She has taught workshops at the EPIC Spin Jams and Inspire Flow Retreat in Rhode Island and the Wildfire Spinning Arts Retreat in Ashford C.T. She's been spinning poi since 2013, started taking hoop lessons in 2014 and has been juggling and using the balance board in conjunction with these props since 2015. Olivia and Adam have been practicing partner poi, partner acrobatics, and partner juggling together since 2016 and enjoy teaching others as well!
Laura is a marine mammal researcher at Mystic Aquarium, who began taking static trapeze in January 2016. She grew up in southern Massachusetts with interest in a variety of sports including gymnastics, swimming, horseback riding and rock climbing. Laura is a nationally competitive triathlete, and uses trapeze to add a strengthening aspect to her training. She enjoys both the graceful poses and dynamic movements that are possible on the static bar, and is excited to join the team at FFA.
Kelley's interest in circus arts began in 2010 with hula hooping, which she did for a few years before lighting her hoop on fire and getting involved with the fire spinning community. Kelley started aerial silks in 2015 and was immediately hooked. She became a coach at Fearless Flyers Academy in 2016, after which she learned to fly and began coaching flying trapeze as well. She loves to see students building strength and confidence on the silks!
Katherine is originally from Dallas, TX, but she moved to Providence, RI for college and never wants to leave! She discovered circus in 2015 when she stumbled upon an Aerial Arts student group, and she immediately fell in love with Aerial Silks. A year later, she tried a flying trapeze class and hasn't been able to stop flying since! Katherine enjoys learning new tricks and challenging herself on every apparatus. As a coach, she loves helping students get stronger and have fun with circus!
Jenn Pierce is from Canton Massachusetts, she took her first dance class at the age of 3 has no plans of stopping . In high school she was co-captain for all star- cheerleading the sparks which she helped lead to multiple national championships. After 3 years she retired her pom poms and returned to the world of gymnastics and spent junior and senior year on her high school varsity gymnastic team. Jenn is a licensed massage therapist with a focus on sports massage. She has a strong background of sports medicine which she uses to help keeps her students safe during their aerial journey. Jenn discovered lyra 6 years ago and and her feet have not been on the ground since!
Jake is from Dover, MA. He had absolutely no experience with Aerials until about halfway through college, when he took a beginner Aerial class on a whim. That one class sparked his love for aerial silks and static trapeze, and since then, he's practiced and performed on both apparatuses! A bit later, Jake decided to try out flying trapeze, and now he's addicted! Having come from no experience, Jake is really passionate about teaching beginners and helping new students develop the skills to become aerialists.
Ally Altman is from Epping, NH. Growing up, her father was a trampolinist and Acrobatic performer while her older sister was a Level-10 gymnastics competitor. As such, Ally was disciplined in gymnastics and trampoline from an early age. Ally’s acrobatic background led her to easily transition into the sport of flying trapeze. She has studied under legendary Trapeze Flyers such as Peter Gold, Tito Gaona, and Tony Steele. She has also trained under coach Bill Young, owner and operator of The Trampoline Place. In 2006, Ally moved to Massachusetts after she was contracted to manage and expand a Flying Trapeze and Aerial Silks program at TSNY Beantown, which she did successfully for many years. She is certified as a professional coach of USA Gymnastics, the sole-governing body of gymnastics in the United States, and is a judge at USA Gymnastic sanctioned events. Furthermore, Ally is a licensed teacher for grades k-12. This complete background in child and adult education lends to her ability to coach many different types of ages. She has also worked alongside national gymnastic champions, Olympians, Cirque du Soleil performers, and Ringling Brothers acrobats.