In their respective childhoods, Pia & Cheryl shared an unfulfilled passion for movement. As kids, some of their fondest memories were made jumping on playgrounds and climbing on buildings. Circumstances, however, impeded both from pursuing dance as children, and later on they struggled to find a movement discipline with a culture which made them feel at home.
Years later fortune had them discover fate by chance: Pia’s daughter happened to become involved in the Detroit aerial arts community, and Cheryl was invited by a friend to take her slot at a class she couldn’t attend. Neither knew that the circus aerial arts were accessible to those outside the circus, nor did they foresee they would find the community they sought: one where people of any age, body type, background, or skill level could succeed.
Their paths intersected at Agora when Cheryl became the director of its aerial program shortly after Pia founded it. The combination of Pia’s curriculum building experience as a violin teacher with Cheryl’s safety & technique focused instruction led to the creation of the aerial experience that continues to attract people to Agora. Beyond creating a high-quality aerial studio, Pia & Cheryl’s desire to create a positive space for themselves and their loved ones has made the Agora community a supportive one in which many find friends and role models for life inside the studio and beyond.
Cheryl’s history of explorations in movement and music run as far back as she can remember. In 2008, she took to the air on fabric for the first time and never wanted to come down. Her circus art experiences became a launch pad for life changing opportunities. By 2011, teaching and performing goals quickly evolved into becoming a member of a performing troupe and starting a small aerial arts program. She spent the next few years furthering her training through NECCA, Paper Doll Militia, and with other highly skilled aerialists from around the country eventually leading to her position of aerial arts director at Agora in 2014 and co-owner in 2016. Cheryl trains in a multitude of disciplines, including custom aerial apparatuses, and strives to encourage students of all levels to find long term success through movement progressions, building choreography, and understanding theory.
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