SOPHIE

I am the founder of Aerial Silk Vienna. It was 2012 when I established the studio with the help of my family and friends. Back then I developed the concept of the classes and Aerial Silk Vienna's philosophy together with Filiz and „The Three Muscleteers“ a.k.a. Marion, Viki and Stephi who were the first generation of students. We still use the same class concept that proved itself worth until now and was further developed many times.

In real life, I'm a clinical psychologist and work in a hospital. After a long day at work, I love climbing up the silks higher and higher to find a little bit of relaxation and freedom. My current obsession is aerial rope.

What gives me aerial goosebumps:
descents in slow-motion on the aerial rope an free dives

Where to find me:
Facebook: Sophie Skywalk
Instagram: sophie_skywalk
Youtube: Sophie Skywalk

MARION

Marion is Aerial Silk Vienna's mastermind and responsible for everything administrations. She's my better half. Marion is your go-to girl for anything concerning class registrations, other questions, basically anything organizational. Marion has a background in marketing and is a certified yoga instructor. She's one of the „Three Muscleteers“ and was involved in the development of our school right from the start. If Marion didn't already exist, we'd have to invent her. Ain't no aerial wrap too complicated, ain't no organizational problem too complex for her. She got a solution to every problem. Besides, Marion is a natural teacher, so as an aerial silks instructor, she is very good at simplifying complex wraps until you'll be sure to understand and be able to do every single step of them.

What gives her aerial goosebumps:
when her students overcome their fears

Where to find her:
Instagram: little_missfancypants
Website: www.fancypantsyoga.at

AGI

Agi is our circus fairy. Airy and light and seemingly weightless, she whirls through the air on the trapeze and is an unexpected power bundle. Agi will manage the hardest skills with ease. Since her childhood, she has been a sucker for the circus.  She's bringing the circus spirit to our team, as well as the team spirit. Being our IT-troubleshooter, she always has the answer to questions like: „Where's the blue emoji on my keyboard?“ Or: „How can I find out my Youtube password?“ As a graphic designer with some serious drawing skills, Agi played a big role in the new design of Aerial Silk Vienna. The only time Agi takes time off her beloved trapeze is when she's playing on fun new apparatuses like her cloud swing.

She gets Aerial goosebumps watching performances that let her forget to watch the technique and when students turn choreographies they learned into their own thing.

Where to find her:
Facebook: Agi Ofner
Instagram: agilethingss

ASTRID

Astrid's career as an actress has led her from the Viennese Burgtheater to the Kabarett Simpl. Her event company „Show & Act“ offers (anything from) clown and Marilyn Monroe performances.

As an instructor for acting, circus sports and body language she enjoys communicating the seemingly unattainable in playfully simple steps.

When it comes to sports, Astrid is all about the aerial silks. With years of teaching experience, Astrid helps her students to actually build a show act out of isolated tricks and poses. She will teach you how to refine your choreography with an individual touch.

What gives her aerial goosebumps:
spectacular drops

Where to find her:
Facebook: Laura Luftseide
Youtube: Astrid Roenig
Website: www.showandact.at

FILIZ

Filiz was the first one of Aerial Silk Vienna's instructors. She was there from the very beginning of the school's establishment and created the concepts of the high level's classes. Filiz was Aerial Silk Vienna's international scout, looking for inspiration in foreign places. We even enjoyed certain experiences together in France (Fred Deb, Ana Prada...). Filiz used to work as a professional model for years. She shows us how to gracefully work on our facial expressions and gestures on the silks all the time. Filiz is currently on maternity leave.

She gets aerial goosebumps from: Inspirations such as Laura Dasi, who use aerial arts as a catalyst and means of coping with a disease

Where to find her:
Facebook: Filiz Aerial Silk
Instagram: flairial
Youtube: flairial

FRIEDI

Friedi is the trendsetter of the group. She usually teaches aerial silks or aerial hoop, but also all kind of different aerial arts. Up-until-recently-unknown aerial apparatuses like aerial net, aerial chains, aerial anchor or aerial heart were imported to Aerial Silk Vienna and taught by her. With Friedi, we definitely won't miss out on an aerial trend! Her new obsession is Flying Trapeze. All of these many ways to defy gravity inspired our other instructors to try out new apparatuses as well. One thing is for sure, Friedi couldn't imagine her life without various kinds of aerial arts/toys anymore...

Oh, and here's a secret:
Friedi lives on the wrong side of the ocean, vertically speaking. She is really a mermaid.

What gives her aerial goosebumps: when she's nailing a new catch on the flying trapeze for the first time

Where to find her:
Facebook: Friederike Ebinger
Instagram: theaeriallawyer
Snapchat: f_aerial

LASZLO

Laszlo is not only our go-to photographer whenever we have another crazy photo shoot idea in mind, but also our regular physiotherapist. To cheat gravity, a certain amount of strength and endurance is essential. Laszlo created his very own specific strength and endurance workout called „Power to the Silks“. It will help you prepare yourself for the fight against gravity. In case you want to hold on to your achievements and capture them, you can go ahead and book a photo shoot with Laszlo as well. He's the one responsible for all the awesome pics on our website. He has many years of experience in aerial arts photography. What fascinates him about it is not only the sporty/athletic aspect but also the beauty of the movement. 

What gives him aerial goosebumps:
pointed toes on photos

Where to find him:
Facebook: Laszlo Roth
Instagram: visuallaszlo / motionlaszlo
Website: www.laszloroth.com

GREGOR

 Gregor, who has been an instructor for „Circus Kaos“ for years, has already coached Filiz and me in the preparations for their first performances in 2011. He can transfer his analytical – and observation skills to aerial silks as an instructor. Gregor spent his youth studying sports and doing apparatus gymnastics. As an adult, he became interested in aesthetic-acrobatic sports such as modern dance and circus acrobatics. Gregor has a talent for working with children and regularly teaches the kid's classes at our studio. He is an artist and that shows in both his expressive aerial silks choreographies and his band „Miss Gurnard“as a musician.

LENA

Lena has been training martial arts for a couple of years. No surprise she didn't hesitate fighting gravity, too. Watching her in the air, it's pretty obvious who wins the fight. Victory goes to Lena! 🙂

Lena has never been afraid of heights – even as a child she had a trapeze and a swing in her room. So clearly she was stoked by aerial silks, too, when she saw it for the first time. In her classes, Lena is always sure to provide a creative warm-up and following class. She will happily accompany you from the very beginning of your aerial-flight. It's always a great pleasure for her to see her student's progress. Within walking distance of the studio Lena manages an ice cream shop called „Eis-Greissler“ (http://www.eis-greissler.at). Our team will always find a reason to treat ourselves with some of their delicious ice cream varieties.

She gets aerial goosebumps when she tries a new drop for the first time.

Where to find her:
Instagram: aerialena

MARTINA

In „non-aerial life“, Martina is working as a social worker in psychiatry. She already has several years of experience in instructing groups and working with children and adolescents. Martina loves working with people, she’s a patient person and always has a great deal of empathy for everyone else. All that makes for a great aerial silk instructor! If Martina accompanies you on your first steps, you’ll be in good hands. Martina is also introducing a professional didactic approach from her experience a a certified yoga and pilates instructor.

She gets aerial goosebumps at:
the airy symphony of music and aesthetic movement

NADINE

Nadine is definitely the rockstar out of us „Silkies“. After taking our classes, she used to practice aerial silks on stages like the one at Gasometer in Vienna. Without an audience back then. But actually she’s more than ready to perform with rockstars.

Her mother was a competitive athlete so Nadine grew up doing sports. After several years of jazz dance she had to pause due to an injury. Aerial silks reawakened her passion for sports and changed her life for the better. She’s ready for the challenge of letting difficult tricks and choreographies look like an graceful walk in the park. As an instructor at Aerial Silk Vienna, Nadine wants to give this joy to all future aerialists.

What gives her aerial goosebumps: straight arm straddle ups & aerial choreographies with a melancholic-gloomy soundtrack

Where to find her:
Instagram: kipf3rl
Youtube: therealkipferl

STEPHI

Due to Stephi’s ambition and ability she made such a rapid progress that she was the first student to become an instructor at Aerial Silk Vienna. She’s got an eagle eye for pointed toes and other details that could be improved, no matter how small they may be. Her funny and straightforward nature sometimes reminds me of a drill instructor. This much is certain: she wants to get the best out of you.

Stephi is a nutritionist by day and an aerialist by night. She works at a pharmaceutical company. After a day at work, nothing relaxes her more than turning on her favourite music and working the silks. Like so many in our highly competent, multiprofessional team, Stephi is also a certified yoga instructor.

What gives her aerial goose bumps: Not only when the fluent movements on the silks harmonize perfectly with the music and the silk catches her but also seeing the sparks in her student’s eyes when they experience their first successes on the fabrics and aerial silks turns into more than „just sports“ for them.

VIKI

As an aerialist, Viki has her own special elegance. As a managing director of www.urlaubshamster.at, she’ll bring you to the most beautiful holiday resorts. But if you don’t feel like travelling that far, don’t worry, her „ Summer Silkflows“ will give you just the same summerly vacation feeling! Her choreography classes are made with love. Viki creates these so-called „Silkflow“ classes according to different themes and always matches the choreography and outfits. She’s always sure to inspire her students with new combos and smooth transitions.

Viki is a graphic designer - which probably explains her love for figures like the aerial cube.  Her and Agi are responsible for Aerial Silk Vienna’s graphic design. Viki is also an adrenaline junkie as she just loves to drop from great height and let the silks catch her before she hits the ground.

What gives her aerial goosebumps: when she’s freestyling to a song and the combinations and music are matching perfectly

Where to find her:
Instagram: yogaerality
Website: www.fancypantsyoga.at