My name is Teal Rogers and I am an Alaskan Aerial Silks Instructor and Owner of Golden Heart Performing Arts.
While studying at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), friend Miriam Brooks introduced me to the world of aerial arts. I spent over a year learning through private lessons at the rock climbing wall. That summer I spent time traveling to Michigan for additional training. My interest grew along side with onlookers and I founded the Aurora Aerial Arts (aerial silks club) at UAF in 2012.
In 2015, myself and partner, Sarah Dexter set out to find a place to practice with high ceilings, positive atmosphere and room to grow. We had booked three performances for the summer but had no wear to work on our strengths and flow. Finally, we connected with SunDog CrossFit as they were renovating a new open-floor studio space. Gathering friends and family, shout outs on Facebook and a few flyers, we hosted our first classes in September, with our grand opening in October. We had no idea that Golden Heart Performing Arts (GHPA) would grow to what it is today. People of all ages and all skill sets showed up to try silks. It was clear that our community needed a place to learn.
In June of 2016, partner Sarah Dexter moved out of state and I became sole owner of GHPA. That September I set out to San Diego, California for my Buti Yoga (tribal-fusion) certification. Falling in love with an ever growing need to educate myself and my community I signed up for an AIR Aerial Yoga certification in Anchorage, Alaska for February 2017. What could be better than yoga and aerial silks? Sounds perfect for me!
Moving forward and developing the company, my interest lay towards keeping the company small and local. I love to text my students and check in with them. I love that they feel comfortable texting me. We are not a large company, nor do we want to be. We do crave to be an inviting place of fun, uplifting, hard workouts with big payouts and the coolest social media pictures you can imagine. My favorite quote to mention in class is, "There is a move for everybody but not every body can do every move." Meaning, you will find something that will be very challenging but you will also find something perfectly fit for your body and that release will be so good you will want more!
In summer of 2017 two new programs were formed under GHPA: Butterfly Youth Yoga and Alaska Mermaids. With my love for kids and my fascination with butterflies, I purchased 75 sets of butterfly winged capes to teach a program in the UAF Botanical Gardens. The class is a simple concept, offering tons of fun for kiddos and adults: starting as a catapillar and growing out of the cacoon into a beautiful butterfly all through a series of yoga postures and principals. Classes are now offered in a variety of places across the state with non-profit organizations.
After a few years of flopping around in a monofin, August of 2017 we launched Alaskan Mermaids. We love birthdays! What better way to spend your big day than in a pool with a pod of mermaids? It's exhausting, trust me, but so worth it to watch a smile from ear to ear as we teach you how to swim.
Our future looks like sunshine and rainbows, so we hope! I quit my full time job as a UAF Recruiter in May of 2017 to work towards running this company full time. It takes a community to make this possible. Thank you to everyone and anyone who has taken a class or watched a performance. You are the reason why I teach, why I play and why I have chosen this path for my life!
My name is Dana Daily and I am an intermediate aerialist and GHPA social media manager!
I moved to Fairbanks from a small town in Kentucky when I was 7 years old. I’m currently seeking a degree in Drafting Technology from UAF and working full time as CAD/GIS Technician for Golden Valley Electric Assn.
Growing up I was always very active, playing basketball and softball. I’ve been a weight lifter for many years and last year I took a semester long yoga course at UAF. I immediately fell in love with how much mobility and flexibility I gained.
My best friend and I decided to try aerial silks when we discovered the amazingness that is GHPA. I’ve been obsessed since my very first class! The combination of strength building and flexibility, as well as being surrounded by the uplifting, positive atmosphere has sparked the desire for me to become the best I can be!
I was born and raised in Fairbanks. Growing up I was a dancer and later on became dedicated to competitive volleyball and soccer. I then continued with high school soccer, volleyball, and track. I am currently a Junior at UAF and working towards a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Minor in American Sign Language. I love traveling, weight lifting, yoga, gardening, and fishing.
I was introduced to aerial silks through UAF’s club, Aurora Aerial Arts, and have been in love ever since. I have been working and training both in and out of the club and also through Golden Heart Performing Arts to learn as much as I can about this skill that has become a passion to so many people.
Kara Nash moved to Fairbanks, Alaska in 2008 from Utica, New York. She graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in Art History and Political Science. Most of her time at U of R was spent in the pool as a collegiate springboard diver. After moving to Fairbanks, Kara became the Head Diving Coach of all interior High Schools for seven years. Kara owns Event Alaska an event planning company specializing in non-profit events including the Midnight Sun Festival, Open North American Championship, Golden Days Street Fair and many others.
Kara is thrilled to be joining the Golden Heart team as an Assistant Coach. She loves working with people of all ages and fitness levels. She hopes to inspire women who are looking for a new challenge. Her personal goal is to continue coaching while learning new tricks, climbs and drops!
My name is Kelly Bell and I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. I am married and have an English Bulldog named Baxter, who goes everywhere with us. I have a degree in Finance from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).
I was a gymnast growing up, competing in middle and high school, and loved the challenge of the sport as a whole. It required strength, creativity, persistence, and confidence. Aerial silks is all of that and more, plus it is something that people of all ages and abilities can do. It is a great way to workout without always realizing it. Over weeks and months of consistency one can see and feel a huge difference in their skills and abilities, while wearing a huge smile to boot. I have been attending classes at Golden Heart Performing Arts (GHPA) since day one and joined the Performance Troupe in Summer 2017. I am thrilled to now be part of the amazing instructor team at GHPA!
My names Sarah Goetz. I grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. I spent 15 years dancing ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip hop, partnering and lyrical at Dance Theatre Fairbanks. After graduation from Lathrop in 2011 I moved to California to continue my dance education at The Young Americans Performing Arts College. During my three years with them I was fortunate enough to perform and teach in 17 different countries and all over the United States. I moved back to Fairbanks in 2014 and returned to my roots, teaching ballet at DTF. In January of 2017 I was introduced to aerial silks and I immediately fell in love with this incredible art form, which combines my love of dance with silks, height and strength. There is always something new to learn!
I started dancing at Dance Theatre Fairbanks when I was seven and have done all sorts of dance styles--ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical etc. I've been to dance intensives in Bermuda, Arizona, Utah, California and around Alaska. Currently, I teach tap at Dance Theatre Fairbanks.
I have a degree in Mathematics from UAF with a minor in French and have been a full time gardener in the summers throughout college. In the winter I like to get outside to ski and snow machine. Aerial silks is my newest adventure and it's so much fun to take my old passion, dance, and move it into the sky!
It's challenging to think in the vertical plane rather than the horizontal plane. For instance a leap in dance could translate to a drop in the silks. So they have similar movements, but different ways to execute them. Although, I would say the hardest difference is that you have to have much stronger hands to hold onto the silks the whole time!
I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Fairbanks, Alaska in 2013 after graduating high school. I am currently attending UAF majoring in Accounting with an end goal of getting my Master's Degree in Business Administration. I spent the majority of my life as a gymnast, and grew into competive cheerleading during my high school years. In March of 2017 my best friend and I found GHPA and fell in love. I love everything about Aerial Silks; the gymnastics, the dance, performing, it's a wonderful form of art that I cannot get enough of.
My aerial silks journey wouldn't be the same without this company, I knew it was something special that I wanted to be apart of- When we were asked to be the Social Media managers I was ecstatic at the thought and couldn't be happier to be apart of the GHPA team! This has become a passion of mine and I am very excited to continue on with my silks journey.