Dana McAtee – Studio Owner
Pole – Anti Gravity Yoga – Hammock
Dana McAtee grew up in the south bay, always outside keeping busy. A mother of 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren, Dana is the owner of Believe Fitness Studio. Dana really enjoys working with everyone no matter their fitness level because “everyone has to start somewhere.” Her favorite saying is “Just Believe You Can.” In 2006, she found her love for pole and has been teaching pole since 2008. Dana became a Certified Pilates Instructor through Pilates Institute of Southern California under Stacey Vargas in 2009. She was also certified in Anti Gravity Yoga in 2011.
Heather graduated from the University of North Carolina with double majors in Exercise & Sport Science and Psychology where she earned NCAA honors as Captain of the Women’s Fencing Team. Training as a year round USS Swimmer for 9 years & competing in Soccer for 11 years, sports have always been a huge part of her life. She has worked professionally in fitness for 10 years acquiring numerous certifications in various forms of exercise. Always looking for the newest trend, Heather loves practicing and teaching workouts that are not only beneficial, but also fun!
Elissa trained at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence in partnership with the QLD Ballet and Kelvin Grove High School, Brisbane, where she completed the RAD major exams. Elissa started her professional career at 17 years of age at the Moulin Rouge, Paris; she featured in the documentary Moulin Rouge Girls, which was nominated for an Australian TV Logie award. Elissa continued as a lead aerialist/dancer with contracts in Italy, NCL Cruise Line, Macau, and Monte Carlo-Le Cabaret. Since returning to Australia, her accreditations have been Cirque Le Noir, Le Grand Cirque, Warner Bros. Movie World, a backup dancer for Anthony Callea, Wynter Gordon, Zoe Badwi, and Luciana. Elissa is an accomplished aerialist for Aerial Angels Australia and has performed in productions such as Lumi Air: A Cirque Extraordinaire, Zircus, and Solaria. Other productions that Elissa has performed in include Dracula’s, Cabaret De Paris, and Outback Spectacular. Elissa is also a stuntwoman in the film industry; stunt doubling for Nicole Kidman in Aquama & Nine Perfect Strangers, Blake Lively in The Shallows, Sophie Lowe and Melissa George (also Melissa George’s burlesque choreographer) in The Butterfly Tree, Clara Paget in Strike Back 7, Melina Vidler in Reef Brake, . Elissa has been a judge at Showcase finals week for four years and is Celebrity Cruises Australian Associate Casting Director.
Aerial – Pole – Dance
Melissa Coindreau performed as a principal dancer with the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet for five years. As a former international touring artist her professional credits include Grease, Cabaret, The Broadway Musical Swing, and she has had the pleasure of performing with such greats as the Cab Calloway Orchestra, Twyla Tharp, and Michael Buble. She holds US titles in Swing Dance and , is a certified in Yoga and Pilates. Consumed with the idea of taking dance into the air Melissa found her way to aerial arts. Melissa is an advanced level pole technician with competitive experience placing second in the Vertical Pole Challenge in Las Vegas. She has also coached championship pole artists, produced and choreographed aerial concerts, and loves any opportunity for a creative challenge. With over 25 years of professional experience, she is trained in aerial hoop, silks, hammock, and enjoys blending the world of dance and aerial arts together. Currently a performer and costume designer with Terry Beeman’s Mental Head Circus, Melissa is proud to share her love of dance and aerial innovation with her students.
Melissa was immediately hooked when she first tried silks in early 2011. One week later she tried lyra, and then six months later, she began training on the flying trapeze (and hasn’t stopped since!). As an instructor, she loves to encourage students to notice the progress they are making no matter how big or small. Melissa feels the same sense of accomplishment she felt as a beginner each time a student succeeds.
Kennedy Kabasares is an aerialist and actor. He attended high school at the San Francisco School of the Arts where he studied theater, and was also taught circus arts with Judi Finelli of the Pickle Family Circus. Kennedy was invited to compete in the 2011 Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival in Denver, where he took first place for static trapeze. He performs a duo trapeze act with aerialist Lynn Janovich. His current artistic endeavor, PULLproject, is a narrative theater/circus hybrid with performance artist traci kato-kiriyama, which has been presented in the US and Canada.
Lydia (Lara) Morgan
In Aerial Lydia found the ultimate combination of two of her greatest passions: performing arts and athleticism. From a young age Lydia began touring with a theatre company around Mexico, later continuing her work in the U.S, and Canada where she became a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor. One day she saw a group of circus artist on the street, parked her car, and asked them if she could give it a try. Since, Lydia has traveled collecting knowledge from anyone willing to share. Lydia is just as passionate and grateful to share as she is to learn. Lydia is a certified Aerial Dance Coach in multiple disciplines, resident artist and casting associate with Aerial Experience Productions, and founding member of the Aerial Collective.
Anti Gravity Yoga – Hammock
Kristen Swain grew up in south Florida, and moved to California in December of 2010. She got into aerial fitness doing pole for 2 years, and found her passion for yoga soon after practicing vinyasa and hot yoga which brought her to getting a certification for Aerial yoga which she’s been teaching for a year and a half now. Sharing what she is passionate about has pushed her towards getting her personal training and nutrition certification. She’s all about helping people workout and achieve happiness through fitness. She enjoys cooking, skateboarding, yoga, lifting, adventures and the beach.