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Founder & Director

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Dana Mcatee

Aerial Arts / Pole Instructor 

Dana McAtee is a passionate and dedicated pole dancer and aerialist . Her love affair with pole dance began in 2004 when she was first introduced to the art form. From that moment on, she was hooked, and in 2006 she started teaching pole dance herself. Her commitment to her craft has led her to pursue additional training in flexibility, Pilates, and aerial.

Over the years, Dana has had the opportunity to train with many renowned pole dance teachers, honing her skills and developing her own unique style. She remains humble and always considers herself a student of the art form. She believes that there is always something new to learn, and she continues to push herself to grow and improve her skillsets.

Dana's passion for pole dance and aerial extends beyond her own personal practice. She is committed to sharing her knowledge and expertise with others, and she has become a respected instructor and mentor in the pole and aerial community. Her teaching style is focused on empowering her students to embrace their bodies and push past their limits to achieve their goals.

Today, Dana continues to inspire and motivate others with her passion and dedication to her craft.

Instructors

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Melissa Coindreau

Artistic Director
Aerial Arts/ Pole 
Instructor 

Melissa performed as a principal dancer with the San Antonio Met Ballet for 5 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 yoga and pilates instructor. Consumed with the idea of taking dance into the air she found her way to aerial arts. Melissa is an advanced pole technician with competitive experience. She has also coached championship pole artists, produced and choreographed aerial concerts, and loves any opportunity for a creative challenge. With over 20 years of professional experience, she is trained in aerial hoop, silks, hammock, and enjoys blending the world of dance and aerial together. She is currently a performer and designer for Terry Beeman's Mental Head Circus, and she is proud to share her love of dance and aerial innovation with her students. 

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Helen Day

Aerial Arts Instructor

Helen began her aerial training at the Hanger Arts in London, before joining Zu Aerial Dance in Brighton as a student, and later as a performer and collaborator. She has performed at corporate events, private parties and cabarets all over London, the UK and Europe, with Zu Aerial Dance and also with her own solo work.

 

She joined Cirque du Soleil for the creation of 'Toruk', based on James Cameron's 'Avatar', in 2015, as a puppeteer (and later as puppetry artist/coach). After a few months she also began training for the aerial rope act in the show, and happily swung from the 'vines' as a na'vi, touring the world with the show until 2019.

 

She now lives in West Hollywood, and when she is not in the air she can be found acting on screen, working as a performance capture artist for the video game industry, puppeteering, and having adventures with her rescue pitbull Queenie.

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Melissa Hellewell

Aerial Arts Instructor

Melissa was immediately hooked when she first tried aerial 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 works with a new  student.

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Kennedy Kabasares

Aerial Arts Instructor

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. His current artistic endeavor, PULL project, is a narrative theater/circus hybrid with performance artist traci kato-kiriyama, which has been presented in the US and Canada.

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Kristen Swain

Aerial Arts Instructor

Kristen's journey into the world of aerial began in 2013 when she took a leap of faith and decided to try aerial yoga. Despite having no prior experience, she now holds certifications in yoga, aerial yoga, and has found her home at Believe. 

As Kristen immersed herself in the aerial community at Believe, with a growing passion for aerial arts, Kristen began exploring different aspects of it, including single-point apparatuses. Inspired by her own practice and fueled by her curiosity, Kristen started experimenting with single point aerial techniques, using the hammock to explore new movements and sequences. 

Throughout her teaching journey, Kristen finds great joy in working with students of all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners. Her main focus as an instructor has always been to share the beauty of mindful movement with others. By guiding her students through their achievements, Kristen aims to help them build confidence and discover their own potential.

Overall, Kristen's path into aerial arts may have started unexpectedly, but her passion and dedication have guided her to become a skilled instructor, continuously inspiring others through her mindful teaching approach.

Who We Are

Believe is one of the longest standing Pole and Aerial studios in Los Angeles owned and operated for 12 years by Dana Mcatee. And still practicing pole and aerial artist herself, she found her passion for this challenging and beautiful medium later in life after family and kids. 
 
With the understanding that life can have it’s obstacles and challenges, Believe has created a welcoming and supportive environment where individuals can freely express themselves and explore their playful side without fear of judgment.  It is a place where challenges can be overcome and personal limits can be tested. We believe that everyone has the ability to achieve their goals, and our aim is to empower our students to believe in themselves and their capabilities. Believe strives to inspire confidence, promote well-being, and foster a sense of community. Our ultimate goal is to help our students reach their full potential, both physically and mentally, and to encourage them to believe that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to. 

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