Shaina grew up around the south, in Alabama, Louisiana and Florida. She always treasured adventure, exploring the outdoors... from the swamps to the beaches, and loved when she got the chance to take a ballet class or take ice skating lessons, but really dived into music studies as a child. This small-town girl grew up and had bigger dreams though, of being and artist and traveling the whole world. She moved to central Florida and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. During her studies, she grew her love of movement practice, dabbling in various dance, fitness and yoga classes, but soon discovered the world of circus, and her passion for aerial arts unfolded through worlds colliding.
She moved to New York to complete a professional training program at Urban Circus NYC, learning cross discipline skills including multiple aerial apparatus, flexibility, and strength training. Upon graduating, she began her career as a full-time performing artist out on the west coast. She also tours the festival circuits appearing in events such as Symbiosis, Eclipse Gathering, Hulaween, Imagine, Paradiso, along with dinner theaters, corporate events, theatrical productions, and the like.
Along with her performing career, she became a circus educator in 2015. She combines all of her passions for a unique creative approach to aerial training, focused on movement quality, musicality, line making, and technique/skill in the air. She continues to broaden her training and expertise, and now holds a certification for personal training specializing in calisthenics and strength training. She also earned her 200 hour RYT certification and loves hatha flow and yin yoga to incorporate more gentle movement and restorative practice to balance out the yang of aerial training. After nearly a decade of practice in her field, she's now performed and taught in 17 different countries across the globe, sharing the love of movement and wellness. She hopes to ignite passion in others, and is dedicated to helping people feel strong & confident, unlocking their fullest potential to live their best life!