The duo known as Satarah combines the talents and passions of Sarah Hahn and Satya, two gifted belly dancers, aerialists, and fire performers that have twenty years of experience between them. After years of operating their own performance troupe, producing shows, hosting workshops, and teaching alongside one another, they are thrilled to see Bloom Movement Artistry taking shape.
Sarah found an early love of movement in gymnastics starting at 8. She traveled with the competitive circuit for ten years. In 2008, she discovered Middle-Eastern dance and became captivated by the art form, immediately seeking out instruction before becoming an instructor and performer herself, adding fire arts to her repertoire along the way.
In 2012, Sarah found aerial and began as a silks student. Later, she would become a silks instructor and director of a trapeze program at a Charlotte studio.
Fascinated by kinesiology and physicality, Sarah has traveled around the country as a performer, student, and educator.
In 2012, Laura found a Groupon for an aerial class and figured it might be fun to try. To put it simply, a full-blown love affair was born. Since then, Laura has also become a student in sling, lyra, flying trapeze, acro yoga, pole, static trapeze, and various other apparatuses. Laura has taught and performed on silks for multiple years, including a performance in Costa Rica.
As an instructor, Laura celebrates students wherever they are in their aerial journeys. In her time as an aerialist, Laura was involved in a serious car accident and has managed late-stage Lyme disease, so she is an expert in practicing the arts of patience and grace with oneself; she has experienced time and again the absolute joy from overcoming fear, weakness, and doubt. Laura’s favorite quote is “you didn’t come this far just to get this far” – so let’s see how far we can go!
Everything began with dance and music when she was a 6-year-old, taking classes in ballet, contemporary dance, piano, and violin. After years of training, she graduated from Conservatorio de Castella (Costa Rica) and later from Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica with a Bachelor in Dance Degree.
She had performed professionally with Compañía de Cámara Danza UNA, Compañía Nacional de Danza de El Salvador, Las Tres Marías, “Metamorfosis”, JF Ballet contemporáneo, Caroline Calouche and Co., Baran Dance Company and many more. As a teacher, she started teaching dance and ballet about 15 years ago. She developed a passion of teaching to all ages and mostly to people eager to learn.
Carolina is a multitasking artist. She knows dance, ballet, artistic gymnastics, lyra, silks, acrobatics, stretching, conditioning, and many other discplines (just ask). She discovered the aerial world and circus life back in 2013, and she fell totally in love with it. She is excited to teach and learn more about aerial every day.
Casandra Newkirk is originally from North Carolina and lived in Charlotte and Rocky Mount before leaving for undergrad. She has a Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of Florida and does research focused on coral reef ecology and preservation. She started aerial almost 5 years ago during graduate school as a way to relieve stress and has been hooked ever since. She primarily trains on silks and lyra, but recently started dance trapeze and straps classes and loves those as well! Outside of aerial and science, she loves to read, write, and spend time with her family and newly adopted chocolate lab Zeus! Casandra always aims to create a positive and uplifting training environment, and make sure aerial remains fun as it should be!
Tanya is a lifelong dancer, starting with tap and ballet at age 3, progressing to pointe and lyrical in her early teenage years. She discovered belly dance in 2016 and is a multi-faceted dancer, trained by many different instructors, including Nayna, Serena, Naima Sultana, and Satya Jvala, across many different styles of belly dance. A multi-Bloom veteran, a former member of the Raq-a-bellas and 1/2 of the duo known as Seleena, Tanya continued dancing thru the darkness in her kitchen until she felt it was time to rise up on her own. When not shimmying, Tanya enjoys spending time on the river/riverbank and lounging with her cats. She is also learning aerial arts and has been known to play with fire.
Taylor is a Charlotte native. She has been training circus since 2013 and currently focuses on contortionism, hand-balancing, and Lyra. They have professionally performed on solo/duo Lyra, trapeze, silks, straps, hand balance, and contortionism. On the side, she also likes to train rope and aerial loops. Along with that, she has 5 years of training in ensemble dance, theatre, and classical vocals. In college, she focused on visual arts and anatomy. While working and performing with a troupe in Vermont in 2019 she had the fun opportunity to try out tightwire, and can’t wait to give it another go!
With a unique approach to circus, they merge resistance training with flexibility training- creating strong, flexible bodies able to bend both on the ground and in the air. She is currently working with a local circus troupe to create visually stunning and socially inquisitive productions.
Angela first found strength in movement through cheerleading. She cheered competitively from second grade until her senior year of college. During that time, she also taught tumbling classes at Evolution Gym in Bridgewater, NJ. After graduation, this former cheerleader was delighted to discover aerial circus. It was love at first climb. Few disciplines allow you to showcase your strength, musicality, and still surprise the audience the way aerial does.
Although she primarily practices silks, trapeze, and loops, she loves hanging from just about anything she can get her hands on. Angela’s love of performance and improvising bring her back to aerial every time. She also performs on stilts and with poi, because circus is just too fun not to explore multiple disciplines!
Anna has had a love for acrobatics since her first gymnastics class at the age of 4. She went on to compete in USA Gymnastics until college where she was on the club gymnastics team at UNCW right up to her graduation in 2015. It was around that time when she came across silks for the first time and instantly fell in love. Shortly after college she moved to Greece where she lived for five years and trained in the circus community there, learning many diverse training styles and perspectives. She currently trains in lyra, trapeze, sling, and silks. As an instructor with over a decade of experience coaching and a masters degree in counseling psychology, she loves to motivate her students and facilitate growth in an inclusive and encouraging environment.
Having spent their formative years on a rural tree farm in the deep, Deep South, Ellyott has always had an affinity for hanging upside down. In 2019, aerial arts became a safe (and socially acceptable) way to satisfy their primal urge to swing through the tree tops. Their movement style is heavily inspired by creepy creatures and horror monsters, and they love bringing characters to life through cosplay at local anime conventions with Cirque Du Cosplay. Ellyott has an academic background in Applied Behavior Analysis and Social Psychology, and is themself dyslexic, so they strive to make learning circus arts accessible and fun for all of their students. Most days, Ellyott can be found training lyra, trapeze, sling, silks, contortion, contact fire sword, poi, juggling, fire eating, and stilt walking.
While growing up, Anna had very little interest in any kinds of sports or physical activities. It wasn’t until she took her first aerial class on a whim that Anna found a hobby that she truly loves. You can typically find Anna on the trapeze, straps, sling or lyra, but trapeze is her ultimate love.
Anna has been doing aerial for over three years, but has had to take several breaks for medical reasons. She’s been lucky to have instructors who have always been encouraging and modified exercises around limitations. Anna hopes to emulate this in her teaching style. Aerial has helped Anna to grow in ways that she never expected and she wants to create a similar experience for others.
Outside of the studio, Anna loves to play DnD, boardgames and to hang out with her partner and their three pets. She also has a love for everything dramatic and can be found making props for photoshoots with friends.
Theresa started her circus journey at the age of 26 with no background in dance, gymnastics, or any physical activities customarily seen in this industry. In lieu of a traditional movement background, her passion was in theatre and creative writing. Since her first aerial class she’s been addicted to flying and searched for more avenues to train independently. This hunger and drive has since led her to perform in multiple main stage shows, teach workshops, and manage various performance troupes.
Her repertoire of disciplines includes fabric, aerial hoop, duo straps, partner/group acrobatics, and more. When not training, Theresa enjoys spending quality time chasing around her 8 year old and 9 month old sons. She aspires to build a social circus endeavor with the goal of giving back to underserved communities through outreach, education, and training. Her biggest teaching goal is to instill the belief that regardless of your background and starting point, everyone is capable of achieving success in circus and that this art form should be inclusive and accessible to all.