Adult Vertical Series Module 1

This class is taught by:

Gracie Niswanger

Gracie leads Aerial and Pole Fitness, Aerial and Pole Choreography, Pole Tricks, assists with Kids programs, and trains and performs aerial, and acrobatics. She also teaches for MASCs accredited UM courses, Lifelong Learning Center, and Flagship. Being a Missoula native, Gracie grew up with the mountains and rivers as her playground. Her acrobatic journey began in 2010 when she discovered her love for yoga, as well as realized what the human body is capable of. It wasn’t long after that that she dove into the world of partner acrobatics. Fast forward to 2014, after obtaining numerous trainings and certifications, Gracie found her home at MASC Studio and Training agency, where she began sharing her love of AcroYoga with the community. Having an adult jungle gym at her finger tips, her focus was quickly drawn to the world of aerial acrobatics. 2015 marked the beginning of Gracie’s aerial training, and since then she has taught, trained and performed around the world, including both Nicaragua and Mexico. Gracie now teaches a wide variety of classes at MASC including pole, pole fitness, aerial choreography, aerial fitness, partner acrobatics and yoga.

Nicole McCauley

Nicole is MASC's studio manager, aerial coach, and aerial program designer and artistic director of in house productions. From a young age Nicole has been fascinated with expression through movement and theater. Growing up she danced at a small studio and was involved in theater. In early 2013, Nicole discovered her love for aerial arts. Craving a skill that would take her to new heights and challenges, aerial has been satisfying choice. As a compliment to aerial coaching, Nicole practices and teaches barre, yoga and pilates, serving as a solid base of principles and techniques; derived from numerous rigorous teacher trainings from some of the nation's most renowned instructors and programs. In addition to these trainings, Nicole gives back to the Missoula community by participating in the local Yoga Behind Bars program 'Freedom Within,' and in MASC's partnership with the YWCA, Flagship, the Lifelong Learning Center, and the University of Montana. In 2017, Nicole created and authenticated Aerial Arts Fundamentals Curriculum and MASC Teacher Training, catapulting MASC as a company to a new realm of professionalism. Nicole weaves her profession with her art. Fueling inspiration with a consistent passion for augmenting her skills and qualifications, she performs with a style that is solely her own creation; she is truly unique and mesmerizing.

Born to Fly Aerial Certification ProgramMultiple Versatile Art's Teacher TrainingsAnahata Power Yoga Teacher Training/Certification- 200hrAlignment Series Training- yoga with Anahata Power YogaBeginner and Intermediate Mat Pilates Certification - MOVE MissoulaStandard Barre Training- w/ Selena GarefinoTrauma Based Movement TrainingCreation and Design of Aerial Programs, Curriculum and MASC Teacher Trainings

Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Age: 16+
Focus: Skills/Technique and Fitness/Conditioning
Prereq: Demonstrate with proficiency a traditional climb on both sides and a safe entry/exit
Description: This is a workshop style class.
Includes eight 90 minute progressive curriculum classes, once per week for 8 weeks. Other words for “Vertical” are Silks/Fabric, Rope/Corde Lisse, Sling. This Series is a prerequisite for Adult Aerial Dance Series which is a prerequisite to perform in our Spring showcase. $200 for 8 classes, early bird and member discounts apply.