Performance Lab: Group Choreo

This class is taught by:

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

Kait Graber

Kait leads Aerial Dance Series, Aerial Conditioning & Mobility, and Performance Lab at MASC. She began practicing yoga in 2010 when she first attended a class at University. As a life long athlete and outdoors enthusiast, she has always felt most uninhibited when engaging in movement. Yoga has given her an outlet to find meaning in that movement and provides a safe space for introspection. She believes that yoga is essential to maintaining a balanced life. Kait completed her 200 hr RYT through Greenville Yoga under the guidance of Liz Delaney in 2015. Flow and Yin are her favorite styles on the floor as she aims to guide students to combine yogic movement and meditation into one practice. Kait first began her aerial training in 2015 with her mentor Kelly Van Leeuwen of MAYA Movement Arts. She completed her Aerial Yoga Certification through Levity Aerial Yoga, a program accredited by Yoga Alliance, in the spring of 2016. Kait has also attended aerial workshops led by some of the most influential members of the industry. While aerial yoga and aerial choreography have become a fast passion, she still continues to find herself coming "home" to her mat. Having recently moved from Greenville, South Carolina--Kait is grateful for the opportunity to share her passion both through yoga and coaching aerial dance with the Missoula community.
Level: Intermediate
Age: 16+
Focus: Creative Exploration and Movement Quality
Prereq: Sequence 5 major concepts proficiently on sling
Description: Workshop style class.
16 weeks. First 8 weeks create a group piece. Second 8 weeks create a solo on apparatus of your choice. Those whom participate in all 16 weeks have the option to perform in Spring Student Showcase. $400 for 16 classes, or you can choose to take either 8 week segment for $200. Early bird and member discounts (20% off).


Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Jan 24 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm with Nicole McCauley
  • Thu Jan 31 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm with Kait Graber
  • Thu Feb 07 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm with Nicole McCauley
  • Thu Feb 14 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm with Kait Graber
  • Thu Feb 21 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm with Nicole McCauley
  • Thu Feb 28 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm with Kait Graber
  • Thu Mar 07 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm with Nicole McCauley