Jennifer Drabik-Pierce – Owner & Artistic Director
Jennifer has been performing professionally and touring the globe as a dancer, featured Aerialist, and a Headlining Aerial Act since she was 16. As an aerialist, Jennifer blends her love of all forms of dance while adding a touch of theatrical flair. Her aerial instruction began with private coaching from Olympic Gymnast, Lance Reginald; she continued to be coached by artists from Cirque du Soleil and the critically acclaimed Toronto School of Circus Arts. Some of Jennifer's performance highlights include Superbowl XXXIII, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Fidelity, Alzheimer's Foundation, Blackberry, Tavistock Cup, Opening for John Mayer, and performing with AntiGravity. Jennifer has entertained celebrities such as John Travolta and Carmen Elektra. Jennifer founded Orlando Aerial Arts in 2008 with a vision of providing education in the aerial arts for anyone from the everyday person to the aspiring professional. Most recently her students and her dedication to the art of performance have inspired her to form the Orlando Aerial Arts performing company, Suspended Artistry.
Jennifer Gutowski – IT’S OUR PLAY TIME! Instructor
Jennifer has been teaching dance, creative movement, Mommy & Me classes, basic tumbling, and musical theater for 18 years. She has also performed in shows and parades at Walt Disney world, prior to her role as Raggedy Ann at FAO Schwarz where she wrote and performed monthly interactive parent/child shows and assisted with entertainment for all special events held at the store and within the community. Jennifer has performed at Orlando Magic games, N Sync's challenge For the Children events, Macy's, Gaylord Palms, Dick Bachelor's Run for the Children, as well as Cirque du Soleil. She is a company member of the Orlando Aerial Arts performing group "Suspended Artistry," has USA Gymnastic Safety Certification, and is a Certified Meditation instructor.
Victoria Miller Gathman – Instructor
Victoria Miller Gathman has been practicing Aerial Arts since 2004, performing professionally and teaching since 2013. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, with an emphasis in both performance and technical theatre. She has worked for Cirque du Soleil's, La Nouba, as a Stunt Rigger and Lighting Technician, as well as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. She has several rigging certifications, including Competent Persons by Gravitech, OSHA10, Controlled Descent and Rescue by Ropeworks, & is CPR certified. She is an active company member of “Suspended Artistry.”
Cheryl Cox – Guest Artist Instructor
Cheryl grew up in Southern California and at the age of 2 1/2, took her first ballet class. She danced passionately, training in ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary styles. For the past 12 years, she’s applied her dance background to the aerial arts and now has extensive experience on tissu (silks), cerceau (hoop), net, and double wire. She has also performed on bungee, corde lisse (spanish web/rope), and cloud swing. Some performance highlights include: The 8th Voyage of Sindbad stunt show at Universal Orlando, Featured Aerialist at First Baptist’s Singing Christmas Trees, Cirque de la Mer at SeaWorld San Diego, Blue Horizons at Sea World Orlando. Cheryl also performed for the Walt Disney Company for 7 and a half years in California, Florida, and Hong Kong. Cheryl also holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Chapman University with a minor in Psychology. ber of “Suspended Artistry.”
Allie Stoddard – Instructor
Allie was one of those everyday people who stumbled upon aerial arts over five years ago and grew to love it so much that it became her new career. With the support of the Orlando Aerial Arts team, she became a member of the performance company Suspended Artistry and later an OAA instructor herself. Learning to teach also led to pursuing her personal training certification from the American Council on Exercise, where she’s always working on some type of continuing education and advancing her specialization in functional training, body biomechanics, and injury prevention. An insatiable science nerd with the background of a musician, Allie is constantly seeking to blend the worlds of fitness and health with performance and art.
Andres Rivera – Instructor/Office Manger
Bio coming soon!