... our gentle intellectual, a combination of introvert and champion of free thought and righting injustice.

Julia recently graduated from Furman University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music and also Philosophy, and now has her sights set on becoming an attorney for the Marines.

Growing up she was active in school sports and always emphasized personal health and fitness in her day-to-day life. She started aerials after her best friend Sarah Michelle brought her to a class in January of 2015, and the practice has been building her confidence ever since. "Aerials have helped build me, and countless others, into stronger individuals both mentally and physically. It is a great workout and an even greater community of encouraging, hard working, artistic people." She enjoys the challenge, the beauty of the art, and seeing what she, as well as her peers, are capable of achieving when they respect and use their bodies to their full potential.

Julia completed a 6-month intensive sling training with Kelly VanLeeuwen in May 2016, a 35-hour aerial yoga teaching certification through Levity Aerial Yoga, and a 30-hour silks teacher training with Paper Doll Militia, and is always looking for more opportunities to enrich her aerial experiences. She continues to train with Kelly on sling and mixed apparatuses, and is training with Constance Palmer of The Space in Atlanta to grow in her silks knowledge.

At MAYA, she teaches Aerial Yoga and Silks. She says every day in the studio, she learns more about herself and her students.

In what little free time she has, she spends time with her fur baby Jenny and her family. She also is passionate about supporting the greater Greenville fitness community, and likes to complement her aerial training with ground work and weights.

Julia is available for private lessons in silks and sling.

Follow her on Instagram at : @crabbyjules