The owner of MAYA Movement Arts, Kelly is the first Sling, Silks, Trapeze, Aerial Yoga and AcroYoga teacher in Greenville. She blends both a passion for anatomy and a love of fluidity in her movement and teaching style. Kelly teaches Sling, Dance Trapeze, AcroYoga, Yoga Flow, Core, Conditioning, Inversions, Mobility, and Partner Massage under the 16-ft ceilings of the renovated textile mill that is the Lofts of Greenville.
She is certified in Aerial Sling at the Intermediate level through Circus Arts Institute (CAI); in AcroYoga through AcroYoga International; in Aerial Yoga through Levity Aerial Yoga; in Lyra 1/2 through Aradia USA; and has completed the Level 1 teacher training in Silks, Trapeze and Rope through Paper Doll Militia. She is currently pursuing her Advanced Sling training under the mentorship of Amber Monson through CAI.
She began teaching yoga in 2006, graduated from the Asheville School of Massage & Yoga in 2009; studied Thai Massage at the Naga Center, as well as in Northern Thailand; became a certified AcroYoga teacher through AcroYoga International based in California in 2013; and apprenticed with Austin-based aerialist Lydia Michelson-Maverick the same year. She continues her studies in Atlanta with aerialists Amber Monson of Sky Gym, Constance Palmer and McKinley Vitale of The Space; in Asheville with Waverly Jones and Cody Hayman of Empyrean Arts; and in Athens through Canopy Studio.
Kelly specializes in Thai Massage for athletes -- including cyclists, para-cyclists, triathletes, Ironman competitors, martial artists, dancers, cross-fitters and power lifters, and yogis -- as well as traditional deep tissue massage on the table. Her style tends to be deep, therapeutic and sports-related, and her techniques address muscular imbalance, trigger points and fascia. She incorporates cupping, scraping (gua sha) and Tok Sen modalities into her work, and recently added RockTape's Blades and Blades Advanced trainings into her tool belt.
She provides on-site massage and yoga services to the "Experience Domestique Climb with George Hincapie" camps at the Hotel Domestique. She massages during training camps and competitions for the Roger C. Peace Para-cycling team and both the road and triathlon teams for the Greenville Cycling & Multi-Sport/Greenville Hospital System partnership. She has worked with the Palmetto Peloton Project’s Challenge to Conquer Cancer "Ride to Austin," the Greenville Spinners’ cross-state tour, the Ride to Remember for the Alzheimer's Association, and the Hincapie CEO Challenge.
Although she's not on the ground much lately, Kelly has taught yoga all around the Greenville area for the past decade, including to the drama and voice students at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, as well as the music studios at Furman University.
Look for a constantly expanding schedule as she, and her 8 aerial coaches, offer more classes in hammock, silks, trapeze and lyra. She is available for hire for on-site aerial dance performances, for events, corporate parties, etc. For more information, call 864.704.5605.
Kelly is available for private lessons in sling, silks, trapeze, yoga and acro.
Follow her on IG at : @kvl_aerialist