Tina Carter





Tina Carter

Airhedz Founder & Aerial Instructor

Tina has been teaching diverse aerial disciplines since 1996 and circus skills since 1990.  She co-founded the Kent Circus School, founded and was Artistic Director of Expressive Feat Productions Ltd. and then set up Airhedz.  She initially trained in theatre receiving a BA and MA at the University of Kent at Canterbury; she completed PhD at Royal Holloway University London and her thesis ​Suspending Conventions: How 'disabled aerialists' are challenging aesthetic and methodological practices in 21st Century aerial(ism) ​is available to download from the Research Pages.  She initially trained in Acrobalance at the CREA in Amsterdam in 1989-90; joined Zippo's Academy of Circus Arts in 1994; specialised in swinging trapeze at Le Centre National des Arts du Cirque in France in 1996 and continues to train in diverse disciplines including Mindfulness and Embodied Yoga Practices. In January 2015 she returned to basics completing Nimble Arts Introduction to Teaching Aerial and the Foundation for Teaching Aerial Fabric ​to review her own practice and to see how others were now introducing the arts to others.  In addition she is a Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy) and a full member of Equity. She has trained in Child Protection, Disability Awareness and Confidence, Safe Touch for Dance, Working in the Arts with Young Offenders and other such complementary training.  Tina is a keen aerial researcher, academically and in the studio.  She is constantly finding alternative ways of being in the air, loves to play and create and has a passion to share what she finds in safe and accessible environments.  She hopes that all those attending Airhedz courses, training and workshops benefit from the twenty-something years she has spent working with circus, theatre and especially aerial skills.



Sarah Walker-Down

Airhedz Aerial Instructor

“Like lots of little girls I wanted to be a ballerina, unfortunately puberty (and the growth of my hips) kicked in, so I ended up as a contemporary dancer instead. I did my formal dance training at The Laban Centre and after learning to abseil off buildings for a particularly exciting dance company I decided I really liked hanging off things. So I trundled down to The Circus Space, where I discovered my love of dangling and walking on tall metal poles in bright spangled outfits was a new extension to my performing career.” 

Sarah specialises in Aerial Hoop and Trapeze.