Teachers for 2019

Tina Carter
 

 

 

 

 

Tina Carter

Airhedz Founder & Aerial Instructor

Tina has been a professional aerialist for more than twenty years working as a performer, director, teacher and researcher. Her particular passion is to use aerial in diverse settings for diverse communities and individuals, regularly teaching dancers at Canterbury Christ Church University, physical theatre students at East 15 Acting School, the monkeys at Wicked the Musical, her recreational aerial participants at www.airhedz.co.uk and Deaf and disabled veterans and performers working with Graeae Theatre Company. More recently, she has been invited to consult on Accessible Aerial at the National Centre for Circus Arts, Extraordinary Bodies, Spin City and Slow Label (Japan) as well as presenting her paper, ACCESSIBLE AERIAL: Suspending the rules to professional aerialists, teachers and researchers.

In 2018 she worked on diverse choreographic projects, continued to develop and teach her unique brand of Airhedz Aerial Yoga and set up the new accessible and inclusive Airhedz Youth Circus.

Awarded her PhD in early 2015, she continues to be passionate about all things aerial, and all things accessible. She was awarded a Developing your Creative Practice funding award from the Arts Council England, to develop her accessible teaching practice. In 2019 she will undertake BSL (British Sign Language) classes, and work with Audio Description mentors, Alex Bulmer and Willie Elliott. She has also been invited to write a book, that she will begin in earnest in the spring of 2019. Watch this space!

 

Jessica Urwin

Airhedz Aerial Assistant

Jess Urwin has experience in contemporary dance, aerial and yoga. She started her aerial training with Tina Carter in 2003 and has been assisting on workshops with Airhedz since 2013. She holds an MA in Dance/Movement Psychotherapy from the University of Derby and is now a registered member of the Association of Dance/Movement Psychotherapists. In January 2018, she successfully completed the Nimble Arts’ Introduction to Aerial Teaching and The Foundation Level Silks Course, developing her skills ready to assist Tina in teaching the beginners at Airhedz. She recently completed the Foundation in British Wheel of Yoga Teacher Training. Jess is excited to continue her aerial teaching in 2019 and strives to assist in providing a safe place for expression and creativity in the air.

 

 

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.

 

Suzy Jade Carter

Airhedz Aerial Instructor

Jade has been an aerialist for 19 years. She started her training with Tina Carter in 1999 and began teaching in 2002, delivering workshops, rigging and performing. Jade studied Physical Education and Dance at Chichester University and now teaches Contemporary Dance and Aerial at a local secondary school. She attends Tina’s Aerial Yoga courses and is really enjoying this new aerial adventure. She is passionate about transferring floor-based movement into the air, in particular on the trapeze. Jade aims to enthuse young people and adults, enabling them to challenge themselves in a safe and welcoming environment.