Jill Franklin is the founder of Aerial Physique. She has an extensive background in ballet along with certifications in Pilates and yoga all which encompass her Aerial Physique technique. Since its inception in 2012, her studio continually attracts thousands of aspiring aerialists from around the world. Jill's expertise spans over ten years of aerial experience and she's gracefully mesmerized audiences with her stunning performances in productions seen in theaters throughout the USA, on cruise ships and celebrities filled galas.


An entrepreneur at heart, Jill is also a celebrity trainer and author of numerous books including Beginners Guide to Aerial Silk, Intermediate Guide to Aerial Silk, Aerial Physique FIT, Aerial Silks Coloring Book, Cirque Coloring Book & The Aerialist’s Notebook. She maintains a web-based video site, Aerial Physique TV. Jill is the creator of the Aerial Physique Teacher Training program and formulated all curriculum and teaching manuals. Jill's definitive and precise teaching expertise, enables instructors to better teach their own students with new, innovative and exciting aerial silks skills, with its ever-changing artistic format. Jill thoroughly enjoys inspiring and mentoring aerialists from around the globe!


  • Favorite aerial skills? Windmills & Creature

  • Biggest aerial pet peeve? Sloppy legs and people trying things they aren't ready to do 

  • One thing you can't live without? Chapstick

  • Favorite place you've traveled to? A toss-up between Amsterdam & Brac, Croatia 

  • How would your BFF describe you? Happy, busy, creative & organized ;) 

  • Dog or cat person? Cats win, but I still love puppies

  • What is your favorite food? Croissants & veggies, it's all about balance! 

  • What is your favorite song to rock out to in the car? 'No Diggity, No Doubt' by Blackstreet …. but lately, I’ve been really into business podcasts!

Master Trainer

Gabe was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and discovered circus when he was 14 at Circus Juventas, a large performing circus arts school. From there he quickly became an advanced performer; performing in advanced Aerial Silks, Spanish Web, and Aerial Pas de Deux. When he wasn't training and coaching circus, he completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Minnesota in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Gabe coached multiple aerial acts including: Multiple Trapeze, Aerial Conditioning, Aerial Silks, Spanish Web, Aerial Pas de Deux, and Flying Silks. Gabe is a graduate of the Aerial Physique Teacher Training program and is an Aerial Physique Master Trainer. 

  • Favorite aerial skill? Windmills!

  • Biggest aerial pet peeve? Lazy, unpointed toes and bent legs!

  • One thing you can't live without? My dog, Astro!

  • Favorite place you've traveled to? London, England!

  • How would your BFF describe you? As a water sign.

  • Dog or cat person?Dog person! Adamantly opposed to cats. 

  • Favorite food? Pizza!

  • Favorite song to rock out to in the car? Anything by Fka Twigs!

With an Aunt who rode elephants and an Uncle who was a clown in the circus, Rebecca Freund has always had a fascination with the circus arts.  With years of gymnastics under her belt, she decided to put them to good use and become an aerialist. Training with amazing and diverse aerialists, she has learned the delicate art of dancing in the air. Specializing in silks, trio cube, hammock, and chandelyra, she has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with amazing artists like Sinbad, Enrique Iglesias, and Nelly Furtado. The White House, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Tim Robbin’s WTF Festival, LA County Fair, First Fridays at Reno’s Grand Sierra Resort, and the grand opening for the conjunction of Target and Nordstroms are just a few of the places and events Rebecca has been spotted in the air. She spent years working with Terry Beeman’s Mental Head Circus and Shapeshifter Circus.  She has also been in the air at private events, weddings, casinos, and clubs, and has a feature in Maxim Magazine online.  


When she is not performing, Rebecca loves teaching.  Getting her start teaching at Hollywood Aerial Arts in Los Angeles, and teaching throughout LA and the Washington DC area,  Rebecca has spent 12 years helping others find their love for aerial. As of August 2017 Rebecca is an Aerial Physique Master Trainer, inspiring and teaching aspiring aerial instructors from around the globe. See Rebecca in action here. 


  • Favorite aerial skills? Straddle/knee climbs and dive rolls of all kinds

  • Biggest aerial pet peeve? Floppiness and giving up before really even trying. 

  • One thing you can't live without? Sriracha 

  • Favorite place you've traveled to? Japan and China

  • How would your BFF describe you? Creative, independent, patient,  strong (of the willed and other varieties), 

  • Dog or cat person? Dogs are cute, but definitely CATS!

  • Favorite food? All of the things! Anything that Sqirl makes (California type cuisine). Thai, Korean, Chinese, Sushi, Mexican 

  • Favorite song to rock out to in the car? Ooooh, tough one, so many!  Currently Hamilton Soundtrack. But longtime favs are November Blue (Avett Bros) and Wagon Wheel (Old Crow Medicine Show).   But I never turn down good 80's music and the occasional "I Want It That Way"  

Master Trainer

Canadian born Christine fell in love with dance as a teenager, studying dance at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and the Alvin Ailey School in NYC.  Christine performed with Royal Caribbean Productions, traveling and entertaining audiences around the world. This was also where she began training and performing aerial silks, lyra, bungee harness and various creative apparatuses. 


Currently, Christine lives in Berlin, Germany where she continues to perform on the world’s biggest theatre stage at Friedrichstadt-Palast Berlin. There she is featured as an aerialist and dancer in the theatre’s newest creation: VIVID Grand Show.


Christine is a certified Circus Instructor from Montreal’s École Nationale de Cirque (National Circus School of Canada), and an Aerial Physique Master Trainer after attending Jill Franklin’s Aerial Physique Teacher Training Programs in Italy, Vienna and Los Angeles. She looks forward to leading Teacher Training’s alongside Jill in Europe in the summer of 2019. It is her passion to combine both art forms, creating a fusion of “dance in the air” and bringing her unique style to performance, choreography and teaching. 


  • Favorite aerial skills? Split variations and Triple Star. I am most proud of knee climbs because it took me a LONG time to conquer them

  • Biggest aerial pet peeve? Crazy Drop Acts: Acts or choreography that feature only crazy dangerous tricks and drops and nothing else. It is not interesting to me. Life is an amazing journey. Your time in the air should be as well.

  • One thing you can't live without? My family: Near or far, they are a huge emotional support system and the best cheerleaders

  • Favorite place you've traveled to? Hawaii. It holds a very special place in my heart.

  • How would your BFF describe you? “Amazing, awesome and smart and so talented.”

  • Dog or cat person? Dogs!!!  Team Dog all the way! 

  • What is your favorite food? Summer Berries: Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries.

  • What is your favorite song to rock out to in the car? U2, Muse & Spice Girls (Wannabe is my Jam! Lol)


Uuve Jansson was born and raised on the stage in Stockholm, Sweden. When she was young, she had a passion for horseback riding, vaulting, dance, theater, and she always knew that she would become an artist. At age 18, Uuve left to Montreal to study at the prestigious Ecole Nationale de Cirque where she trained with world-renowned trapeze coach Victor Fomine. Uuve graduated the (ENC) in 2008 in swinging and fixed trapeze. In 2008, Uuve joined Cirque du Soleil along with her brother, where they performed a duo silk act in DRALION until it’s closing in 2010. She continued performing a swinging trapeze act with Cirque du Soleil's ALEGRIA. For 8 months she toured North America until invited to take part of the prestigious Festival du Cirque de Demain in Paris. Uuve was awarded the Gold medal for her trapeze act in 2011. Because of this act, Uuve was selected by Cirque du Soleil for the creation and run of IRIS, in the Dolby Theater Los Angeles. When IRIS closed, she rejoined ALEGRIA on the European tour until the show's closing in 2013. Since then, she have been involved in a major film production as a stunt performer and Cirque du Soleil's special events company 45 Degrees.


  • Favorite aerial skill? All of my swinging trapeze skills, and swinging extra high up in the air!

  • Biggest aerial pet peeve? Unsafe rigging and messy equipment

  • One thing you can't live without? Love

  • Favorite place you've traveled to? Iceland

  • How would your BFF describe you? Happy, funny and talks a lot

  • Cat or dog person? Dog person

  • Favorite food? Italian

  • Favorite song to rock out to in the car? Anything hip hop

Olivia started performing circus at the ripe age of four, at a community circus in Redlands CA. There she learned how to do all things aerial (Silk, Lyra, Hammock, Flying Trapeze, Spanish Web, etc.) hand balancing, Acrobatics, juggle, tightwire, tumbling, unicycle, teeterboard and much more. When she was sixteen she started performing professionally with a cirque troop and was able to travel around the U.S. doing what she loved. In 2014 Olivia moved to Los Angeles to pursue her new passion, Stunts. She’s worked on New Girl, Grey’s Anatomy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, S.W.A.T., and Seal Team just to name a few.  She is also currently a coach and head choreographer for the all-kid professional cirque troop, Le PeTiT CiRqUe.  She's excited to be a part of the Aerial Physique team! 


  • Favorite aerial skill?  Putting music on and doing improv. I love just flowing and experimenting.

  • Biggest aerial pet peeve? Flexed feet

  • One thing you can't live without? Coffee!

  • Favorite place you've traveled to?  Paris

  • How would your BFF describe you? Down to earth and positive! 

  • Dog or cat person?  Pups for the win

  • Favorite food? Sushiiiii!

  • Favorite song to rock out to in the car?  Tough one, changes weekly!

Joseph Pinzon is the founder and creative producer of Short Round Productions, a Los Angeles-based circus company responsible for the show Filament. With over 20 years of performing experience, Joseph holds a BA in Psychology from UCLA and is a graduate of the National Circus School in Montreal, where he specialized in aerial techniques. He has worked internationally with companies such as Cirque Éloize, Compagnia Finzi Pasca, Cirque du Soleil, Les 7 Doigts de la Main, Chämaleon Productions, and Wintergarten Varieté. He is currently earning his MS in Arts Leadership from USC.


  • Favorite aerial skill(s)? No-handed wheel downs

  • Biggest aerial pet peeve? Inauthentic artistry 

  • One thing you can't live without? Lip balm 

  • Favorite place you've traveled to? Bilbao, Spain. Beautiful architecture, great artistic vibe, and warm people!

  • How would your BFF describe you? Super direct, funny, and insightful

  • Dog or cat person? I’m kinda allergic to both, but I appreciate them from a distance ;) 

  • Favorite food? ICE CREAM

  • Favorite song to rock out to in the car? Meditation by Goldlink. NSFW!

Cynthia currently resides in the beach cities of the South Bay with her husband and daughter. When she first witnessed aerial acrobatics she was intrigued, and wondered if she had the strength and finesse needed to participate. Cynthia quickly fell in love and has dedicated herself to aerial arts, enjoying training, performing and teaching. She brings a playful spirit and encourages each student to learn at their own pace. Cynthia finds great satisfaction in watching her students gain aerial skills and strength and overcome their fears.


  • Favorite aerial skills? Star drops, as many turns as the height allows

  • Biggest aerial pet peeve? when people say they don’t have enough upper body strength to try aerial.

  • One thing you can’t live without? My hubby

  • Favorite place you traveled to? Kenya

  • How would your BFF describe you? Doesn’t give up, looks on the bright side, good listener

  • Dog or Cat person? I can’t choose!

  • Favorite food? Ice cream

  • Favorite song to rock out to in the car? Raise Your Glass by (who else) P!nk 

Arisa comes from a gymnastics and dance background. She was introduced to aerial arts about 8 years ago, on the lyra. Her specialty is the silks. She has studied with various instructors all over LA, but her current home for aerial training is Aerial Physique where she obtained her aerial silks teaching certification.
She emphasizes proper technique and quality of movement when teaching, and believes that anyone can find joy the experience of aerial arts!


  • Favorite aerial skills? Back dives and sideways star

  • Biggest aerial pet peeve? Sloppy feet, “jumping” off the Silks

  • One thing you can't live without? iPad 

  • Favorite place you've traveled to? Palau

  • How would your BFF describe you? Sensible

  • Dog or Cat Person? Dog

  • Favorite food? Almost anything made with love

  • Favorite song to rock out to in the car? I don’t rock out anymore. I listen to NPR. Can a person rock out to “This American Life”?

Lindsay is a dance educator, aerialist, performer, facilitator, and fitness influencer in Los Angeles. A graduate of the Aerial Physique Teacher Training Program, the UCLA World Arts and Cultures department and NYU’s Master of Arts in Dance Education, Lindsay has helped develop and implement many innovative K-12 education projects and professional development programs as the Arts Education Program Coordinator at UCLA, and is committed to integrating movement and mindfulness into daily life.


  • Favorite aerial skills? Splits, and any fallen angel variation.

  • Biggest aerial pet peeve?  Swinging the legs back before an inversion... it's my pet peeve because its a challenge for me in my own practice! Inversions are hard!

  • One thing you can't live without? Movement and creativity!

  • Favorite place you've traveled to? Bora Bora, Tahiti

  • How would your BFF describe you? Happy, energetic, and always willing to go home early!

  • Dog or cat person? Cats! Dogs are too needy and high maintenance.

  • Favorite food? CHOCOLATE.

  • Favorite song to rock out to in the car? I've been listening to podcasts a lot lately...I love learning about the world through storytelling! 

Nafeesa lives in Santa Monica and works in clinical research at UCLA.  She was born and raised in New York City, and was on her middle and high school gymnastics teams.  She started doing aerial silks with Jill at Aerial Physique 4 years ago and hasn’t looked back.  She is a graduate of the Aerial Physique Teacher Training program and looks forward to helping others fall in love with aerial and join the community!

  • What is your favorite aerial skill(s)? love no handed drops even though I’m also terrified of them

  •  What is your biggest aerial pet peeve?  Not pointing toes and bent legs during straddle backs

  • What is one thing you can't live without? The ability to move around

  •  What is your favorite place you've traveled to? can’t pick a place 

  •  How would your BFF describe you? as “a crazy person in the best kinda way”

  •  Are you a cat person, a dog person or both?  both

  • What is your favorite food? Vietnamese pho or Japanese ramen depending on my mood

  • What is your favorite song to rock out to in the car? that’s a secret

Alyssa is a connective native and has committed her life to inspire others through movement. She graduated with a BA in Dance with a concentration in Body, Science and Motion as well as a minor in Biology from Marymount Manhattan College (NYC). Since moving to LA in 2014, she has become a lifestyle coach/ personal trainer and master instructor for Equinox Sports Clubs, gained multiple fitness certifications and became a graduate of Aerial Physique Teacher Training Program. Alyssa is excited to bring the love to aerial arts, dance and fitness to the students at Aerial physique! 


  • Favorite aerial skills? Music box! Or anything that requires a bendy back. ;)

  • Biggest aerial pet peeve? Jerky drops! 

  • One thing you can't live without? Pink nail polish 

  • Favorite place you've traveled to? Les Saintes, Vancouver, Barcelona

  • How would your BFF describe you? Energetic, adventurous, affectionate, encouraging, motivating 

  • Dog or cat person? Dog! I grew up with two adorable Greyhounds. :)

  • Favorite food? I'm a foodie so this is a very difficult question! I'll go with gourmet ice cream. :D

  • Favorite song to rock out to in the car? Anything Selena Gomez, Kesha, or Ariana Grande. Girl pop for life! Also, Hamilton. Always, Hamilton. ;) 

Hayley Cabral began her career as a contortionist at 14 years old after training in competitive gymnastics. She spent her teenage years performing in Cirque style theatrical productions touring around the USA and Canada.

She began serious professional training at 19 years old in Las Vegas at the “Flexible Body Art” contortion school under the direction of Master Mongolian contortionist and Cirque Du Soleil performer, Otgo Waller.

She stared as a solo contortionist and hand balancer in California's Largest Big Top Circus, Circus Vargas, performing 11 shows per week!

After completing two years touring with the Circus, Hayley went on to travel the world with her act, most recently in the Philippines for the largest mall in the world “Mall of Asia” and most successfully aboard prestigious cruise ships where she and her husband perform their original show "Rhythm of Argentina" telling the story of their fascinating lives as performers. Her experience of touring as a professional contortionist and performing in several different environments has taught her that the most important part of being a successful artist or athlete is adaptability. She teaches a philosophy of positive perseverance and patience that has allowed her to achieve her professional goals and achieve a high level of acrobatic ability.

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