Sparrow Teachers

Meet our Teachers!

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Heather Bailey Teaches: Aerial Silks (Adult Levels 2 & 3; Youth [10-15]) & Lyra (Level Two)
Heather is an extensively trained and experienced instructor in aerial arts, and offers a variety of aerial classes at Studio 59 in Plant Zero. In addition to Host of Sparrows, she has taught for Airotique Aerial Arts in Virginia Beach and with SPARC and Soul Aerial in Richmond. She is also available for private booking for lessons in aerial silks, hammock, rope, lyra, and static and dance trapeze.


Kristin Bezio Teaches: Static Trapeze (all levels)
Assistant Teaches: Aerial Silks (Level Two)
Kristin is a professor at the University of Richmond who has over a decade of training in aerial arts, and has assistant taught and taught aerial silks through Host of Sparrows and the University’s Department of Theatre and Dance. She teaches all levels of static trapeze for Host of Sparrows, and assists and substitute teaches for silks (Levels One and Two) and lyra classes (all levels).

IMG_0443Aubrey Duerksen Teaches: Kids’ (6-11) Silks
Aubrey has been practicing and performing aerial silks almost 6 years. She taught aerial silks for children of varying abilities in preparation for SPARC: Live Art shows in 2016 and 2017. Aubrey was also a recreational and competitive gymnast for a combined 12 years. Following retirement from competition, Aubrey spent 8 years teaching gymnastics and power tumbling to competitive dancers, cheerleaders, and those enjoying the sport for strength and recreation. Aubrey has extensive experience teaching ages 2-64.

SydneyHoopingSydney Hannon Teaches: Circus Hooping (private lessons)
Sydney has been training with hula hoops since early 2012 and in various other forms of entertainment and dance since 2014. She has trained with and studied under various mentors and instructors in both the US and Europe over the past 2 years. Sydney has enjoyed performing and teaching hoop dance since early 2014 with unique routines and a very patient and effective way of teaching. She completed her Hoop Teacher training though Deanne Love in early 2017 and worked with SPARC for the 2018 LIVEART Love Production.

58461539_10219908169760921_9204954963686457344_oKatie Parker Assistant Teaches: Trapeze (Level One) & Kids’ Silks (6-11)
Katie has several years’ experience training and performing aerial silks, lyra, and trapeze with Host of Sparrows. She has assisted with Kids’ Silks and trapeze since 2018.

Christina Peck Llames Teaches: Lyra (Level One) & Silks (Level One)56795633_10211348851436767_3554058787167928320_o
Christina is a trained level one instructor in aerial silks and lyra, and has worked with Paper Doll Militia’s teacher-training program. She has been assisting and teaching with Host of Sparrows since 2018.

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Annie Peace Teaches: Vinyasa Yoga
Annie is a trained and certified yoga instructor (Registered Yoga Teacher) who joined Host of Sparrows in 2017. She teaches Vinyasa Flow Yoga.

headsteatRachel Talbert Teaches: Contortion (workshops and private lessons)
Rachel is an experienced contortion instructor and the owner of Shape Shifters Contortion LLC. She teaches contortion to adults and children with both Shape Shifters and at Host of Sparrows.

KristinH SilksKristin Trinh Assistant Teaches: Aerial Silks (Youth, Level Two)
Kristin has been a company member of Host of Sparrows since 2013 and assistant teaches aerial silks. She has experience teaching and working with persons with special needs both on the ground and in the air, including with Host of Sparrows and SPARC.



Host of Sparrows is insured for both instruction and performance, with members experienced in aerial silks, hammock, rope, lyra, static and dance trapeze, partner acrobatics, tumbling, burlesque, modern dance, and contortion. We have members experienced in all levels of teaching and education, including child, youth, high school, college, and adult, as well as special needs. All aerial instructors are CPR certified through the American Red Cross. We offer a variety of lessons, and also work with SPARC, the School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community.

Thank you to Dave Parrish, Barbara Shore, Joe Ring, and Philip Carr for the photographs on this page.