MEET THE DIRECTORS
Born from a need to practice aerial in a safe controlled environment, our directors came together to start Suspended Motion.
Gigi Penton - Director of Chaos
Gigi loves to fly. After practicing pole vault for 6 years, it was time to try something new. She found aerial through Rebekah Leach, and has been practicing ever since. You'll find her sporting a bright red tank, cooking up ways to fly and bring out the best in her performers and students. She thoroughly believes that anyone can do aerial arts, it just may take a few laughs. When she's not hanging out the studio, she's playing with her bundle of energy munchkin and husband. The family loves the great outdoors, bubbles, and anything to do with a large body of water.
Liz Stevenson - Director Of Awesomeness
She adores new things and decided to try flying with Gigi. After a life of competitive sports, aerial silks provided the relief and balance she was looking for. She is our resident "knot specialist" and can get anyone down in a tangled situation. Liz currently resides away from the studio, but that doesn't stop her from "flying in." She works with students and teachers remotely, while training at her local studios. She takes in the sun with her little one when she's not jet setting.
MEET THE TEACHERS
Suspended Motion's teachers are on their own quest to learn new and exciting ways of moving on air. Each teacher has trained with the directors to embody ideals and principals of Suspended Motion. They are all available for private lessons - rates vary.
Chris Volpi - Beginning Aerial Silks and Dance
Chris can be found gracing the local stage with a variety of companies. He flies on the ground and in the air. Always excited to share his knowledge, he can routinely be found making students groan with his ab work, and consistently encouraging people to "Point your toes!" Chris performers with Core Dance and Academy of Dance, as well as flies with Suspended Motion in yearly and quarterly shows.
Ferris Franzen – Silks, hammock and lyra.
Ferris was a force to watch the moment he decided to join Suspended Motion. Always finding new, fun, heart stopping combinations and making our directors squeal, Ferris brought new and innovative thinking to all classes. You can normally find him teaching beginning silks and putting people through their paces for lyra, and looking for an excuse to try something new. Ferris routinely sees opportunities to help and fills those niches. He always has a smile on his face, and a brings in songs from his heart to share with everyone.
Leigh Prentis - Pole Guru
This lovely lady shows us what it's like to fly! We're so blessed to share the space with her and her talents. Hosting two classes weekly, attending pole cons, and always seeking out the best in instruction, she knows how to get you into the air, and how do deal with those nasty pole kisses. When Leigh isn't spinning around her bright pink pole, she's hanging out with her family and friends outdoors. Even better, she can't often be spotted doing both with her pole stage, taking in the beautiful weather.
Liz Crosby– Contortion and deep stretch.
Her first love surfing, Liz discovered an endless summer surfing the breath into ever expanding realms of limitless awareness. She enjoys guiding practitioners into the depths of their being, balancing strength and flexibility, tuning into the body's own innate intelligence. She firmly believes our ability to hold space directly translates into external reality, and truly finds joy in sharing her love for yoga, contortion, and hand balancing. Catch her exploring any and all ways to reactivate energetic body on props of all sorts, or just riding a standing still wave of energy right where body meets floor.
Lei Lei de Kirby - Silks (Kids, Adult, All Levels)
Lei Lei’s most heartfelt aspiration as a professional aerialist and teacher is to contribute to the development of the aerial arts by suffusing them with the expressiveness, fluidity, and artistic sophistication of dance. She believes that the feats of athleticism and physical strength that aerial requires should be in service of a deeper artistic purpose, rather than an end in themselves. Always seeking further inspiration in developing her artistic voice, Lei Lei’s fundamental practice is spending time in the wilderness, connecting to the Earth.
Ryanne Howard - Master Teacher Silks and Lyra
Ryanne Howard has been performing since before she can remember. She started with dance at age 2, then moved into stage plays, and now she's flying in aerial arts. Performing and teaching have always been great passions of hers, and at Suspended Motion Studio she has the freedom to do both. Ryanne moved to the central coast in '07 and has no direct plans in leaving the beautiful paradise she now calls home.