A bevy of acrobats, silk-climbers, yogis, dancers, mischief-makers, dream-chasers, all here to facilitate movement, health, wellness, and joy.
ACOATZIN TORRES - Owner, AERIALS instructor
Acoatzin has been making Magic in the Air since 2010, and has trained primarily on the East coast, but has also traveled all around the country to continue his education in Aerials. His primary apparatus is Fabric, but also he works on and teaches Sling, Rope, Lyra and Trapeze, among others.
He has trained at New England Center for Circus Arts in Vermont (NECCA) where he has taken all his teacher training, and continues taking various skills classes there from time to time.
Acoatzin is the owner of Monarca In Flight in Virginia, where he teaches and performs. Now he is co-owner of Coil in Spokane, and he would love to share his knowledge and style with others.
Prior to discovering his love for the circus arts, Acoatzin was a performer and teacher of multiple styles of dance, most notably Mexican Folk Dance, which he has studied since he was 5 years old. Prior to moving to the U.S., Acoatzin danced professionally in his home country of Mexico, where he also studied fashion design.
Acoatzin believes the circus is for everyone and can change your life.
Mindy O'Brien - Aerial Instructor
Mindy has been practicing, performing and teaching aerial since 2011, right here in Spokane, WA. She was hooked from her very first class, enamored with how it challenged both her mind and her body. and now her daredevil performances and love for exciting and powerful aerial moves has become a trademark style. She has trained and performed with Spokane Aerial and Performance Arts, Vertical Elements Entertainment, and of course with Coil Studio, at a number of local events and performances.
She believes that aerial can not only condition the body and strengthen the muscles, but help everyone gain confidence and overcome their fears and insecurities, revealing the powerful and playful individual in all of us.
Nicole Bucher - Aerial Instructor
Nicole has been an active member of the aerial community in Spokane for 7 years. During this time she has performed and taught both aerial silk and aerial hoop (Lyra). When she is not hanging from the ceilings of Spokane, she can be found with her two cats or out exploring the great Pacific Northwest.
MOSHA MORGAN - YOGA INSTRUCTOR
Mosha's journey and relationship with yoga begun way before Asana (postures) with his inherent yearning to understand and connect with life. Natural born seeker exploring the depths and wisdom of not just yoga, but Zen, Shamanism, Buddism, Taoism, Indigenous Natives, Quantum Physics, Acro Yoga and in more recent years a wide range of Martial Arts. He tends to collaborate and offer doses of each practice to cater to the present situation at hand. His practice with yoga began 7 years ago drawn to the spiritual aspects of expanding consciousness and connecting with the inner most self. His first training was a 200hr Vinyassa at Lila in 2013 laying a strong foundation for growth to come. Beginning to teach and share the practice then, Mosha continued the role as the student and made it back for a second training at Lila in 2014 for another 200hrs in Vinyassa. The integration and embodiment from these training's continues to unfold never expecting to quite “be there.” The elements of sharing practice you can expect from him are an earthy connected approach to gracefully pushing the limits physically and mentally , while honoring the breath as the priority for our presence. Influenced by a child like nature to dance and play his Vinyassa will be varying often with creative inspiration from international teachers and experiences from travels and studies. His wide range of interests in movement lead to his most recent training in March 2017 a 500hr elite mixed movement arts style called Budokon in Miami, Florida. Budokon, (The way of the warrior spirit), is a style incorporating yoga, martial arts, and calisthenics. Aimed at enhancing ones ability to express movement and power this training was a transformational chapter in Mosha's practice. Mixing up the traditional elements with the modern cutting edge solutions to growth enhancing expression. Still integrating, training, searching, hungry for continued growth you can anticipate new energy being delivered and offered to his classes. Never compromising the reason the practice begun there will always be a setting for self inquiry and relationship. Believing the best thing anyone can do for the global community is to truly know oneself. This is yoga.
kelly marie dawson - yoga instructor
Kelly Marie is the owner of Salon Avant, designing hair since 1985. Kelly shares with her clients and students that it's more than what is on the outside that makes us beautiful. Kelly Marie began her Yoga journey with her breath. Kelly was diagnosed in 2009 with the pulmonary disease. In 2012 Kelly’s doctor prescribed Yoga to help her with her breathing. She began a Yoga journey where svadhyaya, self study assisted her on the path of clarity and enlightenment. Kelly noticed she was becoming stronger in all areas of her life. “Yoga saved my life.” The transformation continues every day when she's practicing Yoga. Kelly Marie teaches from a place in her heart.
JIMMIE ALLEN - YOGA INSTRUCTOR
Jimmie’s purpose in life is to help as many people as he can to become healthier through fitness, yoga, and meditation. Jimmie has been teaching yoga for a little over a year now, and he loves growing his practice alongside his students. Jimmie is RYT 200 Yoga Certified, an ACE Persinal Trainer, and an Integrated Wellness Coach.
courtney rowland - ATS® BELLYDANCE INSTRUCTOR, STudio manager
Courtney Rowland has studied American Tribal Style® belly dance for ten years, and is a certified Fat Chance Belly Dance® Sister Studio. After dancing as a founding member of Kamalah Tribal in Phoenix for 7 years, Courtney returned to her hometown of Spokane where she hopes to grow the ATS® community. Courtney’s fun and challenging teaching style focuses on elegant, lifted posture and the details of technique.
Courtney is a member of local ATS® performance troupe Cimmaron Tribal, based out of Spokane, WA.
Nicole Shek - Yoga and dance Instructor
Nicole (you may also know her as Nickie B) has been practicing dance and yoga for over 15 years. She brings with her a variety of experience, technique and anatomical awareness as a body worker, performer and producer. Nicole draws from various dance styles including belly dance, contemporary, jazz cabaret, ballet and even folk dance to offer eclectic and unique performances and dance lessons. She is the founder and artistic director of cabaret trio Rouge la Rue and has danced and taught with Northwest Bellydance and guest spotted at workshops throughout the northwest. Down to earth, playful and grounded in the intentions of keeping the body healthy and pliable, you may hear her crack the occasional joke in between reminders for safe technique and body-awareness. Outside the studio, Nicole loves animals, fine dining, para-psychology and doing funny impressions.
Reychelle Salvaggio - Yoga Instructor
Reychelle moved to Spokane with little to no knowledge of the city or people. Yoga was her savior in a new and unfamiliar place. Practicing once a day to almost three times a day, she fell in love with a local studio — Coil — that accepted her and taught her an abundant amount of knowledge.
About a year later, Reychelle decided to get her teaching certificate so that she could offer what Coil had provided for her - a safe, home-y space that guided her into the community.
Believing that what happens on the mat directly reflects life off the mat, Reychelle’s style is more lighthearted. Teaching is most enjoyable for her when we have the opportunity to play, explore and laugh at ourselves every once in a while.
Ann Foreyt - Aerial INSTRUCTOR
Ann found aerial by accident, having been working across the hall in Fellow when they noticed the silks hanging in Coil, wondered what they were, and signed up for a class “just to see what it’s like.” Over 2 years later, that sense of discovery is what continues to motivate them, both as a student and as an instructor. The beauty of aerial is that it allows us to experiment with our surroundings in ways that we don’t in everyday life: letting us get off-axis, upside-down, and suspended in air (even if it’s only a few inches off the mat).
Ann’s a huge believer in ensuring that every person, every week, gets a "win" in class. If it's challenging themselves just a little more, if it's hitting a pose they were scared to commit to last week, if it's just getting upside-down for the first time – they're a proponent of meeting people where they are and giving them a safe space where they can push themselves further, with support, joy, and high-fives. They hope students walk out of the studio feeling challenged, but also good about themselves -- that they used their body in new ways, put in effort in ways they hadn't expected to, that they accomplished something that an hour ago may have been foreign to them. There’s a particular kind of exhilaration in that experience – come find out for yourself!
Mandy Nicole - Yoga and aerial Instructor
Mandy began practicing yoga in childhood and taught her first class in 2007. She earned her 200 Hour teaching certificate from Harmony Yoga in 2015, and not long after began to take her yoga pursuits to the air.
She began her aerial journey in 2013, when she discovered silks in her local climbing gym, and spent the years following exploring Lyra, Trapeze, and Aerial Sling before beginning to teach Aerial Yoga.
Mandy’s passion is for healing and strength through movement and meditation.