About Us

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Founder Brande Lee Morrow (shown) created Aerial Spirit to break the mold.

 

Brande encourages self-expression in addition to learned technique within her curriculum. While there is a set standard of progressions at each level, Brande also makes sure that students feel they have choice and autonomy with what they are learning and how they choose to express the moves being taught to them. Variations are key!

 

Above all, safety is top priority in her classes and so is the art of "play."

Whether you're learning aerial silks, lyra or another type of aerial dance, your experience should be fun.

 

At Aerial Spirit, we truly want you to enjoy the spirit of this incredible art form. Your lesson can be both relaxed and intense as you work toward your personal goals.

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Behind the artist

BEGINNINGS

Brande Lee has been training and performing circus/aerial arts since 2009.  She specializes in aerial silks, lyra, hammock, pole, and hoop dance.  

 

She got her start with Orange County Aerial Arts/Ruby Karen Project (OCAA/RPK) in September 2009.  Brande also trained at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) in their 2013-2014 Intensive Training Program.  

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​APPEARANCES

Brande has performed with OCAA, CIRCO Etereo, james morrow/The Movement, Wire Monkey Dance, Elevated Aerial Dance, SHOW Circus Studio, and was an aerialist in the Cirque de la Mer show at Sea World, San Diego, from 2014-2016.  

 

Brande participated in Aerial Arts America's 2nd Annual West Coast Aerial Arts Festival (WCAAF) November 2014.  She placed 1st in her category, tissu/silk professional, and 1st overall.  

 

She was also selected and competed as a finalist in the silks category for the inaugural U.S. Aerial Championships in New York City February 2015.  Brande most recently made her Chicago debut in the 10th annual Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival (HCCDF) in September 2019, performing her solo, "frayed Glamour."

 

CERTIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
Brande is certified in group fitness through the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and has been teaching aerial arts since 2012.  She has received teacher trainings in aerial/circus arts through OCAA/RKP, Circus Arts Institute (CAI), AURA Pole Dance Fitness, and SHOW Circus Studio.  

 

Brande has worked with numerous aerial schools and programs around the country and internationally teaching aerial and circus classes, aerial master classes, and specialty workshops including: Studio 17 Dance; Old Dominion University; Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts (SNDA); AirCraft Aerial Arts; Circus Up!; Boston University; Salem State University; SHOW Circus Studio; Aerial Athlete; Bittersweet Studios; OCAA/RKP; CAI.

In addition, Brande is a registered Vinyasa Yoga instructor (RYT-200) and is certified in both prenatal and post-natal yoga.  She also has certifications in Total Barre Fitness, Zumba, TRX, Pilates Suspension Method and is comprehensively certified in Pilates through Dawn Pilates Studio under Director of Education Everlea Bryant, NCPT, CPT.  

Brande is also a Gratathlete (#gratathlete) for Grata Designs, which is an activewear clothing line specializing in aerial, pole fitness, dance, and yoga wear. Check out their website.