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Studio owner, master teacher, aerial choreographer

Autumn Lotus

A 7th generation native of Santa Barbara, she spent most of her childhood life flipping and dancing, By the age of twelve she was already an elite level 10 gymnast. She began her rigorous pursuit of aerial dance training in her early twenties.

Autumn has devoted her life to uniting healing arts with movement, finding flow within the body and weaving stories to create heartfelt connections. Her mission is to inspire students and audiences alike to tap into their innate gifts and find balance within themselves – and to share the love that they cultivate within the community. She has a deep love and passion for telling story through movements.

She has been blessed with the opportunity to perform, dance, and fly all over the world. 

Here’s just a taste of the wide variety of artists and venues she has performed with:

Cirque du Soleil, The Lucent Dossier Experience, The Grammys, The Oscars, Toyota, Lexus, Roger Waters, Coachella Music & Arts Festival, Snoop Dog, P-Diddy, Taylor Swift, Natasha Bedingfield, Cindy Lauper, Outkast, The Roots, Ringo Starr, American Idol, Martin Gore, The Gypsy Kings, Zen Arts, Lucidity Festival, and many many more…

Spinning Queen

Adriana Llanes

Adriana began exploring the world of circus arts in 2010 with the introduction of hoop dance and circus jams in the city of Santa Cruz, California. Soon after she grew addicted to acroyoga and fire dance where she trained weekly in doubles and triples acro acts, fire fans, and fire hoop.

In 2012, aerial silks stole her heart away and Adriana began her aerial adventure with Flight Club Fitness on flying trapeze, lyra, and specializing on aerial silks.

She looks forward to sharing the many benefits of aerial silks and partner balance in cultivating strength, body awareness, flexibility, confidence, and trust in a fun unique style of movement where fitness meets art.

Bendy Shapeshifter

Angela Genesis

Head Coach | Co-Studio MAnager

Ellie Naftaly

Ellie Naftaly found her love of movement at a young age and found her calling in the air. She began training in aerial and dance at the age of 5 and quickly progressed to performing.

More than decade later she is deeply connected to her practice, finding new ways to extend her passion. Through teaching she has been able to share her love of art and movement.

She has been with Elevated Dreams since 2009 and has performed professionally in local and nearby Santa Barbara venues including Center Stage, The New Vic, local clubs, and festivals.

She has also been involved with her community, performing at benefits for nonprofits, such as Kids Helping Kids and the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation.

Circus Professional

Kristina Kuzmina

Kristina graduated from circus college in Moscow in 2017, where she studied acrobatics, hand-to-hand, juggling, tight rope, and hand balancing. She also received a professional degree as a coach. She moved to the Las Vegas, NV in 2018 for the show “Celestia” and continued her performance career in the show’s bungee act, aerial net, and knife throwing act with AGT Golden Buzzer until the year of 2020. She recently relocated to Santa Barbara.

Cirque Du Soleil Contortionist

Saraana Kelly

Saraana Kelly began training in the art of contortion at the age of 5 years old in Mongolia. Over the following years she performed at the state circus, and Mongolian national ensemble. Saraana then joined Cirque Du Soleil’s “O” as principal contortionist for over fifteen years and thousands of performances.

Saraana then became a world-renowned contortionist having performed for two US Presidents and in venues from South Africa to Macau to the United States. She has appeared in commercials, television shows, and motion pictures.

Over the past eight years Saraana has been a skilled trainer in various disciplines such as Flexibility, Balancing, Conditioning, and of course, the wonderful art of Contortion. She has trained professional athletes and world-class performers, all looking to increase their athletic prowess, improve performance, and be in the best shape possible both physically and mentally.

Living in Los Angeles, Saraana continues to share her passion, professional experience, and knowledge to students of all ages and skill levels.