About Aerial Space

Aerial Space is a studio dedicated to the promotion and education of all forms of expressive movement and art. Trapeze, Lyra, Silks, Aerial Dance, Aerial Yoga, Acro Yoga and ... just good clean fun. Since 2009 our goal has been to contribute to the Asheville community by offering both adults and children an outlet for play, self-expression and exercise. We offer a variety of classes for all ages and skill levels from Aerial Kids to 'Find your Inner Beast' strength training. As the first circus arts studio in North Carolina, our instructors are some of the most knowledgeable and experienced in the south.

Owner: Blue de Leeuw

Blue received her early training at the San Francisco Ballet and SF Circus Center. After narrowly escaping a career as a ballerina she instead sought out the thrill of aerial arts, extreme costuming, fire performing and 3D animation/motion capture. Her recent projects include performing with the fire circus Uberlesque, Supperclub SF,  Asheville Aerial Arts, the Aerial Angels, Air Born Aerial, BoHo Stage Show and Asheville Vaudeville. She can often be found at Aerial Space with her dog Nandi the studio mascot. 
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Education Director: Andrew Hartnagel

Andrew Hartnagel

As a former ropes course director and marital arts instructor, Andrew found aerials to be unique synthesis of his past.  He began teaching body movement at the age of 16.  That was...a long time ago.  He joined Asheville Aerial Arts in 2009, but upon finding performing allowed so little time for naps, he devoted himself to teaching instead.  He has also managed and taught at science centers all over the country, as result he’s one of the few instructors who will discuss your rotational inertia with a smile.  He specializes in curriculum development, fabric theory, anatomy and injury prevention.
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Meet Our Friends and Family

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Clan Destiny Circus, based in Asheville NC, at Aerial Space is a group of circus artists, dancers, musicians, and visual artists, who come together to create new works of circus theatre.

Aerial Fit in Charleston NC
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Johnson City Circus Arts - TN
Aerial Space alumni Craig Lewis offers classes in a wide variety of circus arts for kids and adults.