Meet the Teaching Team: Aaron & Christine

Aaron Lind

 

Aaron is the founder and director of LIFT School of Acrobatics. He is a renowned teacher of partner acrobatics and an advocate for empowerment through play. He is a trained and professional teacher, holding 2 certifications from AcroYoga, training time spent with Dutch acrobatics teachers and circus coaches, as well as multiple yoga certifications. Aaron is also a founding member of Acro Revolution teacher training. He has been fascinated by movement-based practices since childhood, which led to many thousands of hours of playful explorations in many physical disciplines. He is also a musician, holding an MFA in Jazz Studies and a burlesque artist trained in the New Orleans tradition. He brings a creative flair to his offerings and invites students to cultivate performance as a natural extension of a skill-based practice.

 

Aaron brings all of his artistic talents into his teaching. His classes are inclusive, playful, and fun, while remaining grounded in practical and well-tested training methodology. His ability to articulate sophisticated movements in anatomical and action-oriented language creates a powerful learning environment for students to access deeper levels of refined embodiment. Aaron’s intention for teaching is to cultivate empowerment, confidence, and artistic expression in the dedicated student! What he loves about teaching is seeing students exceed their own expectations!

Christine Moonbeam

Christine is co-founder, director and a lead teacher at LIFT, a RYT 200 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Iowa. She began studying dance & tumbling and teaching at an early age and competed throughout the country in all disciplines earning numerous accolades & awards. She taught & choreographed  throughout her dance career beginning at age of 13 through her studio’s student mentorship program. At LIFT trainings, Christine facilitates and mentors up and coming LIFT apprentices and teaches dance, tumbling, partner acro and handstands.

Christine was first introduced to partner acrobatics while working with a youth social circus for underserved youth in Washington D.C. called Zip Zap Circus. It was here that her passion for acro started to take flight! She has been studying partner acrobatics and handstands ever since with Dutch teachers, sports acro, and circus coaches in the US and Europe. She has spent the last 4 years developing LIFT, traveling and teaching around the US, Europe, Asia, and Mexico with her partner Aaron Lind. It was in New Orleans that LIFT was born with our very first immersion in the fall of 2015.

Christine’s more than 20 years of training and teaching have given her a well developed eye for alignment and movement, and her ability to give skillful and compassionate feedback leads to student success. She is an advocate of acro as an inclusive, artistic co-creation that develops practitioners through healthy relationship and dedication to empowering each other in their role. Christine believes partner acrobatics is a powerful tool for self-discovery.

Photography by Melanie Hoeld Photography