meet our instructors

Christine

Christine Bettera is a lifelong athlete, coach and fitness enthusiast. Her goal is to help you take your fitness, nutrition or sports performance to the next level. Whether it's athletic prowess on the mountain, track, field, or court, general fitness, or health, her guidance, support, and knowledge will help you achieve your goals.

Christine is multi-certified and has 20-plus years of coaching and competition under her belt. Her passion for training in the gym has translated to success in the field and on the track. Today you can find her coaching her clients at Tahoe Flow Arts & Fitness and remotely through LadyBoss Weight Loss.

Kelly

Kelly Smiley graduated from UNR with a degree in education. Naturally attracted to Tahoe, Smiley was a snowboard coach for 10 years. However, after a snowboard injury, yoga, hula hooping and aerial fabrics restored her physical body and developed her emotional body.

A natural born leader, Kelly is the lioness in a pride of relatable females. She fell in love with the healing potential of flow arts and decided to lead the movement into our community. In 2011, she co-created Flow Artistry, one of the first performance groups on the north shore and in 2013 she created Tahoe Flow Artists a collaboration of entertainers bringing a fresh and explosive twist on expression through Aerial Arts, Dance, Hula-Hoop and Yoga.

It took two years of sleepless meditation and precise manifestation, and when she showed the universe she was ready, Tahoe Flow Arts Studio came into fruition in May of 2013. Since opening the studio Kelly has received her 200 hour Wanderlust Yoga Certification and 200 hours of Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in Yoga is Medicine with the AvAhana School of Yoga. Kelly has been training in aerial fabric for over 8 years and has trained under Paper Doll Militia and the Aerial Lab. Kelly's love for self-expression is her inspiration for all her classes. Kelly teaches aerial fabrics, hula hoop and yoga classes at the studio and takes stage whenever her soul calls for it.

Tailor

Tailor’s passion for wellness, the arts and movement have blossomed in the 9 years she has lived in Tahoe. Tailor’s passion for healing the psyche, spirit and physique through pranayama, asana and ancient wisdom has recently contributed to her 200 RYT certification with the Truckee Yoga Collective. After graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Art and a minor in Humanities from Sierra Nevada College, Tailor began to travel the world to share her innate gift of creativity. Orchestrating Mural projects in Africa, and spreading art and sustainability inspired her to uplift and engage the inner artist in every person. Now she has honed her skills and passions behind performance art and movement at the Tahoe Flow Arts & Fitness as the manager, yoga teacher, aerial fabric teacher in training, belly dancer and mermaid. She strives to further her impact on the community here in Tahoe everyday. Join her at the studio, the beach, or for a one on one around Lake Tahoe!

Alicia

Alicia began her aerial career on the central coast of California in 2013. Since then she has trained and performed in Lake Tahoe and South Africa. Alicia draws on her background in competitive gymnastics, cheer/stunt, and yoga to inspire her aerial classes and performances. Her specialty apparatuses include aerial fabrics, corde lisse, and aerial spansets although she also has experience performing and choreographing lyra, hoop, dance, contortion, and roaming character. Some of the classes Alicia teaches at Tahoe Flow and Fitness include: Tricks and Techniques, Dynamic Aerial Movements, Aerial Spansets, Rope/Corde Lisse, Youth Fabrics, Youth Circus Play, and Performance Technique.

Jenni

Jenni Hendricks has been an athlete the majority of her life, having recreationally and competitively played soccer, basketball, volleyball, ran cross country and track and field. During her years in high school Jenni found another interest in sports medicine. After graduating in 2009 Jenni continued her education at California State University of Chico. There she earned her Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Physiology with a minor in physical education, as well as discovered her new found passion: Roller Derby. During her final year skating in Chico Jenni’s roller derby team nominated her to be part of the team’s board of directors and to take the position of conditioning coach. As the conditioning coach she designed circuit workouts for her team, taught safe techniques and gave advice on training outside of practice as well as proper nutrition before a game. After graduating from Chico in 2013 Jenni received her Spin Instructor Certification from Mad Dogg Athletics in September 2014, her ASFA Group Exercise Instructor Certification in May 2015, her TRX qualification in 2017, her Animal Flow Certification in 2019, and is currently studying to become a strength and conditioning specialist through NSCA. Jenni continues her active lifestyle, snowboarding in the winter, rock climbing, skating and running during the sunny days, and hopes to share her passion and education for fitness and living a healthy lifestyle with others eager to learn.

Noah

Noah bio

Andrea

Andrea’s interest in creative movement developed through dance starting at a young age and continued through college. While living in NYC to work in commercial interior design, her commitment to yoga deepened through practicing at Jivamukti and exploring Ashtanga yoga. After many years in NYC Andrea felt the need for a fresh way of living and has since fallen in love with the Truckee Tahoe area. Seeing Tahoe Flow aerialists perform inspired her to take classes and bring creative movement back into her life!

When not in the studio you can find Andrea planning her next thru-hike (she has walked the the Long Trail, hundreds of miles on the PCT, and soloed the John Muir Trail) and volunteering with the Truckee Roundhouse.

She is excited to share aerial arts with others and looks forward to working with you in class.

Larrisa

Tahoe resident since 2011, Larrisa started her Flow Arts path three years ago with hula hooping. Aerial silks soon followed, and her life has not been the same since! For almost two years she has dedicated herself to her practice, training weekly and performing in her community, all while utilizing it as a true healing modality. She began her performance adventure here at Tahoe Flow Arts, and recently has stepped into the role of a teacher. Most of all, she feels truly fortunate to be able to share this beautiful art with the world.

Amanda

Amanda is an aerial teacher in training. She has been practicing and learning aerial silks since spring of 2018, and plans to ultimately add trapeze to her qualifications for teaching and performing. She is a wildland firefighter and big mountain ski team coach, ultra-runner and aspiring life coach. Aerials are fun as well as healing and empowering, and Amanda's goal is to share the transformative power of aerials as a modality for self-love, self-expression, self-care, play, strength-building, resilience and creating abundance.

Simone

Simone is a teacher-in-training at Tahoe Flow Arts and has practiced aerial silks for 5 years. She is just beginning her teaching career after completing the training through Align Aerial Teacher Training program this past summer. What she loves about silks is that an hour of training on the silks is a full body workout while you’re having fun! Playing on the silks is like being a kid on the playground again, and anyone can learn these skills without any previous experience. Come fly with Simone and find that inner child! You can also reach her on instagram at @sim.does.silks

Yuka

Yuka moved to Tahoe six years ago to only spend a winter season, but like so many people who enjoy the area she decided to stay indefinitely when she fell in love with the area.  Realizing she wanted something to do year round, she decided to take a lyra class at Tahoe Flow Arts Studio and fell in love with the apparatus. Lyra is the one apparatus that she always comes back to and she's been doing aerial arts for about 5 years now.

Jess

Jess is an Ayurvedic health coach and yoga guide. Her classes focus on connecting to the whole self and letting the breath guide the movements of the body to bring ease and softness to the body and mind. When she isn’t working she can be found running in the mountains and enjoying the company of friends.

Megan

Megan Holland was drawn to yoga for the benefits of strength and flexibility. When she dug deeper, she discovered the love and the community that only yoga can cultivate. Having grown up in the mountains of Montana, she is a lover of nearly anything outdoors. An avid paddleboarder, snowboarder and hiker and mother, she enjoys anything that gets her and her family in the elements of our beautiful Lake Tahoe.  

Certified by Wanderlust Yoga Teacher Training, Megan loves to share the deeply transformative properties of both yoga and spending time outdoors, especially on or near the water!