The Edge Aerial Arts and Pilates is Cape Girardeau’s first studio of this kind conveniently located on Williams St. and Kingshighway inside the City Center building. We are devoted to helping people of all ages, sizes and physical abilities. Our goals are to help them de-stress from their hectic schedules as well as stretch and strengthen the body using both solid physical fitness practices: Pilates and Aerial Arts. The Edge-a wide variety of mindbody activities, including Pilates, kids yoga/aerial yoga, Aerial/ Suspension yoga, Aerial Arts for adults and Circus Arts for kids, BarreBody, as well as private sessions. In addition, the studio offers massage through Tonya Glastetter, LMT. We take particular pride in our programs for beginning students including children, athletes, seniors and people in need of physical and healing--all held in a safe, compassionate environment guided by skillful, certified teachers.

We Offer:

  • Private Pilates/Group Private

  • Pilates Reformer

  • Barre

  • Aerial Arts for adults and youth

  • including silks, sling, trapeze, hoop, & rope

  • Tumbling

  • Vertical theatre arts

  • Performance tracks


Lauren K. Jones

Lauren Jones started her artistic career as a company member with Longview Ballet Theatre in Longview, Texas for four years. She also was accepted into the North Carolina School of Performing Arts in Winston- Salem summer programs two years in a row. After graduating high school, she attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and graduated with a bachelors in the biological sciences. Lauren was offered the opportunity of traveling to Europe to work as a fashion model and spent the next three years traveling and working between Paris, Milan, and Munich before moving to New York City where she was signed to Wilhelmina Models, Inc. She was based there for the next 20 years as a high fashion print and runway model. She was also represented by Carol Ingber & Associates and has been in over 25 national television commercials and various industrial films and infomercials. She is a vested member of SAG-AFTRA. 

Lauren graduated with dual MBA degrees in 2005 from Columbia Business School, NYC and London School of Business in London, UK. At Columbia Business School, where she was one of the five applicants chosen out of thirty-five to win a spot through a business plan competition to be a part of the Greenhouse Project (now known as the Columbia Start Up Lab) at the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center. Her emphasis at London Business School was in marketing. 

Lauren currently resides in Cape Girardeau, Missouri where she owns, operates, and teaches at The Edge- Your Fitness Advantage (formerly The Source- Yoga ’n More) since 2011 and is the owner and lead trainer of The Yoga Source, 200hr Registered Yoga School in partnership with the Southeast Missouri State University’s Continuing Education program. Lauren is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200 hour) with over 2500 teaching hours and is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP ). This conferred designation considers her an expert in one or more of Yoga Alliance’s Educational Categories and grants her the ability to offer classes and workshops that qualify as continuing education courses for other RYT’s through Yoga Alliance. She is also a former faculty member of Yoga East Registered Yoga School where she taught yoga anatomy and vinyasa/power yoga to aspiring yoga instructors. 

Lauren has choreographed and performed on the aerial fabric for several showcases, most recently in Greece and Mexico as a part of the Vertical Theatre Method workshop with Paper Doll Militia, Spring and Fall main stage dance performances at Holland School of Music and Art,, along with various charity benefits and has recently realigned with Wilhelmina Models, Inc as an aerialist for the Fitness Division and also with her former division, Direct Bookings, with division directors Topher DesPeres and Ginny Conquest respectively. 


E-RYT 200; Yoga Alliance
YACEP: Yoga Alliance
Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga: Sadie Nardini
YogaWall: Bryan LeGere
Yoga Anatomy 75hr: The Breathing Project in NYC, Leslie Kaminoff
BarreBody Edge/Beyond Barre
Born To Fly Aerial Teacher Training Certifications: 

  • Fabric Level 1 

  • Fabric Level 2 

  • Fabric Level 3 

  • Aerial Yoga 1 

  • Sling 1 

  • Rope 1 

  • Rope 2 

  • Trapeze 1 

  • Lyra 1

  • Aerial Pilates


150 hour certification: Aerial Arts Sequence: Theatre, Dance, and Recreational Circus
150 hour certification: Peak Performance Aerial Sequencing 

Professional Affiliations 
  • Owner, The Edge-Your Fitness Advantage

  • Owner, 200HR RYS The Yoga Source

  • Adjunct Instructor Aerial Arts/Aerial Dance, Holland College of Art and Media, Southeast Missouri State University: a National Association of Schools of Dance accredited school

  • Yoga Alliance

  • Pilates Method Alliance

  • American Circus Educators

  • Who’s Who in America: Entrepreneurial Woman Owned Small Business

  • Mensa


  • Wilhelmina Models, Inc., NYC Direct Bookings Division Wilhelmina Models, Inc NYC Fitness Division 


Adam Beard

Fabric Fundamentals Instructor at

The Edge 

Sarah Wagganer

Assistant Director of Fitness & Wellness/Aerial Arts Instructor at Southeast Missouri State University

Angie Coonts

Aerial Arts Instructor at

The Edge 

Mindy D'Angelo

Director of Youth Programming at

The Edge

Hilary Peterson

Associate Professor of Dance/Dance Area Coordinator/Aerial Arts Instructor at Southeast Missouri State University

Dr. Kimberly Louie

Aerial Arts Instructor at

The Edge

Chloe Dunaway

Aerial Arts Instructor at

The Edge

Hali Apel

Tumbling/Dance Instructor at

The Edge

Layton Hahs

Aerial Arts Instructor at

The Edge 

Contact The Edge

2502 Tanner Dr, # 102

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

(573) 388-3838

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