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Our Team.

Our instructors are highly trained and experienced to help guide you on your mind-body journey.

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. 

Certifications 

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

  • Aerial Yoga

Pole Fitness Alliance

  • Level 1 Pole Fitness

  • Level 2 Pole Fitness

Drop Mechanics 1 Charlie Faraday

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

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Professional Affiliations 
  • Owner, The Edge Pilates-Aerial Arts

  • Owner, 200HR RYS The Yoga Source

  • Former 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

  • American Youth Circus Educators

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

  • Mensa

  • SAG-AFTRA

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

  • Mensa

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. 

Lauren Jones

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Mindy

I grew up in South St Louis, from a big loving family. I grew up dancing and working with animals. I graduated in 2000 with an Associates of Science in Veterinary Technology from Jefferson College with experience in clinical, shelter, and behavior.

Aerial Arts and Yoga was first introduced as a stress reducer and became a big part of my life. Moving to Southeast Missouri and then finding The Edge Your Fitness Advantage (Cape Girardeau) in 2012 is how I started on this amazing path in the Aerial Arts and Yoga.The Edge is who gave me the opportunity.

In May 2014 I became certified through KAY (Kidding Around Yoga) to teach yoga to children and the journey has continued from there with completing 95hours of specialty training in children's yoga becoming a RCYT in 2018. The Edge also opening new pathways including a love for Aerial Arts! I completed my 200 RYT in May 2016, Level 1 Aerial Yoga, Aerial Fabric Level 1, Youth Aerial, through Born to Fly Productions and have continued on with more teacher trainings in various apparatus. I can’t decide which is my favorite.

Currently I am The Director of Youth Programming and actively teaching youth and adult, Aerial Arts and Yoga classes. My hope is that along with adults that children can also reap the many benefits that yoga, and aerial arts have to offer as they grow and develop in life. Most of all I love sharing the joy of Aerial Arts with all ages. Outside of The Edge I love to spend time with my 2 sons.

Certifications 
  • CRYT (Kidding Around Yoga)

  • Aerial Yoga Level 1 (Born To Fly Productions)

  • Aerial Fabric 1 (Born to Fly Productions)

  • Aerial Fabric 2 (Born to Fly Productions)

  • Aerial Rope 1 (Born to Fly Productions)

  • Aerial Sling 1/Fabric 0 (Born to Fly Productions)

  • Trapeze Level 1 (Born to Fly Productions)

  • Youth Aerial (Born to Fly Productions)

  • Tots/Kids Circus Arts (Facing East LLC)

  • Pilates Mat 1 (Balanced Bodies-in progress)

  • 200 RYT (YogaEast Healing Arts RYS)

Professional Affiliations 
  • Yoga Alliance

  • Pilates Method Alliance

  • American Youth Circus Educators

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Professional Affiliations 
  • Director of Youth Programming, Edge Pialtes-Aerial Arts

  • Yoga Alliance

  • Pilates Method Alliance

  • American Youth Circus Educators

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I grew up in South St Louis, from a big loving family. I grew up dancing and working with animals. I graduated in 2000 with an Associates of Science in Veterinary Technology from Jefferson College with experience in clinical, shelter, and behavior.

Aerial Arts and Yoga was first introduced as a stress reducer and became a big part of my life. Moving to Southeast Missouri and then finding The Edge Your Fitness Advantage (Cape Girardeau) in 2012 is how I started on this amazing path in the Aerial Arts and Yoga.The Edge is who gave me the opportunity.

In May 2014 I became certified through KAY (Kidding Around Yoga) to teach yoga to children and the journey has continued from there with completing 95hours of specialty training in children's yoga becoming a RCYT in 2018. The Edge also opening new pathways including a love for Aerial Arts! I completed my 200 RYT in May 2016, Level 1 Aerial Yoga, Aerial Fabric Level 1, Youth Aerial, through Born to Fly Productions and have continued on with more teacher trainings in various apparatus. I can’t decide which is my favorite.

Currently I am The Director of Youth Programming and actively teaching youth and adult, Aerial Arts and Yoga classes. My hope is that along with adults that children can also reap the many benefits that yoga, and aerial arts have to offer as they grow and develop in life. Most of all I love sharing the joy of Aerial Arts with all ages. Outside of The Edge I love to spend time with my 2 sons.

Certifications 
  • CRYT (Kidding Around Yoga)

  • Aerial Yoga Level 1 (Born To Fly Productions)

  • Aerial Fabric 1 (Born to Fly Productions)

  • Aerial Fabric 2 (Born to Fly Productions)

  • Aerial Rope 1 (Born to Fly Productions)

  • Aerial Sling 1/Fabric 0 (Born to Fly Productions)

  • Trapeze Level 1 (Born to Fly Productions)

  • Youth Aerial (Born to Fly Productions)

  • Tots/Kids Circus Arts (Facing East LLC)

  • Pilates Mat 1 (Balanced Bodies)

  • Pilates Reformer 1 (Balanced Bodies)

  • Pilates Reformer 2 (Balanced Bodies)

  • Pilates Reformer 3 (Balanced Bodies)

  • Pilates Chair, Barrel, Tower (Balanced Bodies)

  • 200 RYT (YogaEast Healing Arts RYS)

  • Drop Mechanics 1 Charlie Faraday

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Chloe

Chloe Vance started her aerial journey in a try-it-out class in June of 2015, and she was immediately hooked. Prior to this class, she had never played a sport (or even set foot in a gym), and she is grateful to aerial for teaching her the joy of movement. She has trained on multiple apparatuses throughout the years, including lyra, sling, rope, pole, and trapeze, but spends most of her time on silks. She loves playing with split fabric theory and finding new transitions between skills. Chloe has performed in community events, fundraisers, parades, showcases, and even on the main stage of SEMO's Bedell Theater. 

 

For the past five years, Chloe has taught multiple apparatuses to children and adults alike. She has trained under master aerialists with Born to Fly, Paper Doll Militia, and Pole Fitness Alliance. She also has a background in education, and has taught in classrooms from preschool to middle school. This has informed her teaching practices with youth aerialists, and few things bring Chloe more joy than watching her students progress. Teaching aerial arts combines Chloe's two great passions, and she is happy to call this studio her home.

 

When she is not at The Edge, Chloe loves reading fantasy novels, baking sourdough bread, and struggling to keep houseplants alive. She lives in Cape Girardeau with her fabulous husband (a budding aerialist himself) and her two perfect, beautiful cats. 

Trainings & Certifications
  • Youth Aerial (Born to Fly Productions)

  • Aerial Fabric 1 (Born to Fly Productions)

  • Aerial Fabric 2 (Paper Doll Militia)

  • Lyra Level 1 (XPole)

  • Pole Fitness Level 1 (Pole Fitness Alliance)

  • Pole Fitness Level 2 (Pole Fitness Alliance)

  • Aerial Drop Theory and Coaching (Charlie Faraday)

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Professional Affiliations 
  • American Youth Circus Educators

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Chloe Vance started her aerial journey in a try-it-out class in June of 2015, and she was immediately hooked. Prior to this class, she had never played a sport (or even set foot in a gym), and she is grateful to aerial for teaching her the joy of movement. She has trained on multiple apparatuses throughout the years, including lyra, sling, rope, pole, and trapeze, but spends most of her time on silks. She loves playing with split fabric theory and finding new transitions between skills. Chloe has performed in community events, fundraisers, parades, showcases, and even on the main stage of SEMO's Bedell Theater. 

 

For the past five years, Chloe has taught multiple apparatuses to children and adults alike. She has trained under master aerialists with Born to Fly, Paper Doll Militia, and Pole Fitness Alliance. She also has a background in education, and has taught in classrooms from preschool to middle school. This has informed her teaching practices with youth aerialists, and few things bring Chloe more joy than watching her students progress. Teaching aerial arts combines Chloe's two great passions, and she is happy to call this studio her home.

 

When she is not at The Edge, Chloe loves reading fantasy novels, baking sourdough bread, and struggling to keep houseplants alive. She lives in Cape Girardeau with her fabulous husband (a budding aerialist himself) and her two perfect, beautiful cats. 

Trainings & Certifications
  • Youth Aerial (Born to Fly Productions)

  • Aerial Fabric 1 (Born to Fly Productions)

  • Aerial Fabric 2 (Paper Doll Militia)

  • Lyra Level 1 (XPole)

  • Pole Fitness Level 1 (Pole Fitness Alliance)

  • Pole Fitness Level 2 (Pole Fitness Alliance)

  • Aerial Drop Theory and Coaching (Charlie Faraday)

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Hali

Hali Hutter

  • POP Pilates

  • Pilates Mat 1 (in progress)

  • USASF Level 2/3 Cheer and Tumbling( In Progress)

  • USASF Dance: Ballet 1, Contemporary 1, Hip Hop 1, Jazz 1 (In Progress)


Hali Lynn, also known as "Coach Hali" ,has an extensive background in cheer, tumbling and dance. Hali was first introduced to, and subsequently competed in, cheer, tumbling and dance in 96' at Southwest Florida. Hali attended SEMO University as a BFA (Dance Major), where she studied Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary dance. She also studied Sports Management at Post University, CT. 


Hali has been a certified cheerleading and tumbling coach since 2014 and was P/D and Head coach of Heartland Heat Competitive Cheer Squad (2016/2018). She also teaches a variety of choreography. classes including: Intro. Ballet, Hip Hop and Contemporary. She has trained Mat Pilates 1 and also POP Pilates which combined two other loves: dance and Pilates in the form of Dance infused Mat Pilates.


In 2014 Hali was introduced to Barrebody fitness and became certified as an instructor. Along with Barrebody, she went on to become certified in other barre variations, including Cardio, Power & Beyond Barre. Hali has a true passion for fitness and nutrition and loves helping our clients meet their goals!

Outside the studio Hali has her own business and two amazing young kids who also share the same passion for the arts as she does. She has so much love for people inside and outside the studio. In her free time she enjoys traveling and sandy beaches.

"I am so blessed to have had these wonderful opportunities to work with these amazing and talented people. It’s truly a circus family: we all support each other and each other’s goals and dreams. I am truly fortunate to call this my career. I honestly don't know what else I would want to do in life beside coach people and help them be the best version of themselves by working together to achieve their goals.”

Certifications 
  • Positive Coaches Alliance Certification

  • Cheerleading and Tumbling Coach (USASF

  • Cheerleading and Dance Organization) BarreBody

  • Edge (Facing East LLC)

  • Power BarreBody Edge (Facing East LLC)

  • Cardio BarreBody Edge (Facing East LLC)

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Kim Louie

I am an Associate Professor of Spanish at Southeast Missouri State University and enjoy teaching all levels of language, literature, film, conversation, and culture, amongst other topics. Outside those classrooms, I have been laughing my way through the Aerial Arts since 2015. It is one of the most challenging and entertaining forms of fitness I’ve ever done. Working with the aerial community, which is supportive, fun, and inspiring, is the best part. The easier the skill looks, the harder it is!

Certifications 
  • Aerial Fabric 1, Born to Fly Productions

  • Aerial Fabric 2, Born to Fly Productions

  • Aerial Rope 1, Born to Fly Productions

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Sara

Sara Wagganer

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Professional Affiliations 
  • National Intramural-Recreation Sports Association (NIRSA)

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM

  • American Council on Exercise (ACE)

Certifications 
  • PCC, Certified Pilates Instructor for Mat I, II, Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Ladder Barrel /Props

  • ACSM, Certified Exercise Physiologist

  • YogaFit Certified Level 1 Instructor

  • TRX, Qualified

  • BarreBody Certified (Facing East LLC)

  • Aerial Yoga Level 1 Trained (Born To Fly Productions)

  • Aerial Fabric Level 1 (Born To Fly Productions)

  • Aerial Fabric Level 2 (Born To Fly Productions)

Sara has been in the health and fitness field since 2000. She has been teaching and practicing Pilates since 2004 and Aerial since 2016. She was trained through the Pilates Certification Center out of Raleigh, North Carolina. Her background is in Exercise Science where she attained her Bachelor's and Master’s degree from SEMO. She now works full time as the Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness at SEMO’s Recreation Center but still truly enjoys privately training in Pilates and Aerial at the Edge.

Sara’s other main passion besides Pilates is her family. She lives in Cape with her husband and 3 beautiful children who are the light of her life! She has 2 dogs, 2 cats and a leopard gecko.

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