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BIO

Holly Ann Jarvis is a wife, professional pole & aerial artist, performer and instructor living in Northern Utah, USA. She is renowned as an aerial hammock/sling pioneer and since 2011 her work has influenced thousands of aerialists across the globe. Her athletic background stems from a competitive, record-breaking swimming career. Her knowledge and experience as the Head Coach of a competitive youth swim team for five years prior to aerial training has enriched her teaching methods and skill set within the aerial community.

Growing up in a single-parent, military family for a good portion of her childhood, her desires to take dance classes were met with opposition from a lack of opportunity or funds. She found an artistic outlet and passion for visual arts at a young age and for fifteen years, contemporary art-making in the form of painting and drawing took precedence over performing arts. Her work has been exhibited across the state of Utah and In 2012, she graduated with Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2D media from Weber State University. In her senior year of undergrad she found pole & aerial dance. Aerial hammock / sling was an apparatus she took to immediately and began to realize how under appreciated it was within the aerial community. It seemed hammock was viewed as a mere "starting point" and the "easier" aerial route vs. aerial silks. It became her mission to showcase aerial sling as its own unique, exquisite performance apparatus. Post-graduation, she took a full-time position working for her Alma Mater, managing community outreach and helping students succeed in the visual arts as an advisor. In this position she was able to further expand her experience in marketing, event planning, community outreach/organization, branding, web & graphic design. Holly is now a full-time aerial dance professional. She is a resident performer with Salt Lake City cirque company, Voodoo Productions and does traveling instruction and performances across the world. She is an adjunct faculty professor at Weber State University, the Aerial Director at Hana Studio (West Haven, UT) and an ambassador for Vertical Art Dance.

AWARDS & TRAINING

2013 // 2nd Place, Pro Pole, Fetish Aerial & Pole Competition (Ogden)

2014 // Pro Pole Champion, 1st Annual Aerialympics Pole & Aerial Competition (Ogden)

2015 // Pole Finalist, Inaugural U.S. Aerial Championships (New York City)

2015 // 2nd Place, Neo Division, National Aerial Pole Art (Los Angeles)

2015 // 4th Place, Women's National Elite Division, North American Pole Dance Championships (Chicago)

2015 // Gold Distinguished Performance Award, North American Pole Dance Championships (Chicago)

2016 // Pro Aerial Hammock Champion, Life Elevated Aerial Arts Competition at FitCon (Salt Lake City)

2016 // 2nd Place, Colorado Pole Championship (Boulder)

2016 // Pro All Star Aerial Hammock Champion, 3rd Annual Aerialympics Pole & Aerial Competition (Salt Lake City)

2017 // 2nd Place Pro Aerial Hammock, Capital of Texas Aerial Championships (Austin)

2017 // Crowd Favorite Award, Pro Aerial Hammock Division, Capital of Texas Aerial Championships (Austin)

Certifications include: Fly Gym Aerial Group Fitness, IFPA Advanced Flexibility Coach, XPole XPERT Instructor Level 1 & 2, CPR/AED as well as numerous coaching/teaching trainings & certifications with USA Swimming & ASCA (American Swimming Coaches Association).

 

 
 
 

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

william a. ward

 
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TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

Holly is passionate about people and her teaching profession allows her to connect with artists and like-minded creatives from all around the globe. Her student-centered pedagogy relies on strong foundational knowledge, clear verbal cues, transparency, positive encouragement & logical progressions.

Her goals as an instructor are to:

  • Provide a physically & mentally safe space for students to move, create and explore free of judgement

  • Adapt a teaching language to suit the experience and age of students

  • Encourage healthy fitness habits

  • Help students achieve their fullest potential as individual artists

  • Help students define their creative process

  • Find opportunities for continued learning as a movement educator

  • Be a source of movement inspiration & demonstrate an undeniable passion for art and dance

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I have been training on Sling for almost 2 years now, and recently went through an Instructor Training Course; I also manage the aerial studio at which I train at so I had the pleasure to interact with Holly on the front and backend her workshop.
From the very first interaction, Holly was a delight to work with. Great communication, thorough information regarding the workshop options was provided upfront along with imagery, she promoted the workshop on her social media along with us, was on time, and all in all a pleasure to work with.

Now on the front end- as a new instructor, learning directly from Holly really enhanced my experience in learning sling and therefore my teaching. We booked Slay the Sling; every move she taught was broken down, and she encouraged to work with our own bodies to bring these moves or transitions to life. The entire workshop, she was upbeat, friendly, and most importantly fun!
This workshop has been one of the highest turnouts we’ve had with endless positive feedback.
The only regret I have is not booking her for a one on one session!
If you have the chance to take one of her workshops or train with her, I highly recommend you book!
— CLAUDIA S., ART FLYING AERIAL / LOMITA, CA

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..My friend (who has never taken an aerial class before) joined me for a semi-private hammock lesson with Holly in Salt Lake City, and I have to say Holly is one of the best aerial teachers I have had in a very long time. Safety was paramount...hands-on spotting, clear cues breaking down each skill into micro actions, including how to place hands and where, what muscles to engage and why, what not to do and why, etc. My friend said she felt completely safe and in control the whole time. As a college professor for over 15 years, I am here to tell you this lady’s teaching is top notch!... AND I want to add that she is amazingly innovative in the hammock. She taught me an incredible sequence that is her creation. I booked this lesson from her because I saw it on Instagram and I wanted to learn directly from the source. I am so grateful that she shared it with me. If you are ever in Salt Lake, make no mistake, this is the woman to train with. I cannot say enough about her excellent instruction. Thank you, Holly!
— - Sarah S. , San Francisco
 
It’s been a couple days since training with Holly and I can already see a difference in the way I move! She was able to break things down so I could easily understand such as, which muscles to engage in order to accomplish this specific skill I’d been working on, to gently leading with the hips to change this shape... She gave me plenty of new skills to focus on as well as tips to make the transitions easier and smoother, all while drawing out my own creativity. She is an incredible instructor, who leaves a lifelong impression on everyone she teaches.
— Brittany N., cincinnati, OH
Holly is an incredible teacher. I have trained in several different states and a variety of flexibility and Holly is by far one of the best I have had the opportunity to train under. She has a very unique style and has helped me achieve flexibility goals I didn’t think were actually physically possible for me and my body. Not only that but she has done so without causing injury and has also helped me overcome and move past several injuries that I have obtained from improper training. I absolutely adore her and am so grateful for how she has helped me. I highly recommend Holly as a teacher.
— - Sarah E. , Seattle, WA
 Workshops at TT Fly Station, ShenZhen, China

Workshops at TT Fly Station, ShenZhen, China

 
 

PERFORMANCE

 

 
Holly performed at one of our company events and it was amazing! The hiring process was super easy and everything went off without any issues. My co-workers are still talking about it! Definitely recommend and will definitely work with her again.
— Jessica C., Salt Lake City
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