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 and the Aerial Director at Hana Studio (West Haven, UT).
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 nationally-recognized swimming associations.
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
william a. ward
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