" I first spotted Beyond Wings performing at Nashville Symphony. Then again at Bridgestone Arena! Even my kids have their performers on snap chat twirling fire. I have now hired them multiple times for corporate events and my own private parties. They will not disappoint. "
Emily found her passion for dance and gymnastic at a young age. Continuing to dance and perform throughout her life, but strictly a hobby. Directly after college graduation and achieving a degree in BA Marketing, she was determine to continue her career as an entrepreneur. Starting the first branch of Beyond Wings in Memphis, TN. There she partnered with professional cirque trainers as well as traveled to China to receive top circus training and certifications. Upon moving to Nashville, TN and opening the second and most successful branch of Beyond Wings with co-owner Grace Good. Emily currently is a multi-talented professional circus artist and full time manager of Beyond Wings events. As well as performing weekly circus shows at Plaza Mariachi. Booking over 250 events in 2019, Emily is a wife to an American Ninja Warrior and mother of two, under two. You may have seen her in CMT music videos with stars such as Billy Currington and Trisha Yearwood. She was chosen as most popular people in the People edition of Nashville Scene Magazine, and has been featured in Parents magazine for Mom Fitness. Tune in for more about Emily's life stories on her personal blog, Podcast such as Side Hustle and Keto in the Wild. As she travels to Atlantis May of 2019 to perform, Emily wants to thank all her family and friends for the support given bringing Beyond Wings to the most popular Nashville Speciality Entertainment Company!
Grace is a multi-talented professional circus artist and instructor based in Nashville, Tennessee and specializes in Aerial Silks, Aerial Lyra, Aerial Straps, Hoop Dance, and Fire Performing. Grace found her love of the circus arts in 2011 where she started as a hoop & fire performing artist. She quickly after fell in love with aerial arts and became determined to pursue a full time teaching and performance career in circus. Grace now has multiple teacher training certifications from Circus Arts Institute, an American Circus Educator teacher training program, and has traveled across the country learning under aerial artists from NYC to Los Angeles. She directs the circus education program at Nashville Circus Center where she teaches circus arts full time to kids and adults. Grace co-own Nashville based entertainment company Beyond Wings Circus and performs weekly at Plaza Mariachi Music City and other events across the South East. Grace has produced circus and variety events in Nashville including Nashville Circus Spectacular, Once Upon a Circus, Come Together a Circus Beatles Tribute, and more successful unique shows. Grace also works with Cirque Dreams, a Cirque Du Soleil company, as a circus artist and this May 2019 will be joining Cirque in Japan for Air Force Entertainment tour. Catch Grace on tour this winter with Cirque Dreams Productions "Cirque Dreams Holidaze" ! Coming to a city near you!
Senior Lead Performer/Nutritionist
Originally from upstate NY, Nikki Orlando now resides in Nashville, TN where she has been lucky enough to continue her performance career. After attaining her Bachelor Of Arts degree in Dance she went on to perform as an aerialist/dancer with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines throughout Asia and Australia, performed with Cirque Dream Holidaze at the Grand Ol Opry and now is settled in Nashville performing full time with her circus family, Beyond Wings. Her artistry, musicality and strength allows her to craft a unique style both on the ground and in the air. Nikki is currently head nutritionist for the Beyond Wing babes. She keeps the ladies inspired and healthy! As well as Nikki is a lead aerialist at Plaza Mariachi. Nikki is also one of Beyond Wing's booking agents. She will be happy to help you with your event!
Lead Performer/ Live Show Coordinator
Carly is our lead performer and Co Producer - live show coordinator. Carly is a performer and instructor specializing in aerial silks, lyra, trapeze, fire dancing, and stilt walking. She is a Florida native that moved to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University. After college, Carly pursued a career in marketing while following her passion for circus arts. Carly is a lead aerialist at Plaza Mariachi and full time performer with Beyond Wings. We are so proud to announce she will be co producing new public shows for Beyond Wings as well as taking a role as lead in our marketing department. Stay tuned for her upcoming cirque shows in 2020!
Lead Performer/ Costume Coordinator
Allison is our lead performer and costume coordinator for all corporate and special events. As well as Allison holds the title for Miss Congeniality among all of Beyond Wings entertainers.
Allison always wanted to be a dancer but felt she’d been cursed with two left feet. After starting her aerial journey in 2015, she was happy to discover the ground was the problem. She is well-versed in aerial silks and lyra but has yet to find an apparatus she doesn’t like! Allison is performing full time with Beyond Wings as a lead aerialist, costume coordinator at Plaza Mariachi. We are excited to watch her fire dancing journey, stay tuned for fire flexibility and hula hooping astounding wonder!
Junior Aerialist/ Fire Performer Lead
Ally is a professional, bonded, and insured, multi-talented entertainer based out of Nashville, TN who has performed on stages all over the U.S. and internationally. After her passion for performing, comes her passion for performing safely! She is proud to specialize in these technical and show stopping acts, that are sure to leave you impressed! Ally is our head of safety on site at all corporate and special events, ensuring our clients 100% safe use of fire dancing indoor and outdoor. We are proud to announce Ally as one of our new upcoming professional aerialist. Stay turned to see Ally perform not only fire dancing but aerial arts at Plaza Mariachi.
Senior Lead Performer/On Site Leader
Rachel is our lead performer and on site leader for special events. Rachel manages the performers and performers role on event site. Rachel is our top performing contortionist. Rachel's contortionist journey has lead her on tour with Cirque Dreams locally and internationally. Rachel is currently performing as a full time lead performer with Nashville's Beyond Wings as well as a lead aerialist at Plaza Mariachi. Stay tuned for Rachel's Opryland tour dates this 2019 holiday season!
I hired Beyond Wings Circus for a corporate party in Nashville a couple years ago, and have been hiring them ever since for other events across Nashville with my event company. They are a truly rare, exceptional company of entertainers. Their artists really know how to engage a crowd. I have hired them for roaming and stage acts. The juggler is hilarious!! The aerialists are mind-blowing. I could write about them forever. I highly recommend Beyond Wings for your event!
Hula Dancer was great! Very entertaining! She interacted well with the family and friends.
I first spotted Beyond Wings performing at Nashville Schermerhorn Symphony. Then again at Bridgestone Arena! Even my kids have their performers on snap chat twirling fire at Nashville Shores and sky dancing everywhere downtown Nashville. I decided to branch out from our normal band entertainment and hire them for my company awards banquet at Embassy Suites. I have now hired them multiple times for corporate events and my own private parties. They are easy to work with and customize their performance to my requests. They will not disappoint.
I have hired Beyond Wings Circus for many events in Historic Downtown Franklin while working with The Heritage Foundation. They have shown extreme professionalism and safety caution ever time I have worked with them. They are all so extremely talented, top notch performance artists and entertainers, best you will find in Nashville! Guests are always amazed and I hear great feedback from every crowd they draw. Will absolutely be working with Beyond Wings in the future. Thank you for your hard work!
What a fantastic group of performers! Beyond thrilled with their performance!! I hire Grace and her team for my Thrillist Presents Jack Daniels Fire Escapes event in Nashville hosted at Looser's Bar and they where exceptional. I highly recommend them and plan to use them again in the future.
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Class times subject to change each semester. Confirm for 2019 summer classes
Photos by Emily Charles
Dragon Staff Photo by Lauren Colle
Beginner Hula Hooping Course
-What hoop to use
- Waist Hooping
- Turning and Walking
- Lift up to hand hooping
- Waist to Neck and Neck hooping
- Weave & weave to jump through
- The Vortex up and down
- Waist Breaks
- Leg Hooping
- The Helicopter
- Step Through
- Neck to Half Chest Hooping
- Kick up
- Beginning Chest Hooping
- Escalator Up
- Tossing and catching
- Basic Hand Spin and Open Palm Spin
-Planes and transitions
Intermediate Hooping Course
- Arm Duck outs
- Shoulder Duck outs
- Chest hooping without arms
- Shoulder hooping
- Vertical Waist hooping and breaks
- Knee hooping up to waist
- Vortex from knees
- Jump through Vortex
- Intro to Isolations
- Two handed isolations
- Isolation Barrel roll, two handed and one handed
- Smear and Spinning smear
- Introduction to chest rolls
- Full chest roll
- Cat eyes isolation
- Escalator up and down and variations
- Introduction to shoulder rolls
- Full back roll
- Vertical chest hooping
- Barrel rolls
- Combo 2
- Combo 3
- Combo 4
Lesson One: Two Hoops off-body
- Elbow and hand
- Wrists and hand
- Same time, split time, different directions
- Hand spins and anti-spins
Lesson Two: Two Hoops on-body
- Hand hooping while knee, waist, chest, neck, and wrist hooping
- Splitting waist hoops
- Knees and waist
- Waist and chest
Lesson Three: Three Hoops
- Three Hoop Split
- Knee hooping plus two
- One handed helicopter
- Hoop Wings
Lesson Four: Four Hoops Off Body
- Four hoop on arms start
- Same time and split time
- Hand spins, isolations, anti-spins
Lesson Five: Four hoops on body
- Waist, Chest, Arm, Hand
- Knees, Waist, Chest, Hand
Lesson Six: Five hoops
Special Thanks to Expression City!