Q&A with Danielle E.
Quick bio (how long have you been teaching? Related degrees and/or certifications?) I started teaching aerial hammock classes in August 2015 after practicing aerial arts on a variety of apparatuses for a little over 3 years. While I do not have a long history in athletic endeavors, I have been a professional educator since 2004 and I find that my toolbox of instructional techniques and ability to accommodate different learning styles and proficiency levels transfers well into teaching aerial classes, especially when I am working with a group of aerialists with a wide range of abilities. I currently hold 8 Texas educator certifications spanning all grade levels, all special populations, and most subject areas, including health and physical education.
What do you teach at Urban Vybe? Aerial hammock classes – yoga, tricks, dance…whatever people are interested in doing!
What song(s) do you love to play in your classes? I love soundtracks and cover songs performed in a different genre from the original version. I frequently use the Gone Girl soundtrack and will soon be incorporating songs from the television series, Westworld.
Favorite class or workout (outside of your own)? Pole Aria. It’s a combination of pole fitness and aerial silks and it is SO much fun! Unfortunately, it’s rare to find a class like this, so I don’t get to do it very often.
How did you come to Urban Vybe? I was preparing for an aerial competition and needed additional practice opportunities, so I started looking into classes at various studios in the area and discovered this amazing place right by my house!
What makes Urban Vybe different than other gyms/studios? The atmosphere and positivity of the staff and students is incredibly welcoming and supportive! Everyone is genuinely kind and encouraging of each other.
What’s your favorite cheat snack/food/drink? Hint of Lime Tostitos with spicy fat free refried beans. Oh! Vanilla cupcakes with a ton of white frosting! And sesame seed bagels with mountains of cream cheese. Annnd those soft sugar cookies with thick icing. And anything with rice. Wait…Am I only supposed to pick one?! Pizza.
What’s currently your favorite local small business (can be anything – retail, restaurant, etc)? Enzo’s Pizzeria in Parker Square.
Best advice for someone new to your class? Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification, assistance, or a demonstration. Hammocks are difficult to get used to: you’re upside down, you’re working with balance and counterbalance components, and you’re using muscles in new ways, so always ask if you are unsure of how to do a pose, move, or trick and I’ll be right there to help you through it!
What’s something you say (Inspirational quote, phrases, etc.) often in your classes? “What made you happy today?”