About Aerial Elements

Lorrie Lancaster and Michelle Boniface opened Aerial Elements in September 2016 after their home studio closed to continue to make available Aerial Arts to existing students and to the community.  We are located in Bluffton, South Carolina within Riptide MMA and also offer some limited classes at Energy gymnastics on Hilton Head Island. Our goal is to foster a community oriented and creative learning space and give our students the opportunity to have fun learning Aerial Silks and Aerial Dance in a supportive and safe environment.

Lorrie Lancaster & Michelle Boniface


With 10 years of aerial experience, our owners Lorrie Lancaster and Michelle Boniface trained with Suzette Springer at their former home studio, Move and Motion (former Cirque and Big Apple Circus performer). They have attended and hosted workshops with acclaimed aerialists including: Olympian Christine Van Loo of Cirque de la Symphonie, NECCA instructors, Susan Murphy of The Marsh Studio,  Jill Franklin of Aerial Physique and the amazing Sarah Romanowsky. They have trained with Julianna Hane of Born To Fly as instructors and also prior to that as students. After 2 years of aerial training, Lorrie continued to train under Suzette Springer at Move and Motion and continued to train with her and learn as an assistant coach for years and then taught classes there under her tutelage. Aerial Elements opened after Suzette closed Move and Motion so those who wanted to continue learning could! We welcome new students and enjoy sharing our love of Aerial Silks!

Kathleen O’Donnell Guest Instructor and Performer

Kathleen O’Donnell began her adventure in aerial arts in a circus commune.  From the time she first touched the fabrics, she has dedicated her world to learning everything possible.  She has trained exclusively under Amber Monson, Kara Jones and Melissa Coffee.  She has gained her teacher certification through Amber Monson.  She has also completed teacher training with the Circus Arts Insitute.  She specializes in breaking tradition and performing to alternative music. Kathleen visits us periodically from Atlanta to teach advanced workshops and private lessons and also comes sometimes to perform with us!

Come Fly with Us…………

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