Monkey Aerial Arts was founded by Tera McBlaine.
Tera has been teaching aerial arts since 2007. Her focus and philosophy is to encourage mastery of solid technical foundation to enable students’ successful advancement. She loves that aerial arts exist at the intersection of artistry and athleticism. She has founded Monkey Aerial Arts to both bring aerial arts to Lake County but also to be able to provide high quality beginner and intermediate technique based on the curriculum and methods of her former teachers and coaches.
After completing her Bachelor of Arts degree at University of California- Berkeley, Tera began taking a recreational static trapeze class at the San Francisco Circus Center. She fell head over heels for it and decided to pursue circus school instead of finishing graduate school.
At the Circus Center, her curriculum ultimately included training in Spanish web, static trapeze and swinging trapeze under Virginia Meyers and Elena Panova, stretching under Jim Donak. acrobatics and Chinese pole under Liu Ye. These world-class instructors have been a huge influence on Tera’s aerial practice and teaching.
A move to New York, had Tera continuing to train independently at the Streb Lab for Action Mechanincs and also learning aerial silks with both Laura Witwer (Sassy Pants) and Tori Lubecki. She was also working on some lyra and cloud swing along with duo aerials.
In 2007, Tera started offering private lessons and classes. She realized immediately that teaching was far more personally gratifying to her than performing as an aerialist. She then went to NECCA for an aerial arts teacher training course with Elsie and Serenity (who are industry leaders in their focus on spotting techniques and injury prevention) and has focused on teaching and coaching since then. She also jumps on the opportunity to take relevant seminars or continuing education and connect with other industry leaders in technique and safety. She has become a USAGymnastics instructor member and has CPR training.
Tera has taught at:
Streb Lab for Action Mechanics and Embody Studio. Brooklyn, NY. 2007-2008
Crunch Gym-SOHO New York, NY. 2007-2008
Aloft Aerial Arts. Chicago, IL. 2009-2013
Circesteem. Chicago, IL. 2010-2014
Park District of Highland Park- Camp Big/ Little Top. Highland Park, Il. 2011-present
Merminov Sports Acro (MSA). Chicago, Il. 2011- present.
A variety of workshops for other studios and organizations like AYCO (American Youth Circus Organization).
And now….. Monkey Aerial Arts. Grayslake, Il. Founded 2015.