At Hudson Valley Circus Arts, we believe that fitness training has the potential to be a healthy source of joy and connection for all people.
We offer a community-oriented, playful, safe environment for physical learning and training for children, teens, adults and families. We’re dedicated to helping you tune and tone your body, unleashing its innate capacity for expressive movement. We believe that circus is for everyone.
We believe that circus is for everyone.
We serve circus-curious beginners, as well as dedicated athletes ready to reach the fullest potential of their physical power, stable mobility and coordination.
Learn more about our teachers:
Lana Heintjes, RYT 200, grew up in Brooklyn, NY, where she discovered yoga and is current residing in New Paltz, NY where she trained in aerial arts and partner acrobatics. Since beginning her yoga and acrobatic career she noticed herself becoming limber, her muscles growing stronger, and her body feeling generally great! As a certified Power Vinyasa Yoga teacher from Yoga To The People and Aerial Fabric instructor trained through HVCA, she has been spreading this feeling of strength and well-being to hundreds of people each year since 2009. In 2016, Lana trained became a certified instructor in AcroYoga. Lana also offers private yoga sessions in a variety of styles from vigorous vinyasa to gentle restorative with thai bodywork.
Alisha Mai McNamara
Alisha Mai McNamara, founder of HVCA, has been blessed to train with some incredible coaches and teachers since she began aerials in 2009, including Caroline Wright, Adam Woolley & Michelle Arvin for Aerial Fabric, Maia Ramnath and Lisa Natoli for Aerial Rope, Susan Voyticky & Cody Schreger for Lyra (hoop trapeze), and countless wonderful teachers for hand balancing and flexibility. While she loves to perform, her passion has always been teaching and coaching, particularly helping students achieve what just months prior seemed impossible to them. Her background as a RYT (registered yoga teacher through Frog Lotus Yoga), and her 6 years of experience teaching all styles of yoga from very athletic to gentle, have helped her break down circus into digestible lessons for students of all fitness levels. Mai also enjoys spinning fire poi, harvesting wild food, and offering nature immersion experiences as programs director of Wild Earth.
Melanie holds a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification from Vitality Yoga with Maggie Heinzel-Neel, and has trained in aerial arts with Hudson Valley Circus Arts with Lana and Mai since 2012. She enjoys guiding people to develop their movement and mind-body connection.