As an aerialist moving from another state and searching for a new studio, I was worried I wouldn't find one I'd fit into. I found SOUL online and decided to give their level 2 lyra class a go. My last studio was like a family so I was worried I wouldn't find that again but I luckily was proven wrong. From the get go I was greeted with a smile and a short tour. Ryan, the instructor made a point to meet me as soon as she walked in. All the students were so welcoming and kind and I felt instantly part of the group. On top of the vibe, the place is clean and has plenty of equipment. It is a really neat place and I can't wait to go back.
RYAN SCHMIDT is a Richmond based aerialist, dancer, and teacher. Her background consists of a lifetime of dance classes, including a BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University, over a decade of yoga practice with a 200-hr teaching certification from ISHTA Yoga in New York City, and nine years of training, teaching, and performing aerial arts throughout the United States and abroad including aerial silks, hoop, hammock, and static and dance trapeze. Originally from Bay City, Michigan, Ryan moved to NYC after college to perform professionally. While in NYC, she taught aerial and flexibility classes at Body & Pole and performed with multiple dance and aerial companies, including performing aerial acts with Lady Gaga, The Chainsmokers, Guns ’n Roses, and competing with the Top 50 in Las Vegas for So You Think You Can Dance? Season 7. Her favorite part of teaching is combining the elements of strength, technique, and style into her classes and seeing the students progress to reach beyond their perceived limits. For more on Ryan, check out her website ryan-schmidt.com.