Having never done any type of Acro before, it was such a fun adventure to try it out with my boyfriend. Jen and David were so knowledgeable and walked the room well, working with complete newbies like us while also challenging the experienced groups as well. I would highly recommended Vertical Fix to anyone who is interested, no matter what skill level you are at!
From a child, the art of body movement always intrigued MoNika. From Wushu at age 6, to ballet at age 13, he always pushed for more. His high school ballet teacher introduced him to a local circus company Pendulum Aerial Arts, where he trained over the next 12 years. MoNika joined Pendulum Aerial Arts at age 14 and went to be with the company until the age of 25. Throughout the years with Pendulum, he grew with the company as the years went on. The timeline follows starting off in the after school kids program, the recreation classes, the youth program, the Pre-professional 4 year program, Principle company member, head coach, director of education and assistance artistic director.
But MoNika wanted more, and began taking opportunities to travel abroad, which led him to Hong Kong. There, he was introduced to pole dance, and in just a few years, he placed 2nd in the world and 1st in the nation.
The summer of 2015, he left his home in Oregon and traveled south to California and then to Arizona. While maintaining his training, he immersed himself with yoga, Pilates, conditioning, technique, and overall health. Through diverse instructing, philosophy, and continuous research, he wants his student’s body movements to be a reflection of a healthy core.
MoNika has never let fear and limits intimidate him from achieving more, making him broad-range artist. MoNika has worked with: Cirque du Soleil, Pendulum Aerial Arts, Aerial Arts Academy, Oregon Ballet Theater, Oregon Gymnastics Academy, Nike, Adidas, Columbia Sportswear, Lululemon Athletica, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Atlantis, Intel, Engelbert Strauss, Les Farfadias, and many others. MoNika’s genres include: Wushu, ballet, aerial circus arts, modern &contemporary dance, pole dance & competition, contortion, jazz, tap, hip-hop, gymnastics, Pilates, and yoga. He has performed charity events, collaborated with artists from countless nations and backgrounds, and is an instructor in nearly all genres.
MoNika wants the best for his students and will always make sure the students have a strong foundation in the discipline they choose. May it be in yoga, circus, dance, Pilates, etc, a strong foundation is key to progress as an artist, and athlete. Along with his focus on foundation, he continues to challenge his students in and out of the studio with his teaching methods. He loves to share his knowledge to those who have the hunger to learn and who has an open heart and mind.