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Teresa Kochis loves being upside down with people from all flights of life. The founder of Overhead Arts, she began training at Carrie Heller's Circus Arts in 1997. She completed the 2013/14 Professional Track Program at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) and holds a BA in Visual Arts and Aerial Dance from NYU's Gallatin School for Individualized Study. She also has completed teacher trainings in Embodyoga and CircusYoga. From 2001 to 2008, Teresa served as a NYC Coach Coordinator and Social Circus Instructor for Cirque du Monde, the outreach program of Cirque du Soleil. Her performance experience includes artistic and commercial events and has taken her internationally to Brazil and Canada and cities throughout the US.


Melanie Alves has trained at Overhead Arts since 2012. After gaining experience as an Assistant Instructor at Overhead Arts, she completed a 2015 Introduction to Teaching Aerials training at the New England Center for Circus Arts. In addition to her aerial experience, Melanie also holds a BA in Psychology from Bridgewater State University.


Sarah Bean has trained at Overhead Arts since 2012, and has been assistant teaching since 2013. In fall 2014, Sarah successfully completed the week long training, Introduction to Teaching Aerials offered by the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA). Sarah's background is in education. She worked at the New England Aquarium for over 8 years and then the Ocean Explorium as the Education Coordinator. Sarah currently consults for the Buttonwood Park Zoo's Education Department.


Mary Langlois has been dancing since before she could walk. All throughout high school Mary studied ballet at Festival Ballet of Providence in Rhode Island where she performed in the annual Nutcracker. She also studied traditional Irish step dance, modern, and jazz. Mary received her bachelor's degree in dance from Rhode Island College where she studied with Dante Del Guidice, Melody Ruffin Ward, Alexandra Beller, Sean Curran and many others. After college Mary traveled to Ireland where she got her first taste of aerial dance from Chantal McCormick. Mary's dancing really took flight when she studied aerial dance with Frequent Flyers Productions in Colorado. Mary continues to dance and fly whenever she can!


Overhead Arts is situated in Hatch Street Studios located in New Bedford, MA. The studio is equipped with rigging points, safety mats and aerial apparatus including aerial silks, static trapeze, corde lisse, Spanish web and sling.