Our teachers

We have a comfortable and supportive atmosphere for you to explore your true potential without feeling intimidated in any way. Our tutors are experienced and take care to ensure all participants get the most out of their courses.

Valentina Candiani

Valentina is the owner and director of Aerialand.

She started studying classical dance in Venice, Italy when she was very young, then went on to explore other forms of dance such as jazz and contemporary. She further trained as an aerialist, hand balancing and acro-balance contortionist with Ernesto Belley – trainer of the Moscow State Circus. She’s also been teaching Yoga for 15 years.

After many years of experimenting with physical movement and theatrical material, she started developing innovative techniques to merge different disciplines and create avant-gard choreographies.

She founded her own company teaming up with some of the best performers in the UK, giving physical theatre a new face. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Cirque Des Reves.

Valentina teaches Acrobatics, Aerial Hoop, Aerial silks, Aerial Slings, Acrobalance and Contortion, Aerial Yoga, Power Vinyasa Yoga, Acro Flow Yoga.

Antonio Alba


Antonio teaches aerial silks and aerial straps to advanced and professional level

Zaki Musa


Zaki teaches aerial silks, flying pole, aerial hoop and aerial dance to advanced and professional level

Vanessa Mayfield


Vanessa teaches Aerial Silks and Aerial Hoop, Slings and Dance – and pretty much anything else to advanced and professional level

Louise Westlake


Louise teaches aerial silks, aerial hoop and aerial dance to advanced and professional level