Olivia Shaw is a quirky and passionate dancer turned aerialist trained in multiple movement styles including Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and African. Having grown up a dancer and gymnast in Bend, OR, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance with an emphasis in Theatre Arts, graduating Cum Laude from the University of Oregon. Olivia has toured as a performer in Theatre and Dance productions, distinctively with the University of Oregon Repertory Dance Company. She received her Aerial Yoga Teacher Certification through Soulaira, directed by Jen Livengood and Jessica Baker. This is her third year with A-WOL and she loves the collaborative creativity that fuels this company. She currently teaches a number of styles in and around the Portland area. If you don’t find her dancing, she is most likely climbing trees and mountains or sipping a local glass of Pinot.
Rachel was born and raised in Helena, Montana where she began her dance training at the age of eight with Creative Arts Center, Queen City Ballet, and Big Sky Dance Works. Through the years she has trained in ballet, contemporary, hip hop, breakdance, neofusion, tumbling, and aerial. She has been certified in Pilates, group and personal training, and is constantly pursuing her passion for health of the body and mind. Currently she instructs at Allegro Dance, A-WOL, and 11 Dance Co. Rachel was first introduced to aerial by her friend and fellow company member, Paulina Muñoz. With Paulina's coercing, Rachel auditioned and was accepted into the FlyCo Training Company. This is her second season performing as an apprentice with A-WOL. She is also excited to join the coaching team for A-WOL's youth Company this year. Rachel loves a good book, spoonfuls of peanut butter with chocolate chips, playing with her nieces and nephews, baking muffins, and hiking to enjoy an incredible view. Her bucket list includes becoming a licensed skydiver and learning to poach an egg perfectly.
Ally began dancing at a young age and has participated in many different types of dance over the years. She auditioned for and joined A-WOL’s training company Flyco in 2012 where her love for dance grew to new heights. She has performed as a part of A-WOL for gigs such as OMSI After Dark, Nike, Bridgetown Bash, Monday Markets, Arts Festival in the Forest and many more. She participated in FlyCo’s first open air production PUSH in June 2014 and A-WOL’s Project Warehouse shows every fall since joining Flyco. She has also had the opportunity to teach aerial to A-WOL students as a part of her training. Ally became an apprentice on the company in the fall of 2014 and performed in her first full company productions Closed Doors and Art in the Dark: Drop of Hat this past year. She cannot wait to be a part of the shows that A-WOL has in store for this season. When she’s not dancing, Ally works as a Registered Nurse in Women and Children services and is enjoying all that comes with being a newlywed.
Kelsie Young has been apart of A-WOL since 2013. She started on A-WOL’s FlyCo and just recently became a member of the company as an apprentice. Prior to A-WOL, Kelsie trained at Allegro Dance Studio in Canby, OR studying ballet, jazz, modern, and aerial. Kelsie also trained with Willamette Ballet Academy in Woodburn, OR. During the summer of 2014, she had the opportunity to attend the Annual Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder, CO. While there, she took Silk and Lyra classes under Ana Prada as well as Harness, taught by Karen Fuhrman. Kelsie loves performing and is excited to be apart of A-WOL’s company! She would like to thank all of her former instructors for helping her get where she is today.