Alida began studying aerial silks at age 40 in Asheville, North Carolina under the tutelage of Andew Hartnagel and Naomi Ullian, both of whom studied at NECCA. Although athletic before coming to silks, she did not have a dance or any other movement background. Instead, it was on a whim from a groupon. She was looking for a way to still get a full-body workout that would not stress the knees. From the very first class, she was hooked. Silks has helped her foster more mind-body awareness, as well as self-confidence and strength. Being on the silks requires focus and stamina–something that will be developed in class. She loves teaching beginners and will prove that you can learn to perform on silks no matter what your background. Just come with an open mind and a willingness to have fun!