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ZINA DITONNO - OWNER, MASTER TRAINER, INSTRUCTOR

My passion is to be a leader in word and deed to create a community for wellness. Seeing people empower themselves brings joy to my heart. Aerial Fitness is a tool to do so. Did mention FUN? It creates changes in people; conquering fears, trying something new, and pushing beyond their comfort zone. Included are the great benefits of exercise and then some more unique benefits of aerial fitness; spinal decompression from supported safe inversionstability training, core and upper body conditioning (this is especially great for women). There are 9 years old to 75 year olds that can do this and it is tailored to the de-conditioned persons or to the athlete. There are many ways to functional assist or challenge an individual. 

The other fitness certifications round out the many way of seeing and using the body to apply to aerial fitness. The past experience of serving in the military prepares me mentality to help and break thru barriers, and an M.S. in Computer Information Systems, keep my research and learning skills sharp to keep growing techniques and skills.  

Understanding and working thru our ruts and insanity (doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results) is another bump in the road we have to 'fly' over. Aerial Fitness challenges the body in a multi-dimensional movement way to help 'fly' over the bump. Weight limit is 1,000 lbs and I personally train my instructors. It's a new day.

CREDENTIALS

  • Certified Aerial Fitness Master Trainer
  • Certified VaihAyasa Aerial Yoga Instructor 
  • Certified Lyra Level 1 - Born to Fly 
  • Barefoot Training Specialist - Level 1 & 2
  • Certified AFAA Personal Trainer
  • Completed AFAA Group Exercise Course
  • Certified NESTA Sport Yoga, Spencer Pilates, and Outdoor Fitness Instructor, Life Style and Weight Management
  • Certified Health Minister from Hallelujah Acres
  • Faith and Health Ambassador
  • Certified Weight Management Specialist
  • Certified Living Foods Chef and Instructor
  • Food Safety for Handlers Certification
  • CPR / AED
  • Author / Speaker

EXPERIENCE

Personal and Group Fitness Classes - HI, PA, DE 1998 - Present, • Nautilus Circuit Class Instructor - Beaverton, OR 1991-1993, • Personal Trainer - Nashville, TN 1985-1987, • Women's Gym Supervisor - Nashville, TN 1984-1986

Military Training / Experience (1990-1998) • P.T. Officer (body fat standards and lifestyle changes), • Earned and Maintained Expert Fitness Badge (maintain 290 or above for fitness.), • Earned Expert Field Medical Badge (EMT skills for combat, CPR, and intense physical training.), • Combat Medic Trainer, • Offered slots on 10-mile Team and Physical Fitness School.

My Training has included • Triathlon Clinics, • Running Clinics, • Dance Lessons (All Styles) / Clinics • Gymnastics • Pilates

Over 10 years of racing experience, and competitions. Awards in all areas: • Completed Five Marathons. • Multiple Distance Races: 1/2 marathons, 10ks, 5ks. • Multiple Long Distance Team Relays covering over 100+ miles. • Tin Man Triathlon (1/2 mile swim, 26-mile bike, 10k run). • Competitive Ballroom Newcomer and Bronze Level • Adult Gymnastics Competitions


Kelsey Hammond, Instructor

KELSEY HAMMOND

INSTRUCTOR AT AERIAL FUN AND FITNESS, WILMINGTON DE 

Come check out Kelsey's personable and graceful teaching style.  Her lines tell a story of poise and ease while instructing with all the details to create a wonderful aerial fitness experience.

BIO

Kelsey is a speech-language pathologist in Red Clay Consolidated School District where she works with elementary age students with autism and various special needs. She received both her Master's and Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Towson University and is a certified aerial fitness instructor.

Prior to going to college, Kelsey trained in ballet for 10 years at a pre-professional company in Newark, Delaware where she danced the leading roles in the Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, and Persephone. While completing her undergraduate degree, Kelsey took an aerial dance class where she trained on the low-flying trapeze, which inspired her to start aerial fitness classes.

Kelsey has a special interest in teaching restorative, deep stretch aerial classes, classes for brand new beginners conquering their fears, and classes for children with special needs.


Janice Giannini
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JANICE GIANNINI

INSTRUCTOR AT AERIAL FUN AND FITNESS, WILMINGTON DE 

From CEO to Aerial Aficionado -  Read about Janice's Journey to become an aerial fitness instructor.  She is certified as AFAA Personal Trainer,  Barefoot Training Specialist Levels 1 & 2, CPR / AED, and Speaker.

BIO

Thank you so much for visiting my bio page. I’m so happy to meet you here!

I am not what you would  expect as an aerial fitness instructor.  I’m not a gymnast, triathlon person  or lifelong athlete. I’m not 20 something with the flexibility of someone whom you would swear has no bones and joints in their body. I have spent 30 years in Corporate America mostly with Fortune 50 companies. There was no mountain too high and steep that didn’t capture my attention, excitement  and perseverance. During those years I have run companies, product development, manufacturing and technology . As a leader my values always drove me to do what is in the best interest of the company and the people; treat everyone with  fairness and respect, and value everyone’s contribution.

A few years back I left when my husbands’ health started to decline.  I “bumped into” aerial fitness   at my ballroom dancing studio. I was instantly captivated. I was not a natural when I started , but in a few short years you wouldn’t have predicted how far I’ve come.  

You be the judge !

My dream is to reach out to all of those folks who for whatever reason may not have been as active as they would want or need to be. I offer a supportive attitude, patience and fun in order to get started again.

As little as 2 hours a week of some physical activity, does wonders for peoples’ physical, mental, emotional  and psychological health. I would treasure the opportunity to  meet and help each and every one of you .

I hope you will come  meet us and join me for a class; to see just how much fun it is. I offer early morning classes  for the before work crowd; as many people are dead tired at the end of the day.

Have a wonderful day, Janice


Karly Nesson, Instructor

Karly Nesson

INSTRUCTOR & MARKETING COORDINATOR AT AERIAL FUN AND FITNESS, WILMINGTON DE

Her flair for connection makes her a warm and welcoming face to have as a teacher.  She will keep you safe and coming back for more.  

BIO

Karly received her B.S. in Marketing from the University of Delaware. As a driven, young professional, she has always seen the key to success as maintaining a healthy mind and body. Throughout college she was often seen running down Chapel Street. No matter the weather, nothing got in her way of achieving the “runner’s high.” However, it was clear that the continued stress on her knees would eventually require her to give up this fitness activity. 

Post graduation, Karly found herself hunched behind a computer, working full-time with elevated stress levels. Between her work schedule and daylight savings there was not much time to maintain a running regimen. Fully aware of how stress is detrimental to an individuals overall wellbeing, she tried yoga and meditation. But it wasn’t quite enough, in early 2013 she started attending Aerial Fitness classes.   

Aerial became ideal for de-stressing and forced her shoulders to relax. And in contrast to floor yoga, it didn’t cause joint pain! After a few classes, she noticed her tight hips gain range of motion. Furthermore, her flexibility increased and now she has more upper body strength then ever before! After gaining back control of stress, Karly knew as an instructor, she could one day encourage other’s. 


Nicole Phillips, Instructor

Nicole PhillipS

INSTRUCTOR AT AERIAL FUN AND FITNESS, WILMINGTON DE / PHOENIXVILLE PA

Gregarious, caring with a sense of humor, she takes her experience teaching equestrian and brings that skill here.  

BIO

Growing up Nicole enjoyed taking ballet and trained as an equestrian rider. After years of practice she starting teaching kids  equestrian skills.   Her main emphasis In high school was Early Childhood Education classes and worked in a preschool. She now works as a nanny as well. 

She came to an aerial class after researching it and loved the back stretch and opening she felt.  She was hookied and finished her certification to teach Level 1 and Level 2.   She is all all round teacher and has filled in for all the styles of classes, but really loves the kids!  


Kathleen Taylor, Instructor

Kathleen Taylor

INSTRUCTOR AT AERIAL FUN AND FITNESS, WILMINGTON DE

Solid in technique and steady in cues, with a great laugh she will walk you thru a story of the joys of aerial stretching.

BIO

Kathleen has a B.A. in Art from University of Delaware.  She is blessed to be the parent of an amazing teenaged daughter. Kathleen had practiced yoga for a number of years, taking many classes in this area, and travelling to varied locations for yoga intensives.

After working over 30 years at a wholesale fence supplier, she found herself overweight and out of shape but ready to make some big changes in her life. She longed to return to a steady practice of yoga, but was frustrated by health issues.  Enter Aerial Fun and Fitness.  The support of the Aerial Hammock and the Aerial Fun and Fitness Family gave her the boost she needed to enjoy exercise again. Today she practices yoga every morning, generally participates in one or two aerial fitness classes per week, and has recently completed Level I teaching certification. She looks forward to sharing the joy of Aerial Fitness with others.


Ann Marie Savini, Instructor

Ann Marie Savini 

INSTRUCTOR AT AERIAL FUN AND FITNESS, WILMINGTON DE

From Level 3 student to Level 1 teacher, Ann Marie has taken the journey full circle to share her love and skill in the hammock silks.

BIO

Ann Marie has a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the University of Delaware. She works in chemical control law compliance during the week but most evenings and weekends she can be found "flipping out" at the studio.

I was looking for a yoga class online and stumbled upon Aerial Fun and Fitness. I attended a class out of curiosity and I was hooked!  One of the things that I like about aerial yoga is that it is an activity that pretty much anyone, regardless of age or fitness level, can enjoy and benefit from taking classes.  I enjoy the spinal decompression and the increase in upper body strength that participating in aerial yoga has provided.

I decided to teach because I want to share my experience with aerial yoga with others. I love seeing my students perform the flips and inversions, especially when they don't think they can do it. I love teaching my students and sharing in their sense of accomplishment!


Heather Healy, Instructor

Substitute Instructor

Heather Healy

INSTRUCTOR AT AERIAL FUN AND FITNESS, WILMINGTON DE 

Her passion for teaching kids is evident in the time she takes to think through how they learn and creates a special environment where they can learn and have fun.  Her dance background also adds that extra special touch to the class. 

BIO

Heather has a degree in early childhood education, is a certified Aerial Fitness instructor, is a certified Childlight yoga teacher, leads a parent child music class, and works at NCCL where her 3 children attend school.  You can also see her dancing and singing onstage at Candlelight Theatre and the Delaware Children's Theatre.  She is excited to create and teach the Aerial Kids program and incorporate her knowledge of aerial fitness, yoga, dance and music into a fun filled experience for kids and their parents!


Substitute Instructor

GINA SANTARE

INSTRUCTOR AT AERIAL FUN AND FITNESS, WILMINGTON DE

Gina is off to Broadway.... with lots of personality and music choices it feels like you entered your own story and came out the heroine.

 She is also teaching in NY, as a guest instructor here, look for her during holidays when she is home to see her family.