Meet our Team

Our team changes from time to time but check back here to find out more about our instructors and what they have to offer you


Karolyn Nevarez

Certified personal trainer, acroyoga, aerial hoop,pole and flexibility instructor.



Ana Glacken

Resistance flexibility, aerial yoga instructor.

Ana Glacken is the Treasurer and co-founder and aerial hammock/ aerial yoga instructor of; Academy of Aerial Fitness.

Born in Ecuador, raised in New York, and served seven years in the United States Army as a Supply Sergeant, Ana Glacken currently holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland.  

Married 21 years to her husband, James, veteran of fifteen years and currently stationed on Fort Bliss.  Ana is also a mother of two: daughter Evelyn, age twelve, and son Aaron, age ten.



Acroyoga, aerial straps, cyr, and handstand specialist.

Pursuing a Kinesiology degree from the University of Texas at El Paso Eddie understands body mechanics and human development.  Eddie brings his knowledge and personal training and performing experience to AAF ensuring the best training for aerial techniques and strength conditioning needed for the aerial arts.

Eddie has extensive aerial knowledge in various apparatus such as; aerial straps, corde lisse, lyra, cyr wheel and traveling rings. As well as being proficient in these aerial arts Eddie has a string background in acrobatics, calisthenics, weight training and various dance techniques ranging from break dance to ballet.


Gavin Moore

Parkour coach.


Georgina Armendariz

Silks instructor.


Aimee Bencomo

Pole dance instructor.


Miriam Torres

Pole dance instructor.


Mindy Chanson

Dance and aerial silks instructor.

Mindy Chanson is an aerial silks and dance instructor at Academy of Aerial Fitness available for private lessons, classes, workshops, and performances. She is also the artistic director and choreographer of Pasithea Dance Company. She is a dance, aerial, and gymnastics instructor at Melissa's Gym. She is an active member of Tumbleweed Dance Collective. 
    In 2007, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors from UTEP with a BFA in Dance Performance. She was a member of the Mackenzie Rosales Dance and Co. for three years. She has taught dance at several studios around town including: Life in Balance, El Paso Center for Visual and Performing Arts, El Paso Country Day School, Desert Moon Academy of the Arts, Dance Designs, and La Guitarra.


Jazel Serate

Pilates  instructor.

Jazel Serate has been trained in classical and contemporary ballet for over 20 years. She was introduced to Pilates through her dance training at age 12. Jazel holds a B.A. in Dance at Loyola Marymount University, where she took frequent Pilates reformer classes with Pilates expert, Melanie McGray, in conjuntion with physical therapist, Mavis Rode. It was at LMU that Jazel discovered the rehabilitation benefits of Pilates and the improvement Pilates made on her dance technique. As she aims to utilize Pilates in a future career in physical therapy, Jazel completed the 500-hour teacher certification program at the Body, Arts, & Science International Pilates institute. Jazel likes to focus her sessions on alignment and the mind-body connection, while incorporating imagery and tactile cues for each exercise.


Brenda Kennedy

Yoga guru