This week in our series of instructor features, you get to know Cassia Farias Thibert! She is one of our wonderful aerial instructors and teaches both Silks and Lyra (hoop) Cassia always has a genuine smile for her students and fellow instructors. You can’t help but be happy and excited for class – even if Cassia is going to make you do some difficult conditioning.
Cassia’s teaching experience extends back sixteen years to when she was teaching gymnastics in Brazil. The transition from gymnastics to circus and aerials happened eight years ago, and Cassia joined the Aradia Fitness Calgary in March 2018. Cassia also has a business that brings Physical Literacy to daycares. She believes that a lifelong affinity for fitness starts as young as preschool age, and their mission is to impact young kids with a fun, convenient, and affordable gymnastics based physical development program. Some circus elements are also brought in, of course.
Cassia has a one-year-old son Levi and an adorable Samoyed, Sky. We’ve seen some cute videos of Cassia training with little Levi and Sky supervising. Give Cassia a follow on Instagram to see what her family is up to and what you might get to try in her Silks and Lyra classes.
What surprised you the most about pole fitness?
How close to aerial [silks and Lyra] it can be.
What is your current favourite pole/aerial move?
I love all the drops on silks and splits poses on hoop.
Do you have a favourite off the pole conditioning exercise?
Aerials conditioning on silks.
What are your current pole and aerial goals for yourself and for your students?
My goal is get back in shape for performing, and for my students. I want to help them get the best experience with fitness and aerials.
How would you describe your teaching style?
Accommodating. I try to adapt my teaching according with the students.
What do you think students gain from being members at Aradia?
Access to a variety styles of fun and fitness class with a high level of technique.
Can you provide one piece of advice for students working through their pole journey?
Never give up and do it for the fun of it. Focus on your journey not everyone else path.