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“Rain is one of the hardest working aerialists I know. As an instructor, her advanced technical skill set is well matched by her verbal ability to communicate effectively to students. Her knowledge of raw skills combined with her awareness of anatomy and injury prevention helped me learn on several levels. Her class taught me advanced skills but also refined the subtleties involved in presenting performance, moving efficiently for optimal safety, and I also usually learned a lot about teaching. Rain cracks the whip with a velvet glove, she makes her students work hard and they thank her for it. I look forward to taking class with Rain as much as I do co-teaching with her. She's not only excellent at her job but fun and easy to work with. She has a lot to offer a beginning student as well as a professional performer.” - Krista Fatka (Aerial Instructor and performer)



“I owe so much to Rain as one of my first aerial instructors! Rain is truly skilled at teaching-- she is able to help beginners feel comfortable and confident, yet also challenges and pushes more advanced students in just the right ways.  After experiencing other instructors, I've now realized how exceptional Rain is. She is highly aware of detail, and takes care to teach the small but important nuances of how the body is constructed, how to avoid injury, how to finesse a movement. I think the thoroughness in her teaching really reflects the depth of her understanding of both aerial technique and aerials as an art.  Rain is delightful, fun to work with, and provided me with a solid foundation, which I don't think I would have acquired with other aerial instructors.” - Angela Chu - Aerial Instructor / performer


“Rain's tissu instruction has helped me grow immensely both technically and artistically. I always feel like I have her full attention - even in group classes, and her genuine interest in my growth makes me feel so supported and validated. I have attended many of Rain's group tissu/aerial classes over the last 2 years. She is very skilled at structuring the class to accommodate different skill levels while providing specific individual instruction as well. I always feel like my money is well spent in her classes as I have a great time and am continually building skills. Rain instructed my 9 year old daughter on tissu for several months. My daughter is quite shy and she loved Rain's style of teaching. She responded very well to Rain's clear instruction and supportive encouragement. I really liked how Rain was able to adapt her instruction to match my daughter's level - enabling her to progress rapidly!”  - Dana Arkinzadeh



"Rain is one of those rare instructors who is not only a technical innovator of her craft, but also an inspirational and patient teacher who brings out the best out in every student.  She focuses on equal parts strength, artistry, creativity, and technical development... yet somehow makes her class feel more like "recess" than working out.  Rain is truly the ideal aerial arts instructor."  - Flavia Berry



“It was amazing! I had such a great time. I am beyond, beyond, beyond sore but I had a blast! Rain kept her composure so fresh! As a teacher I admired her gusto despite hours, days even.” - Heidi Rhoades (Fitness Instructor)



“Totally nerding out here, but these women are my heroes! Not only are they exceptionally talented and graceful, they're also super humble and friendly. I took a Form and Function Workshop from them, and it was incredibly helpful. Rain and Sarah are experts at what they do, and they've spent years perfecting their art. They're also gifted instructors who know how to explain very technical details and movements so you understand what they're talking about! I've been instructing and performing aerial for years, and they still found multiple aspects of my technique to correct. Best of all, even while giving corrections and working me to exhaustion, they were unfailingly supportive and encouraging, so I never felt insecure. If you ever have the chance to take a workshop from PDM or watch them perform, TAKE IT. It may very well be one of the most valuable aerial experiences you have!” - Lydia G.

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