BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Sarah Atenhan was born and raised in Oak Park, IL – the hometown of Frank Lloyd Wright, Iman Shumpert, and Betty White, to name a few! She trained in flamenco, ballet, modern, improvisation, Pilates, and jazz techniques at the Academy of Movement and Music under the direction of Stephanie Clemens. Sarah continued her dance studies with Lucy Riner at Oak Park, River Forest High School, and Lou Conte Dance Studio, home to Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
Sarah is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning a degree in Psychology while studying and performing with the Department of Dance and several independent projects. Upon graduation, Sarah moved to Chicago and spent the next four years performing, teaching, and cultivating her newfound passion: aerial dance. Sarah performed with ology dance, Chicago Dance Crash, numerous independent choreographers, and commercial productions while honing her skills as a teacher and choreographer at Mohler Dance Academy. In late 2012, Sarah fell on her neck during rehearsal, requiring extensive surgery. She spent the next four years recovering and developing a career as a freelance producer for various marketing agencies. In 2015, Sarah welcomed her most extraordinary achievement, daughter Saoirse Rose.
After Saoirse Rose was born, Sarah returned to aerial and dance through a therapeutic lens. Inspired by the ways her teacher training incorporated adaptive techniques, Sarah decided to start an organization for any artist who wants to participate, free of judgment, full of encouragement. In 2017, Sarah and her family moved to Nashville, where a studio space was available and family nearby for support. In early 2018, she produced a concert performance for a small group of dancers and guest artists.
Five performances later and several members larger, she incorporated Satellite Dance. In addition to the stage, Sarah is expanding her projects to the film industry, most notably choreographing a national spot for Birchbox and directing Satellite Dance's 2020 film, By Nature. This past year, Sarah produced and edited The Fabric of Space and Time for Satellite Dance — a coffee table book accompanied by a live performance of dancers and aerialists sharing their struggles and resilience during the pandemic.
When Sarah is not with Satellite dancers, you can find her practicing yoga (she's an RYT-200!), teaching at Hermitage Dance Academy, freelancing with communications agencies, or, most likely, cuddling up to a good movie with her beloved family.
Carla was born and raised in Puerto Rico, the youngest of three. She was involved in performing arts at a young age. From ballet to hip-hop to pop, to theater and singing in choirs, she has always nurtured her creative side. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing in PR, she relocated to the USA in 2006, living in Florida before moving to Nashville in 2013.
After watching pop artist P!nk’s aerial performance at the 2010 Grammy Awards, she fell in love and knew that one day she would find a space to learn and practice aerial dance… that space is now Satellite Dance!
She currently works in Vendor Strategy, utilizing her specialized background in Marketing. Most importantly, Carla values her family time with her husband, Mark, golden retriever Dallas Winston, and future Satellite dancer, unnamed baby girl (coming January 2021!).
In her spare time, you can find her styling interior spaces, hiking outdoors with her family, cooking and eating (wine included), reading, or watching F•R•I•E•N•D•S on repeat.
SECRETARY & BOARD MEMBER
Kristen Yost hails from Cleveland and is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University (O-H!). She fell in love with ballet, tap, and lyrical dance at the age of 3 and quite literally spent all of her days at her neighborhood dance school until the thrills of gymnastics stole her attention away in middle school. While her training never took a serious turn, Kristen always enjoyed challenging and expressing herself through movement.
Kristen relocated to Nashville in 2016, enticed by the city’s vibrant culture and long southern summers. After buying a Hermitage home with her husband, she joined a local fitness studio with a burgeoning aerial program, searching for new ways to enrich her physical body. Kristen connected immediately with the aerial hammock, which married her childhood yearning for the creative outlet of dance with the exciting, anti-gravity thrills offered by gymnastics apparatuses. Kristen expanded her role from perpetual aerial student to include performer, instructor, and choreographer before being honored with the invitation of becoming a founding board member of Satellite Dance.
Kristen’s own experience with a lifelong physical disability has fueled her personal and professional passions for equality and inclusion. She is a licensed Occupational Therapist and works in the healthcare field, connecting individuals with disabilities with needed assistive technology. On the weekends, you can often find her guiding a young dog through socialization and community access training, attributed to her volunteer work with a local service dog training program. Kristen also enjoys traveling the world (in non-pandemic times) with her husband, Kyle, and cuddling up with her dog Swarley and cats Arya & Tai.
Hailing from Chadron, NE, Joslyn grew up training in tap, jazz, and ballet genres. As far back as she can remember, Joslyn always had a love for dance and creating movement. She often choreographed evening-length performances with her friends and not-so-eager younger brother. Joslyn later graduated with a B.A. in modern dance from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While attending UNL, Joslyn participated in numerous artist residencies and performed for guest artists Jenna Riegel from Bill T. Jones, Arnie Zane Dance Company, Julie Mayo, Kayvon Pourazar, and Laurel Jenkins, to name a few.
Since relocating to Nashville in 2018, Joslyn has found work as a dance and fitness instructor at several studios in the Nashville area. She is passionate about creating a space where dancers can flourish and discover their creative agency; choreography and movement are significant outlets that spark much joy in her life. It is her mission to share these outlets with others of all walks of life. When choreographing, Joslyn finds her inspiration from myriad sources: elements of nature, poetic language, improvisation, and collaboration amongst her peers. In 2019, Joslyn joined Satellite Dance as a founding board member, dancer, and choreographer. Joslyn looks forward to future seasons of dancing and creating among the many talented artists of Satellite with excitement and honor.
When Joslyn is not dancing, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Nolan, two cats, Ruby and Gemma, and dog, Maisy. You can often find Joslyn hiking, hanging at the dog park, cooking, traveling (the beach is her happy place,) reading, playing with watercolors, and connecting with others.
TREASURER & BOARD MEMBER
Ryan Atenhan was born and raised in the heartbeat of America, Nebraska. With his mother as his elementary, middle, and high school music teacher, he grew up with a great appreciation for the arts.
Ryan’s passion for music carried into college as he obtained a degree in audio engineering and entertainment business. After graduating, he moved to Chicago for an internship where he quickly fell for one of his ‘supervisors,’ now more lovingly referred to as his wife, Sarah :-). After college, one of Ryan’s first audio jobs happened to be on a film shoot; he grew attached to the industry and has worked in video production ever since.
In 2017 the opportunity to open a Nashville studio presented itself to Ryan, Sarah, and daughter Saoirse Rose. They packed up and moved south, enjoying a different life pace and everything the city offers. One of the greatest joys of their adventure has been the formation of Satellite Dance, where they have found great pleasure collaborating in this profoundly fulfilling artistic and altruistic endeavor.