Kristin Olness

Kristin (she/her) played the original Helga in the award winning 1998 Broadway revival of Cabaret and is a recipient of the Fred Astaire award. She recently reprised her role of Helga in the 2014 Revival of Cabaret (featuring Alan Cumming, Michelle Williams, Emma Stone, and Sienna Miller). In addition to her Broadway successes, she has enjoyed an extensive career as a singer, dancer and aerialist across the country and around the world. She can be seen in the PBS special ” My Favorite Broadway” and other TV shows. She was a featured aerialist in the Westchester Broadway revival of Barnum, and has toured the U.S. and abroad as a principal aerialist with Cirque Le Masque, Cirque on Ice, Circus Nexus, and ImaginAerial. She has choreographed many NYC productions in venues such as La Mama, Dixon Place, and Theater for The New City, as well as productions in Maine, Philadelphia, and China. She co-founded and has performed with Suspended Cirque (, and is also co-producer of “The Midnight Experience: Sex,Aerial & Rock’n’Roll”. She is co-founder and an aerial instructor at Aerial Arts NYC.  Find out more about Kris at her website:

What Kristin offers at Aerial Arts NYC: Lyra Classes/Privates, Silks Classes/Privates, Spanish Web Classes/Privates, Hammock Classes/Privates & Trapeze Classes & Privates.

What Students Say About Kristin Olness

I love training with Kris. The Lyra class is always challenging and fun. Every week we learn new sequences in a safe and supportive environment. Doing Lyra with Kris is like dancing in the air!

Theressa C

Kris is an incredibly knowledgable and patient teacher. She challenges her students, while being kind and supportive; she genuinely cares about your progress. She does an amazing job of balancing adventurousness and safety in her classes, and she works diligently to help each student be the best aerialist they can be. Her classes always give you interesting sequences to work toward, as well as demanding conditioning, and her stunning technique while demonstrating always gives you something to aspire to! I have studied with Kris for many years, and she has given me the skills I needed to feel comfortable and confident in the air; and after all this time, she still has exciting new things to teach me in each class! She truly is a wonderful teacher.

Dana O

I love taking lessons with Kris Olness. She put together fun sequences during the 1-hr class and she challenges our skills but she always put safety first.

Samantha C