AntiGravity NTF Instructors
Director AntiGravity® Orlando
Program Director AntiGravity® NTF
|Daniel Stover (Director AntiGravity® Orlando) is the Director of the Orlando division of AntiGravity® and runs The AntiGravity® Training Center. By age 24 Daniel was already a three time All American pole vaulter, four time All American gymnast, three-time NCAA national champion in floor exercise and vault, and member of a two time national champion competitive collegiate cheer squad. With his mother as the Lyric theater director in Oklahoma, Daniel was raised in entertainment as well as sports. He created his own act "Power Of Balance" which has been presented all over the United States and Internationally.|
|Before joining AntiGravity® Daniel was a principal performer for Walt Disney World Entertainment. His live show credits include: Tarzan Rocks, The Lion King at Disney's Animal Kingdom, The Intensity Games at Sea World and The Groove for Universal Studios as well as many TV appearances. Daniel is proud to have produced, directed, choreographed and performed in numerous projects in conjunction with AntiGravity®.|
|Heather Dodt helped establish the AntiGravity NTF, and serves as Program Director, in addition to teaching classes. Heather also currently performs as an aerialist with the AntiGravity Team. Heather's background in ballet originated in Chicago, where she studied dance at Faubourge Academy of Dance & at Avnun Yakabov Cultural Arts Center. She attended Hope College in Michigan, and then transferred to the Honors Program at the University of Central Florida. Her research in 'performance psychology' was recognized by the UCF Honors Thesis Board of Directors.|
Heather earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Psychology with a Dance Minor, and her future ambitions include acquiring her Masters degree in Sports Fitness/Exercise Physiology.
Heather teaches an assortment of aerial classes such as Aerial Hoop, Cube, and Hammock at the AntiGravity NTF. She is also a certified personal trainer, and instructs various group fitness classes including Ballet-n-Tone, Kickboxing, Boot Camp, Flexibility, and Cardio-Conditioning. Heather's passion & experience in dance, psychology and fitness are reflected in her approach to class instruction and all aspects of her career.
|Lauriel is a third-generation gymnast/acrobat. The granddaughter of professional hand-balancer, Dowers Professor of Balance—who amazed audiences with his one-finger handstand—and his son, Lauriel grew up with a love of acrobatics and learned much from both. She emulates their athletic drive, discipline, and balance of mind and body. . . and does her best to instill these attributes in her students. Lauriel competed in gymnastics and performed in many theatrical productions throughout childhood, high school, and college. Incorporating her gymnastics and dance, Lauriel competed on the University of Illinois Club Team, going to Nationals and placing on the beam and floor exercise.|
|Her professional dance experience includes television appearances on shows such as Daytime and The Wayne Brady Show, and she was a regular on the Chicago-based TV show U-Dance. She has also performed with the All-Stars National Dance Team in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and was a featured dancer in the Touchstone movie Just Visiting. A fitness instructor and personal trainer, Lauriel's passion for encouraging and inspiring health has kept her working in the fitness industry since 1996. In 2001 she began working in aerial arts, and has been flying ever since! She has also worked as a professional aerialist for Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, as well as working as a freelance artist and aerial arts instructor. Lauriel has enjoyed working on silks, hammock, lyra, Spanish web, cloud swing, trapeze, and repel lines. Happiest when she is upside-down, Lauriel is thrilled to now bring her passion and experience to Antigravity.|
|Alice Riley-Ryan hails from the Washington DC area where she grew up performing with Center Stage Dance and Performing Arts Company before attending James Madison University where she studied Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science and minored in dance. Alice is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Health and Fitness Specialist, a Group Exercise Instructor certified through the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America and has taught classes in many formats over the last five years including yoga, Pilates, boxing, kickboxing, sculpt, step aerobics, worldbeat dance, spinning and more. Alice is excited to be teaching Ballet Fitness at AntiGravity and hopes to see you in class soon!|
Niko's background consists of gymnastics, dance, and martial arts (tricking) training, as well as experience with stunt work, Parkour, and other specialty acrobatics. He trained at La Fleurs Gymnastics in Tampa, Xcel 360 Cheer Gym Odessa, Top Contenders Spring Hill, and Suncoast Gymnastics New Port Richey. Currently, Niko performs with AntiGravity and works at Universal Studios as an acrobat in the Superstars Parade. Past performing experience includes various shows at Busch Gardens, Walt Disney World, and Pirates Dinner Adventure. Niko is passionate about providing audiences with the best entertainment possible, and hopes to one day work professionally as a stunt-man. He teaches "Tumble, Trick, Tramp" and "Extreme Acro Sports" at AntiGravity NTF. He lives by the saying, "It only hurts 'til the pain goes away."