Nicole Mermans is one of the founding members of Canopy Studio, an aerial dance studio in Athens, Georgia, aiding director Susan Murphy in turning a vision into reality. Currently, Nicole is the business manager and one of the main instructors of trapeze and aerial fabrics at Canopy Studio. Nicole has always had a strong passion for dance, taking her first ballet class at age five. Her first exposure to the aerial world was through the circus programs at Club Med where she had a chance to fly and try the static trapeze, but it wasn't until 1998, when she had the opportunity to receive private instruction and perform on the Spanish Web, that Nicole truly fell in love with the aerial arts. Since then, Nicole has studied dance trapeze and apprenticed as an instructor under Susan Murphy. In addition, she studied the Spanish web, aerial fabrics, and duo trapeze with other professionals such as Cindy Alana, and Elsie and Serenity Smith of Gemini Trapeze. Nicole has performed in corporate venues and night clubs, in the Moscow State Circus across the southeast, in local benefit events and dance concerts at Canopy Studio. She also performs in a duo troupe called Co-incident Aerial Dance with partner Andrea Fors. Nicole’s other life passions include water-skiing and wakeboarding, playing soccer and spending time with her dog Bailey.