Amanda Cortellesso

Owner / Head Coach / Professional Trainer - specializing in ALL aerial disciplines, tumbling, walking & jumping stilts, Hand to Hand training, Dance, Stretch, Personal Training, Stunt Training & Choreography



Amanda is a former elite gymnast, professional latin dancer & professional aerialist / general "cirque" style performer.

Amanda has performed in many events around the country and internationally.

From huge televised pop culture events such as the VMA's & Ultra Music Festival, America's Got Talent to sporting events like the Orange Bowl, Opening acts for P-Diddy and Will Smith, private parties for Usher, Jamie Foxx, etc., the resume goes on as a fun and exciting read for sure!


Outside of performing, Amanda has offered creative consulting while casting performers for many production companies like Hard Rock, Disney, Universal, etc. While learning and training with some of the most talented and seasoned performers and choreographers of Cirque Du Soleil, Le Reve and many other production companies she built her knowledge and love for the industry as not only a performer but a "teacher".

Amanda decided to share this unique art with the public offering to train those interested in learning how to fly!

She opened the first training school in Orlando FL. Later she opened right here in RI! Arielle is also the first (and only) true aerial training school in RI.

Amanda is thrilled to now have a team of awesome coaches and amazing students who have grown together to enhance their love for the sport/ art of aerial!

The goal in opening Arielle was to share the training of an elite athlete, which is the fitness draw and goal for many of her students. These students simply enjoy the challenges and fun of flying while they enhance their strength and flexibility.

But for those who wish to perform for fun or even aspire to become a professional someday, Amanda can offer the highest level of performance training that is second to none.


and so... Arielle Extreme was born!

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Sherri Ormond

Coach of all levels specializing in aerial fabrics, aerial lyra & dance as well as our Office Manager



Sherri has been taking classes with Arielle Extreme for the past 6 years while also fulfilling the duties of our Office Manager. Before finding her passion of aerial alerts she was a dance teacher for 10 years, a member of the State Ballet of RI and a performer in Walt Disney World. 

Sherri's broad spectrum of professional dance abilities in areas of tap, pointe ballet, jazz, hip hop, etc has made her on the most versatile and mesmerizing of our elite students and she loves to share her abilities and gifts with her students choreographing some of the most fun and creative acts for her performance level students.


She's proudly one of our top coaches coaching all levels of aerial silks and lyra.  Without Sherri and her amazing organizational skills, Arielle would fall apart! The first hello our students receive is usually from Sherri, the rock for everyone here at Arielle!

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Arielle was first established in Orlando FL in 2010 under the name AC - A.C.T.S by Amanda Cortellesso.


This was the first and ONLY aerial training in Orlando FL at that time.

There are now over 10 locations in the central FL area alone!  

Amanda is proud to have started what became such a popular wave of fitness & fun for many who also turned their interest into their career! 

Amanda moved back to RI in 2012 and soon there after opened up Arielle Arts, once again the first and still ONLY aerial training school in RI.

She renamed the school in 2016 calling it "Arielle Extreme" since there were so many areas of training that Arielle was able to offer.  Plus, the experiences and the overwhelming positive responses from our students was "extremely" positive and it just seemed fitting! 😁

Since then we have had many students with great success stories pass through our studio!

We are blessed to have had the opportunity to help our students reach their goals or be set on a great path to achieving their goals.


Many have come with the gaol in mind to find a fun new fitness challenge. 

With our unique and supportive training they have become more flexible, much stronger and far more fit than they may have ever expected! 

Many come with non "fitness" type goals, getting over a fear of heights, maybe they suffer from vertigo, many need an artistic outlet and emotionally Arielle seems to be a great fit.

Whatever your goal or desire may be, we will do everything in our power to go above and beyond to exceed your expectations and as you grow and goals change, we go right along with you molding with you as we continue on your new and exciting journey! 

Others have either taken their training to new heights (pun intended) 😏.. by joining production groups, such as Circus Smirkus for the youth, or Circus companies for adults.

  We have also had many compete and do well nationally placing 3rd, or in the top 10 nearly every time!

(Again, youth & adult alike!)

Since Arielle is for anyone & everyone, kids & adults, those with no experience, etc. we do hope you will give us a try.  


We guarantee even one class will be an experience you will never forget!