Bethany Maxfield

Where are you from originally? I’m from North Reading, MA.  Which means I’m from Boston.

How long have you lived in Chattanooga? I moved from Brooklyn, NY just over a year ago, and I’ve loved every minute of being in Chattanooga!

Tell us about your childhood: I grew up in a very musical household that was very supportive of my artistic inclinations.  I have fond memories of growing up on a small pond and running around the neighborhood on bikes getting skinned knees and catching frogs.  Besides drawing, I had a passion for fencing when I was younger and was a competitive saber fencer up until I graduated high school.

Do you have a nick name? Beth, Bethany, whatever comes out first! I really don’t have a preference.

When were you introduced to Aerials? I started taking pole classes over 5 years ago in Brooklyn, NY.  Pole lead to aerial fabric which lead to rock climbing which lead me to Chattanooga, and ultimately back to fabrics here, at Peace Strength Yoga!

How do aerial and the community play a role in your life? The community that ultimately grows around aerials is so unique and enriching.  I have met some of the most incredible people through aerial across two states and several studios.  I am heavily invested in being a part of and helping to grow communities that are open, collaborative and supportive.  I firmly believe that the aerial arts are for everyone no matter where they are in life and in fitness.  The community at Peace Strength Aerials is energetic and full of colorful and beautiful people who bring their own unique strengths to each class.

What pose do you love the most and why? I am so inspired by simple hammock transitions lately, and figuring out ways to dance into very basic and simple positions.  Mostly this question can be answered by my mood.

What is your favorite quote? This one is particularly relevant to my current chapter in life: “The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.” – Eugene Delacroix