Ayten was born and raised in Southern California, where she got her first taste of ballet and gymnastics at age six. As a former athlete in volleyball, soccer, and lacrosse, she began studying aerial silks in 2013 in the hopes of finding a physical outlet that joined the artistry of dance with functional strength, flexibility, endurance, and a holistic mind-body practice. Ayten began her journey as a aerial instructor in 2015 at Jill Franklin’s Aerial Physique in Los Angeles, California, where she was first introduced to the hypnotic vibrancy of the aerial arts and circus community as both a teacher and a student.
Outside of aerial silks, Ayten paints, plants, practices power vinyasa yoga, and independently studies holistic health, Ayurveda, and astrology. She completed her undergraduate studies in neuroscience and psychology at Duke University in North Carolina, and has worked in both clinical and cellular research for neuropharmacology and non-communicable disease for nearly 10 years. She will complete her MS in Food Policy, Nutrition Studies, and Dietetics at Tufts University Friedman School in 2019.
Ayten has experienced first-hand the empowerment, expressiveness, creativity and community generated in the circus arts community, and derives immeasurable joy from welcoming new-comers from all walks of life into that world.