Sheila is a screenwriter who trained in gymnastics and dance before finding circus. She loves the variety, physical challenge, and creative freedom circus provides, and has enjoyed the opportunity to perform at a number of venues around Greater Vancouver. While she has tried (and loved) most apparatuses, Sheila is currently obsessed with aerial hoop and trapeze and addicted to handstands.
Kimmie is a recreational-but-obsessed circus performer and instructor. Growing up with no dance or gymnastics background, she has spent the last 6 years making up for lost time. Kimmie recently discovered a love for contortion, but her specialty is aerial silks, which she teaches at West Coast Flying Trapeze.
Della Plaster & Wren Schultz
Wren and Della have literally been juggling together since the day they met while on tour with a traveling vaudeville show. Based out of Bellingham Washington, they take their unique style of entertainment to shows, parties, corporate events, festivals, and more.
Kyra has 18 years experience as a competitive gymnast, aerial artist and coach. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Physiotherapy in 2015. Kyra works as a physiotherapist and coach specializing in the treatment of gymnasts, aerialist and dancers. She managed the competitive team at Phoenix Gymnastics Centre in Edmonton before relocating to BC. Kyra now works as a therapist at Pure Form Physio in Langley and coaches circus at West Coast Flying Trapeze. In her free time, Kyra is a trapeze artist, runner, yogi and aspiring rock climber.
Cindy was pursuing an engineering science degree at Simon Fraser University when she got inspired by the gorgeous shapes formed with body movement on aerial silks. In the summer of 2015, she started her circus journey at the Vancouver Circus School. Her enthusiasm drove her to continue in the realm of performance and entertainment.
Leyna shnier started circus in 2005 in Winnipeg at Monica’s Danz Gym. There, she learned silks, aerial hoop dance trapeze, handstands and flexibility and performed with their acrobatic troupe, Momentum. Now she works as a company member at the Underground Circus, were she has been performing, training and honing her skills for the past few years. Leyna also coaches aerials at CircusWest.
Kelsey is an aerial coach from West Coast Flying Trapeze. She teaches Intro to Aerial for all ages and love seeing able to see the joy that circus brings into students' lives. When she is not flying around on a hoop she can be found working in the field of Refrigeration.
Victoria has been training circus just over a year. Although she is a seasoned performing musician, this will be her first time performing on aerial loops.
Training in the Circus arts since the age of 5, Lia Paquin is one of the few children lucky enough to run away and join The Circus! Her dream is to travel the world performing unbelievable and death defying feats while bringing joy to the audience at hand.
Catherine started taking circus classes 5 years ago in 2014. What started out as a mere interest has grown into a full blown passion and after doing some exploring, Catherine decided she wanted to focus on Aerials (silks/hoop/trapeze) and Ground (handstands/contortion). Her ambition is to improve her skills to professional level so that she can wow the audience whenever she performs.
Liesl began her circus career as a trampolinist at Vancouver Circus School in 2013. Every time she took a break, she reveled in the opportunity to admire the aerialists. Four years later, she officially made the switch and began training aerial silks herself - first one hour a week, then two, until she found herself in the studio more days than not! Now coaching and training at Acrofit Aerial Fitness, Liesl loves being in the air and sharing that love with others. In her muggle life, Liesl plans events at Trinity Western University and loves spending time with family and friends, talking philosophy, and traveling.
Aimee Arsenault - AKA as Gypsym Rose has an affinity for all things movement and play. It is uncertain how Aimee entered into the circus world, but she hasn't been able to turn back since! AImee is delighted to share her passion of hoop dance and performance with all you fine circus folks!
Crystal is a Vancouver based aerialist that has been studying aerial arts for 3 years. Her primary apparatus is lyra but she also trains aerial sling and straps and looks to continue to expand her scope of practice in the coming years.
Amanda fell in love with Aerial Circus from her very first lesson, and spend the next 8 years training and teaching aerial arts at various schools around the world. Amanda specializes in Aerial Silks, Aerial Hoop and Aerial Rope, and is currently a flying trapeze instructor at West Coast Flying Trapeze.
Renée Mak is a mover, shaker and all around creative maker. A Vancouver based circus and visual artist, she loves nothing more than the creation process and to share her art whether it's circus or her illustrations. She believes artists are put on this earth to create, inspire and storytell and is honoured to be a part of this world.
Nicole grew up in the performing world, being on stage first as a dancer, then an actor and now as a circus artist. Her main apparatuses include Hoop, Trapeze (Dance and Static), Flying Trapeze, Silks, Aerial Pole Silks, and Trampoline. Nicole has been teaching Aerials for 4 years now at both Vancouver Circus School and now West Coast Flying Trapeze, and loves when she is able to inspire others to love circus as much as she does.
Maria is a circus artist and coach based in Vancouver, BC. She trained as a dancer initially and started performing from a young age. Maria loves the creative challenge of integrating physical expression within the constraints of whichever circus apparatus she's currently working on. Maria specializes in aerial silks, but also performs aerial hoop, dance, and acrobatics. Recently, she has performed for companies such as Too Fly Productions (VAMP, Robin Hood), and The Underground Circus. Maria also holds a Masters degree in Special Education, is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, and runs an early intervention clinic for young children with Autism by day.
Mackenzie has been practicing contortion and competitive dance for 14 years. She has a passion for performing and for teaching the next generation of circus performers, she coaches at West Coast Flying Trapeze.
Before Nigel Wakita, of the Vancouver Circus School, was known as the "Man of Many". And before he became a unicycling and juggling addict, he had a single passion, and that passion was yo-yoing. From an iron man streak of unborken lonely Friday nights, he rose to become a Canadian National Yo-Yo Champion. And what would drive a person to devote his life to yo-yoing? Nigel, simply cites "Chicks, money, and power".
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