Stacey Burkett started her aerial career in 2009 at the Gravity Arts, training under renowned aerialist TT Robson. Stacey has trained locally in Santa Cruz, as well as at Kinetic Arts in Oakland. While silks has always been her first love, she has also performed some rope and two years ago, added hand balancing and partner acrobatics to her repertoire. Stacey was a part of Acro5, an all female circus troupe, in 2015, and as a part of the group, performed in last year's Santa Cruz Dance Week, and assistant-produced and performed in a full-length aerial and acrobatic show called Luminance. She hopes to continue her career in the air with more professional performances in the future, as well as sharing her passion by teaching local circus classes.
Krista Smithers fell in love with circus arts in 2013. Starting with pole and silks, she has expanded her study to also focus on handstands and rope. Krista is known for her sweet outfits and awesome dance moves. "The circus community in Santa Cruz is the raddest thing ever!"
Erin Carey began her circus arts career in Bristol, UK where she received an Oxford Cambridge Royal Society of the Arts diploma in Circus Arts & Physical Theatre and NVQ Teaching certification from Circomedia. She then completed the Professional Track training program, teacher Training, and Residency program at the New England Center for Circus Arts. She has performed extensively with renowned circus talent across North America, Europe, Asia & the Middle East. Most notably at DAR Constitution Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Central Park's famed Summer Stage, MASS MoCA, Bristol's Old Vic Theater, King Hussein Amphitheater in Amman, Jordan, and the Samsung Pavilion at Expo2012 in Yeosu, Korea.
Katie Kilway began training aerial dance about 10 years ago as a new way to exercise. Prior to her aerial and dance training, she competed in NCAA Track and Field as a javelin thrower. Katie started with pole dancing, moved on to aerial silks, and then found dance trapeze in 2009. The rest is history. Learning self expression through movement, while being challenged physically, combined intellect and exercise in a fascinating new way for her. Initially an apprentice and assistant aerial teacher with Samadhi Hawaii, Katie ultimately became a full member and teacher with the company. She performed duo dance trapeze and explored movement on silks, lyra, and hammock. In 2010, Katie became a founding member of and a principal performer in the Volary Aerial Burlesque troupe, based in Honolulu, Hawaii, performing pole, solo trapeze, duo trapeze, and dance. After relocating to Washington State in late 2012, she began training aerial rope for the first time and teaching pole dance in Bremerton, WA. Currently, Katie teaches advanced pole in Monterey, CA, trains and is pursuing a Level One certification in the GYROKINESIS method, and helps out at the Factory whenever she can, while focusing on aerial rope and handstand training.
Johanna Fenton began pursuing her aerial and acrobatic career in 2013 right here in Santa Cruz. Beginning with aerial silks, she also moved on to study aerial rope, partner acrobatics and hand balancing. As part of Acro5, an all female circus, she was lucky enough to perform in Santa Cruz Dance Week, as well as be a part of a full length aerial and acrobatic show, Luminance in the summer of 2015. When she's not doing circus, she also spends her time teaching Worldanz, a high energy dance fitness program.
Rose Calucchia has been involved in circus arts since 2004. After graduating with a dance degree from Sarah Lawrence College she discovered LAVA - the all-female dance/acrobatic company in Brooklyn, NY. She trained with the company for 2 years in handstands, partner acrobatics, tumbling, hoop diving, and trapeze before becoming a performing member. She also joined the teaching staff teaching both kids and adults handstands, acrobatics, and trapeze. Since relocating to Santa Cruz in 2012 Rose continued her training in handstands and acrobatics with Master Lu Yi at the San Francisco Circus Center and double trapeze with Helene Turcott at Trapeze Arts in Oakland. Rose is also a certified Gold Medal Bodies (GMB) Gymnastics Trainer. She continues to be coached by GMB Lead Trainers, Ryan Hurst and Kirsty Grosart. Rose loves The Factory community. She is continually inspired by the collaboration, kindness and love she witnesses every day in classes and trainings.
Allie Cooper began learning the fundamentals of aerial work in Santa Cruz, California in 2008. Her style has evolved to utilize momentum and natural pathways and to embrace functionality with her work on aerial rope, aerial fabric, cube, and Chinese pole. She has worked closely with Kevin O’Connor and she has supplemented her training with a study of the movement theory Axis Syllabus. Allie has performed and taught across the United States, Europe, Central America, and Asia, having had the opportunity to collaborate with the Invisible Circus in Bristol, UK as well as Quixotic Fusion. Allie has graced stages at TEDxSantaCruz, was a collaborator at Karl Gillick's production of The Decameron at Fort Mason in San Francisco, and was the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History’s Artist in Residence in 2013. Allie received a CREATE Grant from the Santa Cruz Arts Council and presented her first full-length dance and circus show, Aurora, in 2014. Her performance company, Aeraflux, has performed excerpts from Aurora at the Santa Cruz MAH’s GLOW Event, Envision Festival in Costa Rica, Santa Cruz Dance Week, and Fixation in Atlanta. She produced her second full-length show, Eos, in December 2015 and shared excerpts in Atlanta and San Francisco. Allie is co-owner of the Radical Movement Factory in Santa Cruz and continues to be inspired by the circus community.
Liz Reynolds took her first aerial silks class almost 2 years ago and immediately fell head over heels in love. She found the perfect thing to combine her love of dance, performance, fitness and creative exploration! Since then she's added as much circus as possible to her life, dabbling in aerial rope, partner acro and trapeze, and handstands.