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.
Brian Madden got started with circus arts by surprising his wife Liz Reynolds–already a one year student of aerial–with duo trapeze lessons for her birthday. Now, two years later, Brian focuses his circus training on handstands, partner acrobatics, and a bit of trapeze. What started as a surprise gift quickly grew to a love for the community and empowerment that circus arts provides. When you don't find Brian training, you might spot him surfing around Santa Cruz, teaching himself to play music, or behind the keyboard of a computer.
Kylie Webb has been specializing in aerial hoop since 2013, and cyr wheel since 2015. She has spent time training at New England Center for Circus Arts, and performing with the Boston Circus Guild and Aeraflux. Now residing back in Santa Cruz, she is excited to share her knowledge of all things spinning. With a heavy focus on fluid moments in between tricks, and finding personal choreography and style, she's been know to say "it's not about what you do, it's how you do it."
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.
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.