Teaching circus skills involves developing the correct system of training for each individual or group. I have been very fortunate to have learned the technical skill of disciplines from masters in the circus industry. My teachers (Master Lu Yi, Sasha Moiseev, Boris Verkhovsky) are a very integral part of my teaching process. I am patient but expect my students to challenge themselves and help guide them to reach their goals!
Kelsey inadvertently entered the world of circus arts four years ago when she stumbled across her college’s circus collective, Circus Folk Unite!. What began as quest to learn how to juggle, quickly developed into a love for all things circus. With Circus Folk Unite she learned not only how to juggle but the basics of partner acrobatics, stilting and acro-yoga. Two years later she discovered the magic of aerial arts and circus transformed from a mere interest to what can only be described as an obsession. Kelsey has studied silks, trapeze (static, duo and flying), aerial rope, handstands and hand to hand. She loves how circus continually explores and expands the boundaries of what our bodies are capable of and is passionate about sharing this love with others and helping them build the strength and confidence to succeed both in the air and on the ground.
Kelsey also has an extensive background working with children, especially special needs populations. In the last six years she has worked in elementary schools, neuro-therapy centers, swim schools and after school centers teaching classes that ranged from Drama Therapy to private swim lessons to movement therapy classes and even Kung Fu. Kelsey recently graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in Cognitive Science.
Sam is a former All American, elite level gymnast. He was nominated MVP at UC Davis and team Captain of CSUF collegiate team. He has been inducted into Sacramento’s Hall Of Fame for outstanding athletes 1982-83. Sam currently trains Junior Olympic athletes and participates in the Professional Development Program for USA Gymnastics. Sam coaches athletes of all ages for bodyweight training, alternative fitness and several art forms. Athletes have come as far as Russia, Ireland, Malaysia, Switzerland, New Zealand, France and all across the US to seek his hands on training and personal advice. Sam was the first US Worlds team coach 2013 – 2015 for the sport of Cyr Wheel and has created the Progressive Axis Training (PAT)tm technique for teaching skill progression for the art of Roue Cyr. He is certified through the IRV as a technical judge and served on the board of USA Wheel Gymnastics as a technical advisor. Sam is a firm believer in Sports Mental Training. As an athlete he studied directly under Dr. Kenneth Ravissa. Sam continues his education as a certified hypnotherapist.
Sam continues to travel internationally to perform acro adagio and the art of Roue Cyr, in addition to hosting workshops and intensive around the country.
Julia’s focus within the troupe was primarily gymnastic rings and partner balancing. Drawn to the strength elements of both practices, she sought special training from the coaches to learn skills traditionally reserved for male athletes. She also performed in other Gymkana acts including uneven bars, parallel bars, ladders, aerial silks, duo aerial silks, and pyramids. Some of Julia’s more notable performances with the Gymkana Troupe include the New York Knicks Half Time Show, International Monetary Fund Holiday Party, Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, Miss Virginia Pageant, and many University of Maryland Terrapin Half Time Shows.
Her passion for circus performance is derived from the challenges and fears one must overcome when learning acrobatics. In her teaching, she strives to encourage others to set goals and challenge themselves in order to earn the biggest rewards.
Melo is a passionate performer, student, and teacher of circus. She is driven by immersive exploration of life and sharing her adventures with others.
Roman is dedicated, focused and passionate as practitioner and a teacher of movement. He understands and practices proper conditioning and flexibility that is required as an acrobat and with SDCC he has built a strong conditioning program.
Roman trained with Russia’s National open boat rowing team, a carrier that lasted ten years and upon arriving to the US he has been a devoted teacher and practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga for 10 years.
We are happy to have Roman at SDCC in our conditioning and flexibility programs.