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Miguel Cáceres

Miguel Cáceres

A truly legendary flying trapeze artist, Miguel is a second-generation circus performer who formed The Flying Cáceres with his wife, Luz, when they left their native Colombia to join the 112th Edition of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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Suzi Winson

Suzi Winson

Director and Co-founder of Circus Warehouse. She’s also ringmistress of Circus Warehouse Events and Founder/Director of Art and Circuses Gallery, an associated fine art space.

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Michelle Arvin

Michelle Arvin

Michelle has a varied background, including a degree in Visual Art, decades of training in dance (contemporary, improv, ballet, tap, and jazz), a bit of the theater, and several years of rock climbing experience. Additionally, she has been a teaching artist, administrator and professional baker…

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Ken Berkeley

Ken Berkeley

At the age of twelve, Ken first saw a classmate perform her gymnastics floor routine. Psyched by all the cool jumps and flips, he wanted to do them too. Over the next seven years, his local YMCA gymnastic facility became his second home.

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Matthew Cusick

Matthew Cusick

With 27 years of teaching experience, Matthew instructs at the Warehouse in Trampoline, Handstands, Circus Conditioning and Chinese Pole. He helps flying trapeze students with air awareness and regularly catches Flying Trapeze.

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David Durante

David Durante

Originally from Garwood, NJ, David Durante competed for Stanford University on a gymnastics scholarship and graduated with a degree in Human Biology. After graduation, he moved to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO where he trained for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. During that time he became USA National Champion and was was named alternate to the bronze medal winning team in China. After Beijing, he returned to Stanford as an assistant coach for a year where the team won their first National Championship in 14 years

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Olga Karmansky

Olga Karmansky

Olga, a former US Champion and two-time Pan American Champion in Rhythmic Gymnastics, is one of Circus Warehouse’s exceptional contortion instructors. Recent performance incl: Panic at the Disco Tour (MTV Video of The Year), Gymnastics Superstars Tour, the Venice Biennale and upcoming revival of Pippin.

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Anna Venizelos

Anna Venizelos

Anna came to circus from a background of both gymnastics and dance. After studying dance education at NYU and an intense immersion in yoga she settled on pursuing her love of contortion, aerials and acrobatics. She auditioned for the ENC in Montreal on a whim and was accepted. After 4 months though, she decided she needed to be performing sooner than the 3 year program allowed.

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Emily Venizelos

Emily Venizelos

Emily Venizelos is a freelance Circus performer based in New York City. She was trained in Aerial and Contortion skills at the San Francisco Circus Center, and studied Classical and Modern Dance at various NYC studios. Emily partners with her

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Megan Cattau

Megan Cattau

Megan Cattau’s first love is the single-point dance trapeze, but she also enjoys the aerial silks, lyra, and invented apparatuses of all sorts (particularly if they are metal). She began her aerial dance career at Canopy Studio, training with Susan

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Matt Baker

Matt Baker

Matt Baker was already a seasoned veteran of concert dance and musical theater when he was first exposed to the circus arts. In 1999 he took over the role of “La Cible” (the Target) in Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam.

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Matthew Greenfield

Matthew Greenfield

Matthew Greenfield graduated from Penn State University with a Neuroscience Psychology degree in May 2010. He was on the varsity gymnastics team for all four years of his collegiate career. During that time he contributed his efforts to help the

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Summer Lacy

Summer Lacy

New York native Summer Lacy has worked as a professional circus aerialist since 2007. With her background in artistic gymnastics, aerial acrobatics and tribal fusion belly dance she’s performed across the country.

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Sonja Harpstead

Sonja Harpstead

Sonja has been in love with circus since she was a young child and joined when she was 17 when she took up flying trapeze at Circus Juventas. Since then, she has pursued circus in bits and pieces from Minnesota

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Susan Voyticky

Susan Voyticky

Always a physical performer, Susan Voyticky’s love of expression through movement started at an early age. After studying movement theater at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, Susan completed a degree in London at The Circus Space specializing in swinging cerceau.

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Jonathan Nosan

Jonathan Nosan

A professional contortionist for over 15 years, Jonathan Nosan has performed internationally with an extensive career in film, television, commercial, print and theater/Broadway.  He is partner in Acroback Productions, a Performance Design Firm.

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Michael Karas

Michael Karas

Michael Karas (Juggling/Equilibristics) has been juggling professionally for ten years and has performed with Cirque Voila, the Zany Umbrella Circus, and Playing by Air. Although mostly self-taught, Michael has also worked with Jay Gilligan (Cirkus Cirkor) and Jerome Thomas (Cirque Lili).

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Stuart Moulton

Stuart Moulton

Stuart Moulton (Director/Choreographer) is the Producing Artistic Director of Austin Cabaret Theatre. He has performed with and produced Broadway & cabaret stars Carol Channing, Eartha Kitt, Ann Hampton Callaway, Charo, Steve Ross, Sam Harris, Jason Graae, Michael Holland, Karen Mack,

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Arturo Padilla – Guest Instructor

Arturo Padilla – Guest Instructor

Arturo Padilla comes from four generations of elite trapeze artists and is considered to have been among the very best flying performers in the world. He toured with his own team, the Flying Condors, the Padilla International Circus (family owned), Circus Circus in Las Vegas, Tarzan Zerbini Circus and many others. For three consecutive years (2002-4) he was the only man in the US, Mexico and Europe, consistently performing the quadruple somersault.

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Willy Pages — Guest Instructor

Willy Pages — Guest Instructor

Willy Pages is a third-generation circus performer and spent the majority of his early career performing in acts with his brothers, Jorge and Felix, who also are acrobats. The trio’s performance won a gold medal at the Circus World Championships

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Gaston Elie – Guest Instructor

Gaston Elie – Guest Instructor

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Gaston comes from a six-generation circus family. By the age of nine, he was performing with that family as a trapeze artist.

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Barry Lubin — Guest Instructor

Barry Lubin — Guest Instructor

For a quarter of a century, Barry Lubin, better known as Grandma, his clown persona, was the iconic face of the Big Apple Circus. Barry was born in Atlantic City NJ and grew up in Ventnor. He was among a

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Jason Mejias — Guest Instructor

Jason Mejias — Guest Instructor

Jason began his career at the age of 8, when he joined a local Acrobatic Gymnastics team in his hometown of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. He trained and competed nationally and internationally for many years under the men’s pair and four

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Adam Woolley — Guest Instructor

Adam Woolley — Guest Instructor

Adam has trained extensively with Ex-Cirque Du Soleil aerialists Elsie and Serenity Smith as well as Master Lu Yi, Zina Agoustova, Norbel Mierminov, Oyuna Yadamjav and many others, learning from the Russian, Chinese and Mongolian schools.

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Maia Ramnath – Guest Instructor

Maia Ramnath – Guest Instructor

Maia Ramnath has performed with various aerial and modern dance choreographers including Pat Catterson, Rachel Cohen, Elise Knudsen, Jill Sigman/Thinkdance, the Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group, Kevin O’Connor, Lisa Natoli (Lisa’s Bright Ideas), Sarah Wollschlager (Surface to Air Dance). Cirque Boom, and Lunacy Aerial Productions. She is the co-founder/director of Constellation Moving Company, a project-based multidisciplinary performance group specializing in creations that combine elements of dance, aerial acrobatics, music, text and/or video art. Besides dance and aerial, her training also includes yoga and wing chun.

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Pacho — Guest Instructor

Pacho — Guest Instructor

Pacho has a rich background in both gymnastics and dance, on Broadway, in major dance companies and in feature films. He’s a co-founder of Antigravity Acroarts Inc. He’s danced with Phildanco, Donald Byrd’s Dance Company, Doug Elkins Dancers and worked under Alvin Alley, Mark Morris, Graziella Daniel and Patricia Birch.

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Lisa Natoli — Guest Instructor

Lisa Natoli — Guest Instructor

Lisa Natoli is a New York City-based aerial artist specializing in silks and rope. She attended the Alvin Ailey certificate program before receiving her degree in dance at the University of Iowa. As a dancer she has performed with Amy

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Scott Combs — Guest Instructor

Scott Combs — Guest Instructor

Scott Combs is co-founder/director of Constellation Moving Company, a NYC-based project-oriented performance group creating work that interweaves circus/dance with complex themes. He continues to collaborate, perform, or choreograph with other artists including Megan Cattau, Jan Manke, Lisa Natoli, and Rebecca Stronger…

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Paris – Guest Instructor

Paris – Guest Instructor

Given the nickname “The Hip-Hop Juggler” by Al Roker himself, Paris has been dazzling audiences with his brand of juggling for over a decade. He has appeared at the Big Apple Circus, The Today Show, Sesame Street, The White House, and the International Juggling Association’s Youth Showcase

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Rachel Walker – Guest Instructor

Rachel Walker – Guest Instructor

Warehouse guest instructor Rachel Walker was the original solo swinging trapeze artist in Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza, and has worked with Circus Discordia, the Dresden Dolls, Cirque Eloize and more.

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Jason Berrent – Guest Instructor

Jason Berrent – Guest Instructor

Jason Berrent is best known for his work with Cirque du Soleil. He created The Trickster for Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza having previously toured worldwide with Cirque’s production, AlegriA. As a decorated tumbler and former US National Team member, Jason

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Stéphan Choinière – Guest Instructor

Stéphan Choinière – Guest Instructor

Trained as an elite gymnast at Temple University, Stéphan Choinière started dancing in order to fuse more sophisticated choreography with acrobatics. For ten years as a principle performer with the acrobatic troupe, AntiGravity, he integrated dance, acrobatics and aerials for the company’s original shows.

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Milton Zamudio – Guest Instructor

Milton Zamudio – Guest Instructor

Milton Zamudio is a 5th generation circus performer. He first performed at the age of 10 with his father on the high wire. In July of 1984, Juan Vazquez hired him to join Ringling Brothers and start a second flying Vazquez troupe. In March of 1986 Milton caught the elusive 3 1/2 somersault to the legs…

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Matthew Abboud – Guest Instructor

Matthew Abboud – Guest Instructor

Before Matthew Abboud came to NYC, he performed as a dancer and circus artist in The City of Dreams Creation for Franco Dragone Entertainment Group in Macau, China. Matthew has also worked as a recreational therapist and coach for special needs children.

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Bruce Temple — Guest Instructor

Bruce Temple — Guest Instructor

Bruce Temple is a physical education teacher in the New York City public schools with over 35 years experience in teaching gymnastics. A graduate of Adelphi University where he competed as a diver he has coached high school gymnastics in New York City and on Long Island. Bruce is also an active men’s gymnastics judge officiating at scholastic, collegiate and international level competitions for over 38 years.

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Walfer Guerrero – Guest Instructor

Walfer Guerrero – Guest Instructor

Walfer Guerrero comes from 7 generations of circus performers. Known for speed and daring, Walfer is in the Guiness Book of Records for completing 1250 jumps on a 30-foot wire without a net. Also on record is a jump over four people on a 30-foot wire.

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Tony Steele – Guest Instructor

Tony Steele – Guest Instructor

Mr. Steele is regarded as the preeminent flying trapeze artist of his generation and one of the best in the world. Ever. While performing in Durango, Mexico in 1962 with Lee Stath catching, Tony became the first trapeze artist to complete 3 1/2 back somersaults to a legs catch.

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William da Silva – Guest Instructor

William da Silva – Guest Instructor

William da Silva is an international actor, playwright and circus artist living in New York City. Da Silva holds his BA from Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Brazil and his MFA from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, in California.

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