Here are amazing instructors offering classes at the Madison Circus Space!
Josh teaches juggling, tightrope, and various other activities at MCS. He is also a show producer, and he loves to work with performers on act development and presentation. Josh regularly produces MCS’s quarterly MishMash variety show as well as the annual Mad Circus Gala. When not hanging around at MCS, Josh works as a professional comedy juggler and travels all around the country to perform.
Mackenzie teaches aerial silks at MCS and came to circus through dance. She started traditional ballet and tap in preschool and broadened throughout the years into tumbling, musical theatre, and clowning. After studying dance at Macalester College and Iowa State University, she moved to Madison and started trapeze with Wild Rumpus Circus. Quickly expanding her skills into silks, lyra, pole, and custom-created apparatuses, Mackenzie began choreographing pieces, producing shows, and assistant teaching with Wild Rumpus Circus. Focusing on technique over tricks, she strives to give each student a supportive, encouraging environment to shine.
Luke has performed and taught circus arts all around the world, including juggling, ball spinning, German wheel, and Cyr wheel. He is a certified wheel coach through the USA Wheel Gymnastics Federation. Luke regularly teaches German wheel and Cyr wheel at the MCS, and he will also be happy to share complex club juggling patterns.
Hildy teaches low-flying dance trapeze at MCS and has been studying and performing aerial dance/low-flying trapeze for over 15 years. She augments her aerial practice with classes in yoga, aerial yoga, contact improvisation, and modern dance technique. If you have ever seen a Cycropia Aerial Dance or Madison Circus Space show and decide that you “want to join the circus,” Hildy’s small group classes and private lessons tailored to first-time flyers and mature adults are the way to go. (She started her more formal movement education in her 40s!) Her teachings include strength and conditioning exercises and the basics of low-flying trapeze in a fun and safe environment. For more information about her classes and private lessons, please email Hildy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danielle teaches hoop dance at MCS. She began hooping in 2004 and has been enraptured with hoops and hoop dance ever since. Danielle loves giving people “the tools”: the confidence and the resources to discover the joy of hoop dance for themselves. She is a Licensed Level 1 HoopGirl Workout Teacher and regularly teaches and holds hoop jams at MCS. Her charisma and positivity help to not only bring out the hoop dancer in each and every person, but have been the keystone for today’s thriving Madison hooping community, which was voted Community of the Year in by Hooping.org in 2014.
Marcia Miquelon and Jacob Mills
Mars and Jacob are the dream team behind the Wild Rumpus Circus, Madison’s only youth circus. Since 2002, they have offered circus/theater-based experiences to kids through adults via their Wild Rumpus Circus camps, performances, classes, and workshops. Mars and Jacob use the traditional arts of the circus, including juggling, tight-wire walking, clowning, aerial arts, and acrobatics to teach kids and adults about overcoming challenges and connecting with others in a way that is safe, non-competitive, and fun. Together, they have toured to the Middle East, Europe, and numerous U.S. locations to make their unique brand of hands-on circus accessible to multilingual audiences by speaking the international language of laughter.
Karen teaches cloud swing at MCS. She took classes in trapeze, silk, lyra and cloud swing in 2010 at her home circus in Bellingham, WA before finally settling into cloud swing as her specialty in 2012. She was a regular member and performer at the Bellingham Circus Guild from 2012-2013. Since moving to Madison, Karen has been a regular performer on cloud swing and silks at MCS and can’t wait to give her students that “wind in your hair” experience that comes with swinging. Her background as a physical therapist informs her ability to work through places where students get stuck, with special attention on preventing injury and helping protect students who may have chronic injuries.
Sandra Newbury loves to dance in the air and on stilts, and sometimes in the air on stilts. She performs on many different apparatuses and has been teaching Aerial Dance to teens and adults for over 6 years. She joined the circus years ago, training with Mazo Movement Arts Center / Wild Rumpus Circus, Cycropia Aerial Dance, and the Mad City Flyers in Madison. She is passionate about safely bringing the expressive freedom of aerial dance and circus arts to all. She has teacher training in Rope, Aerial Fabrics, Aerial Sling, and Trapeze through Paper Doll Militia, Born to Fly, and the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA). Sandra loves to introduce new people to the fun of flying. Sandra is available for private lessons and is currently offering classes in Rope, Trapeze, and Aerial Fabric.
Stephanie teaches aerial silks and sling. Stephanie has been aerial dancing since 2008, beginning with Wild Rumpus Circus and Cycropia Aerial Dance. Stephanie expanded from trapeze into silks, rings, flying pole, rope, and sling. Beyond a love of flying, Stephanie found that circus offers a warm, supportive community that lifts up all its members. With day-jobs in arts administration and public health, Stephanie is also very concerned with building community relationships, so that no one with a love of death-defying feats ever has to be turned away. Stephanie has trained with Nimble Arts Teacher Training program and Born to Fly and is completing a teaching certificate. Find out more at Swing State Aerial.
Carly teaches German wheel and static trapeze. She is a four-time U.S. Open Women’s All-Around Champion in wheel gymnastics and a certified coach through the USA Wheel Gymnastics Federation. She has performed both solo and duo wheel acts at events and venues such as the Wheel Gymnastics World Championships, the Barrymore Theatre, Overture Center’s Capitol Theater, Madison’s Orpheum Theater, and Chicago’s Daley Plaza. Coming to static trapeze from a background in flying trapeze and wheel, Carly loves practicing and teaching dynamic movements like beats, circles, rolls, and drops.
Luv Joy Seamon
Luv has been dancing for as long as she can remember. She is a force of nature who teaches multiple aerial arts at MCS, including aerial pole, aerial yoga, and silks. Luv brings training in such diverse areas as modern dance, diving, circus arts, Pilates, and contact improvisation to her aerial performance, teaching, and choreography. In addition to her work as a collective member at Cycropia Aerial Dance, Luv has been a member of LAVA Dance Collective, an improvisational dance company that currently tours the U.S., since 2001. Luv has a MA in dance/movement therapy. When not flying, she can be found at one of her many jobs, instilling the healing power of movement expression to children and adults.
Brenda teaches Aerial Hoop (Lyra) at the Madison Circus Space. After beginning to teach yoga and aerial yoga in 2014, she became intrigued with the aerial arts, and now it’s hard to keep her feet on the ground. While Lyra is her primary apparatus, she loves flying on trapeze, sling, silks, and rope. Brenda is a full-time movement instructor with extensive yoga training, Unnata aerial yoga and advanced aerial yoga training, and aerial hoop teacher training through Born to Fly. She loves to share her passion and help students on their journey to build strength, grace, flexibility, and confidence. Email her at email@example.com for info on private and small group classes.
Sophie teaches hoop dance at MCS and loves working with children as well as adults.
Rob is the original founder of Madison’s first German Wheel Club and happily shares his wheel knowledge and experience with anyone interested. Rob is especially great with kids! Coming to circus arts from skateboarding, Rob has a keen sense of movement and balance. He has experience with trapeze, rola-bola, stiltwalking, tightrope, pogo stick, and a variety of other amazing arts. When not hanging out at the MCS, Rob rolls around in parades in a 10-foot, 300-pound cable wheel as Melvin the Wacky Wheeler.