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  • Trevor Kafka

    Trevor Kafka began his circus arts training at age 13 after Cirque du Soleil's shows Alegría and Quidam ignited his interest in circus arts. He received his first introduction to aerial arts at Circus Smirkus summer camp in Vermont and continued his training in the years to come with various coaches and circus schools in New York City. In May 2011, Trevor graduated from the Professional Track program at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro, VT where he held focuses in single-point trapeze and floor acrobatics under the instruction of former performers of Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Éloize. During this time he also completed teacher training programs in various aerial arts disciplines. He is extremely grateful for all of the wonderful opportunities in circus arts that he has been able to be a part of thus far, and is overjoyed to be actively contributing to the further development of circus arts in the northeast through both instruction and performance. Trevor is also a former teacher of physics at Wellesley High School and holds degrees in physics and math, as well as devoted a significant portion of his undergraduate studies to Mandarin Chinese and Secondary education.

    Trevor has a passion for teaching and sharing his interests with others. He has been teaching circus arts in the Boston-area since 2012 and currently owns and operates Gravity Alternative Movement LLC. Trevor is equipped with a diverse aerial teaching background, including Circus Smirkus Summer Camp, Esh Circus Arts, Aircraft Aerial Arts, Boston University, World Cup Gymnastics, STREB Lab for Action Mechanics, American Youth Circus Organization, and Long Lake Camp for the Arts.

    Trevor has had the honor of performing his aerial and ground routines at numerous incredible venues, such as Madison Square Garden, Club OBERON, Cyclorama, TEDxSomerville, The Revere Hotel, Museum of Fine Arts, Brandeis University, Bard College, STREB Lab for Action Mechanics, Galapagos Arts Space, and Coney Island. Trevor currently holds performance insurance through Specialty Insurance Agency/Performers of the US and is a member of the Boston Circus Guild.
  • Marci Diamond

    Marci Diamond, the co-founder of Diamond Family Circus (along with her daughter, Marisa Diamond), was a competitive gymnast and studied theater, dance, education and injury prevention, while pursuing a BA from Brandeis and MPA from Suffolk University. Her training includes circus skills, performance, and teacher training at the New England Center for Circus Arts, the San Francisco Circus Center, and Circus Arts Institute (Circus Arts Therapy Training), with alumni of Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, Ringling, and Big Apple, as well as additional training in physical theater and acting for film. A proud member of both the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity, Marci has performed in films, national commercials, theaters, tented circuses, fairs, galas, clubs, and was half of the duo trapeze act voted finalist in the USA Today/NCL Epic Star contest. She has taught flexibility/contortion, acrobatics, aerials and performance skills for all ages and abilities, and provided consultation and workshops for many performing arts, youth, and violence prevention organizations, from Alaska to New Zealand, including the American Youth Circus Organization/American Circus Educators (currently serving on their Social Circus and Health & Wellness Committees) , National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Circus Smirkus (VT), MassHousing, Payomet Center for the Arts, The Dust Palace (NZ), Dance Innovations (NH), MA Rural Sexual & Domestic Violence Project, and Boston University, among others.
  • Paul Jackson

    Growing up, Paul's father often told him he should run away and join the circus for a year and eventually he realized that it actually was a feasible goal! He started out his circus path in high-school juggling with friends and trying to see how high they could build their towers of people and has since only had his love of circus grow. He is also an acrobat and an aerialist focusing on trapeze and aerial hoop. His training started with dance pole, and continued as he trained aerials at Esh Circus Arts and occasionally at NECCA. Paul began his coaching career at Boston university as an instructor in their aerial dance program and has since then, worked with Vegetable Circus, and various studios in the Boston area before coming to Gravity. He can often be found performing all around the Boston area including at Oberon, and with the Boston Circus guild.
  • Julie McNeely

    Julie McNeely found circus in 2012 after being inspired by seeing static trapeze for the first time in the film Wings of Desire and has been a devotee of bar apparatuses ever since. She began her training in Boston while working as an academic librarian, and in 2015, she moved to Vermont to train at the New England Center for Circus Arts, where she graduated from the ProTrack program in 2017. Julie’s main areas of focus are static trapeze and lyra, but she has also been known to enjoy some aerial fabric and corde lisse from time to time.
  • Elizabeth Sibert

    Elizabeth Sibert grew up doing competitive gymnastics and was bitten by the circus bug when she was introduced to flying trapeze and partner trapeze at age 11. Her feet haven’t hit the ground since. She has trained with Circus Smirkus, Tito Gaona’s Flying Fantasy Circus, Colorado Academy, the New England Center for Circus Arts (formerly Nimble Arts), and Aerial Revolution. Elizabeth has trained, performed, and taught on aerial silks, single and duo trapeze, lyra, spanish web, rope, hammock, net, partner acrobatics, tumbling, flying trapeze, juggling, prop manipulation, fire, unicycle, stilting, tight and slack wire, rolling globe, and numerous other circus acts – she absolutely loves trying new things, and has even worked on unique pieces of equipment. She is most comfortable with her feet OFF the ground. In addition to circus arts, Elizabeth holds a PhD in oceanography, and is a full-time research scientist, working at the intersection of paleontology, marine biology, and climate change.

    Elizabeth has been coaching aerial arts, flying trapeze, juggling, balance, and acrobatics for youth and adults for over 10 years. She began coaching with Tito Gaona's Flying Fantasy Circus summer camp and flying trapeze academy in the Boston Area, and moved to California in 2008 for college. In San Diego, Elizabeth taught and performed a variety of aerial disciplines for Aerial Revolution, and helped to found, develop, and run an aerial silks program at UC San Diego while she was a PhD student. In addition, Elizabeth has been a guest workshop instructor around the country. Elizabeth loves working with people to help them overcome fears, achieve their goals, and share the magic of circus.

  • Lauren Davidson

    Lauren got her start in gymnastics at age 5 when she got her first trampoline, and the sport has been a part of her life ever since. She trained competitively in gymnastics through high school and began coaching at her home gym at age 16. She’s also a rated gymnastics official and has judged Junior Olympic and NCAA women’s gymnastics for 12 years. Three years ago, Lauren discovered aerial arts, and she takes classes in trapeze, lyra, and rope. She’s convinced that she wouldn’t have survived graduate school without circus, but she’ll be completing her Ph.D. in philosophy in 2018. When she’s not upside-down, Lauren works at a university teaching center training teachers and developing innovative pedagogical approaches.

  • Michelle Lewis

    Michelle is a movement enthusiast and has been experimenting with various forms of dance and sports since childhood. Seeking to gain a greater understanding for health and wellness, she studied Athletic Training at Northeastern University and graduated with a minor in Spanish. She continued on to a masters program at Boston University, where she studied human physiology and applied her skills while coordinating health care as a member of the Sports Medicine team. After graduate studies, Michelle decided to focus on manual therapy and attended the Cortiva Institute for Massage Therapy in Watertown. She obtained her license and opened her own private practice, bodywork+ in 2014. Her mission is to empower through education, and she believes that every body is deserving of quality self care.

    Michelle is excited to join Gravity Alternative Movement and offer Kinstretch classes to aerialists, circus artists, and anyone one else seeking to improve flexibility, control, and musculoskeletal health. Kinstretch is a movement enhancement system designed by Dr. Andreo Spina that utilizes range of motion, positional isometrics, and eccentric strengthening. Each individual student is encouraged to develop a personalized practice that promotes increased self awareness and provides a framework for resolving movement restrictions and discomfort. For more information on the Kinstretch philosophy and how Michelle utilizes it in her practice, visit www.bodyworkplus.net/kinstretch.

  • Elise Titus

    Elise Titus | CFSC, FMS I, FRCms

    Elise is a certified functional strength coach, FRC certified mobility specialist, TRX qualified trainer, Xpert certified pole instructor, and aerial instructor. She also holds an M.S. in International Political Economy and has spent several decades in the insurance industry specializing in executive liability and medical malpractice.

    For more information on functional strength and mobility coaching visit her website.

  • Joel Herzfeld

    Joel is a handbalancer and cyr artist based in Boston. He performed most recently with the national tour of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show 'Pippin,' with circus by Gypsy Snider of Les 7 Doigts De La Main. Prior to this, he performed with AIDA Cruises, where he was selected to perform on the maiden voyage of their new flagship. Some of Joel's corporate clients include Facebook, Hendrick's Gin and Acura.

    Joel trained circus for two years at the New England Center for Circus Arts' professional training programs, where he specialized in handbalancing, cyr wheel and partnering. Before running off to join the circus, Joel studied Education at Brandeis University, earning his teacher's license.

    Joel loves teaching circus and is always happy to meet new students.

  • Suzanne Rappaport

    Suzanne Rappaport left her corporate job in New York City to pursue adventure and spent the next three years in the Caribbean on the flying trapeze in the summers and skiing & snowboarding in Colorado in the winters. Eventually she found her way to Vermont to do more circus work for the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) and Circus Smirkus. While working at NECCA, Suzanne started to teaching children with disabilities and realized that pursuing a degree in occupational therapy gave her the skills to keep doing this work. In addition to teaching recreational classes, she continues her circus work with various disabilities and earned her doctorate researching circus as a therapeutic tool for cancer survivors. In her recreational teaching, Suzanne considers herself a generalist—teaching trapeze, fabric, sling, lyra, juggling, mini-trampoline, partner acro, and tight wire.
  • Marisa Diamond

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  • Sara Kunz

    I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, doing sports and martial arts throughout adolescence and eventually studying Fine Arts at the University of Oregon with a focus on abstract oil painting.

    One day, a friend I'll never forget gave me a hula hoop, and within a few weeks, I was addicted! I finished my degree as quickly as possible, and worked 30 hours a week to get my uncoordinated and far-from-gymnastic body to circus school in China.

    By 2012 I was studying my passions of contortion and hula hoops at Beijing International Arts School. Sadly I broke my back, but did that stop me? Of course not!

    After a brief hiatus and countless hours of Physical Therapy, I hit the ground running by winning the 2013 Hoopurbia scholarship in Prague for Contemporary dance, yoga, and hula hooping. It was on that trip I left my normal life behind and became a full-time performer.

    Based in Berlin since 2013, I happily began performing in German variety shows and touring the European street festival circuit. In 2015 my dream show, 'The Flyin Hawaiian' became reality, and I've shared pineapple helmets, coconut-tree climbing, and the aloha spirit around the world ever since.

    Today I live in Boston, USA between tours and have the privilege of working among some of the best performers in the world as part of the Faneuil Hall Street Performers program. I love teaching contortion locally and am an active member of the Boston Circus Guild.
  • Rachel Barringer

    Rachel Barringer is an aerialist and contortionist who performs around New England with the Boston Circus Guild, Nimble Arts, and Seaside Circus. She is a graduate of the Professional Preparatory Program at Esh Circus Arts and currently coaches circus in the greater Boston area. When she is not in the air or bending about, she can be found playing cello, teaching yoga, or hanging out with her two chihuahuas and cat named Lisa.

    Photo by Jonathan Beckley

  • Kelly Redmond

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  • Alissa Feller

    Alissa grew up in leotards and spent her childhood hand balancing on logs and anything she could find. She was the regional balance beam champion at her high school. She went on to get her BFA in painting at the University of New Hampshire where she also began rock climbing and hiking the White Mountains. With a strong desire to collaborate artistically and return to a physical practice she found herself at the New England Center for Circus Arts where she fell in love with aerials, theatrical expression, and the circus community. In 2011, Alissa graduated from the Professional training program with a focus on Trapeze and Handbalance. Since then she has been performing in street shows, festivals, theaters, and teaching across the globe. In addition to circus arts, Alissa has experience in modern dance, Ashtanga yoga, and capoiera. Alissa moved to Boston in 2018 after living in Konstanz, Germany for 3.5 years. She is excited to join the exuberant circus community here in Boston. When Alissa is not teaching or preforming she is hiding in the woods or being a mama to her baby boy!

  • Andrea Kushman

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  • Anna Guastella

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  • Caitlin Quinn

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  • Chase Brennan

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  • Christina Cason

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  • Kylie McNamara

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