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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.
  • 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.

  • 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

    Bio coming soon
  • 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

    Andrea is a healthcare nerd; her muggle job involves working as an analyst for surgical services at the regional leadership level of a healthcare system. She started out studying Athletic Training at Northeastern University and then pursued a master’s in special education at Boston University, while coordinating health care as a member of the Sports Medicine team. After graduate studies, Andrea was the Head Athletic Trainer at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center working with high school level up to Olympic level athletes. At the Lakeshore Foundation, a designated Paralympic and Olympic training site, she developed her specialization in working with athletes with disabilities and special populations. After completing a sports medicine rotation at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, she was designated a member of the USOC Sports Medicine Society. She provided athletic training services for USA Paralympic teams such as Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair basketball, and Wheelchair Rugby.

    Andrea pursued Kinstretch to prepare and restore her body for aerial arts and dance. This system has been so beneficial to her that she desired to obtain teaching certifications to be able to help others achieve their mobility goals and improve quality of movement. For more information on the Kinstretch philosophy and how Andrea incorporates it in her own training, visit her Facebook page @cultivate.movement
  • Anna Guastella

    Anna Guastella was trained in classical ballet from a young age, but she has since taken her dancing to the air. She has been training on aerial silks and other apparatus since 2012, and she has performed on aerial silks, ropes, sling, trapeze, and lyra. She completed the Foundations of Aerial Arts Teacher Training course at NECCA in 2017, and she has since been teaching Aerial Dance classes BU. In 2018, she was a part of the first aerial dance performance to take place at The Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA. She graduated from Boston University in 2010 and 2012 and spends her days as a High School English Teacher.
  • Brie Minarik

    Brie found her love of circus arts learning fire spinning in the mountains of Ecuador 8 years ago. She spins poi, fire snakes and mini meteors and always has her LED poi in her purse for when fire is not appropriate. She dreamed of flying in the air and 5 years ago Brie began learning aerial arts. She practices silks, lyra and contortion and occasionally dabbles on other apparatuses. She has a constant desire to learn more, conquer a challenge and play a little longer.

    In Brie’s day job she is lucky to live her dream, working as Training and Development Manager at a company that helps the Earth and the Massachusetts community. Prior to training at an energy efficiency company she taught English in Turkey, tutored math in Boston, worked with middle schoolers and high schoolers on debate techniques for Model UN and Arab League, and taught reading and arithmetic to children in Colombia. In early 2019 she completed the Nimble Arts Teacher Training program for teaching aerial arts. She is excited to combine her passion for teaching and helping others with her passion for flying.
  • Caitlin Quinn

    Bio coming soon
  • Christina Cason

    Chris' interest in circus started at an early age when she taught herself to unicycle in grade school. That way, if her parents told to clean her room or she'd be grounded, she could counter their threats by saying she would run away and join the circus.

    Some years later, Chris started training in equestrian vaulting (acrobatic dance on horseback) and rodeo trick riding down in Texas. It was when she was attended an equestrian circus show, Cavalia, that she was introduced to aerial arts, and fell in love.

    Chris began her aerial training in Dallas, TX in 2013, while finishing her undergraduate degree in Chemistry. She has since moved to New England in 2016 where she continues to train aerials in the Boston area. Chris has completed NECCA's Teacher Training Program in 2019 and her main areas of focus are lyra and trapeze, but has seen from time to time on silks and stilts.


  • Kylie McNamara

    Bio coming soon
  • Meredith Watts

    Bio coming soon