Jessica Flores

Jessica Flores is a former club gymnast, power tumbler, and cheerleader. She has been coaching and directing competitive and recreational gymnastics programs for over 18 years. She is also a certified Yoga Instructor (RYT-500) through Yoga Alliance.  Jessica began her circus performing career at the Triton Circus in Chicago, Illinois, as a Trampolinist, Spanish Web and Solo Trapeze Aerialist. Now specializing in Aerial Silks, Hammock, Chinese Pole, and learning Handstand Balancing, she has traveled the US, Canada, and Mexico as a freelance Performer, Instructor/Workshop Host, and Competition Judge. Through this experience, she has earned work as a Consultant and Talent Scout for several large scale production companies.

As the Owner of Aerial Revolution Entertainment in San Diego, California, Jessica has performed, produced, directed, and choreographed several cirque style productions of all scales at theaters, night clubs, corporate events, fundraisers, and for television/movie productions. She currently owns and operates the most successful Circus Studio in Southern California, offering 75 classes per week in several aerial disciplines, hand balancing, yoga, and dance. Jessica loves sharing the knowledge she has learned through her unique experiences as a teacher and performer. “I get lost in teaching. Helping others to become healthy both physically and also mentally free from self consciousness, judgement, or shyness makes me so happy! I feel so grateful to my teachers for the adventures I've had. The very best way that I can show gratitude is to share this with others.”

 

Jessica is the owner and founder of Aerial Revolution Entertainment and Aerial Revolution Studio (AR’s Circus Arts and Yoga Academy in San Diego).

 

Ivo Gueorguiev

Ivo Gueorguiev is a Bulgarian native and former Cirque de Soleil performer with over 30 years of performance experience. He has performed professionally in Aerial Silks, Hand Balancing, Aerial Rings, Aerial Straps, Russian swing, Russian bar, and High Wire. His experience includes originating the aerial Pas de Deux in Cirque de Soleil’s Dralion, as well as performing with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Ivo has created, produced, and directed several full length circus shows including a circus production of Romeo and Juliet and the nationally touring Cirque Wings. In addition to his performance career, Ivo has coached at Broadway Dance and the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center in New York City. He has trained a diverse range of performers, many of whom are currently performing with Cirque de Soleil, in Aerial Hoop, Silks, Hand Balancing Adagio, Aerial Straps, and Contortion.

Ivo teaches a Professional Development Program at Aerial Revolution that will offer students in the program his expertise constructing and choreographing a complete circus act that can be used for performance.

Cheetah Platt

CheetahCheetah Platt has toured extensively as both a performer and a teacher. His original show The Platt Brothers (created with his two brothers) was recently featured on America's Got Talent and currently tours the US.

Cheetah is constantly performing for production companies, events, and shows throughout the United States. His eclectic training includes acting, dancing, singing, acrobatics, aerial arts, comedy, clowning, fire-spinning, stunts, stilts, and theatrical improvisation.

Cheetah has never defined himself by any one discipline. He insists that he is not an actor or dancer, but a performer willing to explore every aspect of the art of performance.

Jackie Dragon

Jackie Dragon is a certified yoga teacher, Yogaslacker and AcroYoga teacher and has a passion for teaching acrobatics, slacklining, yoga, and the creative process behind all physical forms of movement and partner work.

Jack is also director of Liberty Advance, a 165 Acre retreat center in East San Diego County where he studies, trains, and hosts various yoga programs and detoxes. Aside from having a daily practice, Jack is interested in growing the sustainability of the community at Liberty Advance and uniting yoga teachers across San Diego as a means of transmission of these ancient and modern traditions.

Rachel Dragonfly

Rachel Dragonfly is a 500 hr RYT. She completed her first 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2011 with Murshida Rudi Kadre of the New Being School of Consciousness. She has since become a certified YogaSlackers, AcroYoga, and Yantra Yoga first level teacher. She began training with Bhava Ram and Laura Plumb of the Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts in 2012, learning the Deep Yoga style of teaching and is on the Deep Yoga Mastery of Life Teacher Training Faculty.

Alongside her Yoga trainings, Rachel received a degree as a Holistic Health Practitioner and CMT from the International Professional School of Bodywork in San Diego, California. Her specialty is Jin Shin Acutouch.

 

Rachel teaches a style of AcroYoga with her partner that blends the West Coast school of AcroYoga and the East Coast Montreal School of AcroYoga, incorporating elements of yoga, acrobatics, and creative process. Together they have developed a series of sequential forms that take the students from the fundamental postures of AcroYoga to improvisational Acrobatics.

Jennifer Curry Wingrove

 

Jennifer Curry Wingrove, renowned Ballerina of the California Ballet Company, owner and founder of Pilates On Park, and a STOTT Certified Pilates Instructor, feels blessed to have had a successful and fulfilling professional dancing career. Her diverse repertoire includes the leading roles in "Romeo & Juliet", "The Nutcracker", "Sleeping Beauty", "Giselle", "Dracula", "Cinderella", "Carmen", as well as many others.

Jennifer had the opportunity to study ballet in Russia under masters Vachtang Chabukiani and Natalia Zolotova, and completed a Certification of the highest grade at the Tbilisi Choreographic Institute. She has since then performed around the world, and has choreographed for companies and schools around the nation.

Jennifer has had the pleasure of teaching and coaching dancers for over 20 years, and is excited to be sharing her passion at Aerial Revolution. Jennifer is also a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, an actress, has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and is a budding Silk Aerialist!

 

Kiona Daelyn

Kiona Daelyn began dancing and flying in Tucson, AZ where she performed with Funhouse Movement Theatre, Flam Chen, and O-T-O Dance as a dancer and aerialist. In 2009 she earned her yoga certification under the direction of Sraddhasagar at 7 Centers Yoga Arts. In 2011 she graduated with a B.F.A in Dance Education from University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Since moving to San Diego Kiona has performed with choreographers such as John Diaz, Zaquia Mahler-Salinas, John Malashock, and Michael Mizerany. She is currently a dancer with Malashock Dance and performs with Aerial Revolution Entertainment, as well as teaching dance and yoga to children and adults throughout San Diego.

Kiona has been teaching and performing dance trapeze for more than 10 years. Her dance background is evident in her teaching style, emphasizing grace and fluidity in the transitional moments that transform a series of tricks into a performance!

 

Jesse De La Cruz

 

Jesse De La Cruz was enrolled in his first gymnastics class at the age of three and was competitive in the sport until he was a late teenager in high school. His whole life he loved going to circuses and was so fascinated with what happened under the big top that he always dreamed of running away with one some day. After leaving competitive gymnastics he decided to train in circus arts. Applying the upper body strength and body awareness of a gymnast he excelled in both aerial and acrobatic circus arts.

After working for several cirque style companies he sought for further training and moved up North to San Francisco where he attended Circus School at the Circus Center. While he was up there for a year he supplemented his workouts by also training gymnastics at UC Berkeley, and Platform and Springboard diving at Stanford University. After leaving San Francisco he moved even further North to Seattle, WA in an attempt to join an international competitive acrobatics gymnastics team as a flyer. After training for several months the program was not successful and folded.

Cold and homesick he moved back home to beautiful Southern California and began working at a small hand-full of theme parks. He’s currently employed at Disney’s California Adventure doing High Bar and Swing ding (swinging Chinese pole) in Disney’s Pixar Play Parade. Aerial Net, and Aerial Hoop are his favorite circus apparatuses.

 

Christie Lane

Christie Lane first began practicing yoga in 2006 at YogaWorks in Costa Mesa where she became inspired to enhance her western knowledge of health as a critical care nurse with the philosophies of yoga. After obtaining an additional 300 HR YogaWorks teacher training certification, Christie founded Guru Gita Yoga in effort to empower people with more holistic ways in which to maintain & improve their physical & emotional wellbeing. She guides her students in the discovery of their own inner guru, a constant source of light & peace.

Having attended numerous workshops & retreats with Tim Miller, David Swenson, Richard Freeman, Erika Burkhalter & Gerhard Gessner, Christie teaches Vinyasa Flow Yoga with a solid foundation in the tradition of Asthanga yoga.

Katie Burke

Katie Burke has always had a passion for helping people reach their highest potential. A degree in International Relations led her to travel and live in places such as China and Peru, and yoga kept reoccurring in her path as a calming common denominator. She received her 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certification and fell in love with the depths and endless layers yoga offers. She is also certified in Yoga Sculpt, Kids Yoga, Hot Fusion, and Yoga Pilates.

Standing by the mantra of "yoga is every moment. It's not just the postures, it's everything in between, on and off the mat"- she tries to carry all the characteristics and lessons she learns on the mat into the world- spreading yoga through every day simple interactions and smiles.

 

Tracy (T Mac) Gittens

Tracy (T Mac) Gittens started her yoga journey on a trip to Spain with her mother. She obtained her yoga certification in New York city with Yoga Works in Manhattan. From her studies in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin Recovery techniques.

Tracy now specializes in Aerial and Recovery Yoga. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and energy with her fellow yogis in San Diego CA.

 

Laura Dasi

Laura Dasi has been a performing artist for over 30 years. Her exploration of movement began as a young child with gymnastics and classical ballet, leading her to New York City at the age of 17. While there she trained and danced with The Joffery Ballet, Ballet Hispanico and numerous other freelance companies and choreographers.

Feeling satisfied in her professional career after 7 years, she took a hiatus from the stage and became a mother to a daughter, then a son. In 1998 she moved to Northern California where she started her practice of Vinyasa Yoga and eventually became a certified instructor. Upon returning to San Diego in 2002 she began teaching yoga full time. Wanting to reignite her love for dance, Laura began studying Samba and Belly Dance. She returned to the stage in 2007, appearing with Danyavaad and The Shimmy Sisters in their Middle Eastern themed theatrical shows. In January 2011 Laura ventured into aerial silks and felt an immediate, natural inclination with this new apparatus. Her skill level grew quickly and Laura now thrills audiences with her daring display of strength, agility, grace and passion while suspended high above the ground. Often described as “ballet in the air” Laura feels aerial arts is where she truly excels and has found the perfect form of expression.

Laura currently performs with Aerial Revolution Entertainment and Nomad Artz as an aerialist, dancer, contortionist and fire artist. She also offers group yoga classes and private instruction. For more information please visit www.dakiniyoga.com.

 

Armando Munoz

armandoArmando Munoz is currently a World Salsa Champion in the Professional-Amateur division and placed third in the team division at the World Latin Dance Cup 2010 competition. He is a very enthusiastic and passionate team player individual that loves gymnastics, challenges, achieving goals, and conquering dreams. He started his dancing career almost seven years ago with Alma Latina Performing Arts School, training mostly in Latin dances such as Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, and Chachacha.

Armando has also trained in the areas of Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, and Street Jazz. Several years ago he appeared in the productions of “The Lion King” and “The Wiz” taking the leading roles two years in a row with Joshua Benjamin Entertainment.

Armando was introduced to the Aerial Arts world in 2010, causing him to instantly fall in love with the discipline and dedications of this profession. Since then, Armando has been trained and mentored by the incredible performers Cheetah Platt and Jessica Flores in Aerial Arts. Armando specializes in Aerial Silks, Hoop-Lyra, Trapeze, and hand balancing. He believes that the difference between a successful person and others does not lie in strength or knowledge, but sheer will.

 

Sarah Cooper

sarahcooperSarah Cooper grew up performing with Fern Street Circus in San Diego, California. Her training helped her become an accomplished performer and coach and she now teaches for both Fern Street Circus and Aerial Revolution Entertainment. She specializes in Lyra and acrobatic balancing acts.

Sarah has performed throughout Southern California for clubs, events, parties, and theatrical shows. Her energy and fearlessness in the air make her performance style absolutely exhilarating to watch. Sarah is also in charge of Aerial Revolution's MeetUp.com profile - so say, "Hi" and come fly with us!

Jacqueline Witt

jaquieJacqueline Witt ran away and joined the circus at the spritely age of 8. A background in gymnastics, dance, and circus has kept this feisty performer moving, shaking, styling & smiling. She owes most of her training to her second family who taught her that anyone can create amazement & wonder if you put your mind to it!

Jacquie has taught many the art she loves through Camp Big Top, Circ Esteem, and Triton Trouper Circus. She has performed professionally with Circus Jenzac, Forms in Motion, Triton Trouper Circus, Aerial Revolution Entertainment, and Otherwise Entertainment. Her skills include: Spanish web, Cloud-swing, Static Trapeze, Agagio/Acrobalance, Rolling Globe, Stacking Chairs, Tight Wire, Perch Pole, and character work.

Jacqueline obtained her Zumba certifcation in September of 2009, following the recommendation of her favorite instructor. Zumba is a great way to combine dance and fitness in a fun, open environment, while maintaining all the high impact benefits. Come shake what your mama gave you with her! Jacqueline is also a skilled fashion/costume designer (BFA; Columbia College Chicago) and has created Jacomina Designs. Whether Jacquie is choreographing an act, sewing a costume, or polishing her "Jacquie Styles" she is happy to entertain you.

Elizabeth Sibert

Elizabeth Sibert fell in love with circus arts at age 11 when she was introduced to trapeze, and has been flying ever since. She has a gymnastics background, has trained and performed with several circus programs in the northeast (she hails from just outside Boston), and jokes that she does "nearly everything in the circus except clowning". Elizabeth has worked on aerial silks, single and duo trapeze, lyra, spanish web, partner acrobatics, tumbling, flying trapeze, juggling, prop manipulation, fire, unicycle, tight and slack wire, rolling globe, and numerous others. She is most comfortable with her feet OFF the ground.

Elizabeth has been coaching aerial arts, flying trapeze, juggling, balance, and acrobatics for youth and adults for the past 6 years, with Tito Gaona's Flying Fantasy Circus in Massachusetts as well as with Aerial Revolution, and loves working with people to help them overcome fears and achieve their goals. She moved to California 3 years ago for college (recently graduated with a B.S. in Biology), and is pursuing her PhD in Biological Oceanography. She sees circus as a great way to stretch her personal limits, collaborate with amazing people, and generally have a great time. Because really, who doesn't love hanging upside-down by their ankles?

Monica Bellner

monicaMonica Bellner's passion for yoga stemmed from her initial exposure to the practice while she was in the midst of a career in operatic performance.  Fueled by a need to control and lengthen her breath capacity to successfully negotiate difficult vocal lines amidst the unpredictability of live theater, yoga's deep traditions were a perfect and ample solution to a complex problem.

Monica earned her teaching certifications through CorePower Yoga, where she completed dual certification courses in Vinyasa and Hot sequences.  She later obtained additional teaching certifications through courses in Unnata Aerial Yoga, and has completed more advanced training to sequence and teach advanced Vinyasa yoga, Yin-Yoga (restorative) techniques, meditation as well as in-depth anatomy instruction.

Monica communicates to her students how to use the practices within classical yoga to enrich every aspect of modern living.  She seeks to help students develop habits supporting objective observation of events and offer ways to experiment with opening the boundaries of current restrictions, thereby finding new paths to experience and enjoy each moment fully.

Valentina Unity

Valentina UnityValentina (Unity) is a second generation belly dancer who was raised in the underground Los Angeles art scene by her mother, Leela, a successful theatrical belly dance icon. She now emerges as a performer and instructor in the arts of belly dance, hoop dance, fire and burlesque. Her ability to seamlessly combine these dance forms gives her a unique and provocative vision unlike any other.

Valentina's Hoop Burlesque act was featured on Showtime's Live Nude Comedy in August 2009. Valentina is the leader of The Hoop Unit, a fusion performance group that debuted in June 2009.

Wayne Labat

Wayne Labat discovered that anyone could run away and join the circus when he found Trapeze High in Econdido. It was love at first flight, and he was addicted. He met Jessica Flores of AR through flying trapeze and began training with Aerial Revolution and learning fabric and static trapeze. As his job requirements have moved him around, Wayne has trained with various instructors all over the country and is a regular at the annual Aerial Dance Festival. While focusing mainly on fabric and partner aerial, he loves learning new skills, sharing them with others, exploring all areas of physical expression and movement.

Wayne believes that learning aerial skills allows us to transcend gravity and, more importantly, our own personal boundaries and perceived limitations. In his classes at Studio Revolution Wayne enjoys allowing people the opportunity to challenge themselves, learn new skills and move beyond what they think they are capable of in a safe and supportive environment.