Born in Murom, Russia, Elena Panova is a graduate of Moscow's Circus and Variety College, where she specialized as an aerialist. Under the guidance of the famous training tandem of Tereza Durova and Viktor Fomin, she created a groundbreaking swinging trapeze act that redefined swinging trapeze as it is performed today all over the world. Elena won a gold medal and the Ministry of Culture award at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris in 1987, and the gold medal at the 1988 All-Union Circus Artists Competition of the USSR. For over twenty years, she has performed in major circuses and variety and theater shows on four continents, including the Moscow Circus, Circus Knie, the Cirque d'Hiver-Bouglione in Paris, Circus Carré in Amsterdam, the Victorian Arts Center in Melbourne, and the Big Apple Circus. She has also been a judge several times at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris. Elena moved to the United States in 1991. She started teaching at Circus Center in 2004.
Sylphie began her training as a performer at Circus Center when she was 10. After spending a few years gaining a basic knowledge of all disciplines, she specialized in aerial hoop and contortion in Elena Panova's Professional Aerial Program. Since she finished her training, she has been performing internationally as well as locally, and teaches both aerial and ground classes.
Classes focus on building upper body strength, developing flexibility, and basic static figures.
Prerequisite: Instructor Approval
Recommended complementary classes: Aerial Conditioning, Stretching, Physical Limitation Elimination, Contortion.