Growing up in Sarasota Florida Ash's love for circus began at an early age and evolved into a reality when she moved to San Luis Obispo, California in 2007. It started with circles, specifically hoops. First a big hula-hoop, then several little hoops, then aerial hoop, LED hoop, fire hoop, all the hoops! It was her love for performing with her hoops that either convinced or tricked her (depending on how you look at it) into quit her job and pursue her passion for circus arts full time. After that door was opened, Ash was able to follow her heart to her her one true love: contortion. Ash began training at Circus Center through Catie Brier's Contortion Intensive. It only took 2 summers for her to threw caution to the wind and officially to move to San Francisco. As part of the Circus Center community you can find her teaching contortion and flexibility, and working as the party and event coordinator. When not training contortion, hooping, or dancing you can find Ash, well... actually let's be honest, she's still probably somewhere dancing. Either dancing at a music festival, dancing on stage, or dancing at home with her doggy.
Nikolas Strubbe is a creator and performer of physical theatre and circus. His work straddles many disciplines, including mime, clown, storytelling, and an array of circus arts. Nikolas has been a circus performer since 2006, and teaches eccentric skills to people of all ages. He graduated from the Flying Actor Studio's Physical Theatre Conservatory in 2010 and has been performing nationally and internationally ever since. Nikolas is a co-founder of San Francisco's Main Street Theatre, an alternative venue dedicated to the creation and performance of new works of physical theatre. These days, he can be seen around the Bay Area performing storytelling and carny-satire as "The Incredible Feelzo: Man of Moderate Talent." www.nikolasstrubbe.com
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.
Kris Carrison brings nearly three decades of experience in gymnastics and circus/performance arts. Kris is an active, professional member of USA Gymnastics; Instructor Certified, Safety and Risk Management Certified, and USOC SafeSport Certified. He recently retired from 15 years with Cirque Du Soleil, where he invented acrobatic material, created solo acts and performed over 5,000 shows with Saltimbanco, Quidam and The Beatles, LOVE. Kris holds a degree in English Literature from Stanford University where he was a member of the '92 NCAA Gymnastics National Championship Team. He lives with his Labradoodle Sage in the Dolores Heights neighborhood of San Francisco.
Kris loves surfing, long distance backpacking, playing the piano and reading classics. Kris aims to provide quality coaching and guidance that empowers artists, gymnasts and circus performers to safely pursue their dreams and realize their greatest potential.