Kyran Walton

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Kyran Walton

Kyran Walton Coach Intermediate & Advanced Camp Kyran was raised in St. Louis, Missouri and has been a very energetic child since he could walk. He played a few sports before the age 8 but none of them were engaging enough for him. Circus Harmony performed at his school around the time that he was 8 and he immediately begged his mom to sign him up for classes. Since then Kyran has been in the circus for 12 years now along with dancing for 6 of those years. Around age 11, Kyran was made a member of the circus Harmony’s…

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Nick Ng

Nick Ng Aerial Coach Session: Intermediate/Advanced Camp Nick is a pirate captain, space tiger, and aerialist that prides himself on gravity-defying technique that some would call “falling with style”. He loves balancing dynamic sequences with still moments, combining awe-inspiring movement with physical storytelling. Starting his career in Austin, TX, Nick has won awards and hearts while traveling across the U.S. in the before times. He has spent years working with internationally renowned instructors and performers, Dolly Parton, Acrobatic Conundrum, Cirque du Soleil artists and choreographers, and now brings his experience to Circus Smirkus Camp! As a mover and teacher, Nick specializes in beats and momentum,…

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Justin Durham

Justin Durham Acro Coach Sessions: All Around Circus Camp, both sessions Justin Durham began circus when he was three years old in Chicago where he currently resides. After graduating the National Centre for Circus Arts studying handbalancing and hand to hand, Justin has traveled with a variety of different companies from Midnight Circus and the Cirque Us in the United States to Circus Aotearoa in New Zealand and Aida Cruises in the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean. Justin has kept up his handbalance training in the pandemic and has also delved into making free little libraries and raised garden beds supporting the community around him.

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Joel Baker

Joel Baker Clown Coach All Levels Circus Camp, Sessions 1 & 2 Joel Baker is a professional performer, circus arts coach, and director, with over two decades of industry experience. After graduating from San Francisco’s Circus Center and their Clown Conservatory program in 2002, Joel launched his career as an acrobatic clown by joining the legendary San Francisco New Pickle Circus. Joel went on to perform in shows across the globe including LOFT by The 7 Fingers and the award-winning Cirque du Soleil production, The Beatles LOVE, the latter with an additional role as Artistic Coach. Joel’s passion and enthusiasm…

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Saffi Watson

Saffi Watson Acro Coach Session: Intermediate & Advanced Camp Saffi was raised in a family of artists and performers. They grew up in Seattle Washington, training in rhythmic gymnastics and performing in youth circus with the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts. Currently, she is studying at the National Circus School in Montreal, specializing in contortion-handstand and cerceau. Saffi loves circus because it allows him to further connect with himself, as well as with other people!    

Jenna Lamb

Jenna Lamb Aerial Coach All Sessions Jenna ran away with Circus Smirkus Advanced Camp in 2001 and nothing has ever been the same. For many years she performed a solo variety show called “Jenna’s Crazy Rockin’ Circus Show” at children’s hospitals and nursing homes near Delaware where she grew up.  Eventually, settling in Palm Springs, California Jenna created and directed a performance troupe by the name of Flowbox. Jenna has explored every circus act she could including juggling, stilt walking, clowning, fire dancing, hoop dance. Her absolute favorites are rolling globe and Aerials. When she’s not having a ball or hanging up-side-down, she loves to sew…

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Jason Span

Jason Span Acro Coach All Around Circus Camp, Sessions 1 & 2 Jason Span is a former gymnast of eleven years and a former US Navy Hospital Corpsman based out of Jacksonville, Florida. He was honorably discharged from active duty in the United States Navy after serving for ten years to pursue his dream of becoming an aerial artist. Jason quickly developed his artistry on aerial silks in June 2015 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He relocated back to his home town in Jacksonville, Florida on October 2015 when he joined Bittersweet Studios. Always seeking to improve his skills, Jason began to…

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Pher Gleason

Pher Gleason Juggling Coach All Sessions Pher Gleason is a juggler and filmmaker based in New York City. As a juggler she has worked with Circus Smirkus Camp, Cirque Us, and Brooklyn’s The Muse, specializing in balancing her technical knowledge with experimental style and decisive panache. She is the only openly transgender, world-record-holding juggler. In 2021 she directed the circus film Dead + Alive featuring Richard Saudek and Dana Dailey.      

EWSD, Circus Smirkus Team Up to Offer Remote Learning

Editor’s note: This story first appeared on WCAX News of South Burlington, VT on December 19, 2020 and was written by Elissa Borden. ESSEX, Vt. (WCAX) – Essex Westford School District and Circus Smirkus are putting the “fun” in fundamental learning. The two entities are teaming up to bring kids social and emotional learning skills over Zoom. In-school circus classes are nothing new to Circus Smirkus. In fact, they’ve been doing residencies for over 20 years. What is new is providing that curriculum over Zoom, and EWSD is the first school district to pilot it. While many districts have nailed down how…

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