Cast

allison mcdermott lyra special relativityAllison McDermott

Allison was first introduced to circus at The Children’s Circus of Middletown in CT.She began teaching circus at camps and schools throughout CT and soon she discovered her love of aerial arts at the New England Center for Circus Arts.
In 2011-2012, Allison performed in ArtFarm’s Circus for a Fragile Planet: Submerged as well as performing in Soviet Bloc Party’s Missed Connections in 2012.
Allison completed the New England Center for Circus Arts Professional Track Program in 2013 where she performed in The Flying Nut and Gathered Safely In, as well as Trapeze Teacher Training with Nimble Arts.
She is looking forward to sharing her brand of fun, pop circus with the world! Find more about Allison as a performer and teacher on her website.

 

 

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Nick Cegelka 

Nick has been involved in circus arts of one kind or another for over a decade. He started riding unicycles as a way to cross train for freestyle skiing in high school, but was soon addicted to riding on one wheel just for the fun of it. Since then he has taken up juggling (and other object manipulation), partner acrobatics, trapeze, and Chinese pole as major areas of interest.  In addition to those traditional circus arts, Nick is an accomplished fire and sideshow performer with a wide variety of skills.

His past performance highlights include juggling alongside Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, repeating (on location) a suspended straight jacket escape first performed by Harry Houdini, entertaining audiences between sets at the World/Inferno Friendship Society’s annual Halloween shows, and performing in the full length show “Missed Connections.” In addition to performances, Nick was a teacher and fire safety organizer at Wildfire, and teaches at Air Temple Arts.

 

stacey kigner rope special relativityStacey Kigner

After spending the first eighteen years of her life growing up on the edge of nowhere inMinnesota, Stacey packed her bags and headed east to attend Vassar College, where she majored in English.

She has performed up and down the east coast in countless performances ranging from street fairs, charity performances, weddings, large scale fire shows, elaborate indoor shows and music videos. Most recently she produced and directed  Missed Connections, a full length circus show in New Haven.

She completed her Fabric Teacher Training in 2012 at NECCA with Elsie Smith, and is the owner of Air Temple Arts.

 

DSC_0485Lauren Seuch

In Lauren’s search for a unique form of fitness, she stumbled upon Air Temple and was immediately drawn into the circus world. A natural born aerialist and an extremely fast learner, Lauren felt that she found her true passion and has been at the studio training three to four times per week since she began in early 2013.  She has also taken to juggling and duo lyra, and loves to take every opportunity to improve and learn a new type of circus art.
Attending the University of Connecticut majoring in marine sciences, Lauren’s passion and love for aerials still manages to get her to the studio multiple times a week to train. Looking forward to learning how to teach aerials, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to be a teacher alongside her inspiration and owner of Air Temple, Stacey Kigner.

 

 

elaine poblocki aerial silks special relativityElaine Poblocki 

Since two-years old Elaine has been trying to find out exactly how far she could push her body.  The first outlet she found for all of her energy was a gymnastics gym.  As a high schooler she began teaching “Mommy and Me” and Tots gymnastics and continued to coach lessons and pre-team through college.

Once she had exhausted the gymnastics outlets available to her, she dabbled in pole dance, swing dancing, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but nothing really stuck until she got a fateful phone call from a friend. The phone call began with her friend stating very matter-of-factly, “I know you secretly have always wanted to be in the circus.”  Together they went to a flying trapeze class, as she took off the platform for the first time and felt that first rush of adrenaline, she knew she had found what her body was meant to do.

That was almost six years ago, and flying trapeze was her gateway into various other aerial arts, including mostly aerial silks with some static trapeze, lyra, straps, and trampoline.  Coaching at Air Temple Arts has offered her the opportunity to combine her education degree and her passion for aerials while giving back to a community that is immensely important to her.

Elsa Hall strapsElsa Hall 

Elsa Hall started gymnastics at age eleven, but it wasn’t until her freshman year at Ithaca College that she was introduced to circus in the form of partner acrobatics. Since graduating from college, Elsa has finished the Intensive and Professional Training programs at the
New England Center for Circus Arts. There she studied aerial straps, hand balancing, and hand to hand. Since then she has trained in Montreal specializing in straps. Elsa has performed at various corporate events as well as shows for Aerial Experience Productions, Nimble Arts, and the Boston Circus Guild.

 

Bbri contortion special relativityrianna Lachapelle 

Brianna has been dancing for as long as she can walk. She dances at Hartford City Ballet, and performed as the Sugar Plum Fairy in their performance of the Nutcracker in 2014.

She has been training aerial silks, lyra, and contortion at Air Temple Arts since 2013.

In 2014 she attended Joffrey Ballet School’s prestigious summer program. She is on the honor roll at school and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society.