Performing Career

Aerial dance, circus theater & illusion

I have parlayed my career in circus and varieté theater as a performing artist, rigger, choreographer, producer and costume designer. In 2002 I became part of the American circus community training in a broad range of aerial acrobatics. I developed and refined my aerial and acrobatic skills with Shayna Swanson (Aloft Circus Arts), Nourbol Miermanov (MSA Circus Arts) and Helene Turcotte (Duo Mouvance, SF Circus Center). And most recently I apprenticed under Jonathan Pendragon in illusion magic.

 

As an aerialist and illusionist, my credits range from The Magic Castle. Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, Zoppe Family Circus, Master's of Illusion CW, and part of Hong Kong’s 2008 Olympic festivities. My duo lyra act is featured in the Paul Weitz film, Cirque du Freak, 2008. And in 2009 I played a role in the film Public Enemies, directed by Michael Mann. Additionally, under the instruction of Omar Chinibekov, I trained in Cossack trick riding and road with the Riders of the Ring as the headlining act in Circus Flora’s 2012 season. In 2017, I debuted my creation of the first-ever aerial quick change act on Spanish web, and in 2018 I premiered 20th Century Fashion Quick Change.

Currently I live in Los Angeles, where I am continuing to develop my illusion magic practice and produce the pop-up circus cabaret, Leggy Riggs

PRODUCTION, CIRCUS & FESTIVALS

Ebb & Flow Dance Festival, Heidi Duckler Dance, 2022

Monday Night Magic, Off Broadway NYC, 2022

Cracked Nuts Circus, Cristal Palace Spiegeltent, 2019

Women in Vaudeville 2017, 2018, 2019

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, 2018

The Petite Palace 2018

Troupe Vertigo 2018

Magic Castle 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018

Master's of Illusion tour 2014 2016, 2017, 2018

Dream World Cirque 2016, 2019

It's Magic 2016

Cirque Dreams, 2015

The Girlie Show, CCCF, 2015

Anne Vigeland's Hallway Of Trapeze, 2015

Torino Magic Festival, 2014

Inara George and the Awesome Orchestra, 2014

Cirque Mechanics 2014

​Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival (CCCF) 2014, 2015

Zoppe Family Circus 2009, 2011, 2012

Circus Flora 2012

Brilliant Corners Festival 2011

Medora Musical 2011

Drop Dead Fest 2010

El Circo Cheapo, 2008-2012, Tour 2009

Fest of Fools 2009

Hong Kong Olympic festivities 2008

Kim Tom International Clown Festival, Shanghai 2007

Imagine Christmas, Willow Creek 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012



FILM & TV

The Go Big Show season 2, 2022

Masters of Illusion CW (aerial quick change debut) 2019

Oscillations Art (VR music video ) 2018 

Alex Charm (music video) 2016/2017 Choreographer

Bria and Chrissy (YouTube) 2017

"Don't Blink" (POP TV) 2015

Extreme Escapes (Reelz TV) 2014

Masters of Illusion (CW TV) 2013

Polish Bar, Ben Berkowitz director, feature film, 2011

Public Enemies, Michael Mann director, feature film, 2009

Cirque du Freak, Peter Weitz director, feature film, 2008

 

GALA CLIENTS

Shien Artists

Columbia College 

IFC Mall, Shanghai

Swedish Covenant Hospital

Navy Pier

Chicago Children's Museum

String Cheese Incident

The Orange Show

McCormick Place

Mori Seiki

KI International

Seneca Niagara Falls Casino

Milwaukee Bastille Days

University of Kentucky



COMPANIES

Troupe Vertigo, Los Angeles

​Aloft Circus Arts, Chicago

Jonathan Pendragon's Theater of Magic

Riders of the Ring, Cossack Team, Chicago

Aurora Aerial, New Orleans

RESIDENCIES & GRANT AWARDS

California Arts Council in partnership with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Grantee

Dai Vernon Foundation - Magicians Award

Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles - Reimagine Public Art Residency

Penasco Theater Residency, New Mexico - ALICE

Department of Cultural Affairs Chicago, CAAP Grantee

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