Ms. Chantal is a talented entertainer and instructor that integrates her training in classical Indian Folk dance and exposure to Tribal Fusion Belly Dance to produce her own form of expression. Incorporating veils, swords, and snakes makes for a truly exotic performance.
Aerial and fire dance are other skills that Ms. Chantal uses in her shows and classes. Watch her dance high above the audience in her aerial hoop, skillfully manipulate fire, or whirl and twirl using one or more hula hoops all while teaching you to do the same! Whether on stage or in the air Ms. Chantal will mesmerize you and keep you coming back for more!
Training is important to being able to provide the most awe inspiring and ever changing shows. Although Ms. Chantal has been entertaining for more than eight years she continues her training with some of the most talented instructors and troupes nationwide. Receiving instruction from the Trapeze School of New York, South Florida Circus School, Sandou Circus of Las Vegas, Circus Arts Institute of Atlanta, you can be assured you are dealing with a highly professional and skilled performer and instructor!
Coral dances both cabaret and tribal fusion bellydance, but her style is all her own. With a classical foundation in ballet, lyrical, jazz dance, and gymnastics, Coral’s love of performing has also led her to excel in competitive marching band auxiliary and swing and blues dance. She uses her diverse experience and natural finesse to create performances grounded in fundamentals and bursting with flair. Coral has been a soloist and choreographer in the award-winning local bellydance troupes Unveiled Dance – Ann Arbor and The Lunatic Vagabonds, and plys her love of fire and sideshow entertainment with the Dynamite Dolls Circus. Outside the dance studio, Coral constantly strives to expand her performance studies, including aerial classes here at A2A and stage combat training with the Theatrical Combat Network.
Erin Garber-Pearson is a visual artist and circus performer from Tucson, AZ. She currently performs under the name “Fortuna,” and is one half of the acrobatic storytelling project, “Violet and Fortuna.” Her work incorporates solo and duo aerial fabric, aerial loops, rope, partner acrobatics, fire performing, stilt dancing and a number of sideshow acts with large sculptural props and video to create contemporary circus performance and installations.
Erin received her Masters in Sculpture and Multimedia from the University of Arizona in 2011. She has worked with various physical theater groups such as Infiammati Fire Circus (Minneapolis), The Dead Man’s Carnival (Milwaukee), and Flam Chen (Tucson). She currently resides in Toledo, OH with her partner, performer Erik Bang!!! where she is owner of Birds Eye View Circus.
Katie has been an acrobat since age 5. She has trained and performed nationally as a gymnast, diver, and aerialist. Skills: Claims to be more comfortable on her hands than on her feet. Her classes on handstands and flexibility offer courage, support, and strategies for your practice.
Aspiring strong woman. Storyteller. Teacher.
Anne Ryan moved to Ann Arbor as a child and though she has traveled far from it, she’s never wanted to leave. This is entirely due to the talented, artistic, and enthusiastic people she’s had the pleasure of collaborating with over the years. She’s been involved with many creative endeavors, but her heart will always belong to the stage. She was mistress of ceremonies and a founding cast member of The Tickled Fancy Burlesque Collective and looks forward to hosting performances of all types at The A2 Aviary.
Her aerial training in 2009 at The Detroit Flyhouse and it is no exaggeration to say that it changed her life. Aerial arts taught her a new respect for her body’s abilities and a completely different understanding of her own boundaries. Now she wants to share her enthusiasm for the discipline by creating a safe space for others to learn, practice, and grow.
Lis Chere Thomas is an aerialist/farmer/soil scientist (and no, she can’t make sense of that either!) She trained and performed in NYC and Vancouver, BC before moving to Michigan this summer. Lis utilizes her dance background by incorporating elements of ballet technique, modern dance, and contact improvisation into her work on dance trapeze, silks, and lyra. She particularly likes multimedia collaborations, invented aerial apparatus, and performing in unusual locations. When Lis is not in the air, you can find her farming in Chelsea, MI.
Lis’ artistic affiliations include: Madagascar Institute (NYC), League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots (Pittsburgh), Firebelly Performance Society (Vancouver), eatArt (Vancouver), Neil E. Dee’s Danger Thrill Show (Vancouver), Sublight (Vancouver), Great Northern Way Aerials (Vancouver)
Luna Legare has been a member of Tickled Fancy Burlesque since 2010 as a soloist, choreographer, and stage director. She also has an extensive background in jazz, ballet, and musical theatre. Luna is also available for private instruction and consulting on your performance pieces of any kind.
Anna McGarry received her early dance training at Meg Nutting’s Studio, Dance Arts Academy and Ballet Etc, all in Traverse City, Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Michigan. There she trained with Peter Sparling, Jessica Fogel, Gay Delanghe, and Bill DeYoung. She has also trained abroad with the Kyrgyz National Ballet and taught ballet at the Ak-Jol Children’s Shelter in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Anna has been teaching dance for over fifteen years including modern, ballet, pointe, jazz, dance composition, and improvisation. She founded the dance collective, AuxWerks Dance and explores her own technique and style through weekly classes. She believes that every student should be given strong technique, an understanding of their art form, and the opportunity to discover their artistic expression.
She lives in Clinton, Michigan with her husband and two sons.
Irina first studied aerial silks (tissu) with a former Cirque Du Soleil performer in 2007 for a year. In April of 2010 she studied solo and duo trapeze, lyra, aerial silks, and aerial hammock for two years. She began her professional career as an aerial performer when booked to perform duo trapeze at an annual internationally acclaimed art show in Detroit in the Spring of 2011.
Taking her passion for performance further, she founded and performs with the Weird Sisters Circus, voted best novelty performance troupe in Detroit in Real Detroit Magazine’s “Best Of 2012 Issue.” The Weird Sisters Circus have been featured performers at the Theatre Bizarre, The Detroit Auto Show, the Ferndale DIY Fair, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, and The Detroit Pistons halftime show. Taking her love for the arts even further, Irina helped establish The Detroit Academy of Kinesthetic Arts (D.A.K.A.), a community circus space in Detroit. The DAKA is where she discovered her biggest circus passion: teaching. Irina has been teaching private and group sessions on basic and intermediate aerial at Agora Arts and is thrilled to bring her knowledge and passion to A2 Aviary in hopes of inspiring all of her students to find their own style and strength within the art of aerial acrobatics.