Interview by Carleigh Saberton
How did you get into circus?
I got into circus as a modern dancer, vertical dance became an extension of the ground based performing I had been doing at the time.
Are you an active circus artist yourself?
I am the owner of a circus studio, and I also coach and perform.
What are some of your favorite skills to do and what skills do you like to watch others do?
I love spinning, and working on keeping an even spin while on an apparatus. I enjoy watching anything where the performer looks like they are really enjoying themselves, and doing it for the joy of it.
If you could learn any new circus skill what would it be and why?
I have had several individuals work very hard on teaching me to juggle. I still struggle to juggle with 3 balls. I’m going to keep working on it!
What inspired you to get involved with AYCO?
I wanted to be more actively involved in the broader community, outside my local area.
What are your roles and responsibilities being a board member?
I don’t have a specific position that I hold on the board, currently. I am the board member who sits on the Health and Wellness and the Safety committees.
What kinds of things do you like to do outside of circus?
I enjoy spending time with my kids and my partner. We like to hike, watch anime, and visit new places together.
Are there any circus artists or people in your life you find inspiring?
Jesse Alford, the former president of the board, always serves as a great inspiration for me.