Tumbling, Acro, Strength
Ken started preparing to be on stage at age two, when he began training with a retired Vaudeville acrobat. He continued the pursuit of physical achievement at Iowa State University, where he received a B.S. in Health and Human Performance, (which is fancy talk for Exercise Science). He has performed all around the country with dance studios, circus troupes, and community theatres.
Having performed on stages and worked with mentors from around the globe, Ken brings a wide range of skills. From hand-balancing to stilt-walking to bad puns. And now, he gets the opportunity to teach with others who embrace his sense of humor… or at least tolerate it.
Contortion, Acro, Aerial
As the daughter of a dance teacher, Marie was born to move! She took her first lesson at the age of three and hasn’t stopped since. Marie is well versed in tap dancing, jazz, ballet, musical theatre, hip-hop, Hawaiian, Salsa, floor tumbling, acrobatics, acrobalance and contortion training.
A graduate of Grand View (University), Marie was awarded a dance scholarship to perform on the collegiate level dance team. Her persistent passion for the performing arts continued into adulthood where she pursued the entertainment industry thru theatrical productions. She also immersed herself in furthering acrobatic training focusing on balance, flexibility, and strength…. Just check out those arm muscles!
Marie met Ken in 2011 and together they started traveling the country to train in partner-acrobatics (and taking fun acro-balance pictures at history landmarks!). In 2013, Marie dove into the circus arts and began applying her knowledge into aerial and contortion-style performance. Her favorite hobby is making people smile via live entertainment!
Marissa has been loving flying high with Iowa Circus Arts for over a year. She was introduced to the world of aerial by a friend and instantly fell in love. She enjoys being able to express herself through dance and movement. When she is not tangled in the fabric, you can find her in the classroom teaching 5th grade.
Aerial, Flow Arts
Samantha is a high flying, fire wielding, circle dancing acrobat who brings unique and awe-inspiring cirque-style entertainment in both her performances and her teachings! She found her true calling within the circus arts after picking up a hula hoop and has never looked back (considering she only looks upside down!) Her passion has only increased with time and she is ecstatic to help you get started on your journey!