What do we offer?
We offer day camps for children ages 7-17, giving them a chance to immerse themselves in the circus arts for an entire week!
Coming soon, we will be offering a full range of recreational programs for children and youth, allowing them to choose their favourite activities!
Coming in 2018, our CORE programs will allow students to improve their skills and fitness in a structured training environment. Students will develop a strong foundation in acrobatics and dance, plus have opportunities to participate in local performances, events, and competitions!
Everyone likes a party! We are available for family-friendly parties or groups looking to spice up a special occasion.
An alternative to the gym, we provide fun and varied options to get in shape and develop new skills. All of our staff are certified personal trainers specialized in finding new and interesting ways to integrate general fitness concepts with exciting circus activities!
Our staff and students are available for performances at festivals and private events! Check out our Performances tab for more information.
Jen Yan is a certified expressive arts therapist who found her love for all things aerial in 2005. She is an ACE certified personal trainer, and a CPFA and first aid-certified instructor, who teaches aerial silks, trapeze, hoop, and general circus disciplines throughout the Greater Vancouver Area. Notable institutions include Vancouver’s CircusWest, where she is an instructor for children and youth, and Tantra Fitness, where she is a senior aerial instructor, teaching advanced aerial silks to youth and adults of all ages.
Jen has performed aerials and acrobatics to rave reviews at a variety of public and private events, including the grand re-opening of the Coast Hotel in Prince George, and competed in acrobatic pole competitions at the provincial level.
Jen’s joy is in sharing the art and physicality of circus with new students young and old, and her infectious energy and patience is apparent in all her classes and performances.
Alex Pearson is a lifelong artist with a passion for circus. She first discovered the aerial arts in 2012 and fell in love. She is a 250 hour-certified yoga instructor, CPFA aerial instructor, and ACE-certified personal trainer, with valid first aid and CPR-C. Alex currently teaches aerial hoop, aerial silks and aerial yoga at Tantra Fitness and makes custom costumes for the performance arts.
Alex’s first experiences in circus were in object manipulation. She has 10 years of fire performance experience, enjoys juggling, and rides a unicycle in her spare time. Notable performances include the 2008 City of Vancouver Winter Solstice Festival and the 2007 City of Vancouver Summer Solstice Festival.
Alex has an incredible talent for working with people new to the Circus Arts, having begun as an adult herself. She loves sharing her joy in movement with complete beginners, and their sense of discovery and amazement at what their own bodies can do is her favourite part of teaching. Her step-by-step approach and attention to detail empower new students, young and old, to discover new abilities and strengths in themselves that they never knew were there. It’s fair to say that circus is her passion and she loves sharing that with students.
Katie began her education and training in the circus performing arts at the age of 3, when she first took classes at CircusWest. In her formative years, she entered the elite National Circus School in Montreal, Canada, then went on to study at the Circomedia Centre in Bristol, UK. It was at the National Circus School and at Circomedia Centre that Katie received professional-level training alongside future performers for acclaimed acts like Cirque du Soleil.
In 1998, Katie began performing with CircusWest, where she remained for 11 years, finally ending her tenure in 2008. During that time she was a founding member of the Avatar Circus Project. Katie then pursued her own dream project, founding the Random Acts of Circus company. The company became one of the few experimental circus performing acts in Vancouver, and had its own production run at Vancouver’s famous Granville Island.
In partnership with the CPFA, Katie is the creator of one of the fitness industry’s most comprehensive aerial certification programs. As an educator, Katie has travelled the country teaching aerial hoop and educating prospective instructors about how to safely teach and operate aerials. Other certifications include ACE personal trainer & youth fitness specialist, CPFA aerial instructor, and First Aid and CPR-C.
It is such a wonderful experience to have the opportunity to learn something from someone who is truly passionate about what they do. But it is so much more to have the opportunity to learn from someone who is passionate about sharing what they do with you and wanting you to completely enjoy that experience. Jen brings so much fun and enthusiasm to every class that you can’t help but get swept up in the excitement of it all. Aside from the fun and games, she also brings her knowledge. An understanding that we don’t all have a history of body movement, dance or gymnastics, and that everybody’s journey will different. She openly dedicates her time and know-how to make sure that journey is rewarding.
When I started working with Jen, I had specific physical goals. She listened to what they were and watched YouTube videos I sent her (which is more than I can say for other trainers I went to with the same goals). When we worked 1:1, she had put together thoughtful and thorough circuits for me to do and even had a homework plan for me to do on my own. She also recommended other group classes she taught that she felt would help me achieve my goals—which were always a blast and the hour would pass so fast. Aside from all of this, she was always so encouraging and so much fun to be around. I have achieved almost all of my goals and I can honestly say, I wouldn’t be as strong as I am now without her.
Personal training client
“Jen is one of the sweetest instructors I have had the pleasure of learning from. She is deeply knowledgeable and passes on her knowledge in the most hilarious way. Every class with her is a comedy show, I almost don’t feel the burn (I said ALMOST).”
Group Fitness Student