Le Cirque Centre is home to the Rogue Valley’s premiere circus academy offering circus classes to youth and hosting multiple performances throughout the year.
Le Cirque Centre’s curriculum is a fusion of circus arts, classic and modern dance, and theatre skills geared toward performance. Le Cirque’s aim is to educate children to become empowered, creative and skillful performers and to be able to apply these teachings to the rest of their lives.
WHAT WE OFFER
Aerial Classes utilizing Silks, Dance and Static Trapeze, Lyra, Bungee, Chandelier, Cloud Swing, Silk Cloud, and more.
Recreation classes with our rock climbing wall, balance balls, unicycle, rola bola and juggling.
Quarterly in-studio performances; and an annual performance extravaganza at a large local venue.
Special events, fundraisers, parades.
Studio rental for parties and special events.
Sonya Smith is a former monkey bar junkie, competitive hurdler, backpacker, aerial dancer and body geek. Starting to dance at the ripe age of 17, Sonya avoided many of the body image pitfalls of dance training, able instead to celebrate dance's balance of athleticism and artistry. Since 1999 she has taught movement to children and adults; from creative movement to bungee dancing, mixed aerial apparatus to ballet, contact improvisation to vertical “wall” dancing. Teaching young people to embrace the powerful capacity of their bodies and making space for complexity of their evolving identities, feels profoundly important in this tumultuous time. The joyful, challenging, exhilarating world of aerial training lends itself perfectly to this empowering work.
One of my favorite things to do is to facilitate creation for both youth and adults. Over the last three years I have developed Aerial Tea as a thoughtfully facilitated works-in-progress showing and feedback event for performers of all genre. It is an extension of the way I encourage my youth students to find and share their voices in a safe environment before putting themselves out in public. Performing is such a rich opportunity to be seen, be yourself (or someone else!), and be celebrated for the risk.
In order to satisfy my own desire for physical dancing, theatricality, storytelling and authentic representation I have been privileged to work with many companies and artists across the country including BANDALOOP, Zaccho Dance Theatre, Flyaway Productions, Michelle Ellsworth, Gesel Mason, Lizz Roman and Dancers, Dance Brigade, Sara Shelton Mann, and Eat Cake Productions. I am forever grateful for the many opportunities I have had working with powerful women, creating interesting, challenging and diverse work. I am so excited to share my breadth of knowledge gleaned from two decades performing professionally, a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in Aerial Dance, Pilates and GYROKINESIS certificates, and unending curiosity about what is possible.
Maia Livingston has had a passion for art, movement , music and performance for as long as she can remember. She has been performing for over 16 years, beginning with gymnastics at the age of five and then finding the enchanting world of circus at thirteen. The moment she discovered circus arts she knew she had found home, and it has been ever since. She is also a certified Hot Pilates instructor and believes in movement and creativity as the core of a happy, healthy life. Now a mama, Maia finds joy working with humans of all ages and is excited to spread her love of circus!
Flora Chipowsky is 20 years old and has grown up in Le Cirque Center since she was six and circus is her true passion. She has performed in multiple Le Cirque shows such as the Lion king, Alice in Wonderland, Peter pan, Cats, Narnia, She, The Wizard of Oz and many more. She has taught areal for three years. Flora loves all the apparatuses but her specialties are areal silks and rope. She enjoys working with new and experienced aerialists. She is excited to be continuing teaching at Le Cirque and sharing her skills and enthusiasm for this art form will all of you.
Wiloe grew up training at Le Cirque Centre and has returned to share her circus inspiration with our adults and teens.