Trainers

We hand-select our coaches and staff to provide you with the most highly skilled trainers around.

 
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Lance Nielsen

Aerobatics Owner & Head Coach

Lance has over 13 years experience as a professional acrobat working for  Franco Dragone Entertainment, Sea World San Diego, World Entertainment and Chimelong International Circus. He has had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States, Asia and Europe as a high diver, acrobat & aerialist. He received training in Russian swing, diving and duo aerial from coaches from Cirque du Soleil and Franco Dragone. He received training in circus arts instruction from the Ecole Nationale de Cirque in Montreal.

instagram: @lostboy_33


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Jacque Tietjen

Coaching: Dance Trapeze, Hammock

Jacque has been doing aerial arts since 2012. She has an extensive background in teaching and coaching various extracurriculars such as skiing, rock climbing, swimming, and tumbling. Jacque her degree in Health Education and is currently teaching at Taylorsville High School when she's not running away with the circus. She has a background in dance, stage management, and theater productions. She was involved in high school theater and community theater as both performer and stage crew. She was our stage manager for our summer show Life of a Pirate (2016), and directed The Aerial Nutcracker (2016). In her spare time she enjoys skiing, climbing and mountaineering. 

Instagram: @jtaerialist

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Samantha Nielsen

Aerobatics Co-Owner & Director

Samantha has coached youth sports for 10 years. She has been an aerialist since 2009.

She performs as an aerialist for Hale Centre Theatre and with Defying Gravity Utah. Growing up she trained in classical ballet and performed with Mountain West Ballet. She ran cross country for Westminster College and graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and specializes in youth fitness. 

instagram: @samanthajnielsen


  Daniel & Jenny Walsh (Duo Coalesce)    Coaching: Partner Acrobatics & Duo Trapeze   Duo Coalesce is the performing and teaching partnership of Daniel Walsh and Jenny Mahler.  The word 'Coalesce' is defined as the fusing and merging of many parts into one whole, which is exactly the philosophy they use in combining their different backgrounds of aerial arts, ballroom dance, and acrobatics into movement that combines the aesthetic of all three disciplines. Both bring years of professional expertise in their specialties to the partnership. They specialize together in performing and teaching Partner Acrobatics / Acrodance, and Duo Trapeze. 

Jenny & Daniel Walsh
(Duo Coalesce)

Coaching: Duo Trapeze, Partner Acrobatics

The word 'Coalesce' is defined as the fusing and merging of many parts into one whole, which is exactly the philosophy Daniel and Jenny use in merging their different backgrounds into movement that combines the aesthetic of dance, acrobatics and aerial arts. Daniel comes from a background of ballroom dance with over 13 years of experience (including dance lifts and acrobatics) and 3 years of experience in the aerial arts. Jenny comes from a background of gymnastics and aerial arts, performing professionally since 2012 in shows at Hale Centre Theatre for Defying Gravity Utah, private events for Voodoo Productions, and various local cirque shows for Aeris Aerial Arts. Together they specialize Duo Trapeze, Duo Silks & Partner Acrobatics. 

Instagram: @duocoalesce

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Evelyne Lamontagne

Coaching: Aerial Hoop, Contortion

Evelyne is a professional aerialist  with over a decade of experience performing with Cirque Du Soleil (Zarkana & LOVE), Cirque Eloize, & 7 Doigts.

She studied dance trapeze, contortion & hoop at the Ecole National de Cirque in Montreal. She trained in rhythmic gymnastics growing up before transitioning to circus performing arts. She is also a certified pilates instructor.

 

 


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Cambria DeLee

Coaching: Aerial Silks

Cambria is an aerial artist who started her journey in Kansas City where she trained, performed and substitute taught with Voler - Thieves of Flight. Two years into her training she moved to Nashville where she trained, performed and assistant taught with Aerial Fabricators.

After two more years she moved to Salt Lake City and started training, performing and assistant teaching with Aerial Arts of Utah. She has started the silks 1 teacher certification process with Born to Fly aerial teacher training, and will be teaching silks 1 at Aerobatics.


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