Muse Instructors

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yoni kallai

Yoni Kallai started doing acrobalance in a beginners workshop in Israel, while studying at The Hebrew University. This started out as a hobby that quickly became a primary occupation. He found himself teaching people tricks and showing them that they can do more than they think all the time, not just in class. "I enjoy how this fun activity is a gateway into human contact and relationships. Come join me on so many different levels."

Yoni teaches Family Acro, Acrobalance and Games, Kids Cirque and Acro Standing Circus at The Muse.

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rebecca fey collins

Rebecca is an aerialist and AEA/SAg-AFTRA actress with a BFA in Theatre from the University of Illinois. She has performed as an aerialist at venues such as The Slipper Room, The Muse, House of Yes, Streb, Dixon Place, and Big Skyworks. She currently teaches children's aerial classes at the 92Y and has taught aerial silks at Equalize Fitness and Asphalt Green Battery Park City. She has also taught acting and improv to all ages at various studios and camps around Chicago, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

Rebecca teaches All Levels of Aerial Silks and Kids Cirque at The Muse.

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ivory fox

Ivory Fox is a NYC-based handbalancer, aerialist, pole dance champion, and burlesque performer. She has a background in competitive gymnastics, classical ballet, and theater. Her credits include the NY Burlesque Festival, The Orion Experience (Off-Broadway), The Nick (Cinemax), and more. She performs regularly at The Slipper Room, Duane Park and other NYC nightlife venues. She will perform a trick for a cookie.

Ivory Fox teaches Handstands and Chinese Pole at The Muse.

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chris delgado

Chris has been teaching and performing German Wheel for over 7 years.  Having coached and entertained across the US and internationally, he is thrilled to be living in New York. After graduating from University, he attended Dell Arte International School of Physical theater, then made his way to Chicago where he was fortunate enough to train with the world renowned Wolfgang Bientzle. He immediately fell in love with the German Wheel and hasn't stopped rolling since.  Dividing his time between competitions (one of top in the world) and performances (from Abu Dhabi to Sun Valley Idaho), he stays quite busy.  For more info about him or to learn more about German Wheel, check out TheWheelDelgado.com.

Christ teaches German Wheel at The Muse.

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kyla ernst-alper

Kyla Ernst-Alper began her career the age of sixteen with Eliot Feld's Ballet Tech in NYC. She has since performed on the ground and in the air with many renowned companies and choreographers, including Elisa Monte Dance, Battery Dance Company, and Dzul Dance. Kyla performs as RAVEN with Sylvana Tapia, produces The Chicago Party, and is a member of ABCirque and Indelible Dance. She is fortunate to have performed in over 15 countries and appears regularly in the NYC variety and nightlife venues. Visit kylaernstalper.com for info about upcoming performances.

Kyla teaches Open Level Lyra and Silks 2 at The Muse.

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Harold moeller

Harold is a multi-talented sideshow performer who specializes in trick roping, cyr wheeling, clowning, juggling and unicycling! He is a graduate of Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus Clown College and has an MFA from UNC Chapel Hill. You can often find him performing at a wide variety of events throughout the city!

Harold teaches Cyr Wheel at The Muse.

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david mcmanamon

While living in Corona del Mar, CA, David started aerial in 2011 under Sasha Fedortchev and training in LA at Kinetic Theory Circus Arts.  Based on his teacher's input, he ordered his first straps in 2012 and has very much enjoyed his time spent with the apparatus since then. His focus in his own practice and teaching is on understanding the physical preparation necessary to safely develop skills and then pursuing the work by mastering the basics first.

David teaches Aerial Straps and Flexibility at The Muse.

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garret caillouet

Garret started his performance career as a mascot and moved his way to dancing, acting, stunt work, and finally the circus arts. His first apparatus was silks but he also trains lyra, rope, trapeze (static and flying), pole, and contortion. He has a bachelors of science in Exercise Science and is able to apply that to what he does in the air! "I love what I do an I'm constantly trying to better myself."

Garret teaches Open Level Lyra at The Muse

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alisa fendley

Alisa is an aerialist, dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She flies on dance trapeze, aerial silks, aerial hoop, aerial spansets, hammock, bungee, and harness, as well as custom-designed apparatuses. Alisa has performed contemporary, musical theater style jazz, experimental dance-theater, ballet, and ballroom.

Alisa earned a B.F.A. in Dance and a B.A. in English from New York University.   She has toured the world working for cruise ships (Royal Caribbean), theme parks (Busch Gardens), and national and international tours (Cirque Dreams, RudduR Dance, Timelapse Dance).  She was the Assistant Choreographer of Grounded Aerial and had her own dance company, Fingerprints.  She is currently a company member of ABCirque and performs around the city at venues such as The Slipper Room, Secret Loft, House of Yes, and of course, The Muse.

Alisa teaches all levels of Silks, Beginning Lyra, and Advanced Stretching for Dummies.

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Stuart McKenzie

Stuart was born in London and began gymnastics at the age of 12. He represented Great Britain in Sports Acrobatics for 10 years where his Men's Four achieved a ranking of No. 1 in the world.
Once retired from competition he joined the world renowned Cirque Du Soleil in 2008 in Montreal with the show Saltimbanco and then toured with the show Kooza for over 5 years where he performed in the teeterboard act. Stuart then transferred shows to the new touring show KURIOS where he performed the duo Aerial Straps Act. Stuart recently created a new duo Aerial Straps act for Mystere at Treasure Island in Las Vegas. Other notable performances involved special events for CDS including more recently the Opening Ceremony for the Pan Am Games and One Night for One Drop. Stuart is currently creating a new and innovative aerial act for his own company with his partner Angela Kim.

Stuart graduated from Northumbria University with a BSc (Hons) Sport Management and is furthermore a certified PT, strength and conditioning, acrobatic and aerial coach; he was artist coach for strength and conditioning on the show Kooza. Stuart has been coaching, judging, touring and creating workshops since he was a gymnast progressing to an artist. From all the years of experience he aspires to give back through mentoring within retreats and festivals to really build those spiritual and life fitness goals for up and coming artists. Stuart's vision is to help people achieve their fitness, performance and life goals through trust, belief, and confidence in themselves.

Stuart teaches Aerial Straps at The Muse.

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angela kim

Angela began her athletic career as a competitive figure skater at the age of 6. She competed in freestyle and dance until she was 18, achieving senior and gold levels. After finishing her competitive career, she was invited to join the prestigious Ice Theater of New York where she performed as an ensemble member. She spent 2 years playing principle roles for Disney on Ice and Royal Caribbean's Ice Revue. During this time she discovered her passion for the circus arts, moving to Montreal to learn the craft. She spent the next decade specializing in aerial fabric, performing as a freelance artist.

In 2009, Angela brought her skating and circus skills together in a unique blend, combining skating and flying in a seamless performance. Her act was featured in Robin Cousin's Holiday on Ice show Tropicana which toured Northern Europe. In 2013, Angela teamed up with 5 other artists to create Aerial Ice, an innovative combination of figure skating, rope and silks. Aerial Ice competed in America's Got Talent, making it to the quarterfinals at Radio City Music Hall.

In 2017 Angela toured with Cirque du Soleil's show VOLTA. In addition to a lead character role, she performed in a four artist acrobatic number on 35 feet tall automated rotating ladders.

Angela is passionate about making sure both her youth and adult students learn strong fundamentals. She views it as essential to help emerging artists find their own vocabulary, unique movement quality, and believes it is the best way to open up possibilities for creativity. She is a certified pilates instructor and uses this experience to help her students learn to move efficiently and achieve their potential. Angela draws on 15 years of teaching experience as a figure skating coach, pilates instructor and an aerial specialist. Angela is currently performing internationally with her aerial straps partner Stuart Mckenzie and coaching workshops around the world.

Angela teaches Contortion, Flexibility and Hand to Hand Acrobatics at The Muse

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nicki miller

Nicki is an aerialist, actor, creator and co-founding artistic director of Only Child Aerial Theatre. In addition to performing as an aerialist in projects throughout NYC, notable credits include aerial choreographer for in Ripe Time’s “The World is Round” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and Only Child Aerial Theatre’s “ASYLUM” (co-author, director and performer) at NYU’s Skirball Center for Performing Arts. Nicki has been as resident artist with the Santa Barbara Floor to Air Festival, The Contemporary Circus Arts Festival of Toronto, Toronto Circus Sessions at the Harbourfront Centre, and the New Victory LabWorks Program. Most recently Nicki completed a creative residency in Sweden at Cirkus Cirkör, where she also shadowed their director Olle Strandberg on the premiere of his new show “Under.” www.nickimiller.com

Nicki is also an NASM certified personal trainer with 10 years experience. Specialty certifications include Functional Range Conditioning (FRC), Corrective Exercise, and Pre/Post-Natal training.

Nicki offers classes and private lessons in aerial rope, silks, smart conditioning for all levels and aerial choreography/act development.

Nicki teaches Beginner Silks, Open Level Silks and Rope at The Muse.

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torrie ogilvie

Torrie has been practicing for 9 years and is a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified teacher. She teaches slow burn vinyasa classes with a keen eye to alignment and plenty of hands on adjustments.  Her inspiration comes from many modalities including: Iyengar, Anusara, power and circus flexibility. She is thrilled to share the strength, balance, breath and clarity that she finds in yoga with her beloved Muse community.

Torrie teaches Vinyasa Flow at The Muse.

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roxie valdez

Roxie Valdez is a native and resident performer of NYC. As an aerialist, she specializes in aerial hoop, aerial fabric, rope and duo hoop. She is also a stilt walker and performs duo acro with her partner Lola Carter. Beginning her training at The Sky Box at The House of Yes in 2011, she spent the winter of 2012 studying at The Seaview Performing Arts Center in Pahoa, Hawaii and teaching for the HICCUP children’s circus. Returning to New York she has performed at such places as The Box NYC, Diamond Horseshoe, Duane Park, The Slipper Room, House of Yes and Sapphires NY. Roxie is currently a co-producer and resident aerialist for the monthly variety show “The Folk Circus” at Bizarre Bushwick.

Roxie teaches Lyra 2 at The Muse

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krista perks

Krista loves swimming through the air. As an acrobat she mainly focuses her training on aerial fabrics and straps, but enjoys doing trapeze, rope, rings, handbalancing, chinese pole, ground acrobatics… basically everything circus. Krista is interested in combining her love of science with her circus life through research and performance in generative art: constructing and implementing computational models to explore creative possibilities in movement and apparatus design and developing interfaces to mediate real-time interactions between technology and biology in performance theater.

Krista teaches Rope at The Muse

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juanita cardenas

Juanita Cardenas is a New York based aerial performer and instructor. Her personal work is generally character based and stems from her visual arts background. She trained in Buenos Aires after receiving a fine arts degree from the Cooper Union. You can catch her performing around the city at The Slipper Room, The Box and other night life venues. To see some examples of her work visit www.juanitacardenas.com

Juanita teaches Intermediate/Advanced Trapeze at The Muse.

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troy lingelbach

Troy Lingelbach first stumbled upon aerial arts through a Groupon in San Diego, California (but really, he has to give credit to his mom for this). With a background in seven years of competitive gymnastics and a lifelong passion for theatre and dance, he quickly excelled in aerial arts and found his new home to be in the air. He is a current student at Marymount Manhattan College, pursuing a degree in Musical Theatre and Philosophy. Troy has performed with ABCirque, The Circus Collective of San Diego, Cirko Teleskóptico, Lindley-Lopez Productions, and in 2016 was the youngest competitor at the US Aerial Championships—and the only competitor to perform in more than one category (Male Silks and Lyra). He specializes in aerial fabric, dance trapeze, lyra, and contortion, but dabbles in all circus apparatuses. As an instructor, he loves watching clients’ reactions when they accomplish things they never thought possible, no matter how big or small. 

Troy teaches Flexibility and Dance Trapeze at The Muse.

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benjamin george-hinnant

Benjamin brings the intimate understanding of learning processes from years of self coaching with the elite standards expected of a Woodward coach and professional performer.  From falling down on film sets and twisting through the air to dancing and climbing trees, movement is Benjamin's core passion, and he would love to share it with you. 

Ben teaches Tumbling at The Muse.

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sarah wollschlager

As a child, Sarah ran away and joined the Circus World Museum of Ringling Bros., did aerial ballet and was cut in half in the magic show! She later received her BFA in Dance and Certificate of Women's Studies from The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She has taught professionally for over 20 years in multiple disciplines ranging from dance, aerial arts and yoga in NYC. She has performed for names such as: Cirque Du Soleil’s 25th Anniversary, Cirque Le Soir Shanghai, Phish, Noemi La France, Grounded Aerial, Lisa’s Bright Ideas, The Moving Company and Above and Beyond Dance. She has appeared on stage at MSG, The Kimmel Center, The Overture Center, Webster Hall, The Electric Factory, MMAC, Brooklyn Lyceum, McCarren Park Pool, Black and White Gallery, Grounds For Sculpture, and an Italian Castle.

Let go of what holds you down in life and rise to fill your heart's desire!

Sarah teaches Harness Bungee & Wall Running and Silks & Rope Combo at The Muse.

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elizabeth foster

Elizabeth started dancing in Williamsburg, Virginia at age three, and has always been a junkie for physical challenges ranging from ballet, to horseback riding, competitive swimming, and anything that got her blood pumping. She is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC), T. Schreiber Studios, and Villanova Univeristy (B.A. in History, Magna Cum Laude). Her life changed when she found aerial harness flight. She started training at The Muse in 2012, where she found deep liberation as well as a family. She is ecstatic to share this fierce art as a teacher! When she isn't running on walls, you can catch her teaching at Pure Barre Brooklyn, bartending, or in a headstand somewhere. Come play at The Muse!

Elizabeth teaches Wall Running at The Muse.

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diane tomasi

Diane is an aerialist and a dancer. She has performed at Galapagos, The Slipper Room, Jacob’s Pillow, and Dance New Amsterdam. She also performs regularly with Phaedra’s Cabaret. In Diane’s class, you will build strength, flexibility, and coordination. Diane fosters an atmosphere that is both positive and challenging. She encourages her students to go deep into their bodies and discover their own interpretation of the movement given or experienced. Diane has a Degree in Performing Arts, Dance from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. She is also certified in Simonson Method of Teacher Training, Thai Massage Advanced Studies Sen Theory & Application, and Thai Massage Basic Studies Level I and II.

Diane teaches Open Level Silks at The Muse.

 
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rebecca magazine

Rebecca Magazine was born and raised in Potomac Maryland and started dancing at the age of four. Rebecca studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and lyrical for fifteen years and attended The Ohio State University where she received a BFA in performing arts. While dancing in New York Rebecca found a new passion for Aerial Dance. She started harness training with AiRealistic and is now a company member of their new show Breaking Surface. Rebecca is also an aerialist at the Metropolitan Opera. When she is not performing Rebecca is teaching harness and personal trains for Brouk Moves.

Rebecca teaches Wall Running at The Muse.

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adair moran

Adair has been a professional stunt performer since 2008 when she got her first stunt job doubling a 10-year-old boy in the Eddie Murphy film Meet Dave; since then she has performed stunts in movies and on TV shows including Gotham (stunt double for Bruce Wayne), Jessica Jones,Royal Pains, and House of Cards. Adair is also an aerialist who has performed at venues including The Muse, Streb, and Dixon Place. Adair comes from an acting and theatre background; she is a member of Nylon Fusion Theatre Company and a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.

Adair teaches Wall Running and Multi-Apparatus Intro to Aerial at The Muse.

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ayla weisz

Ayla's background is routed in ballet and classical modern techniques. She studied with top notch companies and schools around the world including American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Netherlands Dans Theatre, New World School of the Arts and The Boston Conservatory - ultimately expanding her classical knowledge into modern and contemporary movement. She has performed with Carolina Ballet, The People Movers, Ballet Hispanico Dos, Brendan Drake Choreography, ABCirque and Only Child Aerial Theater. 

Ayla teaches Ballet Barre at The Muse.