Meet the Team
Chris started gymnastics at the age of four, and at thirteen he began to focus on trampoline and tumbling. His tumbling career took off quickly, and he was the Canadian National Champion at seventeen, earning him a spot on the Canadian National Team. After leaving gymnastics and completing a degree in human kinesiology , his love of acrobatics led him to Club Med, where he taught and performed circus arts. Despite being terrified of heights, he fell in love with flying trapeze. Chris is a certified NCCP Level 3 Trampoline instructor, and has taught circus and gymnastics and directed circus school programs in Mexico, throughout the Caribbean, and the United States. His passion for flying trapeze and circus arts inspired him to bring the experience back home to Canada, and share it with as many others as possible.
Tara has always loved movement-based activities. She has trained in gymnastics, dance (including ballet, modern, and jazz), cheerleading, kickboxing, and spinning poi. Tara has a fear of heights so she never thought she would try flying trapeze, but she loves to challenge herself—she and her daughter Skye started setting aside time to come to flying trapeze as a mother/daughter activity, and now Tara is one of our coaches. We love climbing up to the platform and seeing her giant smile! She also fits right in with the creative side of the circus world too; her day job is as a costumer for film and TV.
Michael is a born-and-raised Vancouverite, who spent years practicing martial arts and many other types of sports. Though he didn’t grow up in the circus world, he fell in love with it while going to Club Med and learning the flying trapeze—coming close to realizing his lifelong dream of flying. Michael is one of our regular flying trapeze coaches, though he teaches other types of trapeze and partner acro as well. Michael loves creating new circus tricks, and spending time with his daughter, who is following in his active footsteps.
Matt dove into the world of acrobatics almost a decade ago. He started with coaching gymnastics, first recreational, and eventually competitive men’s gymnastics. Matt then began teaching movement therapy, where he worked with kids with physical and mental disabilities, such as autism and cerebral palsy. Matt is also a personal trainer and runs his own fitness training company in addition to coaching at WCFT. Matt has a ton of passion for the smallest details of how the body works, and he has a contagious love for training. Matt believes that there is something in fitness for everyone.
Kimmie is proof that you don’t need to be a gymnast or a dancer to succeed in the circus – she grew up riding horses, and is now an Engineer in Training and communications specialist by day. She started recreational pole dancing at 18, switched to yoga, and ultimately fell in love with aerial arts at 23. She has been flying with West Coast Flying Trapeze since they opened at Cypress Mountain, and is excited to be the first WCFT student to make the transition into a coach. Kimmie is a trained NCCP Foundations Artistic Gymnastics instructor.
Colleen has been in the recreation and fitness industry for over 15 years. She holds a degree in Recreational Leadership, and she has worked as a personal trainer and fitness motivator in Ontario. Colleen has instructed flying trapeze, aerial arts, and children’s circus programs at various resorts, schools, and summer camps worldwide, including Canada, United States, Australia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Colleen has also performed with The Flying Aces for the Netherlands National Circus on their 2012 UK tour and with Limburgs Kerstcircus for their Christmas gala in Sittard, Holland.
Like many of our coaches, Andrea used to work at a Club Med. However, she wasn’t on the circus team; she first tried the flying trapeze because she lost a bet! Little did she know that flying trapeze would be where she found her happy place. Now, with two kids of her own, she’s excited to share her passion for flying with them, and encourage other students who are a little hesitant to try soaring through the air.
Aleasha fell in love with circus arts in 2010 when she began training contortion and aerials. She has since trained in many circus disciplines in Edmonton, Sydney, San Francisco, and Vancouver, specializing in trampoline wall, flying trapeze, and her favourite apparatus: aerial hoop. Aleasha has also been practicing yoga for nine years, and teaching for three. She is excited to be teaching at WCFT to share her passion for circus.
Dave started his acrobatic career as a trampolinist, competing with the Canadian National Team in double mini. He made his transition from gymnastics to flying trapeze at Club Med Resorts in 1997, and has been active in the trapeze community as a performer and instructor since then. He has experience teaching and performing in nine different countries. Dave has worked with people of all ages and abilities, but his specialty is working with intermediate and advanced flying trapeze students to achieve their personal goals, and enabling them to bring their flying to heights they never dreamed possible.
Mark’s background is mainly in springboard and platform diving. By the age of 14 he was a member of the Canadian Junior National Team, competing for Canada in a number of international events. Soon after, Mark turned pro and performed in France and Spain as a high diver. He also performed clown diving and the scary fire dive, where he was set completely on fire for a dive from 10 meters. Mark then transitioned to flying trapeze, where he performed and taught at Club Med in Mexico. After that, he became a NCAA Division 1 diving coach at Illinois State University, coaching their women’s diving team and performing with the University’s famous student circus. Moving into his career managing websites, Mark stayed involved with acrobatics as an international diving judge for Canada, and as a coach and student at WCFT.
Briony is originally from London, England. In 2009, she and her family moved to Maple Ridge. After having two children, Briony decided it was time to get fit. She tried many activities, but none of them gave her the results she was looking for. In April 2016, she took her first swing on the trapeze with WCFT, and started attending BigTop Bootcamp. Briony has continued to attend bootcamp, and has added regular aerial and flying trapeze classes to her circus schedule—she’s in the gym almost every day, and so are her husband and kids! Briony is so proud of how strong she’s become by doing circus, and she’s passionate about sharing everything she’s learned.
Sydney was born and raised in the Vancouver area, and grew up with the circus community. She started as a young martial artist, then discovered the world of dance, acrobatics, and eventually circus. Soon after beginning to learn acrobatics, Sydney fell in love with contortion and hand balancing, and she soon began performing for Westcoast Contortion and Acrobatics as a contortionist, hand balancer, and aerial silks artist. Ten years later, Sydney is still in love with the circus, and she is excited to train and teach at West Coast Flying Trapeze, and share her passion for contortion with other students. Sydney was recently accepted to School Circus De Québec, and will be heading there in the fall to continue her professional circus training!