Our Instructors

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Instructor Tyla

Tyla

Tyla has been training at Circotica since it opened in 2016. Her background is in gymnastics and cheerleading. She began teaching for us in April 2019. She enjoys training aerials, contortion, handstands and adagio.

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Instructor Josh

Josh

Josh discovered circus in 2017, and with his background in classical and contemporary dance he easily marries beautiful movement both on and off the apparatus. He specializes in trapeze, is a group fitness instructor & his quirky sense-of-humour wins over everybody!

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Instructor Kiera

Kiera

Kiera lives and breathes circus. She is always upside down and inside out, and has incredible passion & skills to share with others. We are thrilled to have her on board as a contortion and aerial instructor.
 

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Instructor Valentina

Vale

Vale is our aerial specialist from Italy. She began her acrobatic journey in synchronised swimming & started circus 10 years ago, focusing on silks and rope. 
She is very passionate about “social circus” and has collaborated in different projects in remote areas around the world. 

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Instructor Teresa

Teresa

Training in Circus Arts for over a decade and teaching for six years now, Teresa is a dedicated practitioner and loves to share her passion for circus performance with both kids and adults. Her favourite disciplines are trapeze, partner acro, doubles aerials and handbalancing and she teaches a broad range of circus skills to our littlest Circotica members. Writing, directing and producing circus shows is her developing obsession.

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Instructor Emma, framed by a hula hoop.

Emma

Emma has been hula hooping for 8 years and loves how it puts a smile on people's faces. As a teacher she embraces fun, and enjoys seeing how happy people are when they nail new, challenging tricks! Other than twirling hula hoops Emma is often found at the pole studio or making balloon animals.

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Instructor Joe

Joe

Joe discovered circus six years ago after a misguided attempt at pole dancing, and he has never looked back. His background is in artistic gymnastics, and his main focus is straps. Oh, and he LOVES conditioning.

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Instructor Freya

Freya

Freya completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Contemporary Circus and Physical Theatre at Circomedia, Bristol, UK in 2019 and has since travelled across the world and made Canterbury, NZ her home. With 10 years worth of experience training in the circus arts and specialising in partner acrobatics, she is eager to share her knowledge and skills.
Find out more on her website.

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Instructor Kate

Kate

The big kid from Blenheim that grew up swinging around on Christchurch playgrounds. Expert aerialist Kate adores her dragon-ninja son, and has a passion for training and teaching Aerial Silks.

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Instructor Amanda

Amanda

Amanda has been passionately training and exploring aerial arts for the last 9 years. She has been sharing her passion with students for the last 5 years and is always searching for a new challenge.

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Raph

Raph fell in love with circus 6 years ago and hasn't turned back. She spent 2 years in Pōneke training full time through Whitireia and is now based in Ōtautahi. She has a huge passion for teaching, and is a huge believer in keeping circus fun and silly. She is interested in including unique and quirky movement styles into her teaching style.