Instructors

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Erin Garber-pearson

Erin Garber-Pearson is a tightwire dancer, aerialist, and visual artist. Erin makes collaborative and solo works ranging from short performances to full length shows. She started working in circus theater in 2006 building wearable sculpture and never looked back.  Her interests and skills encompass metal fabrication, video, screen printing, costume making and a range of circus arts. She has given up trying to categorize.

Erin founded Birds Eye View Circus in 2012.  In 2015 Erin completed the Aloft Full Time Training program in Chicago where she focused on tightwire and rope.  She instructs folks from all ages in circus arts and coordinates classes for the only business of it’s kind in the city. eringarberpearson.com

Aaron Brumbaugh

Aaron Brumbaugh has been practicing and teaching martial arts, strength and conditioning, and acrobatics for over a decade. Over this time he has developed an appreciation for underlying principles and commonalities in movement and enjoys breaking techniques, tricks, and skills down into usable drills. He is a certified Acro Revolution teacher, a licensed paramedic, and is currently working on a PhD in Physical Therapy.

Veronica brumbaugh

Fascination for yoga, body mechanics, movement arts, and glitter led Veronica to the doors of the Detroit Flyhouse Circus School to learn trapeze, aerial silks, lyra, hoop dance, and partner acrobatics. Trained to teach Partner Acro by Lux Sternstein and certified by Acro Revolution, her teaching style is inclusive, logical, accessible, and fun. Veronica has been teaching yoga, pilates, tae kwon do and conditioning classes for over 15 years, and her extensive study of anatomy, physics, and alignment informs her teaching style.  Recent work includes performances as a dancer, acrobat, and aerialist for shows in the Midwest and Canada.  She can be seen as the featured trapeze artist in Prometheus Production’s film, Delphian Circus, and featured acrobat in Ovid and the Art of Love.  A native of the Detroit area, she is thrilled to be an instructor and performer for the Detroit Circus and Flyhouse Circus School, The Ann Arbor Aviary, and Bird’s Eye View Circus Space.  She also travels throughout the US to teach and train. She is the mother of three budding circus stars, who share her love for performance and play.

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Emily Ellis

Emily Ellis instructs in the youth and teen cirque program at BEVC. She has been instructing children since 2006. Early in life Emily pursued dance where she was involved competitively for 15 years in jazz, tap, and lyrical. She also has years of experience in cheerleading and tumbling. Prior to being an aerial instructor she was an outdoor education     instructor for Outward Bound and several private schools  leading backpacking, kayaking and rock climbing trips. Strength, flexibility, health, and respect for our bodies are some of Emily’s strongest values.

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Chris Hatcher

Chris Hatcher learned to juggle at the age of 15, and worked his way through high school and college by doing magic, juggling, and making balloon animals.  In college, Chris also got a job at COSI (now the Imagination Station) performing science demonstrations and interacting with youth.  After college, he helped found the BGSU Juggling Club and organize three weekend juggling conventions.  More recently, Chris has taken over the Toledo Juggle Jam and has a passion for teaching in the BEVC youth/teen program. 

Joni Johnson

Joni is a free-spirited, passionate, and loving teacher.  Each of her classes are unique & aim to guide others to their highest self, that being full of awareness, love & compassion.  Joni holds space for each of you to continue to playfully grow and discover your limitless potential.  She is passionate about the benefits that the body and mond receive from practicing any type of movement, especially that movement that is uniquely and creatively yours.  She has been teaching for 5 years, and has been dancing since she was 3.  Forever a co-creative student!  Let's play!

200 RYT, Buti & Vinyasa Instructor, DJ at heart

Matthew James Miller

Matt Miller took his first aerial silks class at Birds Eye View Circus in the summer of 2013. Since then he has adamantly trained Silks, Trapeze, Rope, and Partner Acro, expanding on his performances with clowning and character development.  Matt enjoys all aspects of what circus has to offer from creativity to an amazing workout.   He has been Stage Manager and Performer for multiple BEVC productions including Baba Yaga (2015), Lucid (2015), Neverland (2016), and Nautica (2017).  When Matt is not hanging upside down at Birds Eye View Circus, he enjoys storytelling through video, playing ice hockey, and racing sailboats in Lake Erie.  He is honored to be a part of such a supportive circus community.

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Charles Miller

Charles began dancing at a young age starting with hip hop and breakdance. As a teen he studied modern, ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance. After many years of training and dedication was signed with Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah dancing professionally for 3 years. Charles continues to perform, teach and train a myriad of circus arts including juggling, hand balance, lyra, pole and silks. He is thrilled to be teaching at BEVC and sharing his love for all things circus with the youth and teen students.

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Morgan Sopko

Morgan Sopko fell in love with aerial silks the first time she stepped into the air. She is certified in tumbling and stunting safety and has coached competitive cheerleading since 2007.  From a young age she enjoyed being in front of a crowd by performing in competitive gymnastics and dance.

Morgan has performed in many Birds Eye View Circus productions and was lead choreographer of two scenes in the Baba Yaga production in February 2015.

chloe whiting-stevenson

Chloe’ loves all kinds of performance – theatre, dance, and the circus arts.  She works as a movement and acting instructor, Butoh dancer, mask maker, performance artist, and yoga instructor in the Midwest.  Chloe’ has an MFA in Physical Theatre from the Accademia’ Dell Arte, located in Arezzo Italy in association with MUW, an MA in Theatre from Illinois State University and a BA in Theatre with a focus in acting from Siena Heights University.  She is a registered 200 RYT Yoga instructor and a certified Elemental Body Alignment Level I teacher.  She has worked and performed across the United States, France, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Wales, and Nicaragua. 

Her areas of interest include devised theatre, circus, storytelling, puppeteering, Butoh, and research into theatre history.   Chloe’s passion for teaching, human bodies in motion, and communication are what brought her to share the exciting opportunities within physical theatre. Everyone has a voice – it just needs to be unlocked and shared with the world.

Brittany Wilkewitz

After her first aerial class at BEVC, there was no going back for Brittany. She loves being in the air and uncovering all the challenges it brings both mentally and physically. Her passion for body movement and its limits stem from being a fitness/yoga instructor. She enjoys helping people feel capable in their own bodies to do extraordinary things, like be in the circus!  She has her RYT 200 yoga teacher certification and a certification in aerial yoga.

Staff

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Renee Granados

Renee is an artist and former gymnast who began training with Bird’s Eye View Circus in September of 2013. Having done competitive gymnastics for all of her young life and having no affinity for “plain old exercise”, she found her silks training to be the perfect mix of fun, fitness, and expression. Since then, she has branched out to many other apparatuses like static trapeze, hammock, rope, hand balancing, and tightwire. Renee enjoys performing, exploring new ways of storytelling within circus arts, and chasing the perfect handstand at open gym. She adores the Bird’s Eye community for its supportive atmosphere and openness to creativity. 

Crystal Phelps

Crystal is an artist, curator, mover and shaker who has been training with Bird's Eye View Circus since Spring 2014. Her practice incorporates aerial silks, clowning, and her true love– tightwire. Crystal is passionate about empowering her community through networking, collaboration, engagement, and innovative art experiences. She is an MFA graduate from Maine College of Art and has presented her performative work both nationally and abroad.