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Who We Are

We believe in helping to build a community of positivity and inspiration. We want our students to feel empowered and strong and believe they can achieve anything.  “Don’t just fly, soar”

 

Established in February 2012, The Circus Company started in Collingwood and has since opened a new location in Barrie. The Circus Company specializes in teaching aerial and ground circus arts to all ages and levels (from ages 6 – Adult).   We offer year round programs, winter and summer camps, group parties, workshops and private lessons.

 

We want to offer an exciting and unique fitness alternative for all lifestyles. We have been successful in catering to all ability levels from beginner to advanced. Our Instructors offer a wealth of knowledge in the circus arts, safe practices, encouragement and they can help to streamline your circus goals...and they might even give you a warm hug every once in awhile. 

MEET THE CIRCUS FAMILY!

 
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Kristin Nunes

Owner 

Level 2 NCCP Certified Coach

First Aid/CPR C Certified

Stretch Your Limits Aerial Certification Program.

Kristin Nunes is the founder and owner of the The Circus Company.  

She has created and produced several acclaimed circus productions including Dream Chest Circus, Cirque de la Nuit and RAOCA.  

Kristin is an experienced aerialist performer that has been involved in dozens of events around Ontario. She grew up in competitive gymnastics and continued on to become a competitive gymnastics and recreational coach, acquiring 15 years of coaching experience.  She discovered her love for aerial circus arts while travelling in Mexico and has been training and teaching in this exciting discipline ever since.

Prior to the opening of Collingwood Circus Club in 2012, Kristin earned her Paramedic license in British Columbia and Ontario.

Tara Leslie

Head Coach

Level 2 NCCP Certified Coach

First Aid/CPR C Certified

Stretch Your Limits Aerial Certification Program.

Tara has always felt at home in the gym. Starting with gymnastics at the age of 4, competing until she was 15. In high school she switched to competitive cheerleading, before falling in love with the circus world.

At 13 she started coaching and has been coaching at different clubs in Ontario since. Racking up 13 years of experience. Tara first started training circus arts under Kristin in 2011 and is now an experienced aerial performer. Tara loves helping people reach their personal fitness goals and push past their fears!   

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Aisha Chiandet

Coach

Level 1 NCCP Certified Coach

First Aid/CPR C Certified

Fall Protection/Harness Training and Ladder Training

Stretch Your Limits Aerial Certification Program

Aisha started training on aerial silks and aerial hoop in 2012, and began performing shortly there after. She has been instructing since 2014. Prior to discovering the world of aerial circus arts, she was a dancer and gymnast, and taught gymnastics throughout high school. She developed her love of heights through rock and ice climbing, and worked at climbing gyms in high school and university, even creating a course to help new climbers transition to outdoors. As an aerial coach, Aisha has a particular interest in alternative methods of strength and flexibility training, and enjoys helping students reach their full potential. Now an experienced performer, Aisha has been involved in shows and events across Southern Ontario. When not up in the air, she can be found at her day job as an aquatic ecologist.

Martina Speirs

Coach

Level 1 NCCP Certified Coach

First Aid/CPR C Certified

Stretch Your Limits Aerial Certification Program.

Martina has been a coach at The Circus Company since 2015. In addition to having many years of coaching experience, She has a strong background in bellydance and hula hoop dance. Martina also specializes in other ground circus acts ; including poi and contact juggling.

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Simon Helm

Coach

First Aid/CPR C Certified​

Stretch Your Limits Aerial Certification Program.

Simon has always had a passion for the performing arts. After training at Humber College for Theatre Performance he was introduced to the Silks by friend and coach Tara Leslie. Simon’s active lifestyle and love for anything theatric was a perfect fit for aerial silks. He has consistently been training with us since Spring 2016, and is grateful for the opportunity to pass on his knowledge

Clara Alex

Coach

First Aid/CPR C Certified​

Stretch Your Limits Aerial Certification Program.

The minute she did her first Silks class, she was hooked on Circus. Clara started with The Circus Company in 2015 and has been coaching since 2018.
She uses her singing, dancing and acting skills to compliment her circus performances.
She is a strong aerialist and has recently acquired a great deal of skill in hula-hoop.
She brings a light-hearted and fun approach to teaching kids.

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Devon McDonald

Rigger

Devon has been an industrial rope access technician and rigger for 14 years now. He enjoys technical projects and challenging rigging environments. 

 

He’s an instructor of technical rope skills and teaches the working at height programs through the Ministry of Labour.

 

Outside of work he enjoys the outdoors and hiking with his family. 

Our Facility

SERVING COLLINGWOOD & BARRIE

Our facility offers 24 ft of vertical space and has 7 usable aerial points. Our custom engineered aerial rigging safety system was designed, fabricated and installed by Kevin Clarke (P. Eng., MBA) at Ancam Solutions Company Ltd.   Collingwood Circus Club’s aerial rigging system was developed to allow one person to raise/lower/exchange apparatuses without having to leave the ground. It’s application is designed for one operator to safely and promptly lower a user to the ground should the user be unable to do so safely.

Our rigging system includes the following structural steel components:  a 40’ long S-beam connected to the bottom chord of the roof truss system with redundant connections, 6  pulley hanger brackets made from structural steel angle and bar bolted onto the bottom flange of the S-beam, a series of 6 static ropes (1 for each position) each fitted with a pulley and apparatus connector elements and an anchor beam where all rope ends are wrapped and hitched.

All components are designed to accommodate a 5,000 lb load on each apparatus; this represents the code requirements for industrial applications.  The anchor beam is designed such that if multiple apparatuses are engaged in drops it can withstand the anticipated loads; it is also designed to allow one person to lower a user in the event of entanglement or other issue above the gym floor.