Erin studied under the direction of Anne Lawton from WestCoast Contortion and Acrobatics. It is Anne who helped guide and kickstart Erin's career as a young contortionist.
At 13, Erin was performing in Vegas and training with Otgo Waller, a world renowned contortionist from Cirque du Soleil. It was this same year that Erin founded Bendy Bodies Acrobatics. Yes, at the early age of 13 she was a proud new business owner finding her own clientele, organizing shows and building her own empire.
Erin started assistant teaching acrobatics with Caara Cridland when she was only 9 years old. She then went on to complete all of her South African Acrobatics exams with honours and distinction, CTDA exams with honours, she also holds an Acrobatic Arts Teacher Certification and became a certified yoga instructor.
Erin is very versatile in all genres of dance including; acrobatics, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, tap, ballet, lyrical and hip-hop.
She has won many dance titles, overall top scores and was the Diamond Dancer in both 2010 and 2011.
In 2013, she joined Angela Lowndes World Hip Hop troop, where she performed and competed professionally.
There's no doubt Erins passion has led her to a successful career in the circus industry. From coaching, aerial arts, dance, contortion and acrobatics. Look no further, this woman does it all!
Nicole tumbled into the world of performing through dance, circus, and acting almost 22 years ago and her professional circus career 8 years ago. Her passion and enthusiasm for the arts has pushed her into developing her craft in Aerial Hoop, Dance Trapeze, Aerial Pole, Aerial Silks, Tumbling, Flying Trapeze and Acrobatics. She is versatile in all genres of dance and has trained under the guidance of Sascha Bachmann and Sante Fortunato, both world renowned Cirque du Soleil performers.
Nicole has over 10 years of teaching experience, has passed her Intermediate Cecchetti certification, Level 1 Trampoline and Tumbling certification and is a certified RMT. She is looking forward to the years to come and is excited to pass on her love of circus to her students.
MARA LEA THEPEANUT / MISS DIXIE
ASSISTANT/AGENT/HOST/PROP BUILDER/POLE ARTIST/DANCER
Mara Lea ThePeanut / Miss Dixie grew up as a sailor, learning hard work and perseverance on the coast of British Columbia.
Mara went on to spend 12 years studying Ashtanga Yoga and Ayurvedic sciences. A good deal of that time was spent teaching yoga at and managing a natural wellness centre that she helped bring into fruition.
Mara fell in love with dance and circus as a young child. After moving from Vancouver Island to the lower mainland, she immediately began to take advantage of the vast local circus community, and started her journey in performing arts and acrobatics.
Mara actively studies and trains in pole sports, erotic dance, aerial arts, trapeze, duo-trapeze, partner hand-to-hand acrobatics, and body building.
Many would call it a treat to see Mara perform. One of her many other talents lay in grabbing your attention in conversation. Mara’s charm and energy rivals that of a beautiful sunny day.
Mara moonlights as a Prop Builder and Buyer for TV and Film. She holds fitness certificates in yoga, pole dance, and aerial hammock. In addition, she holds a PAL Restricted / Unrestricted and many other credits and accolades. As a professional crafter, Mara’s favourite mediums are textiles and paper crafts - folding paper and tying knots.
Stephen Adekolu (born January 20, 1989) a former professional football player in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played USport (formerly known as Canadian Interuniversity Sport "CIS") football with the Bishop's University Gaiters. Stephen first caught the eyes of pro talent evaluators at Duane Forde's National Invitational Combine in 2013 which led to him being invited to the National CFL combine. He returned to Bishop's in the fall of 2013 to finish his degree in Business entrepreneur and Fine arts while playing his final year of football eligibility. Stephen signed a contract to play for the B.C Lions on February 27th, 2014, and then signed with the Montreal Alouettes in 2017.
Stephen is an actor, motivational speaker, a youth mentor and a community advocate having visited over 200 schools and connecting with students all across Canada. Aside from his football training during his university off seasons, Stephen also worked as a leader for the Boys and Girls Club of Peel Region in his native Brampton, Ontario. He now represents them as a spokesperson, giving speeches and fundraising for various events. In 2017 and 2018, he was the Montreal Alouettes nominee for the CFL's Tom Pate Award given to the player who demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship and someone who has made a significant contribution to his team, his community and Association.