Our Instructors

Lisa Côté

Lisa Côté

Lisa was first drawn to the excitement of the flying trapeze in 1987, taking her first swing at Club Med in Copper Mountain, Colorado. Within a year, she grew from an eager student to instructor level. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from the University of Houston and has been previously safety-certified by the USAG. After 5 years of teaching circus skills at Club Med, Lisa and her partner Stéphan had a 6-year career as professional aerialists, performing the flying trapeze, double trapeze, other aerial acts, and the Russian Swing all over the world. After starting a family, Lisa worked eight summers as Head of the Flying Trapeze at Country Roads Day Camp in New Jersey, overseeing 6 sessions per day, 5 days a week (thousands of happy kids).

Stéphan Côté

Stéphan Côté

Stéphan joined Club Med in 1987 as a swimming instructor but it wasn’t long before he was drawn to the flying trapeze rig. He quickly became a catcher and was asked to move on as a Circus Instructor. Within a year he was leading his team in various resorts around the world and was eventually tasked with opening the very first circus program in Europe for Club Med. Running away and joining the circus seemed like the most obvious next step for Stéphan and his partner Lisa. They went on to perform their acts all over the world including a long stint here in Las Vegas where they have elected to stay in their retirement from performing. After a few years off he is back at it and eager to share his knowledge and passion.

Chris Ries

Chris Ries

Chris attended Illinois State University, majoring in Secondary Physics Education; where he also participated in the Gamma Phi Circus – one of only two collegiate circus programs in the United States. While at Gamma Phi, Chris learned and performed acts such as Flying Trapeze, Russian Swing, Teeterboard, Handbalancing, Trampoline, Russian bar, Juggling, and many others. After attending ISU as a student, Chris stayed on for a year as the assistant coach of the Gamma Phi Circus. Following that year, Chris performed as a flying trapeze artist for POP Circus, traveling throughout Japan. After the 9.0 earthquake, that show went on hiatus and Chris transitioned back to a teaching role at TSNY Chicago. His performance skills as an incredibly talented flying trapeze artist were still in demand and he was soon contacted by Cirque du Soleil to train as a backup flyer while performing at Circus Vargas. After two and a half years there, Cirque hired Chris as an acrobat for the show KA, where he currently performs right here in Las Vegas! Chris continues to fly and teach others to fly at Trapeze Las Vegas.

Charles Strachan

Charles Strachan

Charlie was born in Cape Town South Africa where he started with a youth circus, Circus Osler. At Circus Osler, Charlie developed many skills such as flying trapeze, unicycle, tightrope, clowning, fire eating, rolo-bola, plate spinning, balloon twisting, face painting, and juggling… to name a few. After being drafted into the South African army and traveling all over Africa with the entertainment unit, he accepted an offer to work in Europe for 2 years as a trapeze catcher in an act known as the “Starlords”. Following his time in the army, Charlie worked as a chorus member and circus instructor to his fellow cast members in the production “Barnum” in Johannesburg. During his clowning career, Charlie has worked as a clowning teacher at Ringling Brothers Clown College, been a clown for Ringling at Disneyland, and an entertainer and stilt walker at the Circus Circus Casino in Las Vegas and across many state fairs, including Indiana, Florida, Ohio, Texas, and more. Currently Charlie still works as an entertainer in Vegas through his business, Charlie The Clown, and is proud to be part of the Trapeze Las Vegas team!

Brandon Hansen

Brandon Hansen

Brandon was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. There, he trained as a competitive gymnast with National Champion Coach Christopher Sommer, who’s program has blossomed into the world renowned Gymnasticbodies forum. He also spent many years learning piano and vocal performance, and has been a part of several musicals, his favorites being “Into the Woods”, “Les Miserables”, “West Side Story”, and “Rent”. He received his Aerial education with Darla Davis at Aeris Aerial in Sandy, Utah. There, he trained in silk, straps, sling, and chains, as well as hand-balancing and contortion. Brandon has worked as an aerialist at many corporate events, performed at the featured Aerial soloist in “Thriller” with Odyssey Dance Theater, and tied for 1st in the Male Silks Division of the 2015 U.S. Aerial competition. He recently moved to Las Vegas to pursue life as a professional aerial acrobat. This year he was crowned the 2016 U.S Aerial Male Silks Champion at the U.S. Aerial Championships in New York City. You can follow his training and progress on Instagram at @brandonscottacrobat.

Tristan Yeager

Tristan Yeager

Tristan is a 19-year-old aerialist from The Woodlands, Texas. Her preferred apparatus is aerial silks. In 2016 she graduated from the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts Pre-Professional Program in Seattle, Washington. She moved to Las Vegas in 2016 to pursue more performing opportunities. When she is not performing she enjoys passing on her knowledge of silks and other aerial arts to the students of TLV.

Kara Shriver

Kara Shriver

Born & raised in South Florida, Kara has always had a passion for the arts, beginning with her strong gymnastics background as a level 7 gymnast. At age 15, she began specializing in aerial arts and acrobatics under the instruction of Russian Circus Legend Evgueni Baranok. She was a dance major at Dillard Center for the Arts. Kara has performed at many different events and special occasions, including Lorenzo Martone’s Nycked Fashion Show, Ultra Music Festival in 2012, and for celebrities like Dwyane Wade, Kim Kardashian and Jim Carrey, along with numerous clubs and events throughout South Florida. Most recently she was an aerialist and acrobat in Cirque de la Mer at SeaWorld in San Diego, The ACT at the Palazzo and LIGHT nightclub at Mandalay Bay on the Vegas Strip. She is currently performing as an aerialist and acrobat and is an instructor at Trapeze Las Vegas.

Chris Tollette

Chris Tollette

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Lygia Way

Lygia Way

Coming from the Big Island of Hawai’i, Lygia recently moved to Las Vegas to pursue her dreams as a circus artist. She has trained on aerial cradle, silks, lyra, static and flying trapeze. Highlights of her career include features on American Horror Story and Bollywood productions in India.

TJ Stutts

TJ Stutts

TJ started his journey in the circus arts while living in New Hampshire in 2009. He is now skilled in many disciplines, including contact juggling, fire spinning, stilt walking, and cyr wheel. Since moving to Las Vegas in January 2016, he began coaching his skills to others at the Studio along with adding aerial arts to his repertoire.

Harley Rockhill

Harley Rockhill

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Thaddeuse Golden Jr.

Thaddeuse Golden Jr.

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Lin Junming

Lin Junming

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Lyndsi Hardin

Lyndsi Hardin

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Sarah Cohen

Sarah Cohen

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Mike Wynn

Mike Wynn

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Jeff Pratt

Jeff Pratt

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James Baylis

James Baylis

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Emily Reeves

Emily Reeves

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Michael Radiff

Michael Radiff

Michael Radiff got his start in 2005 performing with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line as a dancer, aerialist, and acrobat.  From there his career led him to Las Vegas where he performed in Les Folies Bergere, Donn Arden’s Jubilee, and Steve Wynn’s Show Stoppers. Along with his performance career, he has been working as an aerial and tumbling coach since 2013.

Kenny Strong

Kenny Strong

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Angel Rivera

Angel Rivera

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Rob Dawson

Rob Dawson

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Kristen Wiertzema

Kristen Wiertzema

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