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.

René Gasse

René Gasse

In 1986 during is first season at Club Med after demonstrating is passion for the flying trapeze René was asked by the head of the circus program, Bob Christians, to join the circus team and to travel all over the American zone. After just a few seasons, René became one of the team leader for the circus program. In 1993 after his last season René move to New York and introduce the first outdoor flying trapeze on the east cost at Club Getaway. In 1998 he moved back to Montreal, his native land to open the first indoor flying trapeze school in Canada, Trapezium. In 2004 René was approached by Cirque du Soleil to join the artist training department team at the creation studios in Montreal and stayed for 10 years acquiring and developing expertise in all levels of the field of circus. Recently before coming to Las Vegas, he establish a flying trapeze at the iconic Olympic Stadium in Montreal. With over 30 years of experience, René his still eager to share is passion and knowledge with Trapeze Las Vegas.

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.

Tanya Hoover

Tanya Hoover

Tanya Hoover Tanya has taught aerial hoop, tissue, single, double and flying trapeze for over 10 years. She has performed for audiences, such as Warner Bros., NASCAR, KQED, USAA, the Television Critics Association Press Tour, American Express, Bechtel, the California Kidsfaire, the Crucible’s Fire Arts Festival, Circus Waldissima, Treasure Island, ISF Event Empoweresque and the Boise River Festival. Recently she finished a flying and double trapeze music video for a novel/screenplay “House on Black Lake.” She is also a safety certified gymnastics coach, specializing in the boys team category.

Ariel Mosier

Ariel Mosier

Ariel was born and raised in Colorado, dancing and flipping for Airborne Gymnastics and Dance. At age 18 she discovered circus arts and began a journey of learning through companies such as AntiGravity Orlando and Iluminar Aerial Dance before attending the New England Center for Circus Arts. After graduating NECCA’s 9 month Professional Track Program in May 2015 with a hand balancing act on canes and a duo aerial halo act, Ariel toured the United Kingdom as a coach and performer with Zippos Circus’s Academy of Circus Arts and the Festival Circus. She has more than 6 years of experience teaching a combination of gymnastics, trampoline, aerial acrobatics, hand balancing, and fitness.

Yana Shkarupa

Yana Shkarupa

Yana was born in Kiev, Ukraine where she began gymnastics at 4 years old. After discovering gymnastics, she went on to become a professional gymnast for 14 years. At the age of 18, right before an Olympic game, she received a contract to be a circus performer in Germany with Circus Roncallli. Since 2003 Yana has enjoyed performing her acrobatic skills on stage, in ballrooms, for special events, and in parks and theaters. From 2009 to 2011, she joined Cirque du Soleil’s Wintuk where she performed Russian Bar and Single Bar in New York City and Quebec City. From 2014 to 2015, Yana continued to perform for various shows and companies including Universal Studios in Japan, Knotts Berry Farm, and the show Joya in Mexico. Yana loves being and performer and strives to to never stop learning new things and improving herself. She currently one of the coaches for the Aerial Angels performance troupe along with teaching pole, fitness, and flexibility at Trapeze Las Vegas.

Delphine Gaillard

Delphine Gaillard

Delphine Gaillard learned to fly at the tender age of eight. Through hard work and dedication, she was tour and stage ready by the delicate age of ten. Training at a famous circus school, Annie Fratellini Ecole Supérieur des Arts du Cirque, Paris, France, played an integral roll in honing the trapeze, Spanish web, silk and other aerial skills that would become the foundation of Delphine’s signature routines. Delphine first caught Cirque’s attention in 2004. After bearing witness to Delphine’s diverse array of talents and flawless ability to perform under stress, Cirque moved Delphine to Las Vegas to play the role of “Julia” in their production of the Beatles “LOVE.”

Dayna Thompson

Dayna Thompson

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Michelle Rivera

Michelle Rivera

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Leysan Gayazova

Leysan Gayazova

Leysan Gayazova trained at the Circus School of Kazan specializing in aerial hoop, rope and tissue. She has won awards at the Moscow Festival and Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain. Prior to performing for Cirque du Soleil, she performed with the Russian circus “Ros Gos Cirque” for 2 years. She performed for Cirque du Soleil in the touring shows Amaluna and Varekai. Currently Leysan works as a performer in Las Vegas and coaches the youth aerial classes at Trapeze Las Vegas.

Nick de los Reyes

Nick de los Reyes

Nick is part human cannonball and part circus monkey. He found the flying trapeze at Trapeze High in San Diego and quickly fell in love with the freedom of flight. Starting as an instructor, he was promoted to the position of Safety Officer and Head Rigger. He has worked in the Bay Area, NYC and most recently came off a world tour with Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai. Most often, he can be found working the board, practicing his juggling and cracking (really bad) jokes with just about everyone. His favorite part about flying trapeze is teaching new students to challenge themselves and learn to fly. He makes a mean mac and cheese and sublime fried chicken.

Keith Hoover

Keith Hoover

Keith began his passion for flying trapeze over ten years ago. His love for trapeze and his addiction for seeing other people join in on the fun, got him involved with Trapeze Las Vegas. Besides participating in a music video for a novel/screenplay “House on Black Lake” with his wife Tanya, and catching “about a million Girl Scouts” on the flying trapeze, he has performed throughout the country as an aerial rope artist. He also teaches aerial rope, tissue and static trapeze, etc., and enjoys static and double trapeze.

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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