Katherine Tesch - Director, Youth Circus, Aerial Acrobatics, Balance
Katherine has over 10 years of experience in circus and dance education. She has had the great opportunity to train with a wide variety of companies giving her a well rounded and strong base to create the curriculum and program that The Circus Academy of Tucson uses. She has trained and done workshops with Circo Picolino in Brazil, The New England Center for Circus Arts, Pilobolus, Streb and Air Dance Moscow. Her favorite thing about teaching circus is watching children learn that through hard work and dedication the impossible becomes possible!
Annie Mielke - Aerial Acrobatics
Annie Mielke has over 10 years of circus experience. She began training with Circus Juventus in Minnesota when she was 10 years old and joined Katherine when she moved to Arizona for college. She has performed with Katherine for the past 4 years and has been an integral part of her teaching and training team. She specializes in aerial acrobatics including aerial silks, Spanish web, lyra and trapeze. She also has a strong background in yoga and conditioning.
Ariella Galdstein - Stretching, Contortion, Aerial Acrobatics, Balance
Ariella is a current PhD. candidate at the University of Arizona. She has been training aerial acrobatics with Katherine for the past 4 years and has become a talented aerialist through her dedication and training. Ariella has been a figure skater since she was very young and her unique background as an athlete gives her the perfect base to teach and design our stretching and contortion program. She is also a skilled tightrope walker.
Sydney Branchfield - Tumbling
Sydney has been training cheerleading since she was a young child and has spent the last few years coaching cheer squads. She is currently working towards her degree in education. She brings her dynamic tumbling style to the youth students.
Pierre Hicks - Juggling, Props, Unicycle
Pierre is currently a senior at the University of Arizona in the College of Optical Science. He grew up in San Francisco, California where he had the chance to train at the San Francisco Circus Center, one of the most prestigious schools in the country. There he was able to hone and develop his amazing juggling skills! He focuses on juggling balls, clubs, rings, diabolo, unicycling and slack lining. He also has training in contact juggling, trampoline, rola bola, walking globe, spinning plates and juggling sticks.
Ryan Pieroni - Props, Poi, Diabolo
Ryan Pieroni is a Creative Writing Student at the University of Arizona and has been spinning poi and diabolo for six years. He hails from Atlanta, Georgia, where he performed with Milton High School's Theater Company and participated in their cirque style performances. This is where he originally began training in poi and diabolo.
Wes Crary - Advanced Aerial Conditioning, Partner Acro, Aerial Partnering
Wes trained with the Redland's Youth Circus from a young age and has been on Katherine's team for the past three years, becoming one of her most advanced students and performers. Wes's specialty is high-level conditioning and strength based skills, making him perfect to instruct Men's Aerial and Partnering. He is also a certified EMT and recent graduate of the Fire Fighter's Academy!
Tran Thai, Laura Burghardt, Ren Carter-Tucker and Maible Coughlin
These talented ladies are our advanced students and interns. They bring their unique athletic and education backgrounds and talents to assist in all of our classes and help nurture our students development with more one on one in class instruction.
Hiring! We are always looking for ways to strengthen out program! If you teach a skill we don't offer or have an idea for an awesome new class, always feel free to reach out with proposals and resumes! We are currently looking for a tumbling teacher. One of our goals is that this program will support three full time teachers/partners. If your passion is circus education and you have a goal to do that for the long term and live in one city, reach out, we'd love to talk about partnership opportunities. This person would have strong skills in juggling, acrobatics, tumbling or balance skills.