Mark Gibson is the Managing Director of Aerial Edge and has specialised for the last 20 years in education for both technical, physical and artistic disciplines. When he’s not on a trapeze Mark works in humanitarian education providing education to disconnected communities around the world.
In 2000 Mark began training in static trapeze and has since been performing with both solo and doubles aerial acts for the last 19 years. Amongst other places, Mark studied at The Circus Space, London for 8 years; but also attended intensive courses at The Circus Warehouse, New York, ARCAA, Sydney, The Circus Centre, San Francisco and Circocan in Brazil. He has been teaching aerial disciplines since 2007.
In addition to teaching and performing Mark set up and runs www. CircusRigging.info which publishes articles and videos on circus safety
Mark has an extensive background in Chinese Martial Arts and Tai Chi in which he is an international gold medal winner and has been training and teaching for the last 32 years.
He will be teaching trapeze/aerial doubles/ partner acro/ and a rigging workshop during the training camp.
Sarah Dawn discovered the wonderful world of movement arts 16 years ago, when a good friend made her her first hula-hoop, starting a lovely journey down a rabbit hole of circus arts that has culminated in her aerial career today. Sarah adores the stage, bringing dynamic creativity to her performances, thrilling audiences with her feats of aerial strength and grace. She also has a deep passion for teaching and loves to share with others her aerial knowledge and commitment to physical, mental, and creative growth, inspiring them to lead healthy lives through circus. Sarah began her teaching career eight years ago, starting with her own studio in West Oakland, Such Great Heights Aerial Arts, and continuing to teach at studios around the Bay Area and Denver, including Kinetic Arts, Trapeze Arts, The Circus Collective, Frequent Flyers, Live Beyond Limit, and others. She also loves traveling and guest teaching, and has shared her aerial passion at circus schools, retreats, and festivals around the country and beyond. Sarah is a 2017 graduate of the Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Professional Training Program in Boulder, Colorado, specializing in corde lisse and fabric. With a Master’s Degree in Nursing and 15 years of experience as an ER Nurse, Sarah also has a deep understanding of health and wellness, injury assessment and prevention, and advanced first aid, and aims to combine art and science to explore the unique mental and physical effects circus has on the body.
April Ananda Bliss is the ring mistress of Bliss Circus, creatrix, and instructor. With ten years of experience of performance in the circus arts around the world and 7 years experience organizing circus events and gatherings, her goal is to share the joy and bliss of circus and build the circus community stronger where ever she goes. She is also a bodyworker, her knowledge of the body combined with the many years of training, studying, and working with movement in circus arts has provided her with an encyclopedia of information she is happy to share with her students.
Aisling Ní Cheallaigh is an Irish aerialist homegrown and hand-reared by a conglomerate of companies and coaches. She has produced and created three of her own works, two with fellow performer Ronan Brady (How to Square A Circle, Sub Rosa) and one with Jenny Tufts (NASC). She delights in flight and movement and while she specialises in Aerial Hoop she is also a dabbler in Straps, Fabric, Doubles Trapeze, Hand-to-Hand acrobatics, and the serious discipline of being hit in the face with a Cyr Wheel. She has flown far and wide performing with companies and at events all over the world like Edinburgh’s Hogmanay (UK), The Islamic Solidarity Games (Azerbaijan), Montreal Complement Cirque Festival (Canada), Bliss Circus Nights (India), and Zero Gravity Festival (Estonia). She is free-range, organic and corn-fed.
Aisling or Ash as most people call her, will be teaching and performing during our Bliss Aerial Training Camp. Unfortunately her timetable wouldn't allow to have her share another hoop intensive this season but we promise to bring her back for it very soon!
Kannatthaphon Sonkcharoen is a Thai aerialist with ten years of performing and teaching experience. He started his journey in aerial in Thailand and then went on to train as a Circus instructor in Montreal, Canada. He started competing in 2018 in aerial acrobatic competitions and won first prize in Aerial Silks in Airstar Aerial Competition 2018 and Aerial Hoop in Philippines aerial cup 2019. He is currently doing aerial acrobatic teacher trainings for many aerial studios in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Thailand.
Oak is going to be teaching aerial silks during our Training Camp plus our first aerial silks teacher training!