Founder and Coach
As a teacher and coach Kate loves to see the growth and confidence that circus gives to her students. She has been teaching dance, gymnastics, yoga and circus arts to people from 18-month tots to professional adults for 19 years. She is a certified yoga instructor, has completed several aerial teacher trainings by Nimble Arts, and is a certified Cyr Wheel coach. She has toured nationally offering workshops, been a coach for Bow and Sparrow in San Francisco; Esh Circus Arts in Somerville, MA; New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) in Brattleboro, VT; and The Circus Project in Portland. Since 2016 she has been the Director of FlyCo, the professional training program at A-WOL Dance Collective.
Kate has performed with Jo Krieter’s Flyaway Productions, Project Bandaloop, The Crucible, and Supperclub in the Bay Area and appeared at the Portland Trail Blazers games, the San Francisco Opera House, the Boston MFA, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the House of Blues and numerous music festivals around the country. She was awarded the RAWArts Boston Performing Artist of the Year in 2012. She has been a choreographer and performer for the Boston Circus Guild since 2011 in addition to producing for her company, Bow & Sparrow. Kate is a graduate of Professional Track program at New England Center for Circus Arts. In 2016 she moved to Portland and has performed with AWOL Dance Collective, Night Flight, The Circus Project and created Pole Disclosure, a full-length duo show with her partner Amaya Alvarado.
Founder and Coach
Having spent the majority of her life as a dancer, teacher, and healthy living enthusiast Rachel has an insatiable desire to understand more fully the connection of mind, body and soul. With over 25 years of dance and movement training and 16 years of coaching, she continues to be passionate about learning and sharing with others. Rachel creates an environment for students to build confidence through movement regardless of their experience. Her classes incorporate a fusion of energized play, mobility, Pilates, mindfulness, expression and connection.
The stage is where Rachel thrives, sending audience members away feeling something be it inspiration or contemplation. She has performed with a variety of NW dance companies and artists on projects ranging from full length productions to music videos and loves the collaboration process. Rachel is a dynamic performer skilled in a variety of disciplines including dance, contortion, partner work and many aerial apparatus though her specialty is lyra. Movement is the tool that allows her to communicate what can not always be put into words.
A self professed lifetime learner Rachel gains satisfaction from the investigation of new things and has an insatiable desire to expand her artistry. This year she took up surfing and snowboarding with her partner, began playing ukulele, and started juggling classes. She is constantly testing new baking recipes and always has a book by her bed.
2021 Retreat Coach
Jordie Campbell is an interdisciplinary circus performer, coach, and curious explorer of all things movement. She performs and creates original work both on and off the ground specializing in aerial silks, rope, sling, and a signature blend of ground movement influenced by years of dance, acrobatics, hand balancing, and contortion training.
Jordie is passionate about collaboration between people and also between styles and interests. From movies to music and art she draws inspiration from many sources to create movement uniquely her own and strives to encourage the same in others. With over ten years of performance experience she has trained and performed with an array of apparatus on a variety of stages from cabaret shows to full length productions.
2021 Retreat Coach
Amaya Alvarado is a multidisciplinary circus artist and lover of movement. After completing the Professional Program at the Circus Warehouse in NYC she went on to graduate from the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) focusing on hand to hand, group acrobatics, and trapeze.
Amaya has performed with a number of renowned companies and organizations including Comedy Central, Summer Stage NYC, Nimble Arts, and Aerial Angels, and she is the founding director of Aiya Productions.
She has studied hand to hand, acrobatics and aerials with some of the greatest coaches and innovators in North America: at NECCA and in Montreal with Jérome LeBeaut (Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize and Seven Fingers) and Natalia Adamiecka (Cirque Eloize).
Amaya is co-creator, choreographer and performer in the full-length contemporary circus theatre show Tinder and Ash, born through a Tohu artist residency in Montreal and further developed at the Orchard Project Residency in Saratoga Springs, NY. Amaya is a creator and performer in Pole Disclosure, an up and coming contemporary, feminist circus show.
Amy is a culinary artist with mediumRAREchefts who has a passion for adventure. Amy’s schooling in the culinary arts goes outside tradition. She has spent time studying Japanese cuisine under sushi masters, slinging hash with big city chefs, and has a superb instinct for fine food. Her cooking experience is beyond imagination and she has a knack for seeking out unique culinary experiences. This has led her to the far reaches of the West, heli-skiing in British Columbia, river running in Idaho, hiking in Colorado, and mountain biking in the Southern Utah desert. She has been a private chef for professional athletes, famous actors, illustrious politicians, and rock and rollers.
After years of adventuring, Amy returned home to the Wasatch Mountains in Utah which captivated her even as a mere babe. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing powder, bicycle riding, traveling the world, downward dog and photography. She strives to become a ukulele master and write stories of her frothy experiences. She lives with her cute little dog Pyka in the mountains of Utah.