The Team

Meet the Owner



Aerial Silks, Hammock, Handstands, Partner Acro, and more!

Coral Crawford was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It was there that she was first exposed to gymnastics and the upside-down life, and since then she has never looked back.

Training and competing as a competitive gymnast and dancer allowed her excel in the physical arts, but it wasn’t until she moved to Vancouver, BC that she discovered circus, an art form that allowed her to combine all of her passions into one. While in Vancouver Coral trained and performed with The Underground Circus where she trained in aerials, hand balancing and partner acrobatics.

Aside from receiving her bachelor’s in Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Saskatchewan, Coral is also a NCCP certified gymnastics and trampoline coach, and certified AcroYoga teacher. When not training circus you can usually find Coral exploring the BC coast, dabbling with guitar, working as an Orthoptist, or eating sushi and handstanding with friends.

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And meet the staff!

Our talented coaches are a mix of dedicated Circus-since-forevers, Professional Performers, Gymnasts and Students-come-coaches, including 3 graduates from the École Nationale de Cirque, Montreal's National Circus School. They all share one thing in common, a true joy for sharing their passions. Victorias Circus Community is growing and we are proud to be one of the hubs. Have a read about our team below or better yet, come say hi!... See you in class!

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Aerial Rope, Aerial Trapeze

Alia is a dancer, acrobat and aerialist, specialising in dance trapeze. She graduated from the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg and then discovered circus in Vancouver in 2008. She’s worked as a freelance circus artist in Vancouver and Montreal for a few years before moving to Las Vegas to work on KA by Cirque du Soleil. After 8 years with Cirque du Soleil, Alia has moved back home to Victoria and is excited to share her knowledge and experience with this growing circus community.



Aerial Hoop, Trapeze, Partner Acro, Handstands, Flexibility and more!

Jenna’s introduction to circus started with pole fitness classes in 2013. After spending a few months taking pole classes she slowly started to try other circus disciplines including; aerial hoop, handstands, flexibility, partner acrobatics, and dance trapeze. Jenna has a background in competitive gymnastics that has complimented her circus training. You can join her for Hoop and Trapeze and sometimes Handstands!

Lisa Eckert

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Co-Founder. Aerial Hoop, Trapeze, Partner Acro, Handstands, Flexibility and more!

Lisa was born in Victoria, Canada. Growing up you would say she was a bit of an attention seeker; she performed ABBA concerts in her living room and elaborately choreographed dance and gymnastic routines with her friends.

A culmination of these talents were reached when she graduated The National Circus School of Montreal in 2010 as a partner acrobatic flyer on trampoline. After she then went on to gain 2 ½ years of touring experience with Cirque Eloize where she discovered Cyr Wheel. Following Eloize she has worked with Les 7 Doigts de la Main, Les Productions Haut-Vol, and most recently Australian based company, Circa Contemporary Circus. Lisa has performed in over 15 countries, two international circus festivals, and a 6-month run of Wunderkammer in Berlin’s Chämeleon Theatre.

Lisa loves to geek out with music research, going for a good libation with friends and simply pressing next episode on Netflix.


Kaelyn Schmitt

Aerial Trapeze, Silks, Hoop, Hammock; Flexibility & more! 

Kaelyn grew up right here on the west coast. After being introduced to acrobatics through competitive gymnastics, she went on to train trapeze at the l’Ecole Nationale de Cirque in Montreal. She quickly fell in love with the circus arts which led her to 10 years of touring and performing internationally. She has worked with many different circus companies during her career, including Les 7 doigts de la main, Cirque Eloize, Palazzo Variete in Germany and Cirque du Soleil. Now back on the west coast Kaelyn is enjoying teaching and studying massage therapy. Specializing in aerials she loves blending fluidity and creativity into dynamic acrobatic movements.



Aerial Silks, Dynamics Silks & Rope, Trapeze & more!

An Engineer and Project Manager by day, aerialist by night, Sean found circus arts while at university and it was love at first fly. Since his Vancouver start in 2012, Sean has trained, taught and performed in Calgary under TADA and broadened his circus exposure from aerial silks and trapeze to hand to hand partnering before a year away in Cambridge. After another transplant to the San Francisco Bay Area, he taught and trained at Aerial Artique and San Francisco's Circus Center. Known for dynamic drops, energetic pathways, and an overall exuberance, Sean brings an analytical mind to breaking down and building up tricks and a playful spirit to creating aerial artistry. Let’s fly!



Aerial Yoga

Sarah Jane Achtem grew up dancing on the island.  She has trained extensively for almost two decades in numerous different dance styles in Canada and the US.  Sarah Jane furthered her movement training in Vancouver while studying at iNdustry Dance Training Program. It was here that she had her first taste of aerial arts during circus training and instantly found a new love.  Since returning to Victoria, Sarah Jane has increased her aerial expertise by training in aerial yoga, hoop, and silks, along with teaching ballet, contemporary, and street jazz.  She completed her Level 1 Lyra and Aerial Yoga Fitness training through PFIC and her 20 hour Elevate Aerial Yoga Teacher Training in 2019 and is also the only certified Pop Pilates instructor on the island.  Sarah Jane is thrilled to join the Island Circus Space family where she can share her passion for aerial arts and fitness.



Aerial Silks & Hammock,  Flexibility & the Focus Program

Sylvia Louis is an award-winning circus aerialist, pole artist and instructor who is recognized internationally for her skills and artistry. Since graduating from the National Circus School in Montreal, she has travelled around the globe performing and teaching. Sylvia has performed with many renowned companies, including Cirque du Soleil, Palazzo Variété, Les Gens d’R, Cirque Eloize, Art Teatro, Holiday on Ice, Cirkus Prinsessan, Cirque Fantastic Concept and many more. 

She has completed various teaching certifications in several types of yoga, aerial arts, pole fitness, TRX, Barre Fitness, gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics. Since the birth of her beautiful daughter Lillie in 2018, she has taught regular pole, aerial and yoga classes. She loves to teach at Island Circus Space and share her 25 years of experience in aerial circus arts. Follow Sylvia on Instagram: @acrosilver



Handstands and Juggling

Jade started training circus in Vancouver when she was 8 and coaching at Circus West at 14 then continued on until she graduated high school. Not knowing what to do after high school she took a break for a while to travel. When she got home she started training again, focusing on ball juggling and handstands. Then in April 2018,  moved to Victoria to take the Emergency Medical Responder course at the Justice Institute of B.C.. Come get upside down with Jade in her Handstand classes!



Aerial Hammock

A seasoned performer, Talia began her story in dance at the age of 5. Beginning her aerial career in the silks, Talia later discovered aerial hammock and instantly knew that was the apparatus for her. She loves having the opportunity to showcase the immeasurable possibilities of this apparatus.



Aerial Straps

Sebastian started when he was 8 at Vancouver’s Circus West, training and performing as part of their recreational program for 10 years. After graduating high school he attended a summer internship at École Nationale de Cirque. Returning to Vancouver he spent a year working, training, and performing with multiple local companies. After taking a small break from circus he moved to Victoria in 2019 to attend UVIC and joined Island Circus Space to share his wealth of knowledge and passions.

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Aerial Hammock

Tom started training with Island Circus Space in September 2018 and fell in love with aerial hammock. He loves the challenge that it brings and finds it to be a fantastic workout (and a blast at the same time!). While not getting into circus arts until his adult years, Tom has competed in swimming and volleyball, and took part in gymnastics, skiing, and snowboarding in his younger years. He has an undergraduate degree in Greek and Roman studies and is a Provincial employee by day. He also volunteers with and supports local theatre in Victoria. Tom is excited to share his joy for aerial hammock with others!



Open Training Facilitator

Tyson thought it would be fun to take one handstand class a week in March, 2019, and by April was in five different classes. Now averaging twelve hours a week at Island Circus Space, he still can't decide on less than four disciplines to focus on. Tyson has no athletic background.  He didn't even realize for a few months that circus was exercise, which he had always viewed as repetitive and boring. Now he aims to encourage others with a similar view to try Circus too ! 



Aerial Silks, Hammock, Kids Classes and more!

Rebecca distinctly remembers the first time she tried aerial silks, and she has been hooked ever since! As a teenager she joined a circus performance team in her hometown of Toronto and found incredible joy in creating shows and performances with the team. Since moving to Victoria for school and joining Island Circus Space Rebecca has had the opportunity to try out many new circus disciplines as well as expand on her experience. Her love for circus continues to grow! Rebecca is very passionate about circus believes it is a great way to build confidence, creativity, and body awareness. Her favourite part of coaching is seeing students grow more confident with themselves and the skills they can do.


JAYNE Walling

Kids Classes and more!

Jayne was born and raised in Canada, where she trained to be an actor at CCPA and George Brown Theatre School. She has worked with companies such as Green Thumb Theatre and Caravan Farm Theatre on the west coast, and performed in numerous festivals and cabarets across the country. In 2008, she ran away to join the circus in France, training with the Clown master Philippe Gaulier at his school in Paris, then stayed in Europe for twelve years creating and touring multiple new shows. She has recently returned to live on Vancouver Island to be close to her family and to raise her two wild and hilarious kids, as well as to continue making new exciting circus and theatre in Canada and internationally.


Valentina Ibarra

Kids Classes and more!

Valentina was born and raised in Mexico City. She started her circus journey when she was 12. At the time she also practiced artistic gymnastics which helped her find herself at ease with silks and hoop. It wasn’t long before she knew aerial arts were her place and she said goodbye to gymnastics. Since moving to Victoria for university, she joined Island Circus Space where she continues to explore her love for aerial arts. She is very passionate about circus and loves coaching as well as trying new disciplines!

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Kevin Taki

Open Training Facilitator

Born and raised in the Lower Mainland, Kevin is a true west coast boy.

Ex-national competitor in platform diving and swimming and trained in contemporary and jazz dance, you can find him pushing weights at the gym, catching surf in Jordan River, or trying out a new recipe at home with self-foraged mushrooms. He's loved circus since his formative years but took the plunge into practitioner status early 2019 with Cyr Wheel. If he's not taking a class or facilitating an open training at ICS, he's working his day job as a Recreation Therapist with VIHA - his passion is making all activities accessible for all people. He'll be a graduate of the Ecole National Du Cirque's Teacher program come the end of 2021. His apparatus' are: Cyr Wheel, "Tippy" Lyra, and Aerial Rope

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Aerial Silks, Aerial Hammock

Eve's mum set up a trapeze for her when she was 2 years old, and she's hated touching the ground since. Her favourite apparatus is the silks, especially when she can do big drops and strength-moves! Nothing excites her more than seeing one of her students nail a trick for the first time. She also loves doubles trapeze and has been exploring rope and partner acrobatics.



Aerial Silks, Aerial Hoop & Trapeze, Kids Classes, Parties & more!

Angela has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering but in her spare time, she can be found hanging from the ceiling at Island Circus Space dancing in the aerial silks. You'll find her coaching Silks, Aerial Hoop & Trapeze, Kids classes and birthday or bachelorette parties! Angela has been taking circus classes at Island Circus Space since February 2018 and she still regularly takes as many circus classes as possible in her spare time!



Kids Program Director, Aerial Silks, Cyr Wheel, Kids Classes, Camps & more!

Rose McTavish is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Originally from Vancouver, she trained and performed with CircusWest for 11 years. After high school, Rose began studying English at Simon Fraser University. Missing performing too much, she then came to Victoria to study Musical Theatre at CCPA. Since moving to Victoria she has reconnected with the circus community and is excited to be teaching here at Island Circus Space. Her theatre experience continues to inform her circus work, and vice versa.



Operations & Administration

Jassy, originally from the UK, is a colourful and whimsical being, often spotted in many bright colours and metallic shoes, she aims to spread sunshine and love wherever she goes. Also a yoga teacher, Jassy is passionate about movement and encouraging and inspiring others to enjoy it! If you email the space, it's likely Jassy you will talk to.