Chris started gymnastics at the age of four, and at thirteen he began to focus on trampoline and tumbling. His tumbling career took off quickly, and he was the Canadian National Champion at seventeen, earning him a spot on the Canadian National Team. After leaving gymnastics and completing a degree in human kinesiology, his love of acrobatics led him to Club Med, where he taught and performed circus arts. Despite being terrified of heights, he fell in love with flying trapeze. Chris is a certified NCCP Level 2 Trampoline instructor and has taught circus and gymnastics and directed circus school programs in Mexico, throughout the Caribbean, and the United States. His passion for flying trapeze and circus arts inspired him to bring the experience back home to Canada, and share it with as many others as possible.
Victoria is a life-long creative. She started performing music at the age of 11, and attended the University of British Columbia for Orchestral Performance with a specialization in percussion. She attended various summer programs, including one at Princeton University, and holds a certificate from Berklee School of Music. During a summer job working for Cirque du Soleil, she fell in love with the circus. She started with fabric (silks and sling) and quickly moved to straps and duo trapeze. Most recently she has fallen in love with corde and strap loops. Victoria has taken silks teacher training, Complete Aerial Anatomy certificate, and is currently enrolled in the “Instructor in Circus Arts” program at Ecole Nationale de Cirque.
After competing nationally and internationally as an artistic gymnast, Lindsay was first introduced to the world of circus arts at age 16 and has never looked back. In addition to teaching recreational circus programs in the lower mainland since 2009, Lindsay is passionate about social circus and has taught circus to at-risk youth locally as well as to displaced persons and children in or near conflict zones including communities and refugee camps near the Turkish and Jordanian borders with Syria.
As an advocate for social circus programs, Lindsay has worked alongside organizations in over 68 countries around the world, including those fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa, offering relief to children living in the Gaza Strip and helping children living in Kabul. Her interest in social circus is rooted in her belief that circus is for anybody, irrespective of age, sex, religion, socioeconomic status or physical ability. She has also written on the subject of social circus programming and been published in American Circus Educators magazine.
While she is first and foremost an aerialist, Lindsay believes her greatest circus accomplishment has been learning to 5-ball juggle. Her unicycling remains a work in progress.
Kelsey has been with West Coast for 5 years. She caught the circus bug as an adult and is passionate about sharing her love of circus. Kelsey coaches multiple aerial apparatus including silks, hoop, hammock, and trapeze. She enjoys coaching all ages and all levels and loves celebrating every small milestone any student achieves. Kelsey believes that circus is for every body. No matter ability there is something fun and different that every human can do that will either make them smile or think “I never thought I would do that.”
Geena is a retired national-level competitive gymnast who moved to BC from LA in 2015. Starting out at the age of 3, she quickly progressed from a compulsory level to an advanced competitive level. She competed in gymnastics for about 17 years before retiring. Not long after, she found another passion for pole dancing, which she has continued to this day. Geena hopes to share her love and passion of tumbling and acrobatics with all her students and looks forward to watching them grow!
Briony is originally from London, but moved to Maple Ridge in 2009 with her family. After having her second child, Briony was looking for a way to get fit that was fun and she found West Coast Flying Trapeze. In April 2016, she took her first swing on the trapeze and started training on the aerial silks. She enjoyed her circus classes so much that she decided to turn her hobby into a job, and in 2017 she began coaching at WCFT. She has completed her NCCP Gymnastics Level 1 training and NCCP Trampoline Level 1 training. Briony teaches aerial silks and flying trapeze classes.