Night Owl Circus Arts

Lyra Theory w/ Caitlin
Tomorrow 10 AM at Azure
4 spots open
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Sun 2/23 6:30 PM at ATG
5 spots open
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Hoop Dance w/ David
Sun 2/23 6:30 PM at Azure
20 spots open
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Poi Spinning w/ Logan
Sun 2/23 7:30 PM at Azure
6 spots open
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Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Mon 2/24 5:30 PM at Azure
3 spots open
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Aerial for Teens w/ Kayla
Mon 2/24 7:30 PM at Azure
3 spots open
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Aerial for Kids w/ Lauren
Tue 2/25 4:30 PM at Azure
2 spots open
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Conditioning w/ Lauren
Tue 2/25 7:30 PM at Azure
8 spots open
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Aerial for Kids w/ Lauren
Wed 2/26 4 PM at ATG
4 spots open
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Beg Trap w/ Wil
Wed 2/26 5:30 PM at Azure
1 spot open
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Silks: Drops w/ Abby
Wed 2/26 6:15 PM at ATG
3 spots open
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About NOCA

In March of 2013, Craig and Mikaela Lewis founded Night Owl Circus Arts (formerly Johnson City Circus Arts), creating the first public aerial arts studio and training program in the Tricities area.

Craig has been fascinated with circus arts since age 10 when he taught himself to juggle from an instructional book. In 2007 he began his bachelors degree in Digital Media at ETSU, where he founded the ETSU Juggling Club. With the club, he began attending regional juggling conferences and festivals to further his knowledge of juggling. In 2009, he began his training in aerial arts at San Francisco Circus Center, and in 2010 he continued his training at Aerial Space in Asheville under Andrew Hartnagle and Blue De Leeuw, and also participated in the ETSU Aerial Dance program. After several years of training, he became an instructor at Aerial Space, and a performer with Asheville Aerial Arts.

In March of 2013, Craig completed the Nimble Arts Aerial Teacher Training program with Elsie Smith and Jamie Hodgson. He then founded Night Owl Circus Arts with his wife Mikaela, offering the first public classes in aerial arts in the Tricities. The company began with just a few beginner silks classes a week, but quickly expanded to accommodate high demand.

Over the years, as NOCA grew, we experimented in partnerships with several venues. Tuco O Tapa in 2013, Appalachian Tumbling and Gymnastics in 2014, and Kingsport Flight Athletic Academy in 2017 all contributed greatly to our growth. In 2018, we formed a mutually beneficial partnership with Azure Aerial Arts, where we now offer many of our classes. Today, Appalachian Tumbling and Gymnastics in Boones Creek, and Azure Aerial Arts near ETSU serve as our two locations.

Today, Night Owl Circus Arts LLC has 14 instructors, two locations in Johnson City, and offers classes seven days a week for all ages and skill levels. We've expanded from silks to now offer classes like Lyra, Aerial Yoga, AcroYoga, Tumbling, and more. We have a performance company that does private events, and several public performances per year. We have worked with Barter Theater and Jonesborough Repertory Theater to coach circus arts for several professional stage productions. NOCA has become a regional hub for circus arts where aerialists and studio owners travel from out of town for our Aerial Rigging workshops with Delbert Hall, and our professional Aerial Photoshoots with Keith Dixon.

NOCA has a partnership with the Viriginia Highlands Festival. Once a year, NOCA presents our large annual student performance as part of the Virginia Highlands Festival at the beautiful McGlothlin Center for the Arts at Emory and Henry College near Abingdon, VA. This provides our students with an excellent opportunity to work on a stage production in a large, modern proscenium theater, and to create a stunning performance that can be enjoyed by all!

At NOCA, we believe circus arts should be fun, safe, and accessible for everyone. We want to share this amazing art form and workout with you! We offer classes for all ages, fitness levels, and body types. Our classes have small size limits so that we can give students individual attention.

Our students have extremely diverse goals and backgrounds. Many students come to us with the goal of simply having fun, building strength, and improving their overall fitness. We encourage people of all fitness levels to experience the joy of hanging upside-down, noodling around, and making pretty poses on the silks! We also work with some students who aspire to be professional performers, and we're thrilled to help them achieve these goals!

NOCA In the Press

A! Magazine for the Arts

January 2017

A! Article link:
Johnson City Circus Arts dances in air

Johnson City Press

November 2015

JCPress Article Links:
Johnson City teacher turns dance on its head - November 2015
Night Owls start the day at Blue Plum - June 2017


January 2017

Tricities Healthy Living

December 2015

Healthy Living Link: Fantastic Fitness


Learning the Circus Arts of Juggling & Aerial Silks

January 2014

Johnson City Circus Arts

December 2016

Night Owl Circus Arts

July 2017

JC Circus Arts rebranding, expanding to downtown Kingsport

January 2017

Our Performance DVDs on Amazon:

Special Thanks To:

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