Night Owl Circus Arts



Beg Lyra w/ Vianna
Today 2:15 PM at South
2 spots open
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Performance Choreography w/ Wil
Tonight 6 PM at South
5 spots open
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Dance Fusion w/ Eva
Tonight 7:15 PM at South
6 spots open
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Pole Conditioning w/ Samantha
Tomorrow 4:45 PM at South
3 spots open
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Strut w/ Leslie
Sun 8/1 5:15 PM at South
6 spots open
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Beg Lyra w/ Vianna
Sun 8/1 6:30 PM at South
1 spot open
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Creative Aerial Flow
Sun 8/1 7:45 PM at South
5 spots open
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Open Gym w/ Vianna
Mon 8/2 4:15 PM at South
6 spots open
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Int/Adv Silks w/ Wil
Mon 8/2 6:45 PM at South
2 spots open
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Pole 1 w/ Samantha
Mon 8/2 6:45 PM at South
2 spots open
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Release and Restore w/ Samantha
Mon 8/2 8 PM at South
3 spots open
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Eva Alom

Eva Alom

Eva started dance at age 3 and has been finding ways to keep moving ever since. She graduated from ETSU with a minor in dance and major in International Affairs. During her time as a student Eva found her choreographer voice, creating works that awarded her the Judith Woodruff Award for Excellence in Dance in 2016. Since graduating, Eva has worked with North East State Community College’s theatre department choreographing and movement coaching for multiple stage productions. When she isn’t busy working with planes and passengers over at Tri Cities airport, she always finds a way to incorporate dance into her life. Eva wants to empower everyone to use their body to tell their unique story!

Dance Fusion w/ Eva
Tonight 7:15 PM at South
Dance Fusion w/ Eva
Fri 8/6 7:15 PM at South
Dance Fusion w/ Eva
Fri 8/13 7:15 PM at South

Dance Fusion w/ Eva
Fri 8/20 7:15 PM at South
Dance Fusion w/ Eva
Fri 8/27 7:15 PM at South
Dance Fusion w/ Eva
Fri 9/3 7:15 PM at South

Vianna Isbister

Vianna Isbister

Vianna began training in aerial arts in the summer of 2017 after participating in ETSU’s theatrical production of Charlotte’s Web. She has trained in aerial silks, lyra, and aerial yoga, along with a smattering of other apparatuses and circus/dance-related techniques. Vianna graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and minors in Dance and Storytelling from ETSU. Her focus in her dance training has been on dance improvisation, choreography, and aerial dance. She is back at ETSU working on a Master of Arts in Communication and Storytelling Studies. Vianna is passionate about blending multiple performance mediums and uncovering the story that is lurking underneath every piece of art. She is fascinated with blending improvisation into every aspect of life. Vianna enjoys looking at life as though every new opportunity thrown her way is a new opportunity to find a story and create some art. Some other interests include reading everything she can get her hands on (including academic journals), watching excess amounts of Youtube, and tabletop roleplaying games.

Beg Lyra w/ Vianna
Today 2:15 PM at South
Beg Lyra w/ Vianna
Sun 8/1 6:30 PM at South
Creative Aerial Flow
Sun 8/1 7:45 PM at South

Open Gym w/ Vianna
Mon 8/2 4:15 PM at South
Aerial Dance w/ Vianna
Thu 8/5 4 PM at South
Beg Lyra w/ Vianna
Fri 8/6 2:15 PM at South

Samantha Sander

Samantha Sander

Samantha began her aerial journey back in 2001 (at age 9) at Xelias Aerial Arts, a MN-based studio founded by Ringling Brothers alumni. In 2006, she advanced to coaching students between the ages of 3 and 68. Xelias has instilled in Samantha a sense that safety and proper technique are the most important foundations to build, and she encompasses this in her approach to all different circus disciplines. While she has dabbled in many apparatuses, her favorites to teach are silks, spanish web, lyra, and aerial partner work. She has attended several biennial nationwide American Youth Circus Organization conventions since 2007, as both a student and an instructor. Samantha has trained under and alongside several graduates of esteemed circus colleges and Cirque du Soleil performers. She has also choreographed many circus college and Circus Smirkus auditions over the years, as well as over 100 unique recital performance pieces for students. Samantha's favorite thing about aerial arts is that there are always new challenges and new successes, no matter your experience level!

Beg Sling + Rope w/ Samantha
Tue 8/3 3:30 PM at South
Int Lyra w/ Samantha
Tue 8/3 4:30 PM at South
Int/Adv Silks w/ Samantha
Tue 8/3 7:30 PM at South

Beginner Silks w/ Samantha
Wed 8/4 1:30 PM at South
Strength and Flexibility w/ Samantha
Wed 8/4 2:30 PM at South
Open Gym w/ Samantha
Wed 8/4 3:30 PM at South

Craig Lewis

Craig Lewis

Craig Lewis has been fascinated with circus arts since he taught himself to juggle at age 10. He has since pursued training in aerial arts and juggling through San Francisco Circus Center, Aerial Space in Asheville, NC, and the Aerial Dance program at East Tennessee State University. In 2013, he and Mikaela founded Night Owl Circus Arts in Johnson City, TN, where he enjoys directing performances, and helping people of all fitness levels and backgrounds achieve their goals in circus arts. He serves as the Festival Site Coordinator for the International Jugglers' Association. He has a degree in Digital Media from ETSU. He is a professional mobile DJ specializing in weddings, and is also a software developer for CircusDB, his online circus school management software. He enjoys international cooking, and making and bottling homemade hot sauce with his beautiful wife Mikaela, and his cat Toffee.

Aerial Yoga
Fri 8/6 4:45 PM at South
Aerial Rigging w/ Craig
Fri 8/13 1 PM at Online
Aerial Yoga
Fri 8/13 4:45 PM at South

Aerial Silks w/ Craig
Fri 8/20 1 PM at South
Aerial Silks w/ Craig
Fri 8/27 1 PM at South
Aerial Yoga
Fri 8/27 4:45 PM at South

Jenna Eason

Jenna Eason

Jenna is a North Carolina native, with an extensive history of competing and performing in cheerleading, gymnastics, dance and theatre. After moving to New England in 2009, she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and found it extremely difficult to participate in any physical activity. That was, until she found Yoga. Her body and mind began to heal, almost instantly. Initially, she focused on Ashtanga, and gradually began adding Flow, Yin, and Restorative classes to her routine. She also began training in AcroYoga, at Maya Movement Arts in Greenville, SC, which has become her passion. Wanting to take her yoga practice to the next level, she completed her RYT-200 yoga teacher training at Downtown Yoga Center in Johnson City. When Jenna moved to the Tri-Cities in 2016, she knew she had to find an outlet for Acro. Through work and personal travel, she was able catch workshops, classes and jams around the country. And in 2017, she began co-offering workshops locally, through NOCA and DYC. She is thrilled to be a part of the founding Tri-Cities AcroYoga community and looks forward to seeing you at our weekly NOCA classes!

Samantha Davis

Samantha Davis

Sam started her journey in 2016 in Asheville, North Carolina. She had always wanted to try out Pole Dance, and so as soon as she could she signed up for class and has basically never left. Since then, Sam has become obsessed with Aerial, Pole, Sensual Movement, and Fitness. Starting her journey dealing with severe anxiety issues, she found that movement helped her gain strength, feel confident, and overcome her anxiety. She became a Pole Instructor in 2018 and has loved her job since. Her specialty is Low Flow and Erotique style on the pole and bar based apparatuses. She also became a Certified Personal Trainer in 2020. Sam is also a Licensed Pole Instructor through Aradia Fitness. Her goals in life are to help everyone feel their best in their own skin. She strongly believes that circus and fitness are for any body and any gender. Sam is currently teaching floor-based and aerial dance and fitness classes.

Pole-Ography 2+ w/ Samantha
Tonight 7:15 PM at South
Pole Conditioning w/ Samantha
Tomorrow 4:45 PM at South
Chair Dance w/ Samantha
Tomorrow 6 PM at South

Pole 1 w/ Samantha
Mon 8/2 6:45 PM at South
Release and Restore w/ Samantha
Mon 8/2 8 PM at South
Pole 2 w/ Samantha
Wed 8/4 7 PM at South

Stephanie Roberts

Stephanie Roberts

Stephanie Roberts first tried AcroYoga in the fall of 2014 after being persuaded to stay late one evening after a yoga class. It didn’t take long before she became hooked, and co-founded an AcroYoga student organization at the University of Arkansas. She received her RYT-200 yoga teacher training the summer of 2016, and has been passionate about sharing the wonderful world of yoga and AcroYoga ever since. She moved to Tennessee from Arkansas spring in the spring of 2017, and now teaches at Great Body Company, the YMCA of Kingsport, the Kingsport Ballet, and Night Owl Circus Arts. Bringing Acro to the Tri-Cities has been one of her main goals since moving here, and she is honored to be a part of the AcroYoga movement in East Tennessee! She absolutely loves being able to teach the two things she is most passionate about, and she loves sharing the experience of flying with others! Acro allows you to build a new kind of trust with people, and enables you to let go of the negative stigma that our society assigns to touch and personal space. Acro provides a safe environment for you to grow as a person, as well as grow within a community.

Jen Kintner

Jen Kintner

Jen was dragged kicking and complaining to her first dance class, but fell in love instantly, and has been dancing and practicing yoga ever since. She is the Director of Mountain Movers Dance Company, which has been the resident modern dance company at ETSU since 1982. She teaches aerial, modern and dance history at ETSU as adjunct faculty, works full time as a researcher in a Microbiology lab at Quillen College of Medicine, and is the owner of Azure Aerial Arts.

Jen holds a 200 hour certification in Yoga, has trained more than 300 hours with Shiva Rea in Vinyasa yoga techniques and philosophy, and has trained in Jayne Bernasconi’s method of aerial yoga. She has 40 years of experience studying, teaching and performing modern dance, and has a foundation teacher training certification in Aerial Fabrics with the New England Center for Circus Arts. She also has a Masters degree in pharmacology and toxicology, just for fun!

Int/Adv Aerial w/ Jen
Tue 8/3 2:30 PM at South
Private Lesson w/ Jen
Sat 8/7 10 AM at South
Int/Adv Aerial w/ Jen
Tue 8/10 2:30 PM at South

Private Lesson w/ Jen
Sat 8/14 10 AM at South
Private Lesson w/ Jen
Sat 8/21 10 AM at South
Private Lesson w/ Jen
Sat 8/28 10 AM at South

Rachel Broad

Rachel Broad

Rachel first became interested in Aerial when she had the chance to see a friend's recital in college. She was immediately fascinated by the unique blend of dance and acrobatics in the air and thought it looked like a blast. After moving to the Tri Cities she tried a silks class in 2017 and has been hooked ever since.

Rachel has a masters degree in Linguistics, and minors in Computer Science and Japanese from UNC Chapel Hill. She currently works as a Software Developer and specializes in web development.

Beginner Silks
Sun 8/8 11:45 AM at South
Beginner Silks
Sun 8/15 11:45 AM at South
Beginner Silks
Sun 8/22 11:45 AM at South

Beginner Silks
Sun 8/29 11:45 AM at South
Beginner Silks
Sun 9/5 11:45 AM at South
Beginner Silks
Sun 9/12 11:45 AM at South

Leslie Ellingburg

Leslie Ellingburg

Leslie Ann Ellingburg, AKA Izzy Fuller, is a classically trained ballerina who found herself on the burlesque stage by chance a few years when she began performing with the Ooh Ooh Revue in Knoxville,TN. From there she has danced with various burlesque troupes and performed in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, North Carolina, and is currently a Vixen in training with The Vixen Show (CA/NC). Izzy loves the empowerment and strength she has gained from this style of dance as it has helped her reclaim her sexuality and been a part of her eating disorder recovery journey. She hopes that others can learn to love themselves through this style of dance as well. Izzy/Leslie is also a Trauma Informed Certified Yoga Instructor & Exercise Physiologist who is pursuing her Master's of Public Health at ETSU.

Strut w/ Leslie
Sun 8/1 5:15 PM at South
Strut w/ Leslie
Sun 8/8 5:15 PM at South
Strut w/ Leslie
Sun 8/15 5:15 PM at South

Strut w/ Leslie
Sun 8/22 5:15 PM at South
Strut w/ Leslie
Sun 8/29 5:15 PM at South
Strut w/ Leslie
Sun 9/5 5:15 PM at South

Wil Rhew

Wil Rhew

Wil began studying aerial arts after a friend recommended the classes after having taken a course in silks at their university. Having an interest in arts and athletics, he gave the classes a try and was immediately hooked. Wil loves to perform on silks and trapeze and enjoys finding connecting elements between different aerial disciplines.Wil finds technique, strength, and body awareness to be the most intriguing aspects of aerial arts but also the most difficult to master. Outside of the studio Wil has a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages with concentrations in French and Spanish from East Tennessee State University and loves cultural studies. Inspired by his instructors and fellow Night Owls, Wil encourages everyone to give aerials a try and be adventurous!

Performance Choreography w/ Wil
Tonight 6 PM at South
Aerial Silks w/ Wil
Tomorrow 7:15 PM at South
Int/Adv Silks w/ Wil
Mon 8/2 6:45 PM at South

Aerial for Kids w/ Wil
Wed 8/4 4:45 PM at South
Performance Choreography w/ Wil
Fri 8/6 6 PM at South
Int/Adv Silks w/ Wil
Mon 8/9 6:45 PM at South

Caroline Daniels

Caroline Daniels

Caroline worked at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival two years ago and accidentally fell head over heels in love with circus. Bernie Dieter’s Little Death Club was a whirl of lights, music, cabaret, gin, sword swallowing, and the most mesmerizing trapeze act in the world. When she left that tent, awash in after-show glow and high on magic, she knew she’d found her passion. So, when she arrived back home, one of her friends caught wind that she wanted to learn aerial arts and scooped her up, taught her some basic lyra skills, and sent her on her way to the nearest aerial studio — the purple paradise of Empyrean Arts in Asheville, NC. Caroline has never looked back. She has trained in lyra for 2 1/2 years with some forays into acro, sling, and rope, and team-taught beginner lyra at Warren Wilson College, performed twice with one of her best friends, and created and performed in her own collaborative show — Flying Catastrophe Circus — at the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival in January 2020. She’s working on her masters at ETSU, focusing on social justice-based performance. She’s also desperately in love with her two cats - Sirius and Quinn.

Creative Aerial Flow
Sun 8/1 7:45 PM at South
Beg Lyra w/ Caroline
Sun 8/8 6:30 PM at South
Creative Aerial Flow
Sun 8/8 7:45 PM at South

Beg Lyra w/ Caroline
Fri 8/13 2:15 PM at South
Strength for Aerialists w/ Caroline
Fri 8/13 3:15 PM at South
Beg Lyra w/ Caroline
Sun 8/15 6:30 PM at South

Katie Duvall

Katie Duvall

Katie began her yoga journey in the East Tennessee State University Mini Dome many years ago with Jen Kintner. She loved both the challenge and peacefulness a vigorous vinyasa class brought. About three years ago Katie made her new year's resolution to try one new experience per month that put her out of her comfort zone. That year's April out of the comfort zone experience was an aerial yoga class at Azure Aerial Arts Studio. Since then she's embraced the aerial life and become an aerial yoga instructor.
Katie has a Master' degree in Professional Communication, is an Appalachian and women's health scholar, and works as the Research Services Manager at the Department of Pediatrics at East Tennessee State University's Quillen College of Medicine.

Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Mon 8/2 5:30 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Thu 8/5 5:15 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Mon 8/9 5:30 PM at South

Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Thu 8/12 5:15 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Mon 8/16 5:30 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Thu 8/19 5:15 PM at South



Photography by Keith Dixon Studios, Elissa Wood Photography, Amanda and Chad Photography.