Night Owl Circus Arts



Conditioning w/ Samantha
Tomorrow 4:45 PM at South
5 spots open
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Aerial Silks w/ Wil
Tomorrow 7:15 PM at South
1 spot open
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Bar Conditioning w/ Caroline
Sun 11/29 4 PM at South
2 spots open
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Aerial for Kids w/ Wil
Wed 12/2 4:45 PM at South
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Beg Trap w/ Wil
Wed 12/2 6 PM at South
2 spots open
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Contemporary Dance w/ Danielle
Wed 12/2 7:15 PM at South
3 spots open
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Conditioning w/ Samantha
Sat 12/5 4:45 PM at South
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Beg Lyra w/ Caroline
Sun 12/6 2:45 PM at South
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Bar Conditioning w/ Caroline
Sun 12/6 4 PM at South
2 spots open
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Aerial Yoga w/ Mithra
Sun 12/6 6 PM at South
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Int/Adv Silks w/ Wil
Mon 12/7 6:45 PM at South
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Claire Woodard

Claire Woodard

Claire Woodard is a teacher at heart and discovered the world of aerial arts by way of dance. Claire’s first memories of dancing include leaping about her living room as a child to Simon and Garfunkel’s greatest hits; her formal training in ballet, jazz, and modern soon followed. Throughout college, she performed and choreographed as a member of the Converse Dance Ensemble, and when she moved back to East Tennessee, she joined Mountain Movers Dance Company where she has danced, performed, and taught for over a decade. It was in Mountain Movers that Jen Kintner and Jessica Vest introduced Claire to aerial silks in 2012. Since then, she has completed teaching training with Elsie Smith of NECCA and Julianna Hane. She taught aerial fabric and lyra at Azure Aerial Arts for several years, and she currently teaches modern, jazz, aerial, and dance improvisation as an adjunct professor at East Tennessee State University. Claire holds a Master of Education degree, and is a mother to three young children who already love to swing on the silks. In case you were wondering — yes, she still dances in her living room.

Beginner Silks w/ Claire
Tue 12/8 6:45 PM at South
Beginner Silks w/ Claire
Tue 12/15 6:45 PM at South
Beginner Silks w/ Claire
Tue 12/22 6:45 PM at South

Beginner Silks w/ Claire
Tue 12/29 6:45 PM at South
Beginner Silks w/ Claire
Tue 1/5 6:45 PM at South
Beginner Silks w/ Claire
Tue 1/12 6:45 PM at South

Caitlin Leavitt

Caitlin Leavitt

Caitlin's love for aerial started from an Instagram post. She was so mesmerized by it that she instantly went to Google to find a studio in the area that taught aerial silks. She stumbled across Night Owl Circus arts where she signed up for her first class and was immediately hooked. Growing up she always wanted to be a ballerina but was never allowed to take classes. She loved the gracefulness of ballet dancers and envied it as a child. Her favorite thing about aerial is being able to complete complex moves and be graceful while doing them. Caitlin is a mother to two beautiful children: five-year-old Colt, and two-year-old Cora. She hopes they will one day take aerial classes too, and fall in love with aerial like she did. Caitlin works as an Administrative Assistant in the Division of Health Professions at Northeast State Community College.

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!

Danielle Mumpower

Danielle Mumpower

Since arriving in NYC in 2012 Danielle Mumpower has had the honor of honing her artistic voice and cultivating her skills as a performer and arts educator. Danielle Mumpower found her passion in collaboration with other artists as well as devising original work with a focus on storytelling through movement. Since moving to Manhattan, she has had the pleasure of performing in over 50 venues and with 4 different companies as well as sharing her passion for dance with the next generation. She is an active member of Improbable Stage Company (since 2015) and EsKay Arts Collective (since 2019). When Danielle is not in the rehearsal space or on stage you can find her in the ballet studio or in after school classrooms through the 5 boroughs. She firmly believes that access to the arts is vital for all children, and hopes to instill

Contemporary Dance w/ Danielle
Wed 12/2 7:15 PM at South
Dance Improv w/ Danielle
Wed 12/9 7:15 PM at South
Contemporary Dance w/ Danielle
Fri 12/11 7:15 PM at South

Beginning Ballet w/ Danielle
Wed 12/16 7:15 PM at South
Dance Improv w/ Danielle
Fri 12/18 7:15 PM at South
Dance Body w/ Danielle
Wed 12/23 7:15 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
Thu 12/10 5:15 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Mon 12/14 5:30 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Thu 12/17 5:15 PM at South

Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Thu 12/31 5:15 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Mon 1/4 5:30 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Thu 1/7 5:15 PM at South

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!

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!

Aerial Silks w/ Wil
Tomorrow 7:15 PM at South
Aerial for Kids w/ Wil
Wed 12/2 4:45 PM at South
Beg Trap w/ Wil
Wed 12/2 6 PM at South

Int/Adv Silks w/ Wil
Mon 12/7 6:45 PM at South
Aerial for Kids w/ Wil
Wed 12/9 4:45 PM at South
Beg Trap w/ Wil
Wed 12/9 6 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 trained in lyra for two years with some forays into acro and sling, 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. 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.

Bar Conditioning w/ Caroline
Sun 11/29 4 PM at South
Beg Lyra w/ Caroline
Sun 12/6 2:45 PM at South
Bar Conditioning w/ Caroline
Sun 12/6 4 PM at South

Beg Lyra w/ Caroline
Sun 12/13 2:45 PM at South
Bar Conditioning w/ Caroline
Sun 12/13 4 PM at South
Beg Lyra w/ Caroline
Sun 12/20 2:45 PM at South

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 on her own she signed up for class and has basically never left. Since then, Sam has become obsessed with Aerial, Pole, Exotic Movement, and Fitness. Starting her journey at 275 lbs and 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 Exotic style. She also became a Certified Personal Trainer in 2020. 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.

Conditioning w/ Samantha
Tomorrow 4:45 PM at South
Conditioning w/ Samantha
Sat 12/5 4:45 PM at South
Conditioning w/ Samantha
Sat 12/12 4:45 PM at South

Exotic Floorwork w/ Samantha
Sat 12/19 3:30 PM at South
Conditioning w/ Samantha
Sat 12/19 4:45 PM at South
Exotic Floorwork w/ Samantha
Sat 12/26 3:30 PM at South

Mithra Alavi

Mithra Alavi

Mithra has been practicing aerial acrobatics and yoga separately for the last 6 years. She decided the perfect way to combine them by was to teach aerial yoga. Mithra furthered her practice by studying and receiving her aerial yoga certification through Levity Aerial Yoga. Her love of flow, teaching, and her constant need to be in the air make aerial yoga the perfect practice for her.

Aerial Yoga w/ Mithra
Sun 12/6 6 PM at South
Hammock Choreo w/ Mithra
Tue 12/8 7 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Mithra
Sat 12/12 6 PM at South

Aerial Yoga w/ Mithra
Sun 12/13 6 PM at South
Belly Dance w/ Mithra
Sun 12/13 7:15 PM at South
Hammock Choreo w/ Mithra
Tue 12/15 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.

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 has a degree in Digital Media from ETSU, and he is also the owner of Craig Lewis Weddings, where he works as a professional wedding DJ and MC, and CircusDB, where he develops student management software for circus schools and aerial studios.

Aerial Silks w/ Craig
Thu 12/17 4 PM at South
Open Gym w/ Craig
Thu 12/17 6:30 PM at South
Aerial Silks w/ Craig
Fri 12/18 1 PM at South

Aerial Silks w/ Craig
Thu 1/7 4 PM at South
Open Gym w/ Craig
Thu 1/7 6:30 PM at South
Aerial Silks w/ Craig
Fri 1/8 1 PM at South



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