Night Owl Circus Arts



Cube! w/ Vianna
Today 5 PM at South
4 spots open
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Intermediate Lyra Exploration w/ Caroline
Tonight 6:30 PM at South
2 spots open
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Intermediate Fabric w/ Vianna
Tomorrow 12:30 PM at South
6 spots open
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Beginner Silks w/ Gracie
Tomorrow 5:30 PM at South
4 spots open
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All Levels Multi-Apparatus
Tomorrow 6:30 PM at South
5 spots open
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All-Levels Silks w/ Vianna
Tomorrow 7:30 PM at South
6 spots open
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All Levels Rope w/ Samantha
Tomorrow 7:30 PM at South
1 spot open
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Beginner Aerial w/ Samantha
Tomorrow 8:30 PM at South
4 spots open
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Teen Series
Tue 4/16 4:30 PM at South
6 spots open
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Juggling w/ Craig
Tue 4/16 5:30 PM at South
11 spots open
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Tightwire w/ Ante
Tue 4/16 7:30 PM at South
2 spots open
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Craig Lewis

Owner

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 Aerial Space in Asheville, NC, and the Aerial Dance program at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). In 2013, he founded Night Owl Circus Arts in Johnson City, TN, where he enjoys teaching Aerial Silks, Juggling, and Acro. During the pandemic 2020 he began teaching a monthly Aerial Rigging Fundamentals class over Zoom, which has become very popular. He is very active in the juggling community, and serves as the Festival Site Director for the International Jugglers' Association (IJA). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of American Circus Educators (ACE), where he serves on the Safety Committee, and the Insurance Committee. He has a degree in Digital Media from ETSU, where today he works as a fitness instructor for the campus gym. He runs several other businesses, including a hot sauce business (Night Owl Spice), a mobile DJ business, and a circus school management software business. He enjoys international cooking, rock climbing, caving, and making hot sauce with his beautiful wife Mikaela.

Duo Acro and Pyramids
Tomorrow 5:30 PM at South
Juggling w/ Craig
Tue 4/16 5:30 PM at South
Beginner Silks w/ Craig
Fri 4/19 2 PM at North

Partner Balancing
Sun 4/21 6:30 PM at North
Duo Acro and Pyramids
Mon 4/22 5:30 PM at South
Juggling w/ Craig
Tue 4/23 5:30 PM at South

Samantha Sander

Performance Company Director

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!

Duo Acro and Pyramids
Tomorrow 5:30 PM at South
All Levels Multi-Apparatus
Tomorrow 6:30 PM at South
All Levels Rope w/ Samantha
Tomorrow 7:30 PM at South

Beginner Aerial w/ Samantha
Tomorrow 8:30 PM at South
Roll and Recover w/ Samantha
Tue 4/16 1:30 PM at South
Teen Series
Tue 4/16 4:30 PM at South

Vianna Isbister

Studio Manager

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 2020 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.

Beginner Silks
Today 11:45 AM at South
Cube! w/ Vianna
Today 5 PM at South
Intermediate Fabric w/ Vianna
Tomorrow 12:30 PM at South

All-Levels Silks w/ Vianna
Tomorrow 7:30 PM at South
Performance Company
Thu 4/18 6:30 PM at South
Beginner Fabric w/ Vianna
Fri 4/19 12:30 PM at South

Caroline Daniels

Caroline Daniels

Caroline (they/them) worked at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival four 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 they left that tent, awash in after-show glow and high on magic, they knew they had found their passion. When they arrived back home, one of their friends caught wind that they wanted to learn aerial arts and scooped them up, taught them some basic lyra skills, and sent them on their way to the nearest aerial studio. Caroline has never looked back. They have trained in lyra for 5+ years with some forays into acro, sling, spanish web, rope, trapeze, and flexibility. They team-taught beginner lyra at Warren Wilson College, performed with some of their best friends, and created and performed in their own collaborative show — Flying Catastrophe Circus — at the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival in January 2020. Caroline currently teaches at Night Owl Circus Arts and Empyrean Arts. They earned their second bachelors in theater at ETSU, focusing on production and design. Caroline also trains and collaborates with Mountain Movers, a local dance and aerial performance collective. Caroline is desperately in love with their two cats - Sirius and Bean.

Intermediate Lyra Exploration w/ Caroline
Tonight 6:30 PM at South
Beginner Lyra w/ Caroline
Tonight 7:30 PM at South
All Levels Multi-Apparatus
Tomorrow 6:30 PM at South

Clowning!
Sun 4/21 5 PM at South
Intermediate Lyra Exploration w/ Caroline
Sun 4/21 6:30 PM at South
Beginner Lyra w/ Caroline
Sun 4/21 7:30 PM at South

Mindy Woodall

Mindy Woodall

Mindy began her aerial journey in 2014. She took an aerial silks class after seeing a flyer on the ETSU campus. As a theatre student, she had the opportunity to take 2 semesters of aerial dance at ETSU and fell in love with aerial arts. She graduated with a BA in theatre and a BS in chemistry in 2017. She rejoined the NOCA family in 2019 after an extended break to focus on her daughter that was born in 2016. She loves the relationships she’s created through the studio and the escape it provides from her day job. She is employed at Nuclear Fuel Services where she is also a part of their emergency response team.

Pole Conditioning w/ Mindy
Tue 4/16 7:30 PM at South
Lyra+ w/ Mindy
Tue 4/16 8:30 PM at South
Intro to Pole w/ Mindy
Wed 4/17 6:30 PM at South

Pole 1 w/ Mindy
Wed 4/17 7:30 PM at South
Liquid Lyra
Fri 4/19 7 PM at South
Beginner Chains w/ Mindy
Fri 4/19 8 PM 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
Today 11:45 AM at South
Intermediate Silks
Wed 4/17 6:30 PM at South
Beginner Silks
Sun 4/21 11:45 AM at South

Intermediate Silks
Wed 4/24 6:30 PM at South
Beginner Silks
Sun 4/28 11:45 AM at South
Intermediate Silks
Wed 5/1 6:30 PM at South

Gracie Caroline

Gracie is delighted and grateful to share her love for circus arts with her students and peers at Night Owl Circus Arts. She believes movement is medicine and the synergy in a community of artists and movers is unmatched. Gracie’s curiosity to hang upside down began when she explored aerial classes at ETSU where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance. Dance has always provided an outlet for her to search for and share what feels vulnerable and meaningful. Although dancing on the ground was her first love, she prefers to be in the air and has ample gratitude for the strength she has found within her body and her mind throughout her circus journey. Keeping safety and encouragement at the forefront, Gracie teaches a variety of classes at NOCA and would love to work with you!

Youth Aerial Apparatus w/ Gracie
Tomorrow 4:30 PM at South
Beginner Silks w/ Gracie
Tomorrow 5:30 PM at South
Teen Series
Tue 4/16 4:30 PM at South

Intermediate Silks w/ Gracie
Tue 4/16 7:30 PM at South
Beginner Silks w/ Gracie
Thu 4/18 7:30 PM at North
Youth Aerial Apparatus w/ Gracie
Mon 4/22 4:30 PM at South

Paige Watson

Paige Watson

Paige began her pole journey in 2013 when she was driven by a love of dance and movement and decided to take a pole dance class on a whim. After a single private lesson at Sheer Inspiration Pole Fitness in Knoxville, she was hooked. Completely enraptured by the grace, athleticism, and beauty of the sport, Paige began taking classes regularly and competed in her first pole competition less than a year after she began dancing. Her strength and passion for dance blossom whenever she’s on stage, and she looks forward to planning more performances in the future. She is thoroughly excited to share her passion for pole with others, hoping they will discover the self-love journey and body positivity that accompany the sport.

Liquid Lyra
Fri 4/19 7 PM at South
Heels, Feels, and Flow w/ Paige
Fri 4/19 9 PM at South
Pole 2 w/ Paige
Fri 4/26 5:45 PM at South

Liquid Lyra
Fri 4/26 7 PM at South
Pole 2 w/ Paige
Fri 4/26 8 PM at South
Heels, Feels, and Flow w/ Paige
Fri 4/26 9 PM at South

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!

Sexy Jazz w/ Eva
Today 4 PM at South
Beginner Modern Dance w/ Eva
Fri 4/19 4:30 PM at South
Dance Open Gym w/ Eva
Fri 4/19 5:45 PM at South

Sexy Jazz w/ Eva
Sun 4/21 4 PM at South
Beginner Modern Dance w/ Eva
Fri 4/26 4:30 PM at South
Dance Open Gym w/ Eva
Fri 4/26 5:45 PM at South

Jenavieve Dance

Jenavieve Dance

Jenavieve Dance is a professional aerialist, circus artist, coach, and former contortionist. She is accomplished in aerial hoop, straps, lyra, silks, trapeze and enjoys playing on the rope and Spanish web. After running away with the circus at 16 to debut a duo Lyra act, she managed to turn a humble hobby into a full-blown career. From pounding stakes to performing for hundreds Jenavieve has now spent almost a decade honing her craft and sharing her passion for circus arts with others.

Rope and Straps
Tue 4/16 6:30 PM at South
Rope and Straps
Tue 4/23 6:30 PM at South
Rope and Straps
Tue 4/30 6:30 PM at South

Rope and Straps
Tue 5/7 6:30 PM at South
Rope and Straps
Tue 5/14 6:30 PM at South
Rope and Straps
Tue 5/21 6:30 PM at South

Gem Brulee

Gem Brulee

Gem Brulee is a Burlesque performer with seven years of entertaining the Tri-Cities under her garters. The art-form of burlesque freed her to love herself. Now Gem is spreading that love to you, babes.

Tori Bailey

Tori Bailey began her Flexibility-Contortion journey in 2018 after sampling different classes at Empyrean Arts where she now teaches. Since diving into contortion she has developed a passion to share the accessibility of flexibility and value of exploratory movement to others. When she's not being bendy, she is working in her art studio, tending to plants, traveling, or at home with her two kitties. Tori is very excited to share with others how to connect to their body through flexibility and contortion!

Forward Folding w/ Tori
Sat 5/18 4 PM at South
Spine Articulation w/ Tori
Sat 5/18 5 PM at South
Gooey Grounding w/ Tori
Sat 5/18 6 PM at South

Metal Muse w/ Tori
Sat 5/18 7 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 4/18 5:15 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Thu 4/25 5:15 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Thu 5/2 5:15 PM at South

Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Thu 5/9 5:15 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Thu 5/16 5:15 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Thu 5/23 5:15 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!

Partner Balancing
Sun 4/21 6:30 PM at North
Duo Acro and Pyramids
Mon 4/22 5:30 PM at South
Partner Balancing
Sun 5/19 6:30 PM at North

Partner Balancing
Sun 6/2 6:30 PM at North
Partner Balancing
Sun 6/16 6:30 PM at North
Partner Balancing
Sun 6/30 6:30 PM at North

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.

Partner Balancing
Sun 5/5 6:30 PM at North
Partner Balancing
Sun 6/2 6:30 PM at North
Partner Balancing
Sun 6/16 6:30 PM at North

Partner Balancing
Sun 6/30 6:30 PM at North
Partner Balancing
Sun 7/14 6:30 PM at North
Partner Balancing
Sun 7/28 6:30 PM at North



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