Night Owl Circus Arts



Open Gym w/ Vianna
Tomorrow 5:45 PM at South
6 spots open
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Aerial Silks w/ Vianna
Sat 1/29 7:15 PM at South
4 spots open
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Beginner Silks
Sun 1/30 11:45 AM at South
5 spots open
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Intro to Aerial w/ Caroline
Sun 1/30 4 PM at South
6 spots open
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Strut w/ Leslie
Sun 1/30 5:15 PM at South
3 spots open
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Beginner Silks w/ Vianna
Mon 1/31 8 PM at South
5 spots open
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Open Gym w/ Vianna
Mon 1/31 9 PM at South
6 spots open
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Int Lyra w/ Samantha
Tue 2/1 4:30 PM at South
3 spots open
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Beginner Silks w/ Samantha
Tue 2/1 6:30 PM at South
3 spots open
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Flexibility and Contortion w/ Samantha
Tue 2/1 7:30 PM at South
4 spots open
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Dance Fusion w/ Eva
Tue 2/1 7:30 PM at South
8 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 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 Rigging w/ Craig
Fri 2/18 3 PM at Online
Aerial Rigging w/ Craig
Fri 3/25 3 PM at Online
Aerial Rigging w/ Craig
Fri 5/6 3 PM at Online

Aerial Rigging w/ Craig
Fri 6/17 3 PM at Online
Aerial Rigging w/ Craig
Fri 7/29 3 PM at Online
Aerial Rigging w/ Craig
Fri 9/9 3 PM at Online

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 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.

Open Gym w/ Vianna
Tomorrow 5:45 PM at South
Aerial Silks w/ Vianna
Sat 1/29 7:15 PM at South
Beginner Silks
Sun 1/30 11:45 AM at South

Beginner Silks w/ Vianna
Mon 1/31 8 PM at South
Open Gym w/ Vianna
Mon 1/31 9 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Vianna
Thu 2/3 5:15 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!

Beginner Trapeze w/ Samantha
Mon 1/31 5:45 PM at South
Int/Adv Silks w/ Samantha
Mon 1/31 7 PM at South
Int Lyra w/ Samantha
Tue 2/1 4:30 PM at South

Beginner Silks w/ Samantha
Tue 2/1 6:30 PM at South
Flexibility and Contortion w/ Samantha
Tue 2/1 7:30 PM at South
Strength and Flexibility w/ Samantha
Wed 2/2 2:30 PM at South

Caroline Daniels

Assistant Studio Manager

Caroline Daniels

Caroline (they/she) worked at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival three 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, she knew she’d found her passion. So, 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 — the purple paradise of Empyrean Arts in Asheville, NC. Caroline has never looked back. She has trained in lyra for 3 years with some forays into acro, sling, and rope, and team-taught beginner lyra at Warren Wilson College, performed a few times 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. They are working on their second bachelors in theater at ETSU. She’s also desperately in love with her three cats - Sirius, Quinn, and Bean.

Intro to Aerial w/ Caroline
Sun 1/30 4 PM at South
Beginner Lyra w/ Caroline
Mon 1/31 7 PM at South
Beginner Lyra w/ Caroline
Thu 2/3 4 PM at South

Intro to Aerial w/ Caroline
Sun 2/6 4 PM at South
Beginner Lyra w/ Caroline
Sun 2/6 6:30 PM at South
Beginner Lyra w/ Caroline
Mon 2/7 7 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
Sun 1/30 11:45 AM at South
Beginner Silks w/ Rachel
Wed 2/2 7 PM at South
Aerial Silks w/ Rachel
Sat 2/5 7:15 PM at South

Beginner Silks
Sun 2/6 11:45 AM at South
Beginner Silks w/ Rachel
Wed 2/9 7 PM at South
Beginner Silks
Sun 2/13 11:45 AM at South

Liz Bosse

Liz Bosse

Liz is a full-time student at ETSU majoring in elementary education and minoring in dance, as well as a ballet teacher at the local dance studio, Trinity Arts Center. She has an 11 year background in classical ballet training including a full scholarship to GSFTA's summer program and performing in the pre-profession level at Ballet Magnificat!'s summer program. You could say it was love at first sight, or that she fell quite literally "head over heels" with aerial dance after taking her first class. Either way, Night Owl Circus has quickly become her second home, and Liz is thrilled to have the opportunity to share the joy and community she has found through aerial dance with anyone and everyone else!

Aerial Silks w/ Liz
Sat 3/26 7:15 PM at South
Aerial Silks w/ Liz
Sat 4/23 7:15 PM at South
Aerial Silks w/ Liz
Sat 5/21 7:15 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!

Dance Fusion w/ Eva
Tue 2/1 7:30 PM at South
Dance Fusion w/ Eva
Tue 2/8 7:30 PM at South
Dance Fusion w/ Eva
Tue 2/15 7:30 PM at South

Dance Fusion w/ Eva
Tue 2/22 7:30 PM at South
Dance Fusion w/ Eva
Tue 3/1 7:30 PM at South
Dance Fusion w/ Eva
Tue 3/8 7:30 PM 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
Tomorrow 7 PM at South
Strut w/ Leslie
Sun 1/30 5:15 PM at South
Strut w/ Leslie
Fri 2/4 7 PM at South

Strut w/ Leslie
Sun 2/6 5:15 PM at South
Strut w/ Leslie
Fri 2/11 7 PM at South
Charm the Chair w/ Leslie
Sat 2/12 3:30 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!

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 2/2 8 PM at South
Beginning Ballet w/ Danielle
Wed 2/9 8 PM at South
Contemporary Dance w/ Danielle
Wed 2/16 8 PM at South

Beginning Ballet w/ Danielle
Wed 2/23 8 PM at South
Contemporary Dance w/ Danielle
Wed 3/2 8 PM at South
Beginning Ballet w/ Danielle
Wed 3/9 8 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 2/24 5:15 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Thu 3/3 5:15 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Thu 3/10 5:15 PM at South

Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Thu 3/17 5:15 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Thu 3/24 5:15 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Thu 3/31 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!

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.

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.




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