Night Owl Circus Arts



Silks/Lyra Choreography w/ Caroline
Today 3:30 PM at South
3 spots open
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Youth Aerial Apparatus w/ Samantha
Today 4:30 PM at South
2 spots open
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Beginner Spanish Web/Rope w/ Samantha
Today 5:30 PM at South
4 spots open
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Beginner Lyra w/ Caroline
Tomorrow 3 PM at South
4 spots open
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Flow and Glow w/ Katie
Tomorrow 5:15 PM at South
1 spot open
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Dance Open Gym w/ Eva
Sat 7/9 10 AM at South
8 spots open
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Intro to Aerial w/ Caroline
Sun 7/10 4 PM at South
5 spots open
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Sexy Jazz w/ Eva
Sun 7/10 5:15 PM at South
8 spots open
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Queer Circus Jam
Sun 7/10 7:45 PM at South
10 spots open
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Aerial Yoga w/ Vianna
Mon 7/11 11 AM at South
5 spots open
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Beginner Silks w/ Vianna
Mon 7/11 12 PM at South
4 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.

Juggling w/ Craig
Mon 7/11 4 PM at South
Beginner Silks w/ Craig
Fri 7/15 1 PM at North
Juggling w/ Craig
Mon 7/18 4 PM at South

Proscenium Theater Riggging for Aerialists
Thu 7/21 3 PM at Online
Juggling w/ Craig
Mon 7/25 4 PM at South
Beginner Silks w/ Craig
Fri 7/29 1 PM at North

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.

Queer Circus Jam
Sun 7/10 7:45 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Vianna
Mon 7/11 11 AM at South
Beginner Silks w/ Vianna
Mon 7/11 12 PM at South

Contact Improvisation
Mon 7/11 4 PM at South
Beginner Silks w/ Vianna
Mon 7/11 7:30 PM at South
Open Gym w/ Vianna
Mon 7/11 8:30 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!

Strength and Flexibility w/ Samantha
Today 2:30 PM at South
Youth Aerial Apparatus w/ Samantha
Today 4:30 PM at South
Beginner Spanish Web/Rope w/ Samantha
Today 5:30 PM at South

Youth Aerial Apparatus
Tue 7/12 4:30 PM at South
Intermediate Lyra w/ Samantha
Tue 7/12 5:30 PM at South
Contortion w/ Samantha
Tue 7/12 7:30 PM at South

Caroline Daniels

Assistant Studio Manager

Caroline Daniels

Caroline (they/them) 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, they knew they had found their 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. They have trained in lyra for 3+ years with some forays into acro, sling, rope, trapeze, flexibility, and silks, and team-taught beginner lyra at Warren Wilson College, performed a few times with one 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. They are working on their second bachelors in theater at ETSU, focusing on production and design. They are also desperately in love with their three cats - Sirius, Quinn, and Bean.

Silks/Lyra Choreography w/ Caroline
Today 3:30 PM at South
Beginner Lyra w/ Caroline
Tomorrow 3 PM at South
Intro to Aerial w/ Caroline
Sun 7/10 4 PM at South

Queer Circus Jam
Sun 7/10 7:45 PM at South
Contact Improvisation
Mon 7/11 4 PM at South
Beginner Lyra w/ Caroline
Mon 7/11 6:30 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 w/ Rachel
Wed 7/13 7:30 PM at South
Beginner Silks w/ Rachel
Wed 7/20 7:30 PM at South
Beginner Silks
Sun 7/24 11:45 AM at South

Beginner Silks w/ Rachel
Wed 7/27 7:30 PM at South
Beginner Silks
Sun 7/31 11:45 AM at South
Beginner Silks w/ Rachel
Wed 8/3 7:30 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!

Sling w/ Jen
Sat 7/16 10 AM at South
Intermediate Aerials w/ Jen
Sat 7/16 11 AM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Jen
Thu 7/21 5:15 PM at South

Sling w/ Jen
Sat 7/23 10 AM at South
Intermediate Aerials w/ Jen
Sat 7/23 11 AM at South
Sling w/ Jen
Sat 7/30 10 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!

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.

Flow and Glow w/ Katie
Tomorrow 5:15 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Thu 7/14 5:15 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Thu 7/28 5:15 PM at South

Flow and Glow w/ Katie
Thu 8/4 5:15 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Thu 8/11 5:15 PM at South
Aerial Yoga w/ Katie
Thu 8/18 5:15 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 Open Gym w/ Eva
Sat 7/9 10 AM at South
Sexy Jazz w/ Eva
Sun 7/10 5:15 PM at South
Dance Fusion w/ Eva
Tue 7/12 7:45 PM at South

Dance Open Gym w/ Eva
Sat 7/16 10 AM at South
Sexy Jazz w/ Eva
Sun 7/17 5:15 PM at South
Dance Fusion w/ Eva
Tue 7/19 7:45 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!

AcroYoga
Sun 7/10 6:30 PM at North
AcroYoga
Sun 7/24 6:30 PM at North
AcroYoga
Sun 9/4 6:30 PM at North

AcroYoga
Sun 9/18 6:30 PM at North
AcroYoga
Sun 10/2 6:30 PM at North
AcroYoga
Sun 10/16 6:30 PM at North

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.

Pole 1 w/ Paige
Mon 7/11 5:30 PM at South
Pole 2 w/ Paige
Fri 7/15 5:45 PM at South
Pole 2 w/ Paige
Mon 7/18 4 PM at South

Pole 1 w/ Paige
Mon 7/18 5:30 PM at South
Pole 2 w/ Paige
Fri 7/22 5:45 PM at South
Pole 1 w/ Paige
Fri 7/22 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.

AcroYoga
Sun 7/24 6:30 PM at North
AcroYoga
Sun 8/7 6:30 PM at North
AcroYoga
Sun 8/21 6:30 PM at North

AcroYoga
Sun 9/18 6:30 PM at North
AcroYoga
Sun 10/2 6:30 PM at North
AcroYoga
Sun 10/16 6:30 PM at North



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