AirCraft’s founder, Jill Maio, is a veteran performer and teacher of aerial acrobatics in the U.S and in Europe, as well as a fiction writer and university instructor (most recently at Boston University). She opened AirCraft in Somerville in 2009 to give aerial arts, circus fitness, and holographic animal pictures a home in the Boston area. Before her return to Boston, she’d been teaching and performing Philly-style, with the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts.
Marci Diamond, the founder-director of Diamond Family Circus, trained with alums of Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize and Ringling Bros, and has performed lyra, acrobatics, contortion, clowning, and award-winning duo trapeze in festivals, theaters, clubs, films, and commercials. She has completed Advanced Trapeze Teacher training at NECCA, Circus Arts Therapy Training at Carrie Heller’s CAI, and Circus Yoga Training (Ring One). While she can’t juggle more than 3 balls, Marci does juggle active memberships in the American Youth Circus Organization, the Screen Actors Guild, Community Works Board of Directors, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center Advisory Board.
Brande Lee trained with Orange County Aerial Arts and the New England Center for Circus Arts. She has performed extensively throughout the country, and is a principal aerialist in the Cirque de la Mer show at Sea World, San Diego. Brande participated in the 2nd annual West Coast Aerial arts festival, where she came in first in tissu/silks and first overall! Brande received teacher training through OCAA, Circus Arts Institute, and SHOW Circus, and is an AFAA certified group fitness instructor. Visit her website here!
Clara LaFrance is a performing aerialist on trapeze, single point trapeze, tissu and rope. She loves the combination of strength, grace, and momentum to drive an act and the story that ties it all together. She came to AirCraft in a circle; most recently she was gigging, touring, and coaching in San Francisco, before that she completed the ProTrack program at NECCA in Brattleboro VT and before that, she began training aerial arts right here in Boston. (Fun fact, she performed at the AirCraft opening Gala 8 years before joining our staff!) She’s thrilled to be part of the AirCraft community!
Suzanne Rappaport, who escaped the drudgery of professional snowboarding to join the circus world, has taught and choreographed for circus organizations in Chicago and throughout New England, and supervised the children’s programs at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) in Vermont. She completed her doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Tufts in 2015, and founded Circus for Survivors.
Mary Langlois is a native Rhode Islander. She received her bachelors degree in dance from Rhode Island College. Mary’s dancing took flight when she studied aerial dance with Frequent Flyers Productions in Colorado, focusing on lyra, traveling rings and harness. Mary loves to dance and fly whenever she can!
Theresa Racicot has been pursuing education and training in physical fitness, flying trapeze and circus arts since the turn of the millenium. Her passion to share fitness and a healthy lifestyle lead her to became a certified personal trainer as well as a pilates and yoga instructor. She has also been a flying trapeze instructor since 2007, and has taught aerial conditioning throughout the Boston and Washington D.C. areas. Her website is www.aerialibrium.com.
Mike Denton spent nearly a decade teaching, managing and training at Trapeze School New York’s Boston location. During a flying trapeze show in 2010, Mike suffered a nasty shoulder injury; complications ensued, and he no longer flies through the air with the greatest of ease. It was during this time that Mike began studying how athletes keep their shoulders performing at high levels. Mike is now a certified specialist in functional strength, conditioning and injury prevention!
Meghan Kellam trained extensively at AirCraft Aerial Arts prior to becoming our conditioning guru. Soon after she started teaching with us, she was featured in Stuff magazine’s best bodies of Boston issue. We’ve tried hard for years to turn her into a circus freak, but she’s kept her day job and kept her cool all along. We hereby admit that she wins!
Amanda Goble has taught and performed from coast to coast, arriving in Boston after 10 months touring as an aerialist and performer with Peter Pan. Previously, she was an instructor at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) and at SHOW Circus Studio, where she also served as Assistant Executive Director. Her web site is www.amandagoble.com.
Kim Goulter is a lifelong dancer, trained mainly in classical ballet. Originally from Seattle, she began her circus journey at SHOW Circus Studio in Western Mass before moving to Boston for culinary school and finding AirCraft Aerial Arts.