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). Before her return to the Boston area in 2008, she was 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.
Trevor Kafka received his first introduction to aerial arts at Circus Smirkus summer camp in Vermont and continued his training in New York and in The New England Center for Circus Art’s ProTrak program. He is a member of the Boston Circus Guild, and performs regularly in the greater Boston area. Trevor is also a strong enthusiast of physics, mathematics, and Chinese, and is a former teacher of 9th and 12th grade physics.
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.
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. Mary loves to dance and fly whenever she can!
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.
Joanna Keseberg hails from right here in Boston. When not in the air, she can be found performing with The Boston Circus Guild and A Different Spin, or teaching Aerial Yoga at South Boston Yoga. She appeared in Season 4 of America’s Got Talent, giving her a lifelong phobia of David Hasselhoff. Joanna is a Board Certified Structural Integration therapist, certified Posture and Movement Analyst, and practices many forms of bodywork including osteopathic Visceral Manipulation and scar tissue release. She is an Associate Teacher for Anatomy Trains. Her web site is www.bostonintegratedbody.com.
Meghan Kellam trained extensively at AirCraft Aerial Arts prior to becoming our conditioning guru. She was recently featured in Stuff magazine’s best bodies of Boston issue.
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.
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.
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!
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. Ordinarily, six months of rehab should have had him back in the air. But things got complicated and he no longer flies through the air with the greatest of ease. It was during this time that Mike developed an interest in learning how athletes and performers keep their shoulders performing at high levels. Mike has over 20 years of experience as a coach, teacher and physical educator. He is a certified specialist in functional strength, conditioning and injury prevention.