The CircoFit Blog

Welcome to The CircoFit Blog. Here you'll find blog posts about silks, rope, trapeze, circus training, fitness, and overall awesomeness, not to mention interviews with super cool, fit, inspiring athletes.

Best Circus Instagramers of 2016

Fill your Instagram feed with beauty and inspiration by following these accounts. (Handles and images are linked to their Insta accounts.)

Based out of California, Brett Womack and Rachel Bowman are an impressive duo that has been featured all over the place - from Cirque du Soleil to True Blood. Both are strong, creative, and flexible! They now co-own The Loft in North Hollywood. Their Instagram account features fantastic sequences on a red tissu with a brick background.


Rachel Neville mostly photographs ballerinas and ballerinos in NYC. All of her work is beautiful, but her aerial circus photography is particularly stunning. She captures the movement and emotion of the silks like no other. Every picture is the perfect moment frozen in time.


Kaydee Barker's account has a very cool theme and she executes it phenomenally. Her Insta feed features her and her silks and lyra rigged in the most amazing places: hanging from cliffs, soaring above waterfalls, overlooking canyons, and nestled in forests. What a cool theme and beautiful photographs!


Badass corde lisse artist Kathryn Clark has performed in Australia, London, and Dubai. She posts amazing videos of rope sequences that will make you envious. Her beats and catch/release skills are unbelievable.


I don't think I've ever seen anyone make human flags look as easy as Elizabeth Blanchard.

She posts videos of pole, straps, and hand balancing. Want some roll-up inspiration? Check out her account! (And if her strength wasn't impressive enough, she also has over splits every which way.) Her dedication to strength and power has led to some amazing abilities. (Photo credit @xanadu4.)

@cirquedusoleil and @cirquedusoleilcasting

I thoroughly enjoyed the content from the Cirque du Soleil Instagram account during the 2016 Rio Olympics. They interviewed past Olympian athletes that now work as Cirque acrobats! The footage was usually a composition of Olympics and Cirque. 

Check out @cirquedusoleilcasting for some behind the scenes Cirque action. Many of the performers will post to this account. You might even catch a glimpse of Kristi Wade in her Na'vi blue Toruk costume.


This 15-year-old from Melbourne, Australia, is on track for a successful circus career. From her handle to her CRAZY drops to elbows on lyra, this chick is strong and badass.



This talented fellow has over 40K followers and it's easy to see why! Contortion + strength + creativity = a new kind of triple threat!



CLIMB - Edmonton Fringe 2016

CLIMB, Edmonton Fringe Festival 2016, photo by Abbye Dahl

CLIMB, Edmonton Fringe Festival 2016, photo by Abbye Dahl

Have you made it to the Fringe yet? It's the last weekend here in Edmonton! We found a killer physical theatre show that features corde lisse (aerial rope) so of course we had to reach out to co-creator Esther de Monteflores about her show, CLIMB, touring from Vancouver.

What show?

  • CLIMB by Deathbench Productions


  • Fringe Venue 1 - ATB Financial Westbury Theatre


  • Friday, Aug 19th - 10:15pm
  • Sunday, Aug 21st - 12:15pm

(CircoFit) Tell us about your show! Why should we go see it?

(Esther) CLIMB is something of a hybrid of circus and theatre that draws inspiration from a bunch of different sources but at its heart is the question of how movement and personal narratives change over the course of our lives. Do you remember how, when you were a kid, time seemed to move more slowly and a year was unimaginably long? 

We got thinking about how it felt like, as we got older, time was speeding up a bit and that led us to look at how growing up and growing old changes our self-awareness, our motor control, our cognition, our movement, and the narratives we tell about who we are. 

Oh, also, there’s cool aerial acrobatics and some really funny and moving writing as well as a gorgeous original score.

How were you introduced to circus?

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in California and was fortunate to be exposed to a lot of phenomenal circus as a kid. The Pickle Family Circus and Make*A*Circus as well as the San Francisco Mime Troupe were all really influential for me. In addition to local troupes, companies like Cirque Eloize were touring to San Francisco when I was young. I was so lucky to be able to go to these circus shows and see world class performers.

Where do you train now?

I co-rent a studio in Bellingham, Washington called the Cirque Lab. A bunch of circus performers who live in Bellingham all pitch in to maintain the space as a training facility as well as a performance space.

Is corde lisse your apparatus of choice?

If I'm working as an aerialist, corde lisse is my apparatus of choice. I love the simplicity and clarity of the rope, I think that it really highlights the performer's movement. 

In reality, though, I work mostly as a slackwire walker these days. I was an aerialist for a long time but always secretly wanted to be a wire walker. So I started training slackwire, eventually found a coach in San Francisco who I worked with, and then started performing slackwire about two years ago. Now that's my primary circus discipline.

So CLIMB is super special for me because it's so different from most of my other work.

CLIMB, Edmonton Fringe Festival 2016, photo by Abbye Dahl

CLIMB, Edmonton Fringe Festival 2016, photo by Abbye Dahl

What are your top tips for avoiding bruises and rope burn?

I actually bruise super easily, it runs in my family, so there's no real avoiding it for me. Besides, it makes you look cool, right?!? 
Basically, I try to really understand the mechanics of the movements that I'm doing and then dress appropriately for it when I'm training so that I don't burn myself. Circus can be really hard on your body but it's so worth it.

What's your favourite trick? Is it the audience's favourite?

I think that I'm most proud of my single arm hang. It's a move that seems to speak to both audiences and other circus artists. You don't need to know anything about aerial arts to know that hanging by one hand from the top of a rope is neat.

Rock rosin, spray rosin, neither, or both? 

Rock rosin + isopropyl rubbing alcohol. I try to resist using rosin when I'm conditioning so that I can train my grip strength but I do use it in performance. For CLIMB, I'm on stage for a full 45 minutes and it does get quite sweaty so the rosin really helps keep my hands from being slick towards the end of the show.

Any advice for our readers who want to story tell on corde lisse?

I think that what's especially cool about aerial arts is that there is already so much symbolism to the very act of being a human up in the air. I try to start from the place of, "What is this movement or this position or this action already saying?" and then I build from there. 

Thanks, Esther! Where can our readers see CLIMB and learn more about you?

We have two more shows at the Edmonton Fringe Festival. One tonight (Friday the 19th) at 10:15pm and our final show is Sunday the 21st at 12:15pm.

You can pick up tickets here:

You can also check out our website: for a bit more info about myself and Meredith Hambrock who co-created CLIMB. 


Photo credit: Abbye Dahl.