Meet your new Circus Arts family!

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Welcome to Akrosphere!

Our dynamic, passionate staff welcomes you into an artistic and exciting family where you will unleash your joy and creativity in the circus arts.  Fly on aerial silks, swing on trapeze, spin on cyr wheel, flip in acrobatics, and soar on lyra, all the while laughing with new friends and creating memories and relationships to last a lifetime.

Our students are just like you!

Computer gamers, soccer players, dancers, rubik’s cube solvers, ex-gymnasts, and people who have never taken any sort of class before in their lives all frequent our gym.  Some keep it casual and simply come to have fun after school.  Some want a bit more, working with our performance company until they leave for college.  And some want to go career, training for a lifetime in circus performing.  Each of them is a unique and interesting individual who has discovered a place to fit in through the circus arts.

Our team is a carefully selected group of highly trained coaches!

Our coaches (who are highly trained in aerial silks, trapeze, cyr wheel, lyra, and more) have been chosen for much more than their skills alone!  They believe that happiness and joy play a huge part in a successful learning environment, and are dedicated to hosting a positive environment for all students.  We believe that creative exploration is crucial for learning, therefore we encourage our students to think for themselves, to take what they learn and expand on it, making it their own.  Through these core values and many more, we strive to raise the bar when it comes to circus training for youth.  We truly wish for success and growth for our students in the circus arts and in life.

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“I‘ve seen a kindness in these people that lets you know they truly care and enjoy making a difference in a child’s life in such a positive way!”  –Leah, Autumn’s mom.

Ready to meet our team?

Jen MacQueen

Jen MacQueen

Cyr Wheel, Artistic Coach, Head Monkey Wrangler (aka Studio Owner)

"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I think we can do it!"
Jen does a lot...choreographs professionally around Atlanta, performs, runs Akrosphere. Her artistic philosophy is simple, "Skills and tricks are simply vocabulary words; I teach students to speak."
Real bio coming soon. Meanwhile, Jen can usually be found sweating, spinning, and occasionally falling on the floor in her wheel.

Tawni Edwards

Tawni Edwards

Aerial Silks, Lyra, Sling

"Bravo! Now do it again!"
Tawni completed her instructors certification from the National Circus School (ENC) in Montreal, Canada. She is excited to pass on her knowledge to students and fellow performers, subsequently increasing her skills as an artist.

Michael Edwards

Michael Edwards

Swinging/Dance/Static Trapeze, Duo Trapeze, Aerial Rope, Spanish Web

"If it feels good, it looks good."
Michael has been an instructor for almost fifteen years. He is certified by ACE/AYCO as a teacher and teacher-trainer. Michael’s biggest focus is on creating a safe environment in which his students can learn and grow to their fullest potential.

Rocco Lapaire

Rocco Lapaire

Partner Acrobatics, Hand Balancing, Chinese Pole, Generalist (juggling / unicycle / etc.)

Rocco Lapaire developed an appreciation for the power and necessity of laughter while he served in the U.S. army in Iraq. After returning home, he received coaching from former Cirque du Soleil stars and then he started touring the world; U.S, Canada, Middle East, Western Europe, India, Europe, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Mexico, Bahamas, Central and South America on shows from small circusses like Cirq’ulation Locale as well as big shows like Cirque Productions. Rocco enjoys flying state to state and country to country and is happy to perform for crowds all over the world, learning how to smile in every language.

Josh Douglas

Josh Douglas

Tumbling

Josh Douglas is an acrobat and gymnastics coach specializing in tumbling and hand balancing. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he likes cookie dough ice cream, hollow-back handstands, and double layouts for dessert.

Natalie Shih

Natalie Shih

Akronauts Childrens Program

"That’s beautiful…now let’s point your feet!”
Natalie was a gymnast for eleven years before she became enamored by the circus arts. Now, at Akrosphere she trains in Aerial Hoop, Silks, Circus Acrobatics and anything else her body will let her do. She recently won first place in Aerial Silks at VivaFest International Circus Competition in Las Vegas. You can usually find her at the gym, outside enjoying nature, or studying.

McKinley Vitale

McKinley Vitale

Monthly workshops in Trapeze, Aerial Rope

"What body parts do you have available?”
McKinley has performed in local and national shows including LoopsEnd, by Paper Doll Militia; Barnum, presented by the Atlanta Lyric Theatre; and Exposed, which she co-direct and co-produced. Her life’s passion is to create a safe environment for the education and creation of unique aerial art. When performing, She likes to explore themes involving tension, struggle, and fear, while using expressive, articulated movements.

Meet us and take a tour!

We currently give tours on Saturdays between 10 am – 12 noon.

Email us to let us know when you want to come visit!

390 Winkler Drive
(Inside the Performers Warehouse building)
Alpharetta, GA, 30004