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.

Angelica Cardone

Angelica Cardone

Akronauts Childrens Program, Flexibility, Hand Balancing, Partner Acro, Silks

Originally, from New Jersey, Angelica is an acrobat/aerialist who began her performance career at a young age doing music and vocals but quickly switched to athletics, competing in all-around gymnastics and karate. After graduating with a B.S. in environmental science from Rutgers University, she began the ProTrack Performance Training Program at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA). She graduated from the program in 2015 after focusing on hand balancing and aerial net. Since then, she has continued to perform for Shore Circus but has also appeared with SHOW Circus Studio, New Jersey Circus Center, Nimble Arts, Windham Orchestra, Open Ring Circus, and Matt Davenport Productions. Angelica loves using her little body to be the strong woman that she is and is excited to share her passion with the Akrosphere family!

Zach Gamet

Zach Gamet

Tumbling

Zach graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Texas Christian University. A true quadruple threat (acting, singing, dancing, and circus), he has performed in numerous classics ballets and musical theatre productions, as well as on cruise ships performing all sorts of circus. Fully trained in gymnastics (specialties in tumbling and trampoline), Parkour (professional team PK Out), and various martial arts and stage combat techniques, Zach is very excited to share his knowledge with the students at Akrosphere!

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