Sky Candy teachers are a dedicated group of aerial and circus practitioners and performers who share the common goal of bringing the fun and beauty of aerial arts to the wider Austin community. We seek to provide the highest possible quality of aerial instruction, and to that end all of our teachers have gone through and are continually involved in aerial instructor training, as provided by the Nimble Arts Teacher Training program of the New England Center for Circus Arts. We believe that anyone can learn to be a circus artist, and we invite you to come experience the transformative power, the personal growth and the body awareness developed in the journey of taking to the sky in a fun, supportive environment.
At present, we are not seeking any additional regular teachers. However, if you have a pro-level circus skill you’d like to share with our students, please let us know! We frequently host workshops and specialty one-off classes and will expand our class offerings as interest grows. To inquire about teaching a workshop, e-mail Winnie at email@example.com.
Born in Germany, Andy Agne started his dance education at age 10. At age 16 he switched his emphasis to gymnastics, followed by aerial acrobatics at age 20. He is mainly self-taught, although he has trained with several aerialists and acrobats throughout his career.
Caroline grew up in central Texas, studying theatre arts and dance in high school. Modern dance became her favorite genre of movement in college. After a minor injury and two kids, Caroline thought her performance days were over. A decade later she discovered a new art form that rehabilitated her body and engaged her mind.
Chelsea Laumen is a proud founder and director at Sky Candy Austin. Chelsea teaches Silks, Contortion conditioning and techniques, Lyra, Capoeira acrobatics and handstands and children’s classes.
Colleen is a certified Personal Trainer and has completed the Intro to Teaching Aerials class offered by Elsie Smith of NECCA. She specializes in trapeze but also enjoys training on rope, silks, pole and lyra.
Cory Allen began his journey of professional performance in 2008 starting with the aerial dance company A-Wol. There he began taking acrobatic workshops and classes with a focus in flexibility, hand balancing, and aerial hoop.
Ginger Snaps is a professional burlesque performer with Black Widow Burlesque and is known as the tastiest tease in Texas! She has performed in festivals all over Texas and across the country where she is renowned for her unique and often hilarious take on burlesque.
Irene is passionate about holistic wellness and is excited to share her knowledge with Sky Candy.
Joanna Wright is an aerialist, actor, dancer, director, clown, and proud Sky Candy Studio Director and teacher. She has an MFA in Lecoq-based Actor Created Theater from the London International School of Performing Arts and a BA in Dance and Theater from Swarthmore College, and loves nothing more than to take her love of physical theatre up into the air.
Julia studied static and single-point trapeze at the Circus Center in San Francisco for two years. Since returning to Austin, she has taken up handstands to supplement her aerial work (plus they’re really fun).
Julie Cullen– Pole, Conditioning
Julie started training in the aerial arts in 2012. After getting pissed off at a coworker, she decided that taking out her frustration using exercise would be a great idea, so she signed up for a pole class.
Michele is a professional aerial coach, physical therapist, Pilates instructor, and certified strength training specialist. She has been teaching and performing aerial arts nationally for over 10 years.
One could say dance is in Sami’s blood; a third generation dancer with a history of ballet, jazz and musical theatre, Sami started dancing at age 4 with ballet and has leapt to try something new every chance she got.
Having started aerial arts in with zero background in dance or gymnastics, Winnie understands the difficulty of being a true beginner. After a frustrating seven weeks of being unable to climb a silk, Winnie approached the apparatus and found herself able to ascend! The magic of that moment has never left her.