Aerial Rope / Silk / Hoop Act(no reviews)
Based In: Vermont
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Erika Valles is a circus performer who can do solo or ensemble work. She can perform aerial hoop, vertical rope, fabric, partner acrobatics, dance trapeze and duo trapeze. She is versatile and can perform anything from flowy, elegant acts to upbeat rock acts. She can also perform one short act, multiple acts or do ambient work.
Erika has moved every two years to countries around the world, most of which have limited exposure to circus art. Her journey began when she saw her first circus performance at age 16 and was immediately captivated. She then sought out and signed herself up for classes in fabric in Tokyo, where she was living. She took weekly lessons in Japanese, a language she did not speak, and worked with only 10 foot ceilings. She was determined to keep going and to improve despite these barriers. She then moved to Mauritius where she was lucky enough to find a circus school with 30 foot ceilings. Thr
... ough this school she was exposed to and realized her true passion, performing. Through dedication and hard work, she secured herself a position at Club Med performing on fabric two to three times a week in their circus show. In addition, she was hired at a local stable to work with children on flexibility and conditioning during their vaulting lessons when they weren’t on the horse. After expressing an interest in vaulting, her coach offered to give her free lessons. She progressed quickly and began competing soon after beginning this new art. She hopes to one day combine her love of aerial arts and her passion for horses and vaulting.
Realizing that circus arts were a clear vision of her future, she then applied and was accepted in a nine month preparatory program at The Circus Project in Portland, Oregon (USA), where she specialized in fabric. Continuing her education, she was accepted into a professional program (ProTrack) at New England Center for Circus Arts, in Brattleboro, Vermont (USA). This is when she realized her passion for circus arts was not limited to fabric and vaulting and added in vertical rope, aerial hoop, partner acrobatics and contact juggling.
Having lived all around the world, and having grown up in communities where circus isn't very popular or prevalent, Erika wants to spread circus to those communities so everyone can experience the magic.
Beta Night, NECCA — Vermont (May 2022)
Performed a solo aerial hoop act; costuming
La Prairie Des Talons, ProTrack Graduation Show, NECCA — Vermont (May 2022)
Tour; performed a solo aerial hoop act, ensemble work; costuming; pole set up; rigging help
Nexus, ProTrack Year 2 Virtual Show, NECCA — Vermont (June 2021)
Performed a solo aerial rope act, aerial hoop act, dance, ensemble work; costuming
The Flying Nut, NECCA — Vermont (December 2019)
Performed a group aerial fabric act and ensemble character based work
Temblor, Elements Training Progr ... am Graduation Show — Oregon (June 2019)
Performed a solo aerial fabric act, partner acrobatics and ensemble work
Living Room Circus — Oregon (November 2018)
Performed a solo aerial fabric act
Club Med — Mauritius (June - July 2018)
Performed a solo aerial fabric act twice a week
La Louisa — Mauritius (February 2018)
Performed a solo horse vaulting act
Baraka Cirq — Mauritius (May 2018)
Performed 3 solo aerial fabric act for opening of a mall
Student Showcase — Mauritius (December 2016)
Performed a solo aerial fabric
New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) , ProTrack Program— Vermont (September 2019 - May 2022)
Focused on aerial hoop and aerial rope with training in partner acrobatics, flexibility, dance, juggling, tumbling, hand balancing.
Brattleboro School of Dance, Burlesque Dance — Vermont (September 2021 - March 2022)
Burlesque dance class
SideStream Studio, Hip Hop Dance — Vermont (November 2021 - March 2022)
Hip Hop dance class
The Circus Project, Elements Training Program — Oregon (September 2018 - June 2019)
Majored in aerial fabric and minored in aerial hoop and sling
Baraka Cirq, — Mauritius (September 2016 - August 2018)
Training concentrated on aerial fabric and flexibility
Pole Dance Tokyo, — Japan (October 2016 - June 2016)
Training concentrated on aerial fabric and flexibility
Co-Coach Horse Vaulting, La Louisa, — Mauritius
October 2017- August 2018
Led a group of kids in the warm up and taught flexibility and strength between turns on the horse.
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