Aerial Dance and Circus Teacher - Movement Consultancy
"We've heard rave reviews about your classes, well done, you're a great asset to the programme!"
Katie has a wealth of experience in teaching circus to all ages, from absolute beginner to professional, from taster sessions to physical movement, stunts and circus consultancy. She teaches in London's top circus schools, and runs her own social enterprise delivering circus workshops from Kingston-upon-Thames. Katie's speciality is aerial silks, also teaching aerial hoop, trapeze, rope, harness & wire work, tightrope, stilt walking, acrobatics, acrobalance and juggling.
Circus Tutor, Mentor and Choreographer
Channel 4 Random Acts 2019
Katie taught actors how to walk on dura stilts, advised production on safety and movement, supervised stilt walking on set and played a stilt patient role herself.
Circus tuition for feature film.
Amazon Original 2018
Katie was one of the aerial coaches teaching actress, Felicity Jones, to move around the hot air balloon prop whilst delivering her character's speech. Thanks to Fly-Fit London for having me on the team.
Circus consultancy for ITV celebrity talent show.
Get Your Act Together
Two weeks only to prepare for a silks performance in front of a live studio audience, recorded for television.
Katie taught actress Chelsee Healey how to perform a silks act for an ITV television series, and mentored her throughout the production process, looking after posture, past injuries, injury prevention, aerial technique, circus safety and performance.
Katie choreographed a Bond themed silks act to Skyfall, for ITV's Get Your Act Together, aired February 2015.
This involved working to the movement briefing of the TV show's creative director, and advising the television programme on how to stage a celebrity beginner at silks, in a variety performance competition setting.
Circus tuition for Sony Entertainment.
The Walk Promo Video with Caspar Lee
Caspar has 5 million subscribers and was a great sport in taking on the challenge to walk across a high wire in just one lesson.
Katie trained Caspar on a low tightrope at Aircraft Circus, then took him on a higher wire where he managed to cross it twice unassisted.
Aerial tuition for The Wolf Of Wall Street Immersive Theatre Show
The Wolf of Wall Street
Katie taught the actors aerial safety and technique on aerial hoop and hand loop.
Circus consultancy for Sisters Grimm Dance-Theatre Company.
Voices of the Amazon
Sisters Grimm 2016 - 17
Katie was circus consultant for the production by Sisters Grimm. Katie helped to cast the performers for the show's trailer, arranged rehearsal studios and provided aerial equipment for rehearsals and the trailer shoot.
The dance musical features two aerial mermaids who were coached by Katie. She choreographed the opening aerial sequence to work with the imagery and narrative of the show, to work with the costumes, and the dancers who had never trained aerial skills before the creation of Voices of the Amazon.
Image by Johan Persson
The Winter's Tale
Katie taught actress, Selma Brook, to perform a short piece on trapeze to open the sheep shearing scene in the play by Shakespeare..
Director, Caroline Devlin, set Bohemia in India and used different styles of Indian dance throughout the play. Katie drew upon these styles to choreograph the trapeze routine, so that it sat cohesively within the larger dance scene that it introduced.
Selma started as a complete novice, having never been on a trapeze before. By opening night, after a few sessions over a three week period, she was comfortable performing the sequence in full costume
Katie used her knowledge of London and Surrey based aerial training spaces to find regular training sessions to fit around Selma's core rehearsals.
Circus consultancy for the Guildford Shakespeare company.
Circus consultancy for Les Enfants Terribles Immersive Theatre Company.
Waterloo Vaults 2015 & 2017
Katie taught four actors in Les Enfants Terribles' adventurous production of the well loved novel, Alice in Wonderland, how to perform aerial hoop.
The actors were guided in how to work safely as aerialists and taught tricks on aerial hoop. Katie worked in a short time to choreograph individual pieces for the actors to play the character of the Dodo, ensuring that the routines could be adapted to different audiences, were safe and could be performed regularly by performers new to aerial work.
Katie taught the actors how to maintain their bodies during a long theatre run with thorough warm-ups, specific stretches and conditioning exercises.
Circus consultancy for Theatre Royal Bath.
Theatre Royal Bath 2013
Katie was the physical performance consultant for Theatre Royal Bath's production of The Tempest, teaching actors how to walk on stilts, and jump and roll safely.
Katie began assisting the Youth Programme when she was 18, then returned as a cover teacher in 2011. Show now teaches evening aerial classes.
Technique, act development, vocabulary.
Katie runs a social enterprise in the Kingston-upon-Thames area, which she founded in 2010.
Outreach work in youth groups
Circus Workshops for corporate & community events
Circus Workshop Parties
Freelance Circus Teacher
Tuition for theatre
Top London Circus Schools
Diploma course Aerial teacher,
Hoop Specific Level 3 teacher on adult evening programme,
Developed and delivered the Aerial Staycation - a week long course for hobby aerialists.
Circus in Formal Education
Aerial tutor for the Diploma at the National Centre for Circus Arts.