Stephanie Cortes
Stephanie Cortes

Stephanie Cortes is a Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Cirque Roots Studio and Productions. Stephanie has choreographed many shows for the past three years, and performed for a variety of audiences and venues. Modern hoop dance has been her primary performance art, however her excitement and interests has led to an expansion of skills including aerial hoop, fire dance, stilt dance/acrobatics, and acrobatics. She has a passion for teaching and thrives to inspire creativity, confidence, and happiness in every student. 

Flight School
Flight School

Flight School is an acrobatic performance troupe based in Tucson, Arizona.  We are a rotating group of seven members, with occasional guests.  Our foundations are broad and wide ranging.  Between us we have backgrounds in modern and traditional dance, movement arts, visual theater, visual art, music, opera, experimental performance art, capoiera, springboard diving, circus, burlesque, writing, film, and photography.  We all met, and were inspired to perform together through our love of yoga and acro yoga. 

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Laura Shriver
Laura Shriver

Laura has spent over a decade practicing and teaching yoga and has developed an approach that is engaging and fun. She has studied a wide number of methods and disciplines, including Anusara, Ashtanga, Yoga Nidra, Restorative, Yin, Iyengar, philosophy, and anatomy. Drawing from this extensive range of study she offers challenging, creative classes grounded in alignment-based asana, methodology, and inquiry. Her sequencing is intended to develop body awareness through an understanding of basic and fundamental principles, in order to then deepen the practice through self-knowing. This approach provides practitioners with a toolbox of body, mind and spiritual techniques that can be applied to one's life.

Joanna Lynne Smith
Joanna Lynne Smith

Joanna is trained in the movement arts of yoga, partner acrobatics, aerials, dance, and performance art. She has over fifteen years of combined training and continues to train with elite athletes and coaches around the United States. Joanna performs with troupes in and around the Tucson area, and is a founding member of Les Femmes Merveilleuses. She teaches yin yoga, hot yoga, meditation, alignment-focused vinyasa flow yoga, foundational acrobatics, and introductory contortion. Find her on Instagram @bohemiansofthedesert and online at joannalynnesmith.com

Peter Gariepy
Peter Gariepy

Peter is an Acroyoga Montreal Certified instructor who has been teaching for over 5 years. Experience base, wannabe flyer, and can ride a unicycle too. Oh, and he plays a mean game of Jenga! 

Serena Tang
Serena Tang

Serena Tang brings a unique perspective to her movement practice. Through her art, she fuses her passion for social justice with performance art, capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian martial art), dance, and partner acrobatics. She has taught workshops internationally, including Europe, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil, as well as across the US. Serena received her AcroYoga Montréal teaching certification in 2010 and assists in their teacher trainings. She performs with Flight School Acro, Sugar Beast Circus, and Cirque Roots, and teaches AcroYoga classes in Tucson, Arizona. DoubleHappinessCreative.com