Pietro Canestrelli
Master Circus Instructor

A seventh-generation circus performer, Pietro Canestrelli was born in a caravan wagon in Italy in 1925. The Canestrelli family had a circus in Europe for 50 years. Pietro came to the Unted States and toured with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey in the mid-1950s, performing with his brother and sister. He met his wife, Joyce (a trapeze artist and dancer), while performing. They went on to raise six children – all of whom, at one time or another, performed with the family act. The Canestrellis was a headlining act in SeaWorld's "City Streets" show


Cheryl Lindley
Aerial Arts

Ms. Lindley explored
commedia dell’ arte in the
1980s and was a member of the Fern Street Circus for 14 years; where she directed the 2004 “Alice in Circusland” and 2005 “Through the Looking Glass” annual showcase productions in San Diego’s Balboa Park. She is the star clown for Imagination Entertainment’s iL CiRco, an award winning special events circus show. Ms. Lindley created a new aerial act for the 2007 Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

Rogelio Lopez Diabolo

Mr. Lopez was a member the Fern Street Circus as a
performer and as a vice
president of the Board of
Directors. He is a public
health programs administrator with Health Net of California. He operates the San Diego Pa Kua Kung Fu Academy and is a serious student of diabolo.

Twins Svetlana and Tatyana Senchihina teachers and performers

Peformed with Cirque du Soleil duo hand balancing and duo trapezee, world champions acro sport

Otgo Waller
Work shop teacher and

She has performed in Cirque du Soleil's "O" and with Ringling Brothers

Sadie Lindley is an International Circus Artist and will be teaching Aerial Classes, Flexibility, and Body Balancing.

Jessica Avila has performed with many circus including Fern Street and Aerial Revelations. Ms Avila will be teaching the Saturday group of classes. She is an enthusiastic instructor versed in aerial arts, tumbling, contortion, hand balancing and cheer.

Asia Espana sixth generation circus performer, has toured around the world with Ringling. Has also worked in the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York with the Apollo Circus of Soul and for the sultan in Oman. As an aerial artist has performed chiffon, cloudswing, double lira, double trapeze, also does hula hoops.

Garrett Allen has toured the South West as an Aerialist, Hand Stands and Contortionist

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