Circus Moves arts education programs promote physical, social, emotional, and cognitive wellness in "ladies and gentleman and children of all ages" using the principles of developmental circus arts (DCA).
Our coaches have been empowering and inspiring humanity using the transformational powers of circus arts education and performance since 2004. We are the original Mobile Circus Unit, and our programs continue to offer an authentic circus experience like no other!
We believe DCA should be accessible to all and therefor a portion of each after-school enrichment class tuition income goes towards supporting outreach to those most in need in our communities.
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Cynthia Rauschert, Founder and Director
Cynthia has been a circus arts educator since 2003 and is also a professional stilt-dancer, juggler/manipulator, character animator and a volunteer on the Kaiser Clown Unit in Oakland. In 2007 Cynthia earned a BA in Experimental Performance with a focus on Theatrical Clowning and is currently pursuing a Masters in Recreational Therapy. She has completed Circus Arts Therapy Training and a Cirque du Monde Social Circus Teacher Training and has training in a variety of other pedagogies and movement disciplines. Cynthia is originally from a small town in New Jersey and now resides in Oakland, California. She has brought her coaching and performing skills to eighteen states, five countries, three continents, and one great big ship.
Brandi Niedermeier, Teaching Artist
Brandi has been teaching art, dance, and circus classes since 2007. Her multi-disciplinary dance classes combine styles like flow and hip-hop to promote self-esteem and build strength, flexibility, & coordination skills. Brandi's art classes are focused on creating beautiful projects by recycling found objects and items from nature and combining them with traditional media. Brandi has been working with Circus Moves since 2010. She is also the mother of two beautiful boys, Perri (a champion BMX biker) and Braiden (an champion for animals) .
Hannah Fritze, Teaching Artist
Hannah has been participating in Circus Moves classes for seven years. Going to college has kept her from continuing, but she has found a way to keep doing circus by participating in a club called Prometheus, in which she juggles flaming torches. (Check out a cool clip here.) Her other talents include spinning plates, diabolo, non-flammable juggling, stilts, and much more! She has been assistant coach at Circus Moves camps for the past few years, and loves interacting with the students. When she isn't working as an assistant coach, she is a student at Wesleyan University, where she is working on a double major in astronomy and physics with a minor in German.
Elliot Goodwin, Teaching Artist
Elliot has been involved in circus for over a decade. He apprenticed at Circus Smirkus Academy in Vermont, is a graduate of the Clown Conservatory in San Francisco, and has studied under the masters at the Circus Center's Professional Program. As a performer he has appeared with several local troupes including Vau de Vire Society, New Pickle Circus, and Capacitor. Elliot has performed internationally for the likes of Cirque du Soleil, Fiji Water, ESPN, JetBlue Airlines, Google and appeared at the 2008 Superbowl. Elliott is currently based in Oakland where he teaches for several of the top circus arts education organizations in the area. www.ellastico.com
Audrey Spinazola, Teaching Artist
Born and raised in beautiful Boise Idaho, Audrey came to the Bay Area to follow her dreams of becoming a clown. After graduating from two conservatory programs, The Clown Conservatory out of San Francisco's Circus Center and Flying Actors Physical Theatre Conservatory, she co-founded Main Street Theatre where she continues to play and create. She has performed with Bay Area Children's Theater, volunteered as a therapeutic hospital clown for ClownZero, and can be seen around town with her two-woman show Genie and Audrey's Dream Show!!! www.genieaudrey.com