* Currently touring with Cirque du Soleil's Ovo
Head of Ground Acrobatics Department
Tumbling and Hand-to-Hand Instructor
Head Aerial Silk Instructor
Aerial Hoop, Trapeze, & Cube Instructor
Hand-Balancing, & Contortion Instructor
Internationally acclaimed and recognized choreographer and entertainer from Australia, Tyler is an expert in aerial arts, acrobatics, hand balancing, tumbling and hand-to-hand. He was the youngest person ever to be funded by the Australian government ARTS ACT fund and has been working professionally in the entertainment industry since the age of 9. Companies that have benefited from Tyler’s performance and instruction include names from Cirque du Soleil and the Australia Institute of Sport to BLOCH and IADMS. Tyler furthered his profession and expertise in the cruise industry, sailing the world as an entertainer and contributor in performance conception. In 2013, Tyler moved to Canada where he was instrumental in the beginning stages of Acrobatic Arts, one of the largest acrobatics curricula in the world, by constructing a large portion of the hand balancing syllabus. He also drove the design and launch of a new centre for high level and aspiring athletes while based in Calgary. Tyler now calls Vancouver home and is the Director of Vancouver Academy of Dances’s Half Day elite Aerial and Acrobatics Program, the first of its kind in Western Canada. He also continues to devote his time as the Founding Director of TADA, Tyler Ayres Dance and Aerial, which develops and represents top level performers and publishes a training curriculum for hand balancing, suitable for athletes, aerialists, dancers and acrobats.
Head Trampoline Instructor
* Currently performing with Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba
Bob Watson has over 20 years of trampoline experience. He was the 2003 trampoline Wold Champion for age group 17+, and was on the 2005 trampoline team that took World gold. Prior to coaching at The Circus Lab, Bob Watson's career took him onto the circus stage with Cirque du Soleil's Saltimbanco.
Trapeze, Hoop, and All-Around Instructor
Ashley began her career in the arts at the young age of 3, beginning acrobatic studies at the age of 7. She discovered circus through one of her teachers and instantly knew it was something she had to try. Ashley enjoys training on a wide variety of apparatus, however her true passion is exploring contortion skills on the aerial hoop. She is most excited to see students improve and excel over time. She currently continues to juggle training, performing modelling and coaching at the Circus Lab as well as other dance studios and professional companies.
Jorja is a highly dedicated and enthusiastic young circus artist. She has been training at The Circus Lab since 2014 and is a part of their Intensive program. Jorja recently competed in Las Vegas as part of the VivaFest 2017 competition and in 2015, placed second in the mixed apparatus category at the West Coast Aerial Arts Festival in California. Jorja’s circus accomplishments include being selected to compete in the 2016 televised French talent show, Galala, along with performing in the Youth Ignite Festival in both 2016 and 2017. In addition, Jorja has regularly participated in many community and in-house performances. Since 2015, Jorja has further developed her love of the circus arts by coaching the young students at The Circus Lab and completing her Level 1 gymnastic foundations coaching. She loves to see the progress of her students throughout the year and hopes to continue to see them learn to express themselves through the circus arts.