Head of Ground Acrobatics Department
Tumbling and Hand-to-Hand Instructor
Head Aerial Silk Instructor
Head Trampoline Instructor
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.
Aerial Hoop, Contortion and Flexibility Instructor
All her life Ashara has been a very dedicated athlete. After 8 years of training and competing in figure skating, in Victoria and Vancouver and 3 years of international competitive cheerleading, Ashara discovered her love for circus. Inspired by a hand to hand duo on "America's Got Talent" she made no hesitation in finding CircusWest, where she spent 3 years learning the basics of circus. After participating in pre-selection tours and the summer camp, Ashara decided to audition for École Nationale De Cirque in Montreal. She was accepted into the Mise a Niveau program and began to focus on aerial hoop. Ashara now lives in North Vancouver and is a professional performer with various companies in BC.
Trapeze, Hoop and All-Around Instructor
Ashley began her career in the arts at the young age of 3, later on starting studies in acrobatics at the age of 7. Ashley discovered circus through one of her teachers and instantly knew it was something she had to try. Ashley has since been accepted to train as part of Circus Lab's Artist Formation Program, spending 15 hours per week on her skill-development and conditioning. Ashley enjoys training on a wide variety of apparatus, however her true passion is exploring contortion skills on the aerial hoop. Ashley gained teaching experience through assisting opportunities at various dance studios in the Fraser Valley, and has been teaching at The Circus Lab for just under two years. 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 with 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.
Elliot is happy to be a part of Circus Lab. Having completed a diploma in Technical Theatre, Elliot enjoys being behind the scenes of Vancouver's entertainment and culture sector. Having worked with various theatre companies, touring pop groups, and fulfilling the role of Head Technician at the Dance Centre in Vancouver, Elliot hopes to bring a creative eye to the technical aspect of live performance.