My name is Kristy Petrillo and I‘m co-owner of Extreme Circus in Cabarete. I started flying on the trapeze late in life when I stumbled upon it at the Santa Monica pier in California. From the very first class I was hooked and couldn’t get enough. After traveling around the world trying to train as much as possible at any rig I could find, I found myself commuting back and forth from Atlanta where I worked to Las Vegas to train. I finally broke down and purchased my own rig. I continued to travel and stumbled upon what I considered a trapeze utopia. A flying trapeze on the beach, with all the aquatic activities you would come to expect from a beach town, but in a training atmosphere that was as laid back as the native islanders. This utopia was the Extreme Circus in Cabarete and is the place I now call home. I love teaching students and watching them learn and become more comfortable on the trapeze. My favorite tricks are often the ones that get overlooked in the early stages of learning that we then come back to and remember how fun they are! Things like a Penny Roll or Hip Circle.
Marcos Martinez is a circus professional, trained in the arts of flying trapeze, single and double trapeze, silks, spanish web, rope, hoop and trampoline with intensive training in stretching and conditioning. Born and raised in Cabarete, Dominican Republic, Marcos grew up surfing, diving and playing the national sport of baseball. In 2011, it was at the eXtreme Hotel, that Marcos was introduced to the circus lifestyle by circus veteran, Paul Roberts. He hasn’t looked back.
If he had to chose, the adrenaline of flying trapeze makes it his favorite circus medium. In his own words: “ I enjoy sharing the knowledge of the sport and love the mechanics of teaching to absolute beginners as well as advanced students.”
Mauro was born in Brazil, many, many years ago (too many to mention) and moved to the US at the age of 22. Did his graduate studies in Missouri and in Seattle, where he settled. In 2016, after 20 years of work at Boeing as an IT Engineer, Gordo (Mauro’s circus nickname) decided to make a change and devote his time to his hobby of 6 years at the time: the flying trapeze. He left Seattle and came to work at Extreme Circus in 2017.
In his own words: “circus arts, and especially the flying trapeze, changed my life rather drastically and I am very thankful for it! Circus is the perfect lifestyle for me.”
My favorite trick on the flying trapeze is the Flexus, with a Flexus return.
Teaching flying trapeze is very rewarding. There’s a lot of psychology involved due to the inherent “extreme” nature of the sport, when many people need to be coached through their emotions and fears in order to be able to jump into the void and fly through the air. Succeeding at helping people conquer their fears is very rewarding. And seeing them achieve a skill they never though they would acquire, is the icing on the cake.
Colby has been teaching and performing flying trapeze for 20 years, starting as a member of the circus team for Club Med at their resorts in Mexico and the Dominican Republic, then teaching at the Trapeze School of New York. He went on to perform as a professional flying trapeze artist with the Flying Farfans and the Flying Caceres, in circuses all over the world including Japan, Israel, Thailand, Malaysia, France, Spain, Germany, and a tour with Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus in the US, among others. He is now proud to call Cabarete home with his beautiful flying baby momma and 3 wild young boys!
What’s your favorite circus apparatus? Flying trapeze!
What’s your favorite trick? The passing leap!
When did you start with circus? 20 years ago, May of 1999
What do you like about teaching? Sharing his knowledge and experience with passionate, enthusiastic flyers, and helping them accomplish exhilarating breakthroughs in their flying!
Kelsey has let training and performing circus take her to different parts of the globe, from Portland, Oregon to Bristol, U.K. to here in the Caribbean. She specializes in aerial silks and two ropes. With a BA in Theatre Arts (Portland State Univ.), followed by a 2 Year Diploma in Contemporary Circus & Physical Theatre (Circomedia, Bristol, UK), and many years of training and performing, her artistry has taken many forms. Kelsey has taught and performed circus varietals from flying trapeze to partner acrobatics and uses aerial and circus as a creative outlet. Most of all, she is a mover and a shaker. Her admiration for the circus arts has led her to devote her life to sharing this art form with others.
Originally specialising in Chinese Pole while training at Acrobacirque in France, Fabien found a love for Flying Trapeze in 2007. He spent the next 10 years touring Europe, Australia and the US performing Swinging Pole and Flying Trapeze. During that time he began coaching his disciplines notably at Club Med Opio and Circus Arts Byron Bay. In 2015 Fabien spent one year working with Cirque du Soleil as a multi-disciplined Aerial Performer and Acrobatic Coach. In 2017 he rejoined the Gorilla Circus team in London as a Coach and to fly in their show.
Holly started training circus in 2013 when she attended the Circomedia Academy of Contemporary Circus and Physical Theatre in Bristol, England. Her training at Circomedia focused on integrating theatrical techniques with physical circus skills. After graduating she began work as a Youth Circus and Aerial Instructor, as well as performing across many disciplines. Holly started training Flying Trapeze in 2014 with Above and Beyond in Bristol, then became an Instructor with Gorilla Circus in London. Her other specialisations include static trapeze and acrobalance.
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