Teachers

Lindsey Moon

Lindsey Moon

Founder/Event Producer

Lindsey Moonshine is a native Iowan, who prides herself in her ability to herd all the cats. As a distance runner with half marathon level hamstring flexibility, she’s living proof anyone can get bendy with the right stretches, vast amounts of patience and a regular yoga practice.

 

She’s the founder of the Eastern Iowa Circus Collective and serves as media liason, event producer, and booking agent for the collective. She discovered hoop dance in early 2015 and fell in love with acro yoga and aerial silks shortly after that. She’s most at home in front of an audience when her props are on fire and is currently working to improve her skills as a juggler.

 

Her love of the circus is outweighed only by her belief in the power of public media. During the workday, she is a nationally award winning producer for Iowa Public Radio.
Ali Ozaki

Ali Ozaki

Ali is a Chicago native who now calls Iowa City home. She’s a 200 RYT power yoga teacher and a retired competitive figure skater with some serious wanderlust. She’s traveled the world studying culture and taking yoga classes along the way. So far, she’s visited Dubai, Jordan, Brazil, Argentina, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, China, Japan, Italy, Paris, Nice, London, Barcelona and Costa Rica.

 

She’s an aerial silks enthusiast who has trained under the direction of fellow collective member Mimi Ke. In her silks and in her yoga practice, she works on finding empowerment and playfulness. She’s especially fond of handstands and arm balances, and is excited to teach the greater community to find the balance between the ease and the effort.

 

During the work day, Ali is the department manager for Quality Control for beauty care products (Pantene, Crest, Olay, Old Spice, Herbal Essences, Head and Shoulders) at the Procter and Gamble in Iowa City.
David Lammers

David Lammers

David Lammers always dreamed of being a stunt man when he was a kid. In 2009, he joined the Five Seasons Ski Team, which, at the time, was the closest thing to a circus in the area. There he began learning to do doubles acrobatics and build human pyramids for waterski shows, along with designing the show’s theme, and shooting action videos for social media.

In 2012, The ski team decided to have a circus theme show, So David and his teammate Nathan taught themselves the basics of juggling and unicycling so they could incorporate these skills into the show. They soon discovered the Cedar Rapids Juggling Club, led by world champion juggler Doug Sayers. That summer, David, Nathan and Doug created the concept of “water skuggling” or combining advanced waterskiing with advanced juggling. Since then, David has organized and recorded video collaborations with Doug, acro juggling duo Bob and Trish Evans, and several members of the International jugglers Association. His work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and People Are Awesome, and even led to America’s Got Talent asking the ski team to audition.

Through the ski team and the Eastern Iowa Circus Collective, David hopes to inspire people to get outside, overcome fears and inhibitions, be active in new ways, and enjoy live performance.

Holden Mere

Holden Mere

Holden Mere is a Cedar Rapids native and a trickster at heart. He prides himself in his ability to never take himself too seriously.  As a self-taught slackliner, juggler, and unicyclist with over 3 years of experience in slacking/longlining, he is a good example that anyone who is willing to learn from failure can learn to stand on their own. His rules: Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself, and don’t be afraid to fall and get back up again.

 

He is the founder of Bohemian Balance LLC, a newly formed business aimed at teaching focus, balance, mindfulness, and self-reliance though the practice of slacklining. More information coming soon on the workshops he’s offering.
Mimi Ke

Mimi Ke

Mimi is a zealous explorer, educator and performer. As a dedicated student of mind and body training, she’s traveled the world and the United States studying her big loves: ground dance, yoga, and vertical aerial apparatuses.

She has nearly a decade of teaching experience at Hothouse Yoga in Iowa City and at National Dance Academy in Coralville. She developed the aerial dance program at NDA and is a pioneer in the Eastern Iowa aerial community. Mimi has a strong passion for the art of movement and sharing the vast possibilities of aerial dance with her students.

As a child Mimi visited Splendid China, a now demolished theme park near Disney World. Although its miniature version of the Great Wall failed to impress her, it was there that she saw circus for the first time. Her parents bought her the soundtrack of the Chinese circus, and she spent the next few weeks listening to the CD on repeat and dancing around the living room. Although she didn’t touch an aerial apparatus until her mid-20’s, Mimi has dreamed about flying through the air and joining the circus since she was a little girl.

Mimi currently resides in Boulder where she is living out her childhood dreams of joining the circus, training seven days a week in a professional training program at Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance.

Jaci Ampulski

Jaci Ampulski

General Badass

Jaci Ampulski is a legit Jack of All Trades. More often than not, she’s upside down or climbing something or someone. A certified Acro Yoga Teacher through AcroRevolution and YogaBatics, as well as an AcroFit Trainer with AcroYoga.Org, she’s also proficient with aerial arts – primarily focusing on lyra and pole. Circus props aplenty, she’s still mostly a beginner, but working on her skills with poi and dragon staff.

Aside from being a crazy monkey, she also does oodles of IT work, feeds bugs to people, trains dogs, arranges flowers, invests in real estate, and drinks too much coffee.

A Midwest native, she grew up primarily in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Wisconsin was where she got her first taste of aerial from a group called Cycropia based out of Madison, WI with whom she trained trapeze for a while before moving to California for a couple of years.

An intermittent nomad, she’s frequently off the grid, but always available for questions, comments, concerns, and play. She’s an unstoppable force, and if you want to get something done, learn something new, have a random business venture idea, or just want to play, hit her up. Jaciampulski@gmail.com

 

Members

Balyssa Bell

Balyssa Bell

Balyssa is a self-described adrenaline junkie with a passion for cardiovascular neuropharmacology, contortion, and small woodland creatures.

After a decade of competitive springboard diving throughout high school in central Minnesota and at Grinnell College, her life was significantly lacking in opportunities to be upside down. Today, Balyssa’s diving background manifests as a striking level of comfort with hurling herself through the air on aerial silks and lyra, a disciplined appreciation for core strength and flexibility, and instinctively pointed toes. She credits her success in aerial arts to a combination of natural talent, a boyfriend who makes her do a lot of pullups, stubborn tenacity, and a willingness to laugh at herself.

When she’s not climbing on fabric, poles, or other people, Balyssa is working on finishing her Ph.D in pharmacology at the University of Iowa, where she studies how the brain coordinates the relationship between obesity and hypertension and tries to make her research obsolete by telling everyone she knows to try acroyoga. She may be one of few graduate students who, when asked about post-graduation plans, was actually kind of serious when she joked that she would run away and join the circus.

Scott Monroe

Scott Monroe

Cory Hanson

Cory Hanson