About our Instructors




Aaron Brumbaugh

Aaron Brumbaugh has been practicing and teaching martial arts, strength and conditioning, and acrobatics for over a decade. Over this time he has developed an appreciation for underlying principles and commonalities in movement and enjoys breaking techniques, tricks, and skills down into usable drills. He is a certified Acro Revolution teacher, a licensed paramedic, and is currently working on a PhD in Physical Therapy.

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Veronica Carey

Fascination for yoga, body mechanics, movement arts, and glitter led Veronica to the doors of the Detroit Flyhouse Circus School to learn trapeze, aerial silks, lyra, hoop dance, and partner acrobatics. Trained to teach Partner Acro by Lux Sternstein and certified by Acro Revolution, her teaching style is inclusive, logical, accessible, and fun. Veronica has been teaching yoga, pilates, tae kwon do and conditioning classes for over 15 years, and her extensive study of anatomy, physics, and alignment informs her teaching style.  Recent work includes performances as a dancer, acrobat, and aerialist for shows in the Midwest and Canada.  She can be seen as the featured trapeze artist in Prometheus Production’s film, Delphian Circus, and featured acrobat in Ovid and the Art of Love.  A native of the Detroit area, she is thrilled to be an instructor and performer for the Detroit Circus and Flyhouse Circus School, The Ann Arbor Aviary, and Bird’s Eye View Circus Space.  She also travels throughout the US to teach and train. She is the mother of three budding circus stars, who share her love for performance and play.

391677_4392155194613_2016579838_nErin Garber-Pearson

Erin Garber-Pearson is a tighwire dancer, aerialist, and visual artist. Erin makes collaborative and solo works ranging from short performances to full length shows. Her interests and skills encompass metal fabrication, video, screen printing, costume making and a range of circus arts. She has given up trying to categorize.

Erin founded Birds Eye View Circus in 2012.  In 2015 Erin completed the Aloft Full Time Training program in Chicago where she focused on tightwire and rope.  She instructs folks from all ages in circus arts and coordinates classes for the only business of it’s kind in the city. You can see her performing solo in the many shows she produces and directs at Birds Eye View Circus, or performing in her duo lyric storytelling project, Violet and Fortuna. eringarberpearson.com


1518214_10202765599753671_395841178_nEmily Ellis

Emily Ellis is the children’s aerial instructor for BEV. She has been instructing children since 2006. Early in life Emily pursued dance where she was involved competitively for 15 years in jazz, tap, and lyrical. She also has years of experience in cheerleading and tumbling. Prior to being an aerial instructor she was an outdoor education instructor for Outward Bound and several private schools leading backpacking, kayaking and rock climbing trips. Strength, flexibility, health, and respect for our bodies are some of Emily’s strongest values.

10299161_728526200537003_1379060375107652676_nKatie Livingston

Katie Livingston has been an acrobat since age 5. She has trained and performed nationally as a gymnast, diver, and aerialist. Skills: Claims to be more comfortable on her hands than on her feet. Her classes offer courage, support, and strategies for your practice.

Aspiring strong woman.

MOrgan Bio picMorgan Sopko

Morgan Sopko fell in love with aerial silks the first time she stepped into the air. She is certified in tumbling and stunting safety and has coached competitive cheerleading since 2007.  From a young age she enjoyed being in front of a crowd by performing in competitive gymnastics and dance. Morgan has performed in many Birds Eye View Circus productions and was lead choreographer of two scenes in the Baba Yaga production in February 2015.

3551317_origLis Chere Thomas

Lis is a performance artist/soil scientist from NYC who received the bulk of her aerial training in NYC and Vancouver, BC, and continues to pursue instruction from high-level coaches in her travels. She has performed in venues across the U.S. and Canada, and has also coached at Equilibrium Circus in Telluride, CO. Lis utilizes her dance background by incorporating elements of ballet technique, modern dance, and contact improvisation into her work on single-point and duo trapeze, aerial fabric, and lyra. She is smitten with momentum, weight sharing, and the possibilities of centrifugal force.

Lis is especially excited by multimedia collaborations, invented aerial apparatus, and performing in unusual locations.

Lis’ artistic affiliations include: Madagascar Institute, League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots, Firebelly Performance Society, eatArt, Neil E. Dee’s Danger Thrill Show, Sublight, Great Northern Way Aerial Collective, and the Triangle Sportsmen’s Pleasure Club.

Photo for linked inChloe’ Whiting Stevenson

Chloe’ loves all kinds of performance – theatre, dance, and the circus arts.  She works as a movement and acting instructor, Butoh dancer, mask maker, performance artist, and yoga instructor in the Midwest.  Chloe’ has an MFA in Physical Theatre from the Accademia’ Dell Arte, located in Arezzo Italy in association with MUW, an MA in Theatre from Illinois State University and a BA in Theatre with a focus in acting from Siena Heights University.  She is a registered 200 RYT Yoga instructor and a certified Elemental Body Alignment Level I teacher.  She has worked and performed across the United States, France, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Wales, and Nicaragua.  Her areas of interest include devised theatre, circus, storytelling, puppeteering, Butoh, and research into theatre history.   Chloe’s passion for teaching, human bodies in motion, and communication are what brought her to share the exciting opportunities within physical theatre. Everyone has a voice – it just needs to be unlocked and shared with the world.




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