We believe in helping to build a community of positivity and inspiration. We want our students to feel empowered and strong and believe they can achieve anything.  “Don’t just fly, soar”

 

Established in February 2012, we wanted to offer an exciting and unique fitness alternative for all lifestyles. We have been successful in catering to all ability levels from beginner to advanced. Our Instructors offer a wealth of knowledge in the circus arts, safe practices, encouragement and they can help to streamline your circus goals...and they might even give you a warm hug every once in awhile.  


Collingwood Circus Club specializes in teaching aerial and ground circus arts to all ages and levels (from ages 3 – Adult).   We offer year round programs, winter and summer camps, group parties, workshops and private lessons.

Who we are

Meet our staff

Kristin Nunes

Owner 

Level 2 NCCP Certified Coach

First Aid/CPR C Certified

Stretch Your Limits Aerial Certification Program.

Kristin Nunes is the founder and owner of the Collingwood Circus Club.  

She has created and produced several acclaimed circus productions including Dream Chest Circus, Cirque de la Nuit and RAOCA.  

Kristin is an experienced aerialist performer that has been involved in dozens of events around Ontario. She grew up in competitive gymnastics and continued on to become a competitive gymnastics and recreational coach, acquiring 15 years of coaching experience.  She discovered her love for aerial circus arts while travelling in Mexico and has been training and teaching in this exciting discipline ever since.

Prior to the opening of Collingwood Circus Club in 2012, Kristin earned her Paramedic license in British Columbia and Ontario.

Tara Leslie

Head Coach

Level 2 NCCP Certified Coach

First Aid/CPR C Certified

Stretch Your Limits Aerial Certification Program.

Tara has always felt at home in the gym. Starting with gymnastics at the age of 4, competing until she was 15. In high school she switched to competitive cheerleading, before falling in love with the circus world.

At 13 she started coaching and has been coaching at different clubs in Ontario since. Racking up 10 years of experience. Tara first started training circus arts under Kristin in 2011 and is now an experienced aerial performer. Tara loves helping people reach their personal fitness goals and push past their fears!   

Aisha Chiandet

Coach

Level 1 NCCP Certified Coach

First Aid/CPR C Certified

Fall Protection/Harness Training and Ladder Training

Stretch Your Limits Aerial Certification Program

Aisha started training on aerial silks and aerial hoop in 2012, and began performing shortly there after. She has been instructing since 2014. Prior to discovering the world of aerial circus arts, she was a dancer and gymnast, and taught gymnastics throughout high school. She developed her love of heights through rock and ice climbing, and worked at climbing gyms in high school and university, even creating a course to help new climbers transition to outdoors. As an aerial coach, Aisha has a particular interest in alternative methods of strength and flexibility training, and enjoys helping students reach their full potential. Now an experienced performer, Aisha has been involved in shows and events across Southern Ontario. When not up in the air, she can be found at her day job as an aquatic ecologist.

Martina Speirs

Coach

Level 1 NCCP Certified Coach

First Aid/CPR C Certified

Stretch Your Limits Aerial Certification Program.

Martina has been a coach at Collingwood Circus Club since 2015. In addition to having many years of coaching experience, She has a strong background in bellydance and hula hoop dance. Martina also specializes in other ground circus acts ; including poi and contact juggling.

Hannah Eskra

Coach

Level 1 NCCP Certified Coach

First Aid/CPR C Certified

Stretch Your Limits Aerial Certification Program.

Circus was 'love at first sight' for Hannah! She has been training with Collingwood Circus Club for 4 years and started coaching 2 years ago. Hannah loves sharing her passion with others and watching them develop the same excitement and love for circus that she has. Prior to becoming a coach, she gained experience working with children through babysitting and working camps.  

Sidney Holroyd

Coach

First Aid/CPR C Certified

Stretch Your Limits Aerial Certification Program.

Sidney started with the Collingwood Circus Club at the end of grade nine and has been a valued member of our club ever since. She is currently in her last year of high school (CCI) where she is involved in the band, and Drumlin. Out side of school Sidney takes part in the local Scottish band (Benn Gorm Highlanders Pipe and Drum Band). After high school Sidney plans to go to university for history and sociology. For three years the circus has been a big part of her life. Sidney always comes to practice with so much enthusiasm and brings the same energy to her coaching.

Simon Helm

Coach

First Aid/CPR C Certified

Stretch Your Limits Aerial Certification Program.

Simon has always had a passion for the performing arts. After training at Humber College for Theatre Performance he was introduced to the Silks by friend and coach Tara Leslie. Simon’s active lifestyle and love for anything theatric was a perfect fit for aerial silks. He has consistently been training with us since Spring 2016, and is grateful for the opportunity to pass on his knowledge

Clara Alex

Coach

The minute she did her first Silks class, she was hooked on Circus. Clara started with Collingwood Circus Club in 2015 and has been coaching since 2018.
She uses her singing, dancing and acting skills to compliment her circus performances.
She is a strong aerialist and has recently acquired a great deal of skill in hula-hoop.
She brings a light-hearted and fun approach to teaching kids.
 

Rigger

Devon McDonald

Devon has been an industrial rope access technician and rigger for 14 years now. He enjoys technical projects and challenging rigging environments. 

 

He’s an instructor of technical rope skills and teaches the working at height programs through the Ministry of Labour.

 

Outside of work he enjoys the outdoors and hiking with his family.