Chelsey Rea • Circus Artist


Circus finds us when we need it most.

Classically trained throughout her youth in gymnastics and ballet, Chelsey was given an opportunity to be trained to perform Hand-to-Hand at the young age of 10.  Walking away from Jr. Olympic competitive gymnastics she continued to pursue other avenues of sport and movement in her teens. Signing her first contract at age 16 for a national high diving show, she eventually found herself coaching and chorographing high school gymnasts at the competitive state level at age 19. Discovering flying trapeze and circus arts in her twenties, she spent the better part of the next 10 years traveling Europe, Canada and the US performing acts on a variety of aerial apparatus and fullfilling her childhood dream of flying trapeze professionally, on tour briefly with the Tuniziani family.  Today, Chelsey brings over 20 years of experience to her students.  Inspiring them to be inquisitive with spatial awareness and supporting them as they unlock personal boundaries, gain strength, and build skills in the air as well as on the ground. Her techniques stem from her main impulse, to have fun. 

Seattle based aerialist, Chelsey Rea, specializes in applying the mechanics of movement to Circus Stuff: Fying Trapeze, Aerial, Acrobatics, Trampoline and Stilt Dancing.

She is the former Aerial Dept. Head for SANCA, School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts. She is currently persuing her Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington - Seattle, WA full time.