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.



During my travels life often moved faster then I'd realize and then suddenly I would find myself in a new place with a new name. Of all the beautiful venues and historic theaters I was given the opportunity to experience, it was the ceilings I admired and respected the most.



Below are a few of my more memorable performance experiences...

Theatrical and Traditional
Circus Performance Venue Highlights


American College Theater – Vollos & Athens, Greece

Memphis Theater – Memphis, TN

Lincoln Center – Fort Collins, CO

Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI

Fox Theater – Boulder, CO

Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO

Cunard Building, 25 Broadway – New York, NY

Traditional Italian Tent tour – England

Traditional  3-ring arena shows – Flying Trapeze, The Flying Tunizianis

Denver Art Museum – Denver, CO




Corporate Performance
Contract Highlights


First Nights

Vermont Waterfront Festival

Bronx Zoo 

Carl Lagerfeld, Masquerade Gala

Democratic Convention

Vertical Girl Clothing

Cirque du Soliel

Super Bowl Pre Kick-Off Event



Cirque U.S.A 

Skye Entertainment

Borillo Entertainment

Cirque Le Masque

Animate Objects Physical Theater