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.


Mechanics of Movement

Chelsey pulls from a unique combination of acrobatic, dance and multiple sports disciplines. She has traveled numerous continents exposing herself to a variety of teaching styles and thechniques training under high level professionals in Tea Kwon Do, yoga teacher trainings, stilt walking, partner acrobatics, doubles aerial, theater combat, contact improvisation, ballet, high diving, hand balancing, trampoline and flying trapeze.

Chelsey currently teaches aerial, flying trapeze classes and privates. However, from time to time some students request acrobatics and handstand training in addition to their aerial practice.

Over some years now Chelsey has developed her own unique approach to teaching movement in the air as well as on the ground. Her technique steams from her years of exposure to a variety of sport and fitness through out her life. By training specific series of conditioning sequences geared directly towards hip openings, shoulder strength, and spatial awareness, her students develop muscle memory that supports their movements while they build strength and and more advanced vocabulary. 

Chelsey's students learn alternative techniques to climbs, locks and inversions that increase stamina and refine general skills needed to execute movements efficiently with little to no effort. By defining the main tools needed to aquire the advanced process of play Chelsey unlocks the small details that allow complicated maneuvers to become easy and obtainable. Preparing her students for aerial with what she calls the basic's for survival. She encourages her students to avoid any false security in momentum and develop the ability to stop at any given moment. Then and only then do we have a relationship with our apparatus and we become in control, safe and beautiful.