Dynamic Aerial & Acrobatics is a professional performing and coaching company located in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We specialize in providing aerial & contortion acts for all types of events, big or small, and our certified coaches offer training and classes for all ages and skill levels.
Performances & Shows:
We are available for a variety of different performance services. Whether you are looking for ambient background entertainment, or choreographed acts showcasing our highest level of skill and elegance, our contortionists and aerial artists can deliver what you’re looking for. Please visit our Services page for more details.
Faculty & Performers:
Owner, Artistic Director & Head coach: Daina Wilkie
Daina Wilkie fell in love with the art of Acrobatics at the age of 5. She has now trained for over 20 years as well as coached for 10 years, with her primary specialties being contortion, hand balancing, and aerial hoop. Daina has had the opportunity to perform at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Z95.3’s 2014 Launch Party, Global TV Christmas Parties and at many corporate banquets and weddings. Daina also owns and manages AcroFit Aerial Fitness (www.acrofit.ca) which is a circus style gym in Surrey, BC, Canada.
Growing up, Daina has had the privilege of training with Aldeana Bawtenheimer for 12 years & Anne Lawton from Westcoast Contortion & Acrobatics for 6 years. As well as some well known circus performers from Las Vegas, Nevada such as Cirque Du Soleil veteran Otgo Waller and Kristi Toguchi. Each year Daina tries to further her teaching education and has received acro-related certifications in Alixa Flexibility Level 5, Acrobatics Arts Level 2, Aerial Arts certification with A.A.C and AFSA Associate Teacher.
Daina is super excited to share her knowledge and performing experience with those that cross her path!
Coach & Performer: Marissa Miller
Marissa has had a passion for the performing arts since a very young age. She started training in the discipline of gymnastics at the age of 3. She also had years of training in jazz, theatre, lyrical, ballet and modern dance. However, it wasn’t until she had a backstage tour of a Cirque Du Soleil show that she found her true passion for the circus arts. Marissa became a member of West Coast Contortion and Acrobatics where she began training and performing in the elite discipline of Contortion with Anne Lawton for 5 years. After, Marissa decided to start performing and teaching for Dynamic Aerial & Acrobatics along with teaching at various other studios around the lower mainland.
Over the years Marissa has had the privilege of training under world renowned Mongolian contortionist, Otgo Waller and Aerialist Kristi Toguchi of Las Vegas and from Vancouver, Handbalancer/Aerialist Tyler Aryes, a former Cirque Du Soleil performer. She’s performed in various private and corporate events throughout the lower mainland such as the EA Sports holiday party, Top 30 under 30 event & the 55 + BC Summer Games. Marissa has gone on to take her A.F.S.A (Acrobatic Federation of South African) exams as well as her Mod. 4 Flexibility Instructor certificate through Alixa Flexibility, and is also certified under Acrobatic Arts module 1. Marissa is excited to share her passion of this beautiful art form through her performing and teaching.
PERFORMER: Brynne Klassen
Brynne was born and raised in Abbotsford, B.C. where she began dancing at an early age. She trained in a wide variety of styles, loving everything from ballet to acrobatics. In discovering her immediate ease on stage, Brynne branched out from the traditional studio training to study circus disciplines such as contortion, rod balancing, group acrobatics, hoop and aerial silks.
In 2015 she received her senior Bronze medal from the Canadian Dance Teachers Association, and was awarded the Gold Medal Champion at the World Cup for her rod balancing act. Some of her performance opportunities include: the 55+ BC Summer Games, Top 30 under 30 Event & the Zoomershow. Being a true performer at heart and an artist in need to challenge herself, Brynne has taken many workshops to push her and to reinvent her skills, some of these are: Otgo Waller, Tyler Aryes, Bradley Rapier, Lisa Ho, and Ryan SalzI. Brynne is excited and inspired by all the possibilities presented to her as a performer and can’t wait to perform for at your next event.
PERFORMER: Emma Ellery
Emma has had a passion for dance & acrobatics since the young age of 4. She has performed and trained in a variety of styles such as ballet, jazz, contemporary and acrobatics. As Emma got older her interest in Acrobatics grew which eventually lead her to disciplines such as Contortion, Hand Balancing, Aerial Silk, Hoop & Trapeze.
Emma has had the privilege to train under Dynamic Aerial & Acrobatics for the past 8 years. She has performed at multiple corporate & private events around the lower mainland & also competes in various dance/acrobatic competitions winning top awards. Emma has also had the privilege to train under world renowned contortionist Otgo Waller and Handbalancer/Aerialist Tyler Aryes who are both former Cirque Du Soleil performers.
COACH: Erin Robinson
Erin fell in love with Aerial Silk in 2015 when she was looking for a non typical way to exercise. Training Aerial Silk has satisfied her adventurous side and she found it an amazing way to work out! With Erin’s background in gymnastics, her transition to Circus was very smooth. Erin has trained silks at AcroFit Aerial Fitness as well as West Coast Flying Trapeze, and has also trained Contortion under Daina here at D.A.A.
Before training in circus, Erin was a registered nurse. She has her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. When the opportunity to coach Aerial Silk came up, she decided to take a break from nursing to run away with the circus! Erin currently also works as a life guard and teaches swimming lessons at a local public pool. She hopes to continue learning and growing as a Aerial Silk coach and can’t wait to share her knowledge with the students here at D.A.A.!
COACH: Teghann Holt
Teghann began her aerial hoop journey in 2018 and instantly fell in love with it. After training for years, she moved to teaching here at D.A.A. as an instructor, Teghann loves connecting with her students and helping to boost their confidence by teaching tricks from a progressive curriculum that she spent years designing herself. She prides herself in making people feel welcome, strong, and capable and will always try to leave you happier than when you came. Teghann thrives on making people laugh and aims to foster personal connections, as well as fitness goals, with every student that walks in her room.
Outside of D.A.A., Teghann loves to read, write, hike, and travel. Teghann’s real passion for hoop shines, not through her dedication to the sport, but through the enjoyment she gets from passing on her knowledge and technique to her students.