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 fell in love with acrobatics at the age of 5 and for 12yrs she danced and competed in numerous competitions throughout the lower mainland with her coach Aldeana Bawtenheimer. At the age of 17, Daina chose to take her training & performing to a more professional level, working with Anne Lawton from Westcoast Contortion & Acrobatics. Daina has had the opportunity to perform for Global TV’s Christmas Party in 2009, the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Black Hills Estate Winery for Jason Priestley in 2014 and Z95.3’s 2014 Launch Party. She performed with WCA for 6 years and then decided to venture off and perform independently with her own company, Dynamic Aerial & Acrobatics.
Throughout the last 9yrs of her professional training, Daina has had the opportunity to train under some well known circus performers from Las Vegas, Nevada such as Otgo Waller (Cirque Du Soleil “O”) and Kristi Toguchi (owner of Aerial Fitness School), Sante Fortunato (Cirque Du Soleil “Corteo”) from Vancouver B.C & Alixa Sutton (Cirque Du Soleil Choreographer “Kooza”) & Tyler Aryes (Cirque Du Soleil Performer). In 2011, Daina started her 1st teaching job and has continued to enjoy making her students dreams and goals come true.
Each year, Daina tries to further her teaching education with Acrobatic Teachers courses and certifications. She is now certified as an Associate 1 A.F.S.A Teacher (Acrobatic Federation of South Africa), Module 2 certified with Acrobatic Arts & Module 4 Certified with Alixa Flexibility. Daina has also taken a Trapeze Level 1 Teacher Training Course from Born to Fly.
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.