Meet Our Enigmatic Instructors

Cary Lam - general circus and aerial instructor

Cary's passion for circus arts started in 2006, when she was working and traveling around the world for about 4 years.  She studied aerial arts and poi in Australia, London and Edinburgh.  When she returned to Canada in 2009, she continued her pursuits and passion in circus arts.  In 2017, she completed the Instructor Circus Arts program taught by ENC.

Chelsea Christie - general circus and aerial instructor


Chelsea started taking classes at the Calgary Circus Studio when she was 14. She started coaching kids classes a couple years later. She taught general circus arts initially, but her favourite events to coach quickly became silks and partner acrobatics. In addition to coaching, she also performed for a couple years with a group called Velocity Motion Werks. When she’s not coaching circus classes, Chelsea loves to travel, play with her cat, and eat chocolate.

Colleen Van Spankeren - aerial instructor

While searching for a new activity to call her own, Colleen stumbled on an article about the Calgary Circus Studio.  Recalling childhood days of swinging on the monkey bars and making up trapeze routines, she enrolled in her first aerials class.  She was hooked immediately and knew that eventually she wanted to teach and share this new passion with others.  Colleen completed teacher training courses for aerial fabric and trapeze at the New England Center for Circus Arts and now works with beginners. When Colleen is not hanging out at the studio, she loves to spend time with her husband and 3 children.


Sydney Deroche - general circus and aerial instructor

When Sydney was about 9 years old, she started taking classes at the Calgary Circus Studio as something new, fun and unique. Throughout the years she worked with props such as juggling balls and clubs, diabolo, rolla bolla and globe. As she got older, she turned to mainly training aerial skills. After working on silks and trapeze she found herself focusing on aerial hoop, which she still is working on to this day. Along with aerial hoop she is working on her contortion skills.