Circus Artists Open Academy in Des Moines

Jan 15, 2016

If you dreamed about running away to join the circus, it’s not too late. In fact, you don’t even have to run away. There’s a growing community of circus performers right here in Iowa. During this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Felicia Coe and Laura Ernst, who are the co-founders of the Iowa Circus Academy in Des Moines. 

They are offer circus fitness classes for beginners, flexibility classes, and more advanced courses as well. 

"Most of our students don't come in with any background or experience," Ernst says. "Most don't even have a workout that they do now. It's just something they are interested in trying out." 

Ernst found circus in junior high when she started learning to juggle, and Coe discovered aerial while living in Utah. 

"None of this comes easy or second nature to me," Coe laughs. "I am actually quite clumsy on the ground, so to find out that I'm kind of graceful in the air was sort surprising." 

Coe has organized the Iowa Aerial Expo in Des Moines for the last few years, as well as Misfit Cabaret at the Civic Center. 

Joyous Verio Fisher, who recently opened Elevate Vertical Fitness in Cedar Rapids, also joins the conversation. Fisher classifies herself as an aerial trickster, performing spins and drops on poles and aerial silks.