co-DIRECTORs / head circus trainers

Staja Florence

 

Staja's life in the circus began when a clown moved into her backyard when she was 14!  

Drawn to the excitement of learning new skills and the challenge of performing, she joined Warehouse Circus; her local youth circus.  

Over the years, she has worked with several community-based circus organisations including Westside Circus and Women's Circus. 

 

Her workshop experience ranges from teaching young women with substance abuse issues to women in prison; from newly arrived refugees learning to speak English to disengaged youth.

Christian Florence

 

Christian’s career began with learning to juggle in England in 1991.  Within 5 years, he was a professional circus performer. 

 

After moving to Melbourne in 2005, Christian focused more on empowering others to learn circus skills, teaching at Circus Oz & Westside Circus, plus in 2007 founded the Melbourne Juggling Convention which continues to connect and inspire hundreds of people from around the world.

Christian is also Creative Producer of the Creative Exchange Project,  at Kickstart Arts Inc. in New Town.

circus trainers

Kelly Bourne

Kelly was one of those children who always dreamed of running away with the circus...

After high school, she worked occasionally as a roller skating clown for shopping centre promotions in Melbourne, but eventually succumbed to full-time desk work. 

Kelly has trained in circus skills ranging from static trapeze and silks to hula hooping and poi.  She has worked at Kingborough Gymnastics Centre teaching pre-school gymnastics programs, working with participants with additional needs and as an assistant circus trainer.

Luke Edwards

 

Luke has been playing with circus toys since he was in primary school.  What started as a three-ball cascade and 'walk the dog' with a yo-yo has now developed into solidifying three-diabolos and 5-clubs on single spins.

He grew up in Hobart watching and learning from jugglers both local and interstate, regularly attending circus festivals, meet-ups and conventions. He enjoys making his own equipment, such as diabolo sticks, juggling balls, devil sticks and sock poi.