Kathleen McNamara

Stemming from a deep love of dance, Kathleen picked up her first flow prop in 2013 and found passion in the movement arts. Her beginnings as a self-taught flow artist led her to hosting local flow jams to bring together the local community. She quickly became a liaison for visiting instructors hosting workshops in the Charlotte area and became a student herself. Throughout this time, Kathleen found a love for the fire arts and took on a Lead role as a performance coordinator for Conclave at Ignite! regional burn in 2016 and will be returning for her 4th year in 2022. She currently performs with her troupe Queen City Cirque in Charlotte, NC as well as a solo artist. Kathleen’s connection with music and flow is embodied through her fluid movements and dynamic skill. With Fire and lights, she creates unforgettable visuals that draw spectators deeper into their experience.

http://www.instagram.com/dilly_dabbler

http://www.instagram.com/queencitycirque

Karol Lee

As a pioneer in the early days of the pole fitness movement, which gained momentum mainly on the new platform, YouTube, Karol gained popularity by sharing her training progress through her own videos as well as inspiring and encouraging others to find their own pole prowess. Karol’s pole dancing obsession began in 2006 when she purchased an X-Pole and began self teaching herself and helping others through videos on YouTube. She started competing in 2008 and currently holds the titles of Charlotte’s Poleapalooza 2008, USPDF East Coast Champ 2009, USPDF Miss Sexy 2010, and 3rd Place in USPDF 2012 Pro Championships. Karol teaches pole dance at Charlotte’s Inner Diva Fitness and Pole Dance LKN and also offers private lessons. Karol loves teaching others to find confidence and strength through the art of pole dance.

IG: @red_ke71

Luna Finn

“A North Carolina native and California transplant, Luna Finn was always considered a wanderer of sorts. So, it came as no surprise when she announced she would be running away with the circus. As a young adult, Luna moved from place to place in search of finding a spot she belonged. After travelling across the United States four times, living in five different states, and moving nine times, the one thing that consistently followed her was circus.

After discovering aerial dance at Burning Man in 2010, Luna diligently studied as many apparatuses as she could get her hands on, but found her true love in fabric. Her adoration for tissu and hammock has taken her into many different facets of the circus world, but her passion is centered in developing a healthy, inclusive community through teaching and performing.

Luna lives for the ‘ah-ha’ moments she witnesses through her students as well as the ‘ah-ha’ moments that her students give to her. Her mantra is that there are no wrong answers to fabric, only possibilities. Often you will hear her say “that was A THING, just not THE THING.”

As a performer and choreographer, Luna is partial to hair flips, dramatic moments, and interesting pathways. A theory-based artist who is always looking for the path least traveled, creating fabric witchcraft that leaves the audience open-mouthed in wonder.

Luna is a strong advocate for mental health, in circus as well as her personal life. She attributes much of her success to the overwhelming support she receives from her partner, Jaymes, and her ESA pupperoni Akira. She also enjoys food, nature, travel, and painting.”

http://www.lunafinncreates.com
IG: @luna.finn”

Myra

As a statistician by day and recreational aerialist by night, Myra has always found herself challenged by the creative process of choreographing an act. In the midst of the pandemic, she found herself a bit lost without a regular aerial training schedule. However, the silverlining of slowing down her aerial schedule was the chance to really explore the possibilities of what she already knew. After wandering through the fog that has been 2020 and 2021, Myra has found a new connection to aerial that has allowed her to ascend to new creative heights.

Instagram: @myras.a.mess