Kristin Langille Dahl - Head of Aerials
Kristin has been the lead aerial instructor at Halifax Circus and head of their aerial program since it's opening in 2009.
Since childhood she's loved bright colours, hanging upside-down and most things that other people consider "weird". Her favourite thing then and now has been finding ways to bring folks together from all walks of life, giving them an opportunities to meet each other and celebrate their own "weirdness." She has found a sort of heaven at Halifax Circus that allows for all of these passions to meet in a spectacular sparkling fashion.
In November 2015 her passion and wanderlust brought her to Hong Kong to compete in the Professional Women's in Dance Trapeze at the Aerial Performance Tournament, she placed 3rd in her category. Before that she co-created/directed/choreographed/produced and performed in Up In The Air: A Circus Love Story with collaborator Alex Smith, the show was awarded "Fringe Hit" by the Atlantic Fringe Fest. Other circus-theatre credits are: Alice in Down the Rabbit Hole (Halifax Circus), Dreamscapes (Cirque Inverta), Species: Acrobatic Short Stories (Urban Chameleon/ Fringe), Martine (Family in Church/EQUITY Co-pro), Ghost in Jeremy Webb's A Christmas Carol (Neptune Studio Stage). Through Saint Matt's Church and Halifax Circus she has co-produced the popular Nocturne Aerial Show in the Sanctuary for 3 years.
She is currently midway through the Circus Instructor Program at the National Circus School in Montreal PQ, and has completed "Foundations of Aerial Circus", trapeze and aerial fabric at NECCA the New England Center for Circus Arts.
Kristin graduated from the Dalhousie Acting 4 year Program, has 16 years of dance training and has an education degree from the University of Maine at Fort Kent. She has been a member of The Irondale Ensemble Theatre Company from 2000 on, and worked with them for a month intensive at the Dell’Arte School in Blue Lake, California. She is a professional actor and has had many lead and principal roles in film and television. In 2013 she was honoured with the award for best actress at the Atlantic film festival for her work on the film "There are Monsters."
Chenise Hache - Aerials
Chenise Haché has been training at Halifax Circus for over three years, with a focus in aerial acrobatics, and is passionate about circus as a tool for positive social change. She has performed with Halifax Circus at Nocturne and at the Pride parade, and has completed an aerial teacher training course at the New England Centre for Circus Arts. When she isn’t at Halifax Circus making everything run smoothly and sharing her passion for aerials, she works tirelessly towards issues of social justice for Aboriginal peoples, women’s rights, and youth at risk. She also enjoys hula hoop, traditional dance, working towards the never-ending quest for splittier splits, and talking to stray cats.
Jennifer MacLatchy - Aerials
Jennifer MacLatchy has been training aerial acrobatics at Halifax Circus since 2010, and has been teaching aerials since 2014. She specializes in cerceau, but also works with aerial silks, trapeze, aerial hammock, corde lisse, and Spanish web. She has performed with Halifax Circus at Casino Nova Scotia, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Nocturne art at night festival, and the Pride parade, as well as in various Halifax Circus productions. She completed an aerial teacher training course at the New England Centre for Circus Arts in 2014. When she isn't in the air, Jenn is also a kayak guide and instructor, a PhD student, and a wandering adventurer.
Cait Anthony - Aerials
Cait Anthony is a 7th generation lepidopterist, well known for her yodelling and rock-paper-scissors expertise. She assisted Lord Carnarvon excavate the tomb of King Tut in 1922, but was bitten by a rabid dromedary and subsequently turned into a semi-permeable gaseous solid. Resuscitated in the following decade by a team of histrionic surgeons, she currently wanders the halls of Halifax Circus, a mysterious tentacled presence who cannot abide dust motes. She also does aerials. (Does anyone read these bios? Let us know)
Mike Hirschbach - Artistic Director & Head of Juggling/Circus
Mike Hirschbach has been a circus artist for 35 years. He performed from 2001-2003 with the Cirque du Soleil’s touring show “Dralion.” From 2003 – 2005 he was a Master Trainer with the Cirque’s social outreach program, Cirque du Monde. As such, he traveled the world training the trainers in the existing Cirque du Monde programs, upgrading their circus, social and teaching skills in Orlando, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Montreal, Toronto, South Africa and Burkina Faso. Since 2005 his full time work has been directing the Halifax Circus school and the outreach programs of Circus Circle.
Before performing with the Cirque du Soleil, he toured his solo theatrical-circus shows for many years. These performances were seen across Canada, the continental U.S., Europe, Asia, India, the Yukon and Alaska in venues such as the Calgary Olympic Games, the Canada Summer Games, the International Mime Festival in Montreal, the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, the Singapore River Festival and the International Clown Festival in Mumbai and Goa, India.
Kyle Scott - Head of Floor
Kyle Scott has a theatre degree from Acadia University and is a founding member of Incendia Motus – the premiere fire-troupe in Atlantic Canada. He currently teaches our Hand Balancing class and regularly instructs in our Circus Circle programs in the Barrington Street and Preston locations, and also runs our fire safety workshops. Kyle tours his fire show every summer to Festivals across Canada and the US, from the Masters of Fire competition in Montreal to Burning Man in Nevada.
Christine Konrad - Cyr Wheel
Christine Konrad trained for 7 years with Circus West in Vancouver, where she learned the foundations in everything from juggling and unicycle to trapeze and stilt walking. She performed in a nightly show at the Pacific National Exhibition, and daily during the Vancouver Olympics. She coached trapeze at a Circus West summer camp, and trained and performed with Circus West’s performance troupe, specializing in the Cyr wheel.
As a solo performer Christine has performed at the Vancouver Cultural Centre, corporate events, and at the EAT! Vancouver Food and Cooking Festival. She was awarded the second place prize for a diablo act at the University of the South Pacific’s talent contest in Fiji in 2013.
Alex Smith - Handstands, Aerials
Alex Smith has a background in dance, martial arts, aerials, acrobatics and balance work. He has been performing in these arts since 2010, co-producing award winning shows, performing internationally and across Canada with various companies. Alex spent 8 years as a professional cook while spending every other waking hour training, travelling, dreaming and performing as much as possible. He now lives his dream as a professional performer, teacher and organizer in the circus world. Alex's career path is a testament to hard work, patience and passion, all of which he wants to share and encourage in every student. Finally making the switch to full time, while becoming certified as an Aerial Silks instructor in 2017 has finally freed up his time to continue to learn, explore and work towards greater things.
He has a well rounded understanding of the technical elements and performance elements of circus and body work gained from years of in industry experience. Let Alex's broad range of focus, and emphasis on fitness, exploration and body awareness bring you to your next level, whatever your specific goals are. He will be teaching Handstands and Aerials, with quirky sense of humor and Bruce Lee quotes included free of charge with every class.
Alex believes in circus work as a route to self knowledge, self confidence and self respect. He believes anyone willing to work hard and laugh at themselves a little should get the support they need to grow and flourish.
Laura Thornton - Executive Director and Administrator
Laura has been working with Halifax Circus since summer 2012 in an administrative support role. In summer 2016 she was voted in as the first Executive Director of Halifax Circus and she's thrilled at the opportunity to help further shape the future of this incredible organization. Whether it's witnessing real change in the Circus Circle program or sharing the joy of students pushing themselves to reach new levels in the school - Laura is enamored of the community that surrounds Halifax Circus.
With a background in journalism and public relations, Laura has been working in the Halifax theatre scene for the last decade as a producer, director, actor, writer and administrator. When not wrangling the monkeys at Halifax Circus, you can find her fronting the box office at Neptune Theatre and dallying in Film and Television Casting.