Kalina is a dance trapeze and flexibility coach who supports artists and movers to unearth their creative style. She grew up in the Appalachian forests of West Virginia where trick riding, dancing, and tree climbing fostered an early love of instinctive movement. As Kalina got older, these creative outlets were replaced by the study of contemporary dance, ballet, and physical theatre in the US, Switzerland, and the UK. She took up circus arts in 2009 in Edinburgh, Scotland, which led her to study at both the Rogelio Rivel Circus School in Barcelona and the New England Center for Circus Arts, where she specialised in dance trapeze and flexibility. 

 

Hungry for more as both a circus artist and movement instructor she immersed herself in pilates, functional fitness, weightlifting and CrossFit - all of which gave her new insight to her disciplines in the circus arts.

Over the years Kalina developed her own approach to dance trapeze, born from a desire to feel free and organic in her movement - her primary objective as an artist was to feel like a seal swimming through seaweed.  Her experimental approach led her to travel, teach, and perform in Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, UK, and throughout Europe. Kalina teaches her methods through weekly online flexibility classes and her dance trapeze mentorship program where she helps other aerialists and artists cultivate their unique style and creativity.

 

She currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and spends her spare time obsessed with collecting dead leaves and then having them tattooed on her body.

Photo by Lina Hayes