Training & Creative Space for Circus Aerialists and Movement Artists


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Cirque Haven 2021

About Us

Cirque Haven is a safe space for circus aerialists & movement artists to learn, grow & create. Students and instructors are welcome here. We offer classes specific to circus aerialists to include Silk, Lyra, Sling (hammock), Rope, and other apparatus’ upon request. We also offer space for professional instructors to host classes of their own. Contact us if you're interested in hosting classes or a workshop!

Our Instructors

Kelsey Poitras (aka KP)

Founder/Owner of Cirque Haven LLC and KP Aerialist performing arts.
KP has been training circus aerial arts for nearly 10 years, she specializes in aerial silk as well as disciplines in aerial sling(hammock), rope(corde lisse), hoop & trapeze. Born and raised in Philly, KP has since traveled along the east coast until finding her home in Virginia Beach. She wants to bring the Hampton Roads circus community together and see people have fun as they meet their goals.
Interested in booking her for a performance? Contact us, or go to her website to contact [www.kelseypoitras.com]


Sovay McGalliard

Sovay's aerial journey started in 2017 with a Lyra/aerial hoop class taught by Jessica Young at Good Karma studio in Albany New York, where she was immediately hooked. In the past 3 years Sovay has trained in different aerial disciplines including aerial silks, sling(hammock), but Lyra remains her specialty. She spent October-December of 2020 in Puerto Escondido training silks, hoop and contortion with master teachers Kerri Kresinski, Chloe Axelrod, and Dwoira Galilea. Sovay is excited to share her knowledge and creativity to the Hampton Road circus community.

Book a Class

We offer private lessons, weekly group classes, Introductory classes and specialty workshops. Click BOOK NOW button to go to our scheduling site. Click CLASS DESCRIPTIONS to learn more about our class levels before you book!

We also offer a training space for traveling artists & instructors *please contact directly for details.

Class Descriptions

Note: This is a small facility with a handful of clientele, therefore students are placed in the appropriate 'level' with others that have similar strengths and experience. If coming from another studio, our "Intermediate" level may differ, etc.

*Please also be aware that class schedule is completely dependent on the instructors availability each month and frequently changes.

INTRO to Silk or Lyra
(introductory class for non-aerialists)

First time trying aerial silk or Lyra? This is the class for you! Beginners welcome! No need to be able to climb a rope or do a pull up, everyone starts somewhere, and here’s the place to do it!
This is listed on the schedule under "Introductory Class" and is not often on the calendar, if you'd like to see this added please contact us directly!

Silk Level 101 & All Levels
Beginners, etc.

Prerequisites: INTRO to Silk and/or prior aerial silk experience
*Please contact us directly before booking if you are unsure
This class will focus on a movement or pose and its many variations/modifications to cater to both novice & experienced. Students will focus on foundational skills and drilling good technique. This class is open to those with more experience but would like more practice time on the apparatus, hence the "all levels" portion of the name.

Silk Level 201
Intermediate

Prerequisites: Climbing to the top of the silk, execute footlocks at the top of the silk, inverts in the air.
This is an intermediate class, students must have permission from the instructor to join this Level. This class is for those who have mastered L101, and have the strength and knowledge to execute all foundations at the top of the silk. This class will have skill & pose based movements and is also great for those aerialists that have advanced but would like to brush up on variations to foundational skills and sequences.

Silk Level 301
Advanced

Advanced students only.
This class is for those who have completed at least 3 consistent years classes and have a good understanding of silk wraps and pathways as we dive deeper into them. Students should have permission from the instructor to join this level.

Lyra Level 101
Beginners, etc.

Prerequisites: 4 Intro to Lyra classes. If you have prior experience on aerial hoop and want to skip the Intro classes, please contact us for permission to attend this Level before completing your reservation. In this class we will cover fundamental mounts/hangs/skills and transitions. Modifications will be offered to accommodate/challenge all strength and flexibility levels.

Lyra Level 201
Intermediate

This class is for those who have completed at least 1 year of consistent lyra training and have the strength/technique/confidence to work on more advanced sequences. *please contact us for instructor permission before booking

Aerial Artistry with Sovay

*Instructor approval required. This class is for intermediate/advanced students that are ready to take their training to the next level with artistry and creative expression. We are looking for over two years of consistent aerial practice. All apparatuses welcome! For lyra - please speak to Sovay for approval. For silks/hammock/trapeze - please speak to Kelsey for approval.

Contact Us

Our Location

1461 London Bridge Rd
Suite 210
Virginia Beach, VA 23453
(Inside of TakeOver Athletics)

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